SMITH Obituaries "M" to "Z"
From Geneva Daily Times 20 January 1905
Yesterday, at her home in Bristol, occurred the death of Mrs.
Maggie J. Smith, wife of Edward Smith. Mrs. Smith was an esteemed
resident of Bristol. She had been ill for a long time. She is survived
by her husband.
From Ontario County Journal 22 January 1892
Canadice, N. Y. - Mansel R. Smith died on the 15th inst., of the
grippe, after a short illness. Mr. Smith was 68 years old and leaves a
wife, one son and two daughters, two of whom were unable to attend the
funeral service on account of sickness.
From Shortsville Enterprise 1 December 1927
The remains of Marenus Smith, a
former resident of the Stafford Street road in the town of Manchester,
who died at the Willard State hospital on November 22, were received in
Shortsville on Friday afternoon for interment in Brookside cemetery. The
Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m., conducted by the Rev. L. L.
Swarthout, pastor of Manchester Baptist church. The survivors are one
son, John H. Smith of Prattsburg, one daughter, Mrs. George Gilman of
Long Island, one brother, John Smith of Palmyra, one sister, Mrs.
Frances Fitch of West Bloomfield, and six grandchildren.
From Victor Herald 2 May 1902
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Margaret Smith died Tuesday, April
22nd, at the age of eighty-six years. She was a resident of the county
for sixty-three years. Funeral services were held at St. Bridget's
church, Thursday morning, Rev. P. A. Neville officiating. The remains
were taken to Lima for burial. She is survived by four sons and two
From Shortsville Enterprise 31 March 1911
Marie E. Smith, a foster daughter of Supervisor and Mrs. E. E.
Calman of Hopewell, committed suicide by drinking four ounces of
carbolic acid at the Calman home at 1 o'clock Monday morning. Her death
ensued two hours later. Miss Smith was aged 24 years. A love affair is
given as the reason for her rash act. She leaves her father, William
Smith of Sodus, and two brothers, James W. Smith and George W. Smith,
both resident of Hopewell.
From Geneva Daily Times 13 March 1908
Phelps, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Marie VanDyne Smith occurred
son, Adelbert Combs, Wednesday, after a lingering
illness due to an affection of the spine. Mrs. Smith was born in Phelps
resided here the greater part of her life. Since the death of her
I. D. Smith, a few years ago she had made her home with her son. Her
relatives are her son, Adelbert Combs, and one daughter, Mrs. J. E.
The funeral took place this afternoon, Rev. F. M. Windnagle officiating.
From Geneva Daily Times 24 March 1924
The funeral of Mrs. Marion Elizabeth Smith, who died Sunday
night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Probasco, will be held tomorrow
afternoon at 2 o'clock from her daughter's home with Rev. Kenneth A.
Bray of St. Peter's church officiating. Interment will be in Glenwood
From Ontario County Journal 22 July 1887
Marlin M. Smith, a well-known resident of Manchester, died very
suddenly last Wednesday evening. He was apparently in excellent health,
with the exception of a rheumatic trouble of long standing. He was
taken about ten o'clock, and died within three minutes.
From Naples Record 19 December 1923
While working about his home, at Bristol Springs, on Monday, December 17th, 1923, Marshall Smith dropped
dead, although he had appeared to be in good health up to that time.
Mr. Smith was the son of Russell and Julia Hepman Smith, and was born
in the town of South Bristol on May 31, 1851, which town had
practically always been his home. In early life he married Miss Emma
Sherbin, who died about fifteen years ago, leaving three sons, Russell,
who no resides in Canandaigua; Fred, of New Jersey, and Earle of
Rochester. About ten years ago he was united in marriage with Miss
Cornelia Ayers of Rochester, who also survives. Other survivors include
one brother, Martin H. Smith, of South Bristol, and one sister, Mrs.
Chauncey Bailey, of Nebraska. Deceased was a member of South Bristol
Grange. Funeral services will be held from the Union Church, Bristol
Springs, today at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev. J. Erwin Wilson, pastor of
the Naples Baptist Church, followed by burial in the Coye cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 16 June 1893
Naples, N. Y. - The funeral of Mrs. Martha Smith, widow
of the late Simon Smith, was held on Tuesday. She died Sunday morning,
June 11, aged 78 years. This Smith family was one of the largest in
town, and justly prominent. Eight children, all in middle life, survive
the mother, and all were present at the funeral. In her death the
Methodist church loses an ardent member and a strong support.
From Geneva Gazette 18 October 1895
October 10th, 1895, Martha Isabella Smith, (widow of the
late John W. Smith, merchant), born in Greenfield, Mass., aged 68 years.
From Geneva Daily Times 5 October 1906
Mrs. Martha J. Smith, aged 69 years, died yesterday morning at
the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. D. Harrington, of 13 Courtland
street. Besides her daughter she is survived by two sons, B. N. Smith
of Marietta, and Harry D. Smith of Buffalo. The funeral will be held
tomorrow afternoon at 12:30 o'clock from the home of
her daughter and Rev. C. E. Jewell will officiate. The remains will
be taken to Pittsford, N. Y. for interment.
From Ontario County Journal 10 January 1919
Mrs. Martha M. Smith, aged 80 years, widow of Burton Smith, of this
city, died at the home of her brother, Benjamin Randall, in Washington
on Friday. Mrs. Smith left Canandaigua on December 11 to visit her
brother and suffered a stroke of paralysis on December 16, death
following on Friday. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. Jacob McDonald of
Buffalo, and Mrs. L. D. Allen of Hornell; one granddaughter, Mrs.
Walter Greene of Hornell; and two brothers, Benjamin and Charles
Randall of Washington. The remains wee brought to this city on Monday
and funeral services were held from late home on Clark street on
Tuesday at 2 o'clock. Rev. C. C. Baker officiated. The remains were
From Ontario County Times 27 July 1887
Shortsville, N. Y. - The sudden demise of Mr. Martin Smith, of
last Wednesday evening, was quite a shock to his friends,
although they had been in a measure prepared for the worst since his
serious illness last October. He had been unusually well for a few
days, and was in Shortsville conversing with friends only a few hours
before his death. He was 62 years of age, and had been a resident of
Farmington until within the past seven years, which time he had lived
in Manchester village. He leaves a widow and one son. The latter is now
a resident of Kansas, and was unable to leave home to attend his
father's funeral, which took place at the Baptist Church in Manchester,
on Friday at 4 p.m., and the interment was in the cemetery at South
Farmington. Mrs. Daniel R. Smith, of this place, is a sister of the
deceased, instead of Mr. D. R. Smith being a brother, as has been
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 15 June 1918
Canandaigua, N. Y., June 14 - Martin Smith, 76 years of age, died
at the County Tuberculosis Hospital this morning. He was taken from the
home of his son here to the institution only yesterday. The deceased
leaves two daughters, Mrs. I. J. Lowrey of Corning, and Mr. F. B. Gage,
of this city; and two sons, Arthur Smith and Bert Smith, both of this
place. The funeral will be held from the mortuary rooms of Ahrens &
Breen at 10 o'clock Monday forenoon, with Rev. Herbert L. Gaylord,
Episcopal rector here, officiating, Burial will be made in West Avenue
From Geneva Daily Times 6 November 1919
Hopewell - The community was shocked on Tuesday morning to learn of the sudden death of Marvin M. Smith, who
was found dead in bed. He has been in his usual health until the
previous night when he suffered from an attack of indigestion. The
deceased was 80 years old. He is survived by his wife, a daughter in
Albany, and two sons, William Smith of Rochester and Russell Smith of
Philadelphia. The funeral will be held from the residence of C. A.
Seamans of Canandaigua on Friday. The interment will be made in Bloomfield and will be in charge of the masons.
