"Sum" to "Sz" Obituaries



From Shortsville Enterprise 4 January 1907

Daniel Summers,
one of the oldest residents of the town, died at his home in the village of Clifton Springs pm Saturday, aged 78 years. A widow and five adult children survive.



From Geneva Daily Times 15 September 1944

Arthur M. Sumner
of 145 Hillcrest avenue died this morning after a short illness. Previous to coming to Geneva, he was associated with H. E. Hovey in promoting chain stores in central New York. Upon coming to Geneva in 1906, he became an executive of the Market Basket Corporation. He was a member of North Presbyterian church. Survivors are his wife, Blanche Thayer Sumner; two daughters, Mrs. Irwin Beadle of Honolulu and Mrs. William Kosco of Niagara Falls; and a sister, Mrs. G. L. Prescott of Rome, N. Y. Funeral services will be held from his late home on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. Rev. Alexander Thompson of the North Presbyterian church will officiate. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.



From Ontario County Journal 27 April 1917

The death of George A. Supplee occurred at his home on Parrish Street on Tuesday, the 24th, following a long illness, aged 38 years. He leaves his wife, Mrs. May Palmer Supplee and three daughters, Leah, Miriam and Ruth Supplee; his father, Leonard Supplee, one sister Mrs. Roy McMillan, all of Canandaigua, one brother, Fred of Rochester. The funeral services will be held at the home this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. G. E. Finlay, of the Baptist church, will officiate, and interment will be in Woodlawn cemetery.



From Ontario County Journal 8 March 1912

Stanley, N. Y. -
The death of Harry Suter occurred at his home near this village on Friday night, after an illness of several weeks with complications of diseases. Funeral services were held from the late home on Monday afternoon at 1 o'clock and at 1:30 at the Methodist church. His pastor, the Rev. Bruce Pierce, had charge of the services, with burial at the Little Church cemetery. A widow and one daughter, Mrs. William Swartout, and three sons survive.



From Geneva Daily Times 5 May 1922

Hall, N. Y. - Clarke Sutherland,
an old-time resident of Hall, died at his home Wednesday forenoon. Funeral Friday at 2:30 p.m. from his late residence. Burial in Union church cemetery. He leaves one son, Grove, and one brother, George W. Sutherland.



From Ontario County Chronicle 29 June 1904

At the home of Henry C. Sutherland, on the Bristol road, the death occurred Saturday of Mrs. Ellen E. Wheeler Sutherland, wife of Louis T. Sutherland, at the age of 59 years. She is survived by her husband, one son, Acey W. Sutherland of this place. and three brothers, Edward R. Wheeler of Canandaigua, Heber E. Wheeler and Ulysses W. Wheeler of East Bloomfield.



From Ontario County Repository & Messenger 10 April 1872

Died at the family residence in the town of Canandaigua, March 30th, Mrs. Eunice Sutherland. Mrs. Sutherland, whose maiden name was Eunice Spencer, was born in Conn. 1790, and at the time of her death was aged eighty-one years and seven months. In her death another link is broken which bound the present times with the earliest history of our county. The subject of this sketch while in infancy was brought by her parents to this section, and the first four years of her life were spent in South Bristol, then a wilderness. During these years there was not a white person living within four miles of their home, and the "red men of the forest" were their only companions and neighbors. It is by no means easy for us of present time, to conceive the hardships and privations of those early pioneers, who laid with so much toil the groundwork of our prosperity and advantages. In 1812. she was married to Josiah Sutherland, and together they lived and labored until her decease. She had been a consistent member of the M. E. Church for thirty-one years, and her death was in peace of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The funeral, which took place from the old family residence, was attended by a large circle of near relatives of the deceased, and her body so wasted by time and disease, and yet so precious to the eyes of her aged companion and children, was deposited in the grave.



From Ontario County Chronicle 25 September 1901

The death of John L. Sutherland, of Geneva, occurred at Cazenovia, Wednesday, aged 72 years. Mr. Sutherland was a son of Jacob Sutherland, an early resident of Geneva. The deceased was born in Albany, March 31, 1829. He went to Geneva when a boy; he entered Hobart college in the class of 1849, but subsequently left and completed his education at Union college. From Union he went to New York Law School. He was admitted to the bar in Geneva, where he practiced his profession up to a short time ago, when he was obliged to retire on account of ill health. The remains were taken to Geneva Thursday, where the funeral and interment were held Friday afternoon. A wife and three sisters survive.



From Ontario Repository and Messenger 19 May 1875

Died, in Canandaigua, Monday, May 17th, 1875, after a short illness, Josiah Sutherland, in the 87th year of his age. Mr. Sutherland was born in Dutchess County, N. Y., in 1789; and came to Canandaigua in the spring of 1798 (March), by sleigh, with his father, who settled on the farm now owned by Mr. A. S. Sutherland, near Capt. Hickox's, then called Castle Hill. He was united in marriage to Miss Eunice Spencer of this town in 1812, with whom he happily lived 61 years (she died in 1873), and raised a family of nine children, seven of whom survive their aged parents. In the winter of 1813, he was drafted for the war, and served a short time in the company of Capt. Spencer of Penn Yan, when he procured a substitute and was discharged. Soon after returning home, in 1814, he purchased the farm on the lake shore where he continuously resided up to the day of his decease. He claimed to be the oldest living resident of the town. He had been a subscriber to this paper for over fifty years. The above facts we had from Mr. S's own lips last Friday, at our office, when he called for his paper.



From Ontario County Journal 12 January 1912

The death of Lewis J. Sutherland occurred at his home on Main street north yesterday afternoon, after an illness of three days, aged 89 years, 11 months and 11 days. A son, Dr. Lot T. Sutherland; and one daughter, Mrs. Henry C. Burt, survive; also a brother, Marvin Sutherland, all of Canandaigua. Rev. Livingston L. Taylor will conduct the funeral services at the home tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Interment in West avenue cemetery.