From Geneva Daily Times 6 May 1908
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Mary Smith, wife of George L. Smith, died
yesterday afternoon, aged 33 years. She had been in failing
health for several years. Her husband survives her. She was a member of
the Baptist church and very much thought of in the community. Besides a
husband, she leaves a father, two brothers, J. E. Lyon of Naples,
Leonard Lyon of New York; three sisters, Mrs. Jennie Hatch, Mrs. Helen
Parr of Naples, and Mrs. Alice Putnam of Prattsburg.
From Clifton Springs Press 5 July 1917
Mrs. Mary Smith, 80 years old, widow of Franklin D. Smith, died
Monday at the family home at Riverside Farms. She was born at
Belvedere, New Jersey, but had lived upon the farm where he death
occurred during the past 40 years. Her husband, who was one of the
pioneer and progressive agriculturists of this locality, died about six
years ago. Mrs. Smith is survived by four children, two daughters, Mrs.
Charles Sherman and Miss Mary D. Smith; and two sons, Alden R. Smith
and George F. Smith, all residents of this locality. Funeral services
will be held at the family home on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock,
and will be conducted by Rev. E. Eberly, pastor of the Port Gibson
Methodist church, of which Mrs. Smith had long been a member. Burial
will be in Riverview cemetery, Gypsum.
From Geneva Daily Times 10 December 1909
Mrs. Mary A. Smith, widow of the late George X. Smith, died this
morning at 10:50 o'clock at her home on the Lyons Road. She was 80
years old. She was born in Hampton, O., but for sixty years has resided
in this section. Her survivors are three sons, Martin H. Smith, W.
Edgar Smith of this city and Dr. George DeForest Smith of New York; two
brothers, Watson E. Stubbs of this city and William R. Stubbs of North
Huron, N. Y.; one sister, Sarah J. Stubbs. The funeral will take place
Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the house. Rev. David H. Craver will
officiate and burial will be in the family plot on the Smith farm.
From Phelps Citizen 17 March 1887
Mrs. Mary Ann Simmons Smith died
March 15th, 1887, at the residence of her son, John R. Smith, in the
town of Waterloo, aged 82 years and nine months. She was the daughter of
Capt. Abram Simmons, eldest of a family of nine of which four survive
her, Mrs. Elizabeth Green, Phelps, Mrs. Adeline White, Red Bank, N. J.,
James J. Simmons, Buffalo and Mrs. Caroline Clark, New York City. Mrs.
Smith was born June 13th, 1804, on the farm, on the farm known as the
Simmons Corners, one mile south of Oaks Corners. She was married to Leonard W. Smith Oct. 20th,
1825, and settled on a farm at No. 9, town of Seneca, from there he
purchased a farm one-half north of the village of Waterloo, and about
the year 1830 he removed to the present home, three miles east of Oaks
Corners, and lived and died in the same, a period of 46 years, his death
occurring February 22d, 1879. They were the parents of nine children,
six now living: Mrs. Juliet E. Baldwin, West, Ohio; Abram H. Smith,
Phelps; Mrs. Temperance Vandercook, Martville, N. Y.; Miss Drusilla C.
Smith, Tyrone, N. Y., John R. Smith, town of Waterloo. The deceased was a
kind and affectionate wife and mother possessing a generous Christian
disposition, and was highly esteemed as a friend and neighbor.
The funeral was held Wednesday, March 16th, at the residence of her son
near Waterloo. The services were conducted by Rev. Dr. Potter of the
Presbyterian church of Phelps. The able discourse was from Number 23:10,
"Let me died the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like
his." The hyms, "Jesus, Lover of my Soul" and "Shall we meet beyond the
river," were sung by a quartette consisting of J. T. Watkins, G. S.
Frisbie, Mrs. G. C. Gates, and Mrs. O. J. Park, assisted by Miss Etta
Frisbie as organist. The remains were interred in the Simmons cemetery one mile south of Oaks Corners.
From Ontario County Journal 24 March 1911
Rushville, N. Y. - After a long illness, Mrs. Mary A. Taylor Smith passed
away at her home in this village on Friday afternoon. She was born here
on June 7, 1840, and was the eldest daughter of Benjamin A. and
Celestia Barnes Taylor. Dec. 3, 1865, she married Henry M. Smith, who
survives. She had been devoted to her home where she will be greatly
missed. She was a kind neighbor and friend. She is survived, besides
her husband, by two daughters, Mrs. Miles A. Blodgett and Mrs. William
H. Osborne, both of Rushville; five grandchildren, two brothers,
Manlius Taylor of this place, and Melvin Taylor of Canandaigua; two
sisters, Mrs. Euphemia T. Gates of Ransomville, and Mrs. Jennie T.
Warren of Rochester.
From Ontario Co. Journal 31 January 1902
Manchester, N. Y. - Mrs. Mary E. B. SMITH, widow of the
late Marlin Smith, died at her home on Main street, Sunday morning,
aged 55 years. She had been a faithful member of the Baptist church
here for about 28 years. Mrs. Smith was known all over Ontario county
as a great temperance worker. She had been president of the local W. C.
T. U., for six years. She is survived by a brother and two sisters.
Funeral services were held in the Baptist church Tuesday afternoon.
Rev. M. W. Covell officiated, assisted by Rev. G. A. Baldwin and Rev.
D. R. Watson of Geneva. Interment was at South Farmington cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 23 March 1917
Manchester, N. Y. - Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Smith died at the
home of her daughter, Mrs. George Gilmore, north of the village, on
Saturday following an illness of seven months, aged 57 years. She was
born in Bristol Feb. 25, 1860, and in 1877 married Marinus Smith at
Niagara Falls. For five years after marriage, she resided at Richmond
and then removed to Michigan, where she remained for 17 years, then
returning to this state and residing in Monroe and Ontario counties for
18 years. She finally came to Manchester to reside with her daughter.
She is survived by her husband; one daughter, Mrs. George Gilmore of
Manchester, and one son, John H. Smith of Prattsburg; four
grandchildren, Miss Bertha M. Gilmore of Manchester and Miss Alice May
Smith, John H. Smith, Jr. and Morris Alonzo Smith, all of Prattburg;
three sisters, Mrs. F. E. Tones and Mrs. E. E. Tones of Bristol
Center, and Mrs. William Brisbee of Bristol; also two brothers, William
Lubbock of Canandaigua, and George Lubbock of Rochester. Rev. Boyde
Cleary officiated at the funeral held from the Gilmore home on Monday.
From Ontario County Journal 10 February 1905
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Mary O'Neil Smith, wife
of Patrick Smith, occurred at the family home on the H. G. Chapin farm
on Friday morning. Mrs. Smith had not been well for some time, but she
was dangerously ill only a few days, heart trouble being the cause of
death. She leaves, besides her husband, two daughters, Misses Celia and
Margaret Smith, and one son, Walter. The funeral was held from St.
Bridget's church on Monday morning.
From Fairport Herald Mail 3 April 1918
Mrs. Mary Powers Smith died last Monday, March 25, at the home of
her daughter, Mrs. Stephen J. Smith, of Shortsville. Mrs. Mary P. Smith
was the daughter of the late Jacob and Sally Powers Smith and was born
in this town March 1, 1836, and was 82 years old. On January 17, 1857,
she was united in marriage to Gaines R. Smith, of this town, who died
in 1900. She had always lived in this town until seven years ago when
she went to Shortsville to make her home with her daughter. She had
been a sufferer from a fractured hip for a number of years, during
which much of the time she has cared for by Mrs. Sarah Tay, a former
resident of this town. She is survived by her daughter and several
nephews and nieces. The funeral was held from the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Stephen J. Smith in Shortsville on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock,
conducted by Rev. R. J. Payne, pastor of the Friends' church. Interment
was made in Woodlawn Cemetery at Canandaigua.
From Ontario County Times 27 June 1877
MATTIE RUSSELL SMITH
North Bloomfield, N. Y. - Marvin M. Smith lost his second wife
last week, and she was buried in our cemetery. Her maiden name was
Mattie Russell, and she married James Davis for her first husband.
After a few years of wedded life, Mr. Davis died, leaving one child.
Mr. Smith is a comparatively young man yet, but he has seen
considerable trouble in his married life, and now has five children
depending on him for support. But he has considerable means which helps
From Ontario County Journal 17 April 1908
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The funeral of Mrs. Michael Smith was
held from St. Bridget's church on Monday morning, Rev. P. A. Neville
officiating. The death of Mrs. Smith occurred at a late hour on
Thursday night, April 9, after a lingering illness from heart trouble.
She leaves her husband; six children, Mrs. Mary Henman and William,
Michael, Eugene, and John, of East Bloomfield, and James of Jamestown;
three sisters, Mrs. John Hilliard, of this place; Mrs. Thomas Kennedy
of Fairport; Mrs. George Pfeffer of Palmyra; four brothers, Timothy
McCarthy of Victor; Eugene of Rochester, and John and Jeremiah, of
Fairport. She was 52 years of age.
From Ontario County Journal 28 January 1881
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mr. Michiael Smith died at the house of
his son in this place, Wednesday, Jan. 19th, aged 80 years. Funeral
services were held on Saturday. His remains were taken to Lima for
From Ontario County Times 30 March 1892
Shortsville, N. Y. - The death of Moses C. Smith in
the northwest part of the town, which occurred on the 19th inst.,
removed one of the characters of the town. He was known throughout the
town as "Mutton Smith", it being his habit to peddle mutton in our
villages every winter.
From Naples Record 3 March 1926
At his home in West Hollow, occurred the death yesterday morning, March 2, of Murville R. Smith. He
was a son of the late George and Martha Avery Smith, and was born in
this town of March 28, 1851. Fifty-two years ago he married Catherine
Bogart, who survives. Other survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Gertrude
Manchester, of West Hollow, and a son, Harry Smith, of Brockport. For
many years, Mr. and Mrs. Smith lived near Lake Keuka, where he was
engaged in raising grapes. They returned to West Hollow about eight
From Shortsville Enterprise 30 November 1889
The funeral of Mrs. Nancy Smith was
held on Saturday at 10 a.m. from her late residence, Rev. E.C. Long
officiating. Interment at the Shortsville cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 12 August 1904
Nathan Smith, a prominent resident of Farmington, died at his home
in that town, Wednesday. He was the last of a family of five children,
and had lived in this section seventy years. One daughter survives,
Mrs. Charles Preston, of Farmington. The funeral was held this
afternoon, with burial in the South Farmington cemetery.
From Geneva Gazette 27 August 1886
Death of a Nonagenarian - Nathaniel Smith died in Gorham
August 25th at the advanced age of 92 years. His funeral is to
take place this afternoon at 3 o'clock. Few men
in this county are better known and none more highly respected than
this venerable father in Israel. A Democrat of the old
Jeffersonian school, in middle life and even in his declining years, he
took an interested and active part in the counsels of his of his party,
and was frequently met in its conventions.
Mr. Smith was born in Walkill, Orange county, Sept. 21, 1794.
His earlier adult
years were divided between farm work and teaching school in his native
town. In 1819 he was married to Mary, daughter of Deacon John and
Esther Yeckley, of Montgomery, Orange county, and in the following year
the couple moved to Gorham in this county. A family of eight
children were born to them, of whom six survive. A memorandum
which was found among his papers states that (at the time it was
written, 1877), he had thirteen grandchildren and six great
grandchildren. In 1815, with about fifty others, Mr. Smith made a
of religion and united with the Presbyterian church. That holy
relation he maintained to the
day of his death, and his life was a living example of the earnest,
devout and humble discipline of the Great Master. He endeavored
few others to establish a Reformed Church at Reed's Corners, but the
effort failed, and he thereupon renewed connection with the
Presbyterian Church of Hopewell. His connection with Sunday
School work began in 1817 and ended only with his last illness and
death. Of the temperance cause also he was an active supporter by
precept and example from the commencement of the great reformation. He
has gone to his reward, after a life
blameless before God and man -- fallen
before the reaper's sickle as wheat fully ripened for the harvest.
From Geneva Advertiser 15 July 1902
B. SMITH - The well-known Castle street florist died at his home
on the corner of Castle and Union streets last Tuesday evening aged
about 67 years. He was a sufferer from Bright's disease, and at
the end had something like paralysis of the throat, being unable to
swallow food or drink from Friday before. He was under the old
laws a constable for more than twenty-five years, and a good officer.
In trying to care for Nat. Lee once, during the latter's
insanity, Smith received a pistol ball in his foot. He is
survived by his wife and one married daughter. Burial Glenwood
From Ontario County Chronicle 18 September 1901
Oreb Montague Smith, a well-known resident of Canandaigua,
died Sunday at the family residence in Howell street, aged 86 years. He
had resided in Canandaigua continuously for about sixty-five years,
years of which he spent in the grocery and produce business. During the
last twenty years he had lived in retirement. Two years ago he suffered
a stroke of apoplexy, from which he never recovered, and which, owing
his advanced age, caused his death. He was a lifelong member of the
Episcopal church. He is survived by a son, Edward O. Smith, of
From Geneva Daily Times 5 July 1895
Orren H. Smith, aged 85 years, died at his home in Canandaigua
last Friday morning. Although advanced in years, Mr. Smith
retained the possession of his faculties to the last according to the
TIMES, and his erect form was a familiar figure on the streets up
to within a week of his death. Mr. Smith was born in Onondaga
county in 1810, removed to Hopewell in 1834 and to Canandaigua in 1840,
and was for 45 years engaged in grocery and other mercantile business
there. He served faithfully in official capacity for several
years. He identified himself with the Congregational church at 14
years of age, and his life has been that of a
consistent Christian man. In his death Canandaigua loses
not only one of her oldest business men, but also one of her
most respected citizens. He is survived by one daughter,
Miss H. Etta Smith, of Canandaigua and two sons, Leonard B. Smith of
New York city, and A. Byron Smith, of Rochester.
From Geneva Courier 4 April 1860
An Irishman named Patrick Smith, employed in the Plaster
Mill of William Rankin of Phelps, was killed Monday night, the 26th
ult. While adjusting a spout to the elevator, his
overcoat caught in a cog wheel, and drew him into the machinery. When
found, a few moments after, he was shockingly mangled and life was
From Victor Herald 21 September 1895
Peter Smith, an old resident of Farmington, died at
his home near Woodworth's Corners Monday morning, aged 78 years. The
funeral was held Wednesday.
From Ontario County Chronicle 20 February 1901
Victor, N. Y. - Mrs. Peter Smith, an aged resident of this
town, died at her home, three miles east of this village, yesterday.
the immediate cause of her death of apoplexy. Deceased was over 80
years of age and one of the oldest ladies in town. Mrs. Smith is
by three daughters, Mrs. O. D. Herendeen of Victor, Mrs. Crandall of
Canandaigua and Mrs. White of Walworth and one son, John Smith.
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 21 February 1896
Farmington, Feb. 19 - The sudden death of Mrs. Phebe Smith, Sunday
morning, was sad news. For (sic) years or more she had lived with her
daughter, Mrs. Amos C. Brown, and was in usual health. Only a few days
ago she observed "how comfortably she was enjoying herself this winter."