From Ontario County Journal 17 October 1913

The death of Marvin Sutherland, aged 81 years, 11 months, occurred at his home on Chapin street on Monday night. Death was due to general debility. Deceased was the last of a large family of Josiah and Eunice Sutherland, pioneer settlers of the west lake road. He was born on Edgewater farms, where he lived until obliged to retire a few years ago. He took a keen and active interest in all affairs of the locality, until a few weeks ago, since which time he failed rapidly. He was a staunch supporter of the Republican party. The funeral services were held at the home yesterday afternoon, with interment in West avenue cemetery. Rev. DeWitt S. Hooker officiated. One daughter, Mrs. Emmogene Parmenter of Canandaigua survives.



From Ontario County Journal 1 December 1911

Mary Bancroft Sutherland,
wife of Spencer J. Sutherland, West Gibson street, died on Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock from an attack of apoplexy, which she suffered seven weeks previously. Deceased was born in Hopewell Nov. 12, 1853. In 1879 she was married to Spencer J. Sutherland, who survives her. One daughter, Mrs. Frank Page, of Rochester; and three brothers, George, Dennis and Pitt M. Bancroft, also survive. The funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon at the family hoe, Rev. Dewitt Hooker, pastor of the Methodist church, officiating. Mrs. Sutherland was a director of the Orphan Asylum and Needlework guild, as well as an earnest and devoted worker in the Methodist church, of which she was a member.



From Ontario County Journal 31 May 1895

At her home on Main street last Friday morning occurred the death of Mrs. Mary E. Sutherland, at the age of 64 years and 5 months. The deceased is survived by her husband, Lewis J. Sutherland, and two children, Miss Jessie M. and Dr. Lot D. Sutherland. Funeral services were held from the late residence Monday afternoon, Rev. C. H. Dickenson, assisted by Rev. C. J. Clausen, officiating.



From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 6 January 1939

Canandaigua, N. Y. -  Mrs. Matilda Gifford Sutherland,
77, wife of Spencer J. Sutherland, died Wednesday night in her home, 29 West Gibson St., following a long illness. She was born in Canandaigua, the daughter of Levi and Mary Jane Weatherwax Gifford, and had spent her entire life in this community. In 1881 she was married to Edward D. Spangle who died in 1907. She was married to Sutherland in 1913. Surviving are the husband; one daughter, Mrs. Howard D. Herendeen, Canandaigua; and a sister, Mrs. S. G. Bates, Syracuse. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. today in the home with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.



From Ontario County Journal 8 September 2014

Ralph L. Sutherland,
aged 58 years, died suddenly of heart disease at his home on Main street south on Friday afternoon. He had just returned from a trip to the business section when he collapsed. There survive one daughter, Mrs. W. H. Ahrens; a son, Harry Sutherland of Fairport; also a brother, Cassius Sutherland of Canandaigua; and a sister, Mrs. Harry Palmer of Hopewell. Rev. Guy L. Morrell officiated at the funeral services held on Tuesday. Interment was in West Avenue cemetery.



From Ontario County Journal 11 December 1903

Reuben J. Sutherland,
a well-known and esteemed resident of this community, died at his residence on Main street on Monday noon, at the advance age of 86 years. Mr. Sutherland had reached the evening of his life in full possession of his mental faculties, and until four days of his death, he recalled the events of his early and middle life as though they had occurred yesterday. Mr. Sutherland was the oldest son of Josiah and Eunice Sutherland. His father came to this town from Columbia county in 1798, when nine years of age, and when 23 years of age, enlisted in the war of 1812. The deceased was one of four sons and five daughters born to Mr. and Mrs. Sutherland. Upon leaving his father's home, he bought a farm in Hopewell, upon which he continued to reside and prosper until 20 years ago. Then he gave up active work and came to this village to live. He was twice married. His first wife was Miss Emma Lincoln, of Hopewell, who died about 15 years ago. His second marriage took place some 10 years ago. He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Harry Palmer of Hopewell; two sons, Cassius and Ralph Sutherland; two brothers, Lewis J. and Marvin Sutherland; and one sister, Mrs. Thompson Sutherland, all of this town. The funeral was held from the family home on Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Arthur Dougall officiating.



From Ontario County Journal 11 May 1888

Sarah M. Durand, wife of Marvin Sutherland, died very suddenly on Sunday evening last, at her home on the lake shore, of heart disease. On Saturday she was in the village shopping, and on Sunday attended church. She was a most estimable woman and her sudden death brings sorrow to the hearts of hosts of warm friends. She was 48 years of age. The funeral services were held at the family residence Wednesday and were very largely attended.



From Ontario County Chronicle 23 April 1902

Thompson Sutherland,
one of the best known farmers in Western Ontario County, died after a lingering illness on Saturday night at his home on the Bristol road, aged 71 years. Mr. Sutherland had been a sufferer for almost a year from kidney troubles. He was born in Chatham, Columbia county, this State, and had resided in this township for about sixty-five years. He was a heavy land owner, and was regarded as a successful farmer. He is survived by a widow and two sons, Spencer J. and Walter F. Sutherland, of Canandaigua; and two brothers, Henry and Lewis Sutherland of Canandaigua. He was a director of the First National Bank of Canandaigua and was a man of good business judgment. The funeral was largely attended from his late home yesterday afternoon, the service being conducted by the Rev. J. Wallace Webb, D. D., of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which the deceased was a member.



From Ontario County Journal 19 May 1911

Rushville, N. Y. -
Tuesday evening occurred the death of Loyd E. Sutphen of paralysis. He was born near Rushville Oct. 21, 1834, and he was one of ten children born to John and Elvira Sutphen. Aug. 10, 1861, he enlisted in the Civil War. He was a member of Co. B 50th New York Volunteers, Army of the Potomac. Becoming physically disabled, he was honorably discharged at Fort Monroe, Va., Sept. 21, 1862. Two brothers, the next younger, also served in the Rebellion, one, being wounded, died after reaching home. April 24, 1870, he married Mary Ann Sackett. Two sons who died in infancy and one daughter were born to them. Nine years ago Mrs. Sutphen passed away. The deceased was a member of the G. A. R., also of Rushville lodge F. and A. M. He is survived by one daughter, Miss Adelaide Sutphen of Rushville; one sister, Mrs. Mary VanWagner of Binghamton; and four brothers, Royal of Ballston Spa, Lucius B. of Canandaigua, Elliott of Castle Hayne, N. C., and John of Cleveland, O. The funeral services will be held at the home at 2 o'clock this afternoon, Rev. Harsey King officiating.



From Livonia Gazette 26 February 1926

Lucius Sutphen
died at 3:45 Saturday morning, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Neva Deyo, after an illness of five days from pneumonia. Mr. Sutphen was born in Potter February 26, 1838. He was a veteran of the Civil war, a volunteer of the Fiftieth New York engineer brigade, and was in service three years. He was a member of the G. A. R. post at Canandaigua, his former home. Mr. Sutphen's wife died nineteen years ago, and for the past fifteen years he has made his home with the daughter, Mrs. Deyo. He is survived by another daughter, Mrs. Henry W. Phelps of Tonawanda, and two grandchildren, Ira and Katrina Deyo. The funeral was held from the home at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon, the Rev. Mr. Hartley officiating. Interment was in West Avenue cemetery, Canandaigua.



From Geneva Daily Times 12 March 1907

Canandaigua, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Martha Sutphen, wife of Lucius E. Sutphen, occurred at the family home on West Gibson street Sunday after a long illness. She was 64 years of age. She is survived by her husband and two daughters, Misses Neva and Grace Sutphen.



From Ontario County Journal 6 September 1895

Miller's Corners, N. Y. - Jane,
wife of George Suttle, died on Sunday night of intermittent fever, aged 30 years. The funeral, which was very largely attended, was held at the residence on Wednesday afternoon. She leaves, besides her husband, a child about a month old, several step-children, a mother and several brothers and sisters.



From Victor Herald 23 January 1892

Miller's Corners, N. Y. -
The funeral obsequies of Mrs. Lizzie Suttle, whose death occurred last Thursday evening, were held last Sunday at 1 p.m., at the house on the Mineral Springs farm. Rev. G. H. Hancock, assisted by Rev. F. C. Hoyt, officiated. The music was by the Chorus choir. The services and music were impressive and touching. The deceased was 28 years of age, and she leaves a husband, George Suttle, and four children in sorrow.



From Ontario County Journal 12 May 1882

A correspondent of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle sends that paper the following regarding the "oldest man in Ontario County."  

Died, in Naples, N. Y., April 7th, Abram Sutton, in the ninety-sixth year of his age -- the oldest man in Naples, and probably the oldest in Ontario county. The Sutton family fill an important page in the pioneer history of Western New York. The father of Abram, Elisha Sutton, emigrated from New Jersey to the banks of Niagara river ninety-three years ago, taking his whole family on horseback -- Abram, Isaac and Jacob, with John, "the forerunner," and Mary, the mother of ex-Governor M. H. Clark. Throughout that long journey, Abraham and his twin brother were carried in baskets, suspended on either side of the horse on which the mother and the infant Jacob rode. Their route was substantially that on which General Sullivan had marched, until they reached the foot of Canandaigua Lake, thence by Indian trails, crossing the Genesee River at the rapids, just above where Rochester now is, and on the Ridge to the border of Canada.

Abraham Sutton lived in Naples about eighty years, having been for many years the oldest inhabitant. He was twice married and leaves, mourning his departure, the amiable, kind-hearted wife, "Aunt Ophelia," and children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, all glorying in their heritage as "children of Abraham." It has been remarked of Abraham Sutton that he never had an enemy. An excellent neighbor he was, respected and honored as a man of strictest integrity. He fulfilled his mission and died in peace, "trusting in Christ."



From Ontario County Chronicle 4 March 1903

Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Angeline Sutton
died at her home Friday morning at 6 o'clock, aged 78 years. She had been in poor health all winter. Her husband, Seymour H. Sutton, died a number of years ago. One son, Charles Sutton, and one step-daughter, Mrs. Belle Wilder, survive her.



From Geneva Daily Times 1 April 1915

Mrs. Ann Elizabeth Sutton,
aged 68 years, widow of the late David G. Sutton, of this city, died this morning at her home on Castle street, after a long illness. Mrs. Sutton has been a resident of Geneva for 35 years. She is survived by one son, Fred W. Sutton; one daughter, Mrs. C. F. Barth, both of Geneva; one sister, Mrs. S. A. Storrs of South Clinton, N. Y. Funeral services will be held at the residence of Mrs. C. F. Barth Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. Kenneth A. Bray, of St. Peter's Church, officiating. Burial will be made in Washington Street Cemetery.



From Neapolitan Record 16 June 1881

Died in this village, June 12, Benjamin J. Sutton, aged 34 years. He had come to his uncle's, M. C. Sutton, but a few weeks before to spend the remainder of his days -- his home. A few days ago he went to L. L. Sutton's where he died. He leaves a wife and a small boy to most deeply feel his loss. He was the son of Joel Sutton, deceased, and brother to Harvey -- recently a visitor here. His many virtues will be recalled by his many friends who deeply sympathize with the mourning family. The funeral service was held from L. L. Sutton's on Tuesday last, Rev. B. F. Millard officiating, and his remains were taken to West Hollow, his birthplace, for interment.