The cause of death was of apoplectic nature, though she was conscious
and free from pain to the last. The deceased was a daughter of the late
Jacob Smith and the widow of Stephen Smith. Two children survive her,
Stephen J. and Mrs. Emma Brown. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock
this afternoon at the South Meeting House. Deceased was about 74 years of age and highly esteemed.
From Ontario County Journal 13 May 1892
Bristol, N. Y. - Philetus Smith, another old resident, died
suddenly of heart failure Saturday night, May 7, aged 81 years, his
making the fifth death of elderly men of our town in three weeks. The
funeral services were held at the house Monday morning, interment at
Bristol, the Rev. Mr. Nye of
Allen's Hill officiating clergyman.
From Victor Herald 6 July 1900
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Wednesday morning, Mrs. Polly Smith,
better known by a great many as "Aunt Polly," died from the infirmities
of old age, at the age of 95 years. She has been a resident of the town
the greater part of her life. For some years she conducted a hotel at
Bristol. She leaves one son, Albert, a resident here. Funeral services
at her late home, Friday morning, Rev. Buckner, of Bristol, conducting
services. Her remains were taken to Bristol for interment in the family
From Victor Herald 2 March 1900
Five members of the family of Porter D. Smith, Mr. Smith was
positive that no warning of the train's approach reached his ears, and
his son corroborated him. It would seem that the prevailing west wind
were soon upon the scene. Coroner Hollenbeck, of Canandaigua, who soon
arrived, ordered that the bodies be taken to their home and was to hold
an inquest at the Farmington town house Thursday. Mr. Smith was taken
the home of Mr. Tuttle, whence he had a well-known and highly respected
citizen of Farmington, were killed while driving across the Lehigh
Valley tracks at Tuttles' crossing near Farmington station, early
Sunday morning. Their carriage was struck by the locomotive of train
No. 8, known as the
midnight express, eastbound from Buffalo, and of the seven occupants
two escaped instant death. The train which was due at the crossing at
12:14, was a few minutes late and it is claimed was running at an
high speed. Mr. Smith and family had been visiting Saturday evening at
home of Joseph W. Tuttle. At about 11:30 o'clock, they started for home
in a covered carriage. On the front seat facing the horses were the
Porter D. Smith, and his son, Gardner; Albert, a younger son, sat on
front seat with his back to the horses, and the mother, and three
Miranda, Glee, and Catherine, sat on the rear seat. Mr. Tuttle's home
about one-eighth of a mile from the crossing. When they reached the
the father and son, Gardner, who survive, say that they stopped,
and looked both ways but neither saw nor heard any sign of an
train. Just as they reached the south track the swift rushing train
into the carriage. Five of the seven were instantly killed. They were
Smith, the son, Albert, and the daughters, Miranda, Glee and Catherine.
Mr. Smith was seriously injured, three ribs being broken and internal
inflicted. The son, Gardner, escaped with but a few bruises. The train
on nearly a half mile before it could be brought to a stop. It then
to the scene of the accident and the trainmen and passengers assisted
the care of the injured. The bodies of Mrs. Smith and daughter,
were found on the pilot of the engine, and the others lay at various
from the track, some of them one hundred feet away. The son, Gardner,
recovered consciousness and called out for help, being answered only by
his father. When the train returned, the bodies of the dead were
to the station and Mr. Smith was assisted to that place. Physicians
summoned from Victor and Manchester and Drs. Mead and Jackson, of this
village, and Dr. Cook, of Manchester, were soon upon the scene. Coroner
Hollenback, of Canandaigua, who soon arrived, ordered that the bodies
be taken to their home and was to hold an inquest at the Farmington
town house Thursday. Mr. Smith was taken to the home of Mr. Tuttle,
whence he had departed only a
short time before in the best of spirits. Coroner Hollenback deemed Mr.
Smith's condition so serious that he took his deposition, thinking it
might be an ante-mortem statement. Mr. Smith was positive that no
warning of the train's approach reached his ears, and his son
corroborated him. It would seem
that the prevailing west wind would certainly have carried the sound to
them had the whistle been blown of the bell rung. They were, however,
up and in a curtained carriage, and, perhaps, could not have heard them.
From Ontario County Journal 16 April 1909
Bristol, N. Y. - On Wednesday morning, after an illness of two
months, Quincy A. Smith, passed away at the age of 66 years.
His whole life had been spent in the town of Bristol. He was a lifelong
Democrat and an extensive hop grower. He married Miss Florence Rood,
who, with a daughter, Mrs. Charles Travis, of Bristol Center, survives
him. The funeral will be held from his late residence this afternoon at
2 o'clock, burial in Evergreen cemetery. Rev. I. C. Smith will
officiate. Mr. Smith was a kind husband and father and the family have
the sympathy of the community in this hour of trial.
From Ontario County Journal 23 April 1909
Bristol Center, N. Y. - The funeral of Quincy A. Smith was
home on Friday. From out-of-town were Mr.
and Mrs. Derrick McCreedy, Mrs. Jennie Clarke of Centerfield; Mrs.
Jessie Velie of Watkins; Mr. and Mrs. F. O. Sisson, Mr. and Mrs. M. J.
Moran of Canandaigua. The floral offerings were beautiful and profuse.
The services conducted by Rev. I. C. Smith, assisted by Rev. Charles H.
Hamblin. The deceased was the youngest son of Rev. Benjamin B. Smith,
who was a former pastor of the Bristol Congregational church. His
mother was Maria Vincent, daughter of Dr. Youngs Vincent, one of the
Bristol pioneers from Connecticut, who settled in the place about the
year 1800, on the farm now owned by Mrs. Amelia Smith.
From Ontario County Journal 20 September 1895
Cheshire, N. Y. - Mrs. Rachel Smith died last week Thursday at the
home of her daughter, Mrs. Wm. Ward, aged 82 years. She has been
failing in health for some time. The funeral occurred Saturday at the
house. Rev. W. H. Ward officiated. The interment took place in the
cemetery at Cheshire.
From Ontario County Journal 16 March 1900
Richard Smith died at his home on Gorham street on Monday night,
after an illness of several weeks, aged 79 years. A short time ago, Mr.
and Mrs. Smith left their farm home in Hopewell, and purchased the
present residence on Gorham street. Besides his wife, he leaves two
daughters, Misses Anna and Margaret Smith, and one son, William Smith.
The funeral was held from St. Mary's church on Wednesday morning at
From Geneva Gazette 9 December 1886
Sudden Death of Another Old and Respected Citizen - On
half past nine our people were startled by
the report the Mr. Robert Smith had died suddenly of heart
disease. The report proved only too true. Mr. Smith
it appears arose at about nine and was apparently as well in health as
he had been for some time. He was sitting in a chair by the stove
and had stooped over to fasten his shoes. His daughter, Mrs.
Dempsey, was temporarily absent, and when she returned after about two
or three minutes, she noticed that her father had not changed his
position. Speaking to him she received no answer; becoming
alarmed she stepped up to
him and raised him up. He was gasping for breath and unable to
speak. She being now thoroughly alarmed laid his head back in his
chair and ran across the way and alarmed Mr. John Miller, a
brother-in-law; when they returned
to the room, Mr. Smith was still sitting in the chair
as his daughter had left him. The two then carried him to his bed
and he spoke and asked for water. He also said, "Oh, don't touch
me, you hurt me so." These were the last words he spoke.
Dr. Weyburn was summoned at once, but when he arrived a few moments
later the sufferer was beyond his aid and death ensued a few minutes
after the physician saw him. He at once pronounced it a case
of rheumatism of the heart.