From Geneva Daily Times 16 November 1895

David Sutton
died at his home on Elm street last night, from an attack of pleural pneumonia, after a week's suffering, Nearly everybody in Geneva knew David Sutton. He came here from Utica in 1875, and worked at his trade, that of a carriage maker, which he had learned in Canada, his birthplace. For twenty years he had been interested in musical affairs in Geneva, and was the organizer and leader of several bands, none of which proved very great financial successes. For several years Mr. Sutton has been in the employ of Shanley & Hickey, as a carriage maker, and until a week ago performed his duties at their establishment on Castle street. He was a man of very modest appearance, had very little to say, and made many friends, who will regret to learn of his demise. The funeral announcement will appear later.



From Ontario County Journal 20 December 1895

Naples, N. Y. -
One of our oldest residents has passed away. Mrs. Esther Niles Clement Sutton died at the home of her son, Thomas Clement, at Woodville, Sunday last, aged 95 years, her life stretching back to the close of the 18th century, and all of this long life was spent in Naples, except recently a few years with her children in other places. She was the daughter of James Niles, and lived in West Hollow in this town when a girl. Her first husband, John Clement, was a deserter from the British army in 1814, and came to Naples. By him she had six children, James, Henry, John, Mary L., Horatio and Thomas, all living but Mary and John. After Mr. Clement's death, she married John Sutton, who had a large family of boys, all players of instruments, as are their descendants now. One more son, George, was added by this marriage, a noted band leader. Mrs. Sutton was active and in almost full possession of her faculties till a few weeks before her death. Her remains were deposited in the West Hollow cemetery, very near to her home for some 80 years.



From Ontario County Journal 26 November 1880

Mr. Foster Sutton
met with an accident at Bristol Centre on Tuesday evening of last week, which resulted in his death. On his return to Canandaigua with a load of barrels, he stopped at the store of Wm. Reed, and told the man that was riding with him to hold his team, while he stepped in to get his mail. In getting down from his load, he stepped upon the wheel, and his foot slipping off, he was precipitated head foremost against the hitching-post. He was picked up in an unconscious state and carried to his home. Medical aid was immediately summoned, when, upon examination, it was ascertained that he had sustained a severe fracture of the skull, from which there was no hope of recovery. He lingered in an unconscious state a few hours and expired at 2 p.m. Wednesday. By his death we lose a good citizen respected by all who knew him.



From Ontario Repository & Messenger 9 May 1877

Naples, N. Y. -
This afternoon the funeral of Mr. Jacob Sutton, aged 86 years, was attended from the residence of his nephew, L. L. Sutton. Mr. S. came to this town in 1806, marrying the daughter of Mr. Parrish, the first settler in the township. In his earlier years he was quite a conspicuous and influential citizen, expounding the law and managing suits in cases of litigation. He served in the war of 1812 and witnessed many stirring scenes. He was the father of Hon. O. P. Sutton of San Francisco. His brother, Mr. Abraham Sutton, in his ninety-second year, with his aged spouse, was at the funeral, and took their place driving their own team in the procession.



From Ontario Republican Times 23 July 1862

Died at Naples, on the 20th of June, Mr. John Sutton, in the 78th year of his age. The deceased was among the first settlers of the town, and assisted in all the pioneer enterprises among the early settlers of the county. He had endured many hardships and privations and with arms of strength and habits of industry, he helped to clear away the heavy forest and to make roads where wild beasts and savages roamed at pleasure. He had seen the country brought into a state of cultivation through a long life of toil, and posterity are now blessed with the good of his labor. He was kind and benevolent and no one went away without the aid he could give. His funeral was largely attended by numerous friends and his remains were borne to the grave by many who had known him for a half century.



From Ontario County Journal 1 April 1887

Naples, N. Y. - On Friday morning, March 25, Lyman L. Sutton passed quietly away at the age of 68 years. He was an older brother of M. C. Sutton, of this village, and had lived his entire life in this town. Upright in business and friendly in his disposition, he has hosts of friends, as was attested by the large attendance at the funeral of the business men of the town. His last illness was of the same character as the one experienced two years ago, from which he never fully recovered. Mr. Sutton's death will be sadly felt by a large circle of relatives, and by his widow and daughter, Mattie especially, constituting, as they did, his family at home. He left two other daughters, Mrs. Ida Wood, of this village, and Mrs. Cora Judson, of Rochester. The funeral was from his late residence on Sunday afternoon, Rev. Mr. Millard officiating.



From Canandaigua Chronicle 2 May 1906

Naples, N. Y. -
On April 24th at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Hibbard in Stanley, occurred the death of Mrs. Mary Green Sutton. Deceased was 69 years of age. The remains were brought to Naples for burial.

Stanley, N. Y. - Mrs. Lyman Sutton died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Hibbard, Tuesday morning, April 24, after years of suffering. She was 68 years of age. Nearly all her life had been spent in Naples where her husband died in 1887. Mrs. Mattie Hibbard, with whom she spent the last few years of her life was her only child. There are two stepdaughters, one residing in Rochester and one in Naples. Wednesday afternoon at 6 o'clock Rev. A. B. Temple of Seneca offered prayer and the remains were taken to Naples, where the funeral was held from the old Sutton homestead in Main street at 1 o'clock Thursday afternoon. Mrs. Sutton was an earnest Christian, having joined the church at the age of 15. She was a faithful worker and patiently endured her sufferings.



From Ontario County Journal 22 August 1890

Naples, N. Y. - Died, Myron C. Sutton, on Sunday morning, Aug. 17, aged 65. Mr. Sutton was known throughout the county as a successful and popular dealer in musical instruments, &c. He was born in West Hollow in this town, and lived there more than half of his life. "Sutton's Hall," in that hollow, was a well-known and pleasant place of resort thirty years ago, by those who loved good music. Mr. Sutton early organized a brass band, and for twenty-five or thirty years, Sutton's Band was one of the popular institutions of Naples. He was untiring in his efforts to make it what it was, a first-class organization. As his sons grew up they developed great musical talent, and in later years superseded him as leader and instructor, but as long as he could walk he retained his place in its files, and since his retirement on account of illness, the band has become broken up. It is nearly four years ago that rheumatism seized him so violently as not only to cause great distress, but to disable him from active business. He was twice married -- first to a Miss Clement, by whom he had two children, Scott R. and Mrs. Fayette Ingraham; second to Miss Olive Case, who bore him four children, Owen E., now in business in Rochester, Mrs. Mary Pierce of Richmond, Miss Jennie and Frank. Mr. Sutton was universally liked because of his genial ways and well-established integrity. For nearly twenty years he had lived in the village, and was one of its honored business men.



From Ontario County Journal 20 February 1891

Bristol Center, N. Y. - Mrs. Orpha Sutton,
a former resident here, died at her home in Naples last Sunday, aged 83. Funeral services were held here at the M. E. church Tuesday.



From Geneva Daily Times 5 January 1907

Naples, N. Y. - At the funeral of Owen E. Sutton, at his request, made as he was dying, his last composition, only just completed, was played by his sister, Mrs. Pierce. It was a solitaire of exquisite rhythm and tone. In attendance at the funeral were his wife and their three children, Howard, Flora and Susan, of Rochester, who are still spending the week with their relatives.



From Ontario County Journal 22 January 1886

Naples, N. Y. - Paul Harrison Sutton
died at his home in West Hollow on Monday morning. He had been sick some time. He was the only remaining child of Abram Sutton who died a few years ago at the advanced age of 96 years. Deceased was never married and was somewhat eccentric. His property, which is considerable, he leaves for the use of Mr. Barney Proper, while he lives, and at his death, it is to be given to the poor of the town. Proper has worked and cared for him for many years, but one imagined that the bonds of affection were so strong between them.



From Ontario County Journal 3 December 1915

Naples, N. Y. -
Tuesday noon occurred the death of Scott R. Sutton at his home on South Main street, after an illness of about five years with articular rheumatism. Mr. Sutton was born in Naples, a son of Myron C. and Mary Clement Sutton, two of the pioneers of Naples. Mr. Sutton was born March 9, 1849, and had spent his entire life here. He was married to Miss Vinnie Godfrey, who with one daughter, Mrs. William Kamps, survives. His step-mother, Mrs. Olive Sutton, and a half-sister, Mrs. F. G. Pierce, of Naples; also a half-brother, Frank Sutton of Norfolk, Virginia, are left. The funeral was held from the home on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock in charge of Rev. J. H. France.



From Ontario County Times 29 January 1879

Seymour H. Sutton
of Naples, one of the most prominent men of southern Ontario, died at his residence on Vine street, on Wednesday of last week. He had been gradually losing nervous force for several months, under the great strain which his irrepressible activity induced. Contrary to advice he insisted upon retaining the care and much of the labor of his perplexing business, until about two weeks before his death, when he had to yield to the first symptoms of paralysis, superinduced by functional derangement of the liver, and on the morning of January 22nd the fatal symptoms came on, and without rousing from an apparently peaceful sleep, he passed away. Mr. Sutton was more conversant with the local history of his native town than any man now living. Having a very retentive memory, he was good authority upon unwritten history generally, and has been a valuable contributor to the columns of the local and county press. He wrote the history of Naples for the County History published in 1876, and its accuracy is a fitting compliment to his patience and good taste. The deceased has served in various public offices, being for eight years Justice of the Peace, in which position he was noted as an advocate of peaceable settlements as against strife and litigation.

He was identified with the leading literary societies of his town, having been for several terms President of the Lyceum in its palmiest days. The public schools have always received a large share of his attention, and among his charitable bequests he has set apart a fund for the perpetual use of certain school districts, in adorning the buildings and beautifying the grounds. Besides various gifts to worthy friends and needy ones, he has directed that a certain fund be set apart and its proceeds forever distributed annually to the hungry poor. In a like manner, and with liberal amount, he provided for a country Sunday school, in which he has felt a lively interest. Mr. Sutton's critics have called him covetous and grasping, but the harshest of them can only say he grasped his own. No man's promise was more to be trusted than his. He believed in industry and, no doubt, made many enemies by his stern rebukes of shiftlessness and waste. Born poor, his habits of life were formed under the rigid tutor age of stern necessity, and when he became rich, it is not strange that his peculiar views should be misunderstood by those who have reached the same rank by broader paths and easier means. A man of less persistence might buffet in youth and manhood the waves of adverse fortune, and in old age give over the chase and retire, content with a fair reward. Not so with this man. His plans were for life, and to the very end his keenest delight seemed to be to construct, to beautify, and to amass.

Mr. Sutton was born in the village of Naples January 31, 1812, hence he was nearly sixty-seven years old at his death. He was eminently a self-made man. Having only had the advantages of the common school of that day, he set forth in 1833 without a dollar. For several years he worked at joiner work with Capt. Wm. H. Ellis, of Canandaigua, spending his winters teaching school. Subsequently he spent ten years in Michigan, where he invested his earnings in real estate securities and returned to Naples. His whole life has been characterized by the most vigorous activity, and a handsome fortune was the reward. As a mechanic he has benefited the public by the permanent improvements he has erected for himself and others. His great source of gain was his own labors and a most rigid economy. As by example, so by precept, he has always denounced idleness and profligacy. On the interior of the buildings he erected, and on the blank leaves of his books, he had the habit of putting bits of his peculiar philosophy, and his posterity may find many a valuable precept in these laconics. Seymour Sutton is dead. The sods of "Rose Ridge" have hid him from our sight, and the pure white snow has covered the footprints of those who bore him to the last repose.