Mr. Smith was born in Suffolk Co. England on the 25th day of May,
1805. He emigrated to this country in 1832, landing at Onondaga
Hill, Onondaga Co., in June of that year. There he lived five
years following the occupation of farming. There he buried two
sons. From Onondaga Co. he came to Geneva in the spring of 1837,
and took up the occupation of cartman. He was a man of very
generous impulses and made many friends. His hospitality was
proverbial among his friends, and no man, woman or child ever came to
his door hungry without being fed, and many of his fellow countrymen
have sat at his board for long periods and he was never the one to say
"go," and yet he received no remuneration. The writer of this was
when a young man just starting in life a recipient of his generous,
kindly heart. Having finished his trade and wishing to engage in
business, but not having the means, Mr. Smith came promptly forward and
loaned the boy all the money he had, and it was a goodly sum for
him. He would neither take any security for his money nor allow
any interest to be paid on it, simply trusting to the young man to pay
he became able. Such was the man at heart who was followed on
Wednesday afternoon last to his final resting place in beautiful
Glenwood by a large concourse of relatives and sympathizing
friends. Mr. Smith was a rough man in many of his ways
and had his faults, and who has not ? but he was a warm and generous
friend, a kind husband and father, a good citizen, and passed
away having the respect of almost the entire community. He leaves
behind five daughters, all married; seven grand children and four
great-grand children. The funeral services were held
at the Universalist church, the Rev. Mr. Perkins, of Clifton Springs,
From Ontario County Chronicle 30 January 1901
Robert Smith, a well-known farmer residing on the Cheshire road
died at his home on Sunday, aged about 71 years. His funeral was held
from his late residence yesterday, and was attended by the members of
Canandaigua Lodge F. and A. M., of which the deceased was a member.
From Ontario County Journal 1 February 1901
The death of Robert Smith occurred at his home, a short
distance southwest of this village, on Sunday morning, after a brief
illness from a brain disease following the grip. The deceased was 71
years of age and leaves five sons, Emory Smith, of Livonia, and H. H.,
Frank, Charles and William, of this town; and three daughters, Misses
Dora, Bessie and Elizabeth Smith, who reside at the family home.
Deceased was a widely known and respected citizen. He possessed a
genial disposition, which found him many friends. His generous and kind
deeds will cause his name to be long remembered. He was a member of the
Masonic fraternity and that organization conducted the funeral services
on Tuesday afternoon. The body was placed in the vault at Woodlawn.
From Ontario County Journal 5 May 1899
The death of Mrs. Robert Smith occurred at her home, two
miles south of this village, last Friday morning. The deceased was aged
61 years. She leaves, besides her husband, five sons and three
daughters. Mrs. Smith was a kind and devoted mother, and highly
esteemed by all who knew her. The funeral was attended last Sunday
afternoon by a large circle of friends. The burial was in Woodlawn
From Canandaigua Daily Messenger 19 November 1937
Mrs. Rose Ann Smith, 89, of Clark Street, died late yesterday
afternoon in Memorial hospital, where she was admitted last Friday.
Mrs. Smith sustained a fractured hip in a fall at the home of her
niece, Mrs. Mary Ketchum, of Cheshire, whom she was visiting. Mrs.
Smith was born in Ireland December 28, 1847, daughter of John and Mary
McNeilly McDade, and came to this country when six years of age. She
leaves one son, John Leo Smith, and two grandchildren, Donald and Rose
Mary Smith, all of Rochester; also several nieces and nephews. The
funeral will take place Saturday at 9 o'clock from the home of her
niece, Mrs. Edward Hogan, and at 9:30 from St. Mary's church. Interment
will be Calvary Cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 12 November 1897
Bristol Springs, N. Y. - Russell Smith, who had resided in this
town nearly all his life of 83 years, died at the home of his son,
Marshall, on Friday, Nov. 5, after a short illness. He also was the
victim of a paralytic stroke from which he never rallied. He was always
known as a frank, honorable man, whose influence in the neighborhood
was always good. Two sons and two daughters survive him, his wife
having died about 35 years ago. In looking over this town a good many
acres of good land can be seen from which Mr. Smith had removed the
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 11 January 1928
Baptist Hill, N. Y., Jan. 10 - Salatiel Smith, 72, a lifelong
resident of Bristol, died at the home of his son, John Smith, Sunday.
He leaves one son, John Smith; two daughters, Mrs. James McClurg of
this place, and Mrs. Fred Straub of Victor; also a stepson, Frank
McNair of Baptist Hill. Funeral from the home of John Smith Wednesday
at 2 o'clock, Rev. George H. Campbell of the Universalist church,
officiating. Burial in Evergreen cemetery.
From Shortsville Enterprise 2 July 1914
Farmington, N. Y. - The funeral of Samuel Mott Smith, who
died on June 18, was held from his late home the following Sunday. Rev.
White, pastor of the South Perinton church, officiated. Mr. Smith was
born in Macedon, Nov. 21, 1832, and was married Sept. 18, 1868 to Miss
Elizabeth Beal. He is survived by his wife, two sons, five daughters,
three brothers and one sister.
From Ontario County Journal 15 August 1884
Mrs. Sarah Smith, wife of Moses O. Smith, of Farmington, died on
Friday night after a painful illness, aged about forty-five years. She
had a large circle of friends in this vicinity, who sympathize deeply
with the bereaved husband and family.
From Ontario County Journal 10 June 1910
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - The funeral of Mrs. Sarah
Smith, who died at the home of her son, Alonzo Smith, on June 2,
was held from his home on Saturday afternoon, with burial at Livonia.
Mrs. Smith was of remarkable physical ability and lived 88 years
without any illness. She was out doors on Monday and on entering the
house, complained of feeling weak and gradually sank until the end
came. She leaves, besides her sons, James and Alonzo, with whom she
lived, two brothers, James Allen of Michigan; and George Allen of
Canandaigua. A brother, Clark Allen of Lima, who was 86 years of age,
died about two weeks ago. She also leaves seven grandchildren and six
From Ontario County Journal 3 January 1902
Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Smith, wife of Llewellyn L. Smith, passed away
without a moment's warning, at her home on Gibson street, Monday
forenoon. At the time she was stricken down, she was dusting the hall
furniture and had been talking with her daughter concerning
preparations for the dinner. Her daughter had left her but a moment
before, and had just reached the dining room, when she heard an
agonizing cry from her mother; she hurried to her and reached her as
she sank to the floor, only to find that she had ceased breathing. Dr.
F. P. Warner was summoned, and an examination showed that death had
been caused by the bursting of a blood vessel in the heart. All through
the village the shocking news was received with profound sorrow. Mrs.
Smith had resided here since 1865, and by her wide and sympathetic
interests with all classes of people, had won hosts of friends. Her
cordial hospitality made her home the gathering place of relatives and
friends, and she was never happier than when they were with her. She
had been a member of the Baptist church for many years, and had taken
an active part in all its organizations. Mrs. Smith was born in
Jackson, Mich., Feb. 24, 1838. She became the wife of Elam C. Beeman in
1864, and at the close of the war, came here to reside. Mr. Beeman died
in 1883, and in 1894, she married Llewellyn L. Smith, who, with one
daughter, Mrs. L. L. Smith, Jr., and one son, Henry A. Beeman, survive.
She also leaves two sisters, Mrs. L. C. Hall, Washington street, and
Mrs. Josephine Hough of Jackson, Mich.; and one brother, Col. A. S.
Bacon of Brooklyn. The funeral was held from her late home on New
Year's afternoon at 3 o'clock. Her pastor, Rev. William N. Thomas,
officiated, and was assisted by Rev. F. P. Litchenberg, pastor of the
Jefferson avenue Church of Christ of Buffalo, and Rev. Dr. J. Wallace
Webb. A quartette, composed of Mrs. Robert F. Thompson, Miss Lizzie
Neu, Frank B. Spencer and Robert F. Thompson, sang. The interment was
made in Woodlawn.
From Fairport Herald Mail 26 January 1933
Farmington, 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 Elizabeth 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 that place.