From Geneva Gazette 10 October 1884

Mrs. H. L. Suydam
died at her home, International Hotel, Saturday evening last, after long and patient suffering. She was an only daughter of the late William Hayward, who will be remembered as an early merchant of Geneva, a partner of Robert Mitchell in the boot and shoe trade. Mrs. Suydam was born in Kessingland, Eng., Feb. 26, 1819, came to Geneva with her parents in the summer of 1832, and was married to Mr. Suydam Feb. 24, 1847. She became the mother of five children, three sons and two daughters; all the sons were taken from her, first the youngest, then the second in age, and lastly, the oldest and well-esteemed Chief of Police. The two daughters and the bereaved husband survive to mourn the loss of one of the best of wives and mothers. Reared in the faith of the Episcopal church, she was in adult life a living example of all Christian and womanly virtues. Her funeral took place on Monday last from Trinity Church, and the interment made in Washington Street Cemetery.



From Geneva Gazette 6 April 1883

The funeral of William H. Suydam, late Chief of Police, took place last Saturday afternoon. The long procession of mourners was constituted, besides the family, of the village police, Hydrant Hose, the two steamer and hook and ladder companies, members of Ark Lodge and Geneva Commandery, K. T., and the Board of Trustees and acting clerk of the village in carriages. The sidewalks were thronged with citizens, among whom it could not but be noticed a general feeling of sadness prevailed. Trinity Church, where the last sad solemnities were observed, was crowded with sorrowing friends. The interment was made in Washington Street Cemetery, side by side with two brothers gone before, Willie, Fred and Grant, all the sons of the mourning parents, taken ere reaching the meridian of life. Truly "the ways of Providence are inscrutable."



From Geneva Gazette 20 March 1891

ALBERT J. SWALLOW
died on the 17th inst. after a long illness of consumption. Thus another worthy veteran of the late war has been called "to the front."  The deceased was a member of the 107th Regiment. After his discharge at the close of the war, he married the only daughter of Robert Mitchell, Esq., the widow and several children surviving him. He was a worthy member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and filled various offices in his lodge with fidelity and zeal. We could heartily applaud the bestowal of a liberal pension to the widow and fatherless children thus bereft of their main support. Without doubt Mr. Swallow's ailment resulted from exposure incident to army service.



From Naples Record 27 December 1922

Canadice - Cyrus Swan,
an old, much respected resident of this place, died at his home here on Friday night, December 22, 1922, aged 86 years. Mr. Swan was born in the town of Bristol, near here. He came to Canadice with his parents at an early age; his parents settled what is now called the C. M. Hicks farm. Mr. Swan's entire life had been passed here and in the adjoining towns. His cheerful, quiet, unostentatious life won for him a wide circle of friends who loved and respected him. He was a member, as long as they kept up the organization of the justly famous Beams cornet band. For a number of years he was our mail carrier. He was the youngest and only survivor of a family of ten brothers and sisters. He married Marietta Cornell, of Canadice, with whom he lived almost 61 years. He is survived by his wife, two sons, Roy, of this place, and Evelyn, of the State of Washington, one daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Clemons of Oklahoma. Mrs. Clemons has been here since early summer, tenderly caring for her aged parents. Mr. Swan's funeral was held from the Canadice church, of which he was a member, on December 24th, Rev. F. H. Raymond, pastor, officiating. Burial in Canadice cemetery.



From Geneva Daily Times 16 August 1907

Phelps, N. Y. - The remains of Mrs. Frank S. Swan who died at Almond, N. Y., were brought here for burial Thursday. The funeral services were held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Root and were conducted by Rev. W. E. Doughty of the Methodist church. Mrs. Swan was the eldest daughter of the late A. H. Root, formerly of this place, and a sister of Rev. James Root of Rochester. Her death resulted from heart disease.



From Geneva Daily Times 20 July 1946

Frank S. Swan,
79, retired farmer and operator of the general store at Whitelaw near Canastota for twenty years, until it burned two years ago, died Thursday evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs. O. M. White, of Park Place, this city. Mr. Swan had been residing at his daughter's home for the past two years. He was born at Whitelaw on October 8, 1866, and was a trustee and elder of the Presbyterian church there. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary Cornell Swan, a daughter, Mrs. White; a son, Wesley Swan of Syracuse. The funeral will be held in the Whitelaw Presbyterian church on Sunday at 3 p.m., with Rev. Caleb Hodges officiating. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.



From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 7 June 1917

Honeoye, N. Y. -  George Norton Swan
died today at the family home on Lake Street, Mr. Swan had been in feeble health for some time, and death was not unexpected. He was a son of Edward and Lorinda Pitts Swan and was born June 5, 1834. November 1, 1860, he was married to Miss Helen Donielson, who died many years ago. In 1879, he married Miss Juliet Hopkins of Scottsburg, who survives him. Besides his wife, he leaves two granddaughters, Miss Elizabeth Swan and Mrs. Raymond Davis; a great-granddaughter, Miss Esther Davis, all of Honeoye. The funeral was held this afternoon at the late home, Rev. J. E. Henshaw officiating. Burial was in Lake View cemetery.



From Ontario County Journal 15 June 1900

Canadice, N. Y. -  Joshua Swan
died at the home of his daughter in Hornellsville last Friday. The body was brought to this place on Monday and the funeral was held at the church on Tuesday, Rev. S. M. Day, of Honeoye, officiating. He leaves one daughter, Mrs. Ross Swartz of Hornellsville; and one son, Albert Swan of Geneseo; two brothers, Hiram, of Caledonia, and Cyrus of this place; and two sisters, Mrs. Martha Huff, of this place, and Mrs. Sarah Cook of Hemlock. Mr. Swan was an old resident of this town.



From Livonia Gazette 2 November 1877

Canadice - Mrs. Marietta Swan,
aged 86, a valued citizen of this place, died at the home of her son, Roy, Easter morning. Mrs. Swan was almost a lifelong  resident here, but few years of her of long life passed elsewhere. Her parents, James Cornell and wife, lived for many years in the southern part of the town. Mrs. Swan's husband, Cyrus Swan, died six years ago, aged 87. They lived together more than sixty years. Mrs. Swan had a wide circle of friends in this and other communities and was keenly interested, almost to her death, in the upbuilding of all rightful enterprises. She retained her faculties till the last and was a great reader until blindness overtook her three or four years ago. She was always cheerful, looking on the bright side of life. She was a loyal member of the church here. She leaves to mourn her loss two sons, Roy of Canadice and Evelyn of Salem, Oregon; another son, Amos, died a few years ago; one daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Clemons, of Oklahoma, whose husband was so ill that she could not come to her mother's death bed. One adopted daughter, Mrs. George Henry, of Springwater also survives her. The funeral services were held at the Canadice church Wednesday, April 11, at 2 p.m. Burial was in Canadice cemetery.



From Ontario County Journal 23 February 1894

Phelps, N. Y. - Mrs. Mary Swan,
who broke her leg two weeks ago by falling down the cellar stairs, died last Monday morning, aged 70 years. Her husband, Alonzo Swan, died some twelve years ago. The funeral was held on Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock, and the remains were taken to Romulus for burial on Thursday.



From Clifton Springs Press 18 June 1914

The death of John Swart occurred at his home in this village early on Saturday evening, June 14th, after a lingering illness. The deceased had spent the greater part of his life in this village, and was nearly sixty years of age. He is survived by his wife; one son, Willard; and a daughter, Miss Lottie, who was adopted several years ago by Charles Quithel and wife, near Clifton Springs, and a daughter residing in the western part of the state; also by four grandchildren. The funeral was held from his late residence on Tuesday afternoon at one o'clock, and was conducted by Rev. V. A. Sage of Clifton Springs. Burial was made in the Orleans cemetery.



From Ontario County Journal 29 October 1897

Reed's Corners, N. Y. - 
On Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock occurred the death of  another of the aged citizens, Mrs. Mary Swart. She had been sick for some weeks and had suffered greatly. She leaves a sister, Mrs. Clark of Canandaigua; a brother, George Tozer; and a daughter, Miss Lotta Swart, of this place. The funeral was held from the church on Thursday afternoon. Interment was at Reed's Corners.



From Geneva Daily Times 7 April 1904

Anthony Swarthout
died yesterday at his home in the town of Geneva, six miles south of this city, aged seventy-two. The deceased was born in Milo, Yates county, and came to this section thirty-six years ago. He is survived by his widow, four sons, Herbert of Earls, Willis and Menon of Benton, and Russell of Geneva; two daughters, Mrs. James Hill of Benton and Miss Eva Swarthout of the homestead. The funeral will take place at 11 o'clock Saturday morning from the house, W. S. Crane of Bellona Presbyterian church officiating. Burial will be at Bellona.



From Ontario County Journal 4 December 1916

The death of Mrs. Catharine Swartout, aged 62 years, widow of David Swartout, occurred at her home in this village on Nov. 23, after an operation and while she was yet unconscious from the anaesthetic. She had been ill about a week. The death of her husband occurred last Christmas. The deceased is survived by eight children, William of Sodus, Harry of Hall, John, Frank, Emily and Mrs. Homer Holcomb of Gorham, and Mrs. Myer Lawrence and Miss Mary Cooper of Clifton Springs, besides nieces and nephews. The funeral was held from her late home on Saturday, Rev. J. L. Winnemore, pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiating, assisted by Rev. F. M. Windnagle of the Methodist church. Interment was in Hill Crest.



From Ontario County Journal 31 December 1915

Gorham, N. Y. - 
The death of David Swartout took place at his home on South street on Saturday. Mr. Swartout had been in a feeble condition for some time, and his death was the result of a third shock with which he was attacked a few days ago. He is survived by his wife, five daughters, Mrs. Sarah Laman, Mrs. Emma Dunn, Mrs. Myer Lawrence, Mrs. Homer Holcomb, and Miss Bessie Swartout; and two sons, John and Frank. Funeral was held from the home on Monday afternoon, Rev. Dr. McColl, of the Presbyterian church, officiating, and interment was in the village cemetery.



From Geneva Gazette 22 January 1875

We chronicle the death of a centenarian.  Jesse Swarthout of Phelps passed from earth last Monday, at the age of 101 years. He was a soldier of the war of 1812.



From Geneva Daily Times 27 February 1942

Stanley, N. Y. -
Believed to have been stricken with a heart attack while shoveling snow at his home on Washburn avenue, William Swarthout, Sr., died unexpectedly yesterday afternoon. Previous to retiring five years ago, Mr. Swarthout was employed as a section hand on the Pennsylvania railroad for over 20 years. He leaves one daughter, Mrs. George Kise, Clyde; two sons, Irving at home, and William of Hall; four sisters Miss Emma Swarthout, Mrs. Nellie Holcomb and Mrs. Meyer Lawrence of Gorham, and Mrs. Lloyd Clark, Middlesex; two brothers, Frank and John of Gorham, and six grandchildren. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Cleland undertaking parlors in Gorham with the Rev. F. T. Crumley, Methodist minister, officiating. The body will be placed in a vault in Gorham Cemetery.