From Ontario County Journal 19 April 1901
The death of Mrs. Sarah Jane La Tour Smith, wife of Oreb M.
Smith, occurred at her home on Howell street, at an early hour on
Monday morning. Mrs. Smith had been an invalid for two years, but the
immediate cause of death was apoplexy, with which she was stricken on
the night of April 9. The deceased was 75 years of age, and came to
Canandaigua as a bride 56 years ago. Besides her husband and son,
Edward O. Smith, of this village, the surviving members of her family
are two sisters and two brothers, all of whom are older than Mrs.
Smith. A granddaughter, Miss Mary Smith, a daughter of George L. Smith,
who was killed in a railroad accident at Harrisburg, Pa, on June 24
1892, also survives. Mrs. Smith was a member of the Presbyterian church
of this village. The funeral was held from the Smith home on Wednesday
afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. J. Q. Adams officiating.
From Shortsville Enterprise 23 August 1912
Silas W. Smith, who resided three miles north of this village, was
found dead in his bed on Monday morning about 9 o'clock. Smith and
another old man, John O'Peir, lived together and when the latter went
to Smith's bedroom to call him for breakfast that morning he was
greatly grieved to learn that the angel of death had summoned him
first. Smith and O'Peir sat conversing until about 11 o'clock Sunday
night when the former decided to go to bed. He appeared in his usual
health, Coroner Eiseline of this village who was summoned, attributed
his demise to heart disease, a malady from which he had been suffering
for over a year.
Silas W. Smith was born in the township of Manchester on Dec. 9,
1845, and had always made his home in this section. He was a well-known
veteran of the Civil War, having enlisted at an early age in the 64th
Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry. He served throughout the four
years of strife and was honorably discharged at the close. He was
thrice married, his first helpmeet being Miss Catherine Cornelius, who
died 28 years ago; the second wife was Miss Rosetto Dillon and the last
one Miss Julia Trask. The survivors are one daughter, Mrs. Peter
Johnson of Manchester; one son, Edward Smith, of Hudson, Mich.; and one
half-brother, William J. B. Smith, of Jasper, Mich. The funeral
obsequies were held from the home of his daughter, Mrs. Johnson, at
Manchester on Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock and the burial
followed in Brookside Cemetery in the Parlor Village.
From Ontario County Journal 11 June 1886
Naples, N. Y. - Simon Smith, a prominent farmer and business man
of this village, died on Saturday last. He was about 67 years of age
and had always been one of the most active men in
town. He came here poor some thirty years ago and had accumulated a
fine property. He was as universally known in the county round about as
any man here, which was attested by the large number of people from
neighboring towns that attended his funeral. He was buried from the
Methodist church of which he had long been a member. His five stalwart
sons and one son-in-law bore him to his last home. Of thirteen children
eight remain, all married. The absence from our midst of such men as he
will be strikingly noticeable and his peculiar place will be hard to
From Geneva Daily Times 30 April 1904
Mrs. Sophia Smith, of No. 664 Exchange street, who was rescued
from drowning a week ago today, died last night at 12 o'clock at the
City hospital, aged sixty-five years. After being rescued from her
perilous condition she was removed to her home. Pneumonia developed,
she was removed to the City hospital Tuesday, where it was found that
both lungs were congested. Death resulted this morning. The body was
removed to DeVaney and Fletcher's undertaking rooms.
At the time of her accident she was engaged in gathering coal and
wood along the Fall Brook tracks and in reaching for a large piece of
coal along the water's edge, she lost her balance and fell into the
water. She was rescued by Frank Burchim, an employe of the Geneva
Furniture Manufacturing company. The deceased is survived by only one
daughter, Mrs. Louis Spaid of Auburn. The funeral will take place at 10
o'clock Monday morning from the undertaking rooms. Burial will be in
From Phelps Citizen 16 April 1928
Stephen A. Smith entered into rest at his family home southeast of
Phelps on the Pre-Emption road Friday morning. Besides his wife and one
son, G. Lester Smith, he leaves one sister, Mrs. Mark Sheppard of
Breesport; one brother, Elmer E. Smith; and an aunt, Mrs. Sarah Millis,
both of Geneva. He was a member of Geneva Ark Lodge, NO. 83, F. &
A. M., Geneva Chapter and Geneva Commandery. Funeral services were held
from his family home Monday afternoon at 2:30, Rev. Alex. Thompson of
Geneva officiating and services in charge of the Geneva Commandery at
the grave. Interment was made in Rest Haven, Phelps.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 28 April 1929
Shortsville, N. Y., April 27 - Stephen J. Smith died at his home on
Main Street in this village. He was born in Farmington on Dec. 22, 1842
and had resided in this village for the last 20 years. He leaves one
daughter, Patty Smith of Shortsville; and one son, LeRoy M. Smith of
Chicago. Funeral at South Farmington Chapel at 3 o'clock Sunday
afternoon. Burial in South Farmington Cemetery.
From "The National Nurseryman, Vol. 23, Rochester, N.Y., July, 1915."
MRS. SUSAN SMITH
Mrs. Susan Smith, Geneva, New York, died April
25, at the ripe age of 98 years.
Mrs. Smith was the wife of the late
Thomas Smith, one of the original proprietors of the Geneva Nursery, W. & T.
Smith, before it was incorporated under its present title. [page 256]
Thanks to Martha Magill for this contribution.
From Geneva Gazette 20 July 1894
Mrs. Theodore J. Smith died at her home in Geneva last Wednesday
morning. She leaves two children, the youngest only about six months
old, since whose birth the mother has been an invalid. She was a
daughter of the late Sidney A. Schieffelin, enjoyed a very extensive
acquaintance and a friendship co-extensive therewith; all will extend
to the sadly bereaved husband and other relatives most profound
From Geneva Daily Times 2 December 1895
Thomas Smith, the well-known nurseryman, member of the firm of W.
and T. Smith, died at 12 o'clock today, surrounded by the members of
his family, at the age of 75
yrs. and 9 mos. He had been in feeble health for some time and
his death was expected. He was born in England, and came to America
when a young man, settling in Geneva where he was joined by his
and established a large nursery business. He was a brother of Wm.
Smith, with whom he was associated in business, and of the late Edward
Smith, and has always been highly esteemed as a business man and
From Ontario County Journal 13 December 1912
Thomas Smith, aged 80 years, a resident of Bristol street, expired
suddenly on Wednesday afternoon while walking on Coach street near the
Webster house. He was seen to stagger and fall and assistance was
quickly at his side. Officers Fisk and Cougevan carried the prostrate
form into the hotel nearby. Dr. J. H. Jewett arrived soon afterward and
found that Mr. Smith was dead. He had expired instantly. Mr. Smith had
been in feeble health for some months, but was able to be about.
Deceased formerly conducted a shoe business here and for years
previously was a commercial traveler. Mr. Smith is survived by his
wife, Mrs. Ella Smith, four daughters, Mrs. Mary McDowell of New York
City, Mrs. Maude Long and Mrs. Elizabeth Sweeney, both of Buffalo, and
Miss Julia Smith of Rochester; and by two sons, Lawrence V. of this
village, and William of New York. Funeral services will be held at 9:30
tomorrow morning at St. Mary's church, with interment in Calvary
From Geneva Daily Times 26 October 1917
Timothy Smith, who resided with his daughter, Mrs. J. E. Cooley, of
41 Mason street, died this morning at 3 o'clock at the Geneva City
Hospital. Mr. Smith suffered a stroke of paralysis on Saturday night
last at 7 o'clock which resulted in his death. He was a member of the
G. A. R., was a Civil War veteran, having been with the 115th New York
Engineers. He leaves five children: Charles W. Smith of Rochester, Mrs.
F. D. Brass of Rochester; Frank Smith of Kendaia, Mrs. C. H. Whitney of
Kendaia and Mrs. J. E. Cooley of Geneva; 18 grandchildren and 2
great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon
from the house, 41 Mason street, and at 3 o'clock at the Baptist church
of Kendaia, with Rev. Mr. Roszell officiating. Interment will be in the
If you have an interest in this family, please contact Darwina.
From Ontario County Journal 6 September 1912
After a long and enfeebling illness, death came to Virgil Smith, at
Canandaigua hospital on Saturday, aged 74 years. Rev. G. L. Morrill
officiated at the funeral services on Tuesday afternoon and interment
was in West avenue cemetery. Mr. Smith was a member of Canandaigua
Lodge, I. O. O. F., No. 236, for over 30 years, and many members of
that organization attended and officiated. Before his removal to this
village about two years ago, Mr. Smith was a resident of Reeds Corners
and for many years was prominently connected with the management of the
Gorham Agricultural Society. Besides his wife, Mr. Smith is survived by
one son, A. M. Smith of Ilion; a daughter, Mrs. William J. Brown; and
three grandchildren, Miss Maud Frankish and Lawrence Frankish, of this
place, and Leon Frankish of Ilion.
From Geneva Daily Times 4 January 1909
W. Harrison Smith of 77 N. Genesee street died at the City
Hospital this afternoon. Death was due to injuries received at the
plant of the Geneva Wagon Works on Monday, December 28th. Mr. Smith at
that time received burns which resulted in his death today. He was
engaged in attempting to clean out a shaving conveyor which had in some
manner become clogged. While endeavoring to move the shavings, flames
burst from the vent through which he was working and enveloped him
about the head and shoulders. His clothing was burned from the upper
portion of his body and the flesh badly burned before fellow workmen
succeeded in extinguishing the flames. Mr. Smith was immediately taken
to the City Hospital and attended by Drs. Grove and Knickerbocker.
Since that time he has been in great pain, and for the past few days
has been unconscious the greater part of the time. He died about 1:30
o'clock this afternoon. The deceased was an employee of the Geneva
Wagon Works for a number of years. The survivors are his widow, one
daughter, Mrs. Lena Urquhart, and one son, Frank Smith. Burial
From Geneva Daily Times 30 December 1904
Phelps, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. W. W. Smith occurred
yesterday morning at her home near West Junius. She was fifty-three
years of age and leaves besides her husband, three sisters. The funeral
will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock at the house, Rev. E. L.
Waldorf officiating. The remains will be buried in Pinewood cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 15 March 1889
Shortly after one o'clock last Friday afternoon, Will L. Smith, a
this village, took a dose of crystal
strychnine in E. W. Simmons' drug store and died from the effects one
hour later. Mr. Smith went into the store about one o'clock, Mr.
Simmons was at dinner, and while his clerk, Hiram Levalley, was waiting
upon a customer, he saw Smith go behind the counter and reach for
something on the shelves. When questioned regarding it, Smith denied
having taken anything from the shelf, but not being satisfied, Levalley
asked him to have a cigar, hoping he would then show his hand and
reveal whatever it contained. Smith took a cigar but kept his left hand
tightly closed. Levalley's suspicion that he had taken something from
the shelves was strengthened by this action, and he persisted in
demanding of Smith what he had in his hand. The latter finally opened
his hand and showed a small quantity of crystal strychnine, which
Levalley brushed to the floor instantly. He didn't succeed in removing
it all, however, as subsequent events proved. After taking a drink of
water, Smith complained of feeling tired and retiring to the private
office in the rear of the store, reclined to the couch. Five minutes
later he called Levalley to him and told him he had taken some of the
deadly drug. Levalley sent for medical assistance at once and with the
help of some young men from
an adjoining store, proceeded to administer antidotes. The deadly
had accomplished its work, and although the young man evinced regret
his action and a desire to live, the efforts of his friends and medical
attendants were unavailing. He died in about an hour from the time he
took the drug.
There is no doubt but that mental depression caused by a train of
unfortunate circumstances, extending over a period of nearly a year,
was the cause of the rash deed. The deceased, as a member of the firm
of Smith Bros. & Co., had built up a reputation as a man of rare
business capacity. A prediction for racing sports had unfortunately
involved him in financial straits, and several months since he was
obliged to retire from the firm. His mind was undoubtedly unbalanced by
the troubles which he went through. Several weeks since he was thrown
from a buggy on the road between Canandaigua and Palmyra, and striking
his head, received
injuries which at first was feared were fatal. He recovered his bodily
strength and went back to employment in the mill. There he met with
accident in which he received a blow on the head with a barrel. This
his mental difficulties and no doubt contributed largely to the state
which ended in Friday's sad tragedy.
The deceased was 32 years of age. He was a member of the masonic
fraternity and an honorary member of the Merrill Hose, as well as an
officer in various trotting associations. A wife and son survive him.
From Ontario County Journal 11 May 1894
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - On Tuesday evening about 5 o'clock Willard
died very suddenly at the Sanitarium. He had been at the
institution for some time past, and was thought to be getting along
nicely. He was about 60 years of age, and leaves a wife and three
children: Mrs. H. S. Bundy of this place, Murray Smith of Detroit,
Mich., and Barnard Smith of Chicago. He had resided here for a number
of years and was highly respected. Mr. Smith, at the time of his death,
was in the employ of McKessen & Robbins of New York, as traveling
salesman. The funeral services will be held from St. John's Episcopal
church Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock.
From Ontario County Journal 27 April 1888
Orleans, N. Y. - The funeral of Wm. Smith was
attended on Sunday last at the residence of Jesse Thatcher, whose
employ Mr. Smith was in. His remains were interred in the Orleans
From Ontario County Times 17 June 1874
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Last evening Mr. William Smith died
his age. Mr. Smith came to this place with
his father when a child and has lived here ever since. He has been for
many years a highly esteemed citizen and beloved member of the church
of Christ. About two years ago he received a shock of paralysis, and
since that time has been nearly helpless, quite so during the last few
months, so that death is but a release from this bondage to the flesh.
From Geneva Daily Times 27 December 1904
Canandaigua, N. Y. - William Smith, the young Hopewell farmer, who
contracted "wool sorter's disease" some time ago by scratching his
wrist while killing hogs, and
who has been receiving treatment at the Canandaigua Hospital of
Physicians and Surgeons, for a few days, died yesterday in spite of
every effort being made by the physicians to save his life. Dr.
Donovan, of this village, who had charge of the case, was hopeful of
patient, and at one time thought seriously of amputating the young
arm in hope of checking the spread of the deadly germs throughout the
system. However, it was found that amputation would only be an added
as the disease had gained such a hold on the whole system that only
could be the result. It is stated that the hogs butchered by Smith will
be destroyed in order to eradicate the dreadful disease if possible,
as a rule it affects animals alone and not persons.
From Geneva Daily Times 2 March 1909
William Smith, aged 82 years, died yesterday afternoon at 2
o'clock at the home of Charles Marvin of Wadsworth street. He is
survived by one son, George N. Smith of Utica, and one granddaughter,
Jessie Weadon of Chester, S. C. The funeral will take place from the
residence of Mr. Marvin Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. D. H.
Craver will officiate and burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 19 June 1896
Phelps, N. Y. - Wm. A. Smith, one of the most prominent and
well-known citizens of this place, died last Sunday evening, aged 87
years. The deceased had been in feeble health for a long time caused
from stomach trouble and had made a strong fight for life and had
survived longer that it was thought he possibly could. He had received
the best of care and attention at the hands of Dr. and Mrs. W. A.
White, his grandchildren, with whom he lived for the past few years.
The deceased had been identified with the best interests of the place
for years. He was for years a consistent member of the Presbyterian
church and gave liberally to its support. The deceased is survived by
one son, Lewis, of New York city. His wife and daughter, Mrs. Delia
Frazer, preceded him several years since. The funeral services were
held from the residence on Ontario street yesterday afternoon at 4
o'clock, Rev. Dr. Webb, officiating. The interment was made in the
family plot in the Phelps cemetery.
From Geneva Advertiser 11 July 1893
Another Old Citizen - The venerable William H. Smith, for
many years a bookseller and stationer here, died last Saturday
afternoon at about 5 o'clock, quite suddenly. For two or three
days he had been complaining of pain
in the chest, which leads to the opinion that he died of disease of the
heart. He was born in New Milford, Conn., April 8, 1817, and
consequently was aged 76 years and three months. He came to
Geneva in April, 1836, and
was in business from that time until he sold out to Seibel &
Mulcahy about two years ago, a period of about 55
years. He was an honest old man, consistent in every way, a
member of the First Presbyterian Church. His aged widow survives
him. The funeral occurs this afternoon at 3 o'clock from his old
home on High street.
From Geneva Advertiser 11 March 1902
On Monday, Feb. 24th, all that was mortal of Mrs. William H.
Smith was laid to rest. Her spirit passed on to the better
world Friday, Feb. 21st, at 12:30 o'clock, as easily and quietly as a
bird flits from one tree to another. She was looking out of the
window when suddenly a great light came into her eyes, and in an
instant the breathing ceased.
Nancy Ramsey was born in Canandaigua Nov. 10th, 1820, but the greater
part of her life was passed in Geneva. A long and happy married
life she lived with the husband of her youth, William H. Smith, a
prominent business man of this place. They were both active members of
the 1st Presbyterian church, he being for many years one of its elders.
Her sunny disposition, keen sense of
humor, and her intense interest in everything relating to the progress
of not only her own town but of the world at large made her both an
agreeable and helpful companion, and drew to her a large circle of
friends. A firm, steady and ever-increasing Christian faith was
one of her strongest characteristics, and in the later years of her
life, by the time adversities reached her and crowded upon her, this
faith in the ever present love of her Heavenly Father had become so
like that of a little child in its mother's ,arms that she was able
still to go on to
the end, with the same cheerful face and demeanor, the loving heart
for her friends, the same desire to help others. The last months
of her life were spent in peace and happiness in a sunny room at the
"Church Home." A beautiful funeral service was held there,
conducted by Dr. Weller, and with exceedingly
appropriate remarks by Dr. Moore, who was for many years her
near neighbor and warm friend.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 15 February 1905
Ex-County Judge William H. Smith died at his home in
Gibson street Tuesday night, at the age of 76 years. Judge Smith had
been in his usual health Sunday morning, when he suffered a stroke of
apoplexy and paralysis, and was found by his daughter in an unconscious
condition. Dr. J. H. Jewett was hastily summoned and in a short time
Judge Smith revived and was able to converse and move about, but soon
began to sink again and lapsed into an unconscious condition. A severe
attack of pneumonia added to the other complications and he failed
rapidly until 10:30 Tuesday night when his death occurred. He is
survived by two daughters, Mrs. Frank Stark of Tomahawk, Wisconsin, and
Miss Harriet M. Smith, who resided with him.
Judge Smith was a well-known and respected resident of this village
having served two terms as county judge and being otherwise prominently
identified with village affairs. He was first elected county judge in
1868 and served a term of four years from Jan. 1, 1869. He was again
elected in the fall of 1878 and served for a term of six years. He was
a man of many good qualities and of a pleasant and benevolent
appearance and was a familiar figure which will be greatly missed from
the streets of Canandaigua.
From Ontario County Journal 5 October 1888
On Monday morning last, William M. Smith, senior partner of
the well-known firm of Wm. M. Smith & Co., bakers, died at
his residence on Gorham street, of paralysis of the heart. Mr. Smith
was born in England, but came to this country when a mere boy and
settled in Palmyra, Wayne county. At the outbreak of the rebellion, he
joined the 33d regiment N. Y. Volunteers and served in the army until
the close of the war. He afterward engaged in the business of baker and
confectioner in Palmyra, and since his removal to Canandaigua about
thirteen years ago, has followed the same business here. He was a
member of Canandaigua lodge No. 294 F. & A. M., and was buried on
Wednesday afternoon with
masonic honors by that lodge, Bro. George McGown of Palmyra acting as
M., and Zenobia Commandry K. T. of Palmyra, of which he was also a
acting as escort. The deceased was in the 49th year of his age and he
a widow, three sons and one daughter.
From Ontario County Times 27 April 1864
Died on Tuesday, 19th April, at the camp of the 38th regiment of
United States Colored Troops, near Portsmouth, Va., William P.
Smith, youngest son of the late Thomas Smith of Phelps, Adjutant
of the regiment, late a Corporal in Co. C., 148th N. Y. S. V., and at
the time of his enlistment, a member of the junior class in Hobart
College, aged 20 years and 3 months.
From Ontario County Journal 20 May 1881
The death of Mrs. Winfield S. Smith, which occurred on
Tuesday night, was a sad and unexpected event. Mrs. S. had been ill
only a short time, but her illness suddenly took an unfavorable turn,
and she passed away in spite of all efforts to battle against the
disease. She leaves many sorrowing friends, and her husband, thus
suddenly bereft of
a loving wife, has the sympathy of all.
From Ontario County Journal 28 November 1884
The people of this village were greatly shocked by the announcement
of the sudden death of Winfield S. Smith last Saturday
morning. He had been confined to his bed only since the previous
Wednesday, when he had a severe attack of colic caused by indigestion,
and his trouble was complicated on Thursday by an affection of the
brain, terminating fatally Saturday morning. He was well known and
generally respected through Canandaigua and round about. He was at
one time a conductor on the N. C. R. R., but more recently in the book
trade and manager of the telephone exchange in this village. His age
was 32 years. His mother, Mrs. Lindley Smith, and a brother, Mr. Mack
Smith, survive him. The funeral services were held from the residence
his uncle, Dr. J. T. Smith, at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon.
From Ontario County Journal 25 October 1895
Youngs W. Smith, one of the best known farmers and hop growers in
Ontario county, died at his home near Vincent, town of Bristol, Tuesday
morning. He had been in failing health for some time, and for the past
week his death had been daily expected. The deceased was born in the
town of Hopewell, March 20, 1839. He was the son of Dr. Ebenezer Smith,
and his ancestral strain is traceable back into the 17th century. He
was reared on the farm and attended the East Bloomfield academy,
completing his education at the Iron City Commercial college,
Pittsburg, Pa. He engaged in farming in the fertile Bristol valley, and
in 1867 branched out into hop growing. The industry was a new one in
that region at that time, but a yard of five acres yielded so
encouragingly that Mr. Smith increased the acreage until he became the
second largest grower in the state. A few years ago 115 acres of his
400-acre farm were devoted to hop growing. Mr. Smith was also an
extensive dealer in hops, and was a member of the firm of Youngs W.
Smith & Co., Pearl street, New York.
Mr. Smith had been a staunch Democrat until 1892, when he identified
himself with the People's party. He represented his town in the board
of supervisors in 1888, and in the same year was nominated by the
Democratic party for member of assembly, but was defeated by the
Republican candidate. The deceased was a member of Canandaigua lodge,
F. & A. M., and also of the Farmer's Alliance. He is survived by a
widow, Amelia Lee, whom he married in 1867, and by a son, Lee B. Smith.
Mrs. C. O. Taylor, a sister, and Quincey A. Smith, of Bristol, a
brother, also survive. In the death of Mr. Smith the town of Bristol
loses one of the most progressive business men, and one of its best
citizens. The funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at two
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