From Ontario Messenger 11 January 1860

We learn that Daniel Swarts, formerly of Yates Co., but more lately a resident of Canadice of this county, died very suddenly on Saturday morning, the 31st ult. He had been out to do his chores, in his usual health, came in and seated himself by the stove for a moment, when he dropped in his chair and expired without falling to the floor. Mr. Swarts went into Yates county at an early day with his father and brothers, and removed from there about a dozen years ago. His disease was an affection of the heart, but he had lived the full measure of human life, and died at the age of 73 years.



From Ontario County Journal 25 September 1908

Naples, N. Y. -
On Friday occurred the death of Mrs. Julia Walling Swarts, of Garlinghouse, 76 years. Mrs. Swarts was the widow of Daniel B. Swarts, and the family was one of the most substantial and honored in the district. She was a native of Canadice and married there, but had lived at Naples nearly half a century. Three sons, Seymour, Barton and Ross Swarts, and one daughter, Mrs. Chester Garnsey, all of Naples, survive her. Also a brother, Charles Walling, The funeral was at the house and the burial was at North Cohocton.



From Geneva Daily Times 10 May 1909

Naples, N. Y. -
Naples has lost one of the best citizens in the person of Seymour Swarts, who died Saturday morning. He was in the prime of his life, and until a recent attack of grip in full strength. He was acting assessor in the town, but resigned the day before he died. He was the oldest son of the late Daniel Swarts, and had grown from boyhood in Garlinghouse. He married Miss Dezora Wright, of his own locality, who survives him; also, one adopted child; two brothers, Ross and Burton, and a sister, Mrs. Chester Garnsey, all of Naples. He was the chief strength of the church and choir of the Methodist church in Garlinghouse.



From Ontario County Journal 21 September 1877

SUICIDE IN FARMINGTON - Jacob Swartz,
a German living in the Rushmore neighborhood in the north part of the town of Farmington, committed suicide on Monday last by taking an enormous dose of Paris Green.  It is stated that his family affairs were not altogether pleasant -- in fact that his wife refused to prepare his usual and necessary meals, and that these family difficulties so preyed upon him that he became tired of life.  He was found in his corn field lifeless and sitting upright against a stock of corn.  An examination by a physician disclosed the fact that his stomach contained enough Paris Green to kill a hundred men, but no food and no indication that he had partaken of any nourishment for two or three days. His age was about 50 years, and he leaves a wife and several children.



From Ontario County Journal 20 November 1903

Canadice, N. Y. -  Peter Swartz,
who has been ill about three months, died at his home on Monday evening, aged 82 years. Mr. Swartz was a highly respected citizen of this place, having lived here all his life. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Elwood Barringer, with whom he lived; two sisters, Mrs. Susan Burch, who is 84 years of age and has resided with him for some time, Mrs. Jennie Wynn, of Hornellsville; and one brother, Ross Swartz of Hornellsville. His wife died sixteen years ago. The funeral was held yesterday and the interment was at Evergreen cemetery, Springwater.



From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 28 January 1931

Clifton Springs, N. Y., Jan. 27 - Daniel R. Sweeney,
73, died today. He leaves two sons, Harold and James of Rochester; a brother, B. W. Sweeney of Phelps; and a sister, Mrs. Rose Martin of Mason City, Idaho. Funeral at St. Felix Roman Catholic Church Friday at 9:30 o'clock.



From Geneva Gazette 10 May 1895

EDWARD SWEENEY, SR. -
This venerable citizen (for such we call him as he has resided for several months past with his son Thomas H. in Geneva) died Tuesday evening last in the 79th year of his age.  His old home was Constableville, Lewis county.  Though born in Ireland, he had been a resident of this country for over sixty years.  Like most of his countrymen he allied himself to the Democratic party on becoming a naturalized citizen, took quite an active and influential part in party affairs in his region, and was honored by his political friends in an official way, serving in the office of Justice of the Peace for many years. Mr. Sweeney was bereaved thirteen years ago by the death of his estimable wife, since which he has found measurable relief from sorrow in the companionship of loving and beloved children.

Two years ago or thereabouts, Mr. Sweeney submitted to the amputation of a hand which had become so diseased as to baffle medicinal applications.  It is possible the disease subsequently struck deeper in his system and was ultimately the cause of his death.  His remains in charge of his bereaved son T. H. were conveyed to Constableville for interment.



From Shortsville Enterprise 29 April 1921

Edwin Sweeney
was born in Phelps on Apr. 6, 1884, a son of James T. and Rose Kelly Sweeney. He had been a resident of Shortsville for a number of years and during the time had been employed by the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company. He was considered a most painstaking and efficient employee and was well-liked by his fellow workmen. He was married on April 21, 1910, to Miss Mary Broomfield, of Shortsville. Mrs. Sweeney has not only lost her husband through a railroad accident, but also her father and mother, who were struck by a New York Central train at Clifton Springs a number of years ago, and has also lost an uncle in this manner. Mr. Sweeney was a member of St. Dominic's Catholic Church, of Shortsville, and also of Canandaigua Council, Knights of Columbus. He leaves to mourn their loss, his wife; four children, James, Anna, Mary and Pauline Sweeney, all young and living at home; his father, James Sweeney, of Phelps; and three brothers, Frank Sweeney of Rochester, and John Sweeney of Phelps. It is a strange coincidence that Mr. Sweeney met his death on the eleventh anniversary of his marriage.

The funeral services were held at St. Dominic's Catholic Church on Saturday morning at 9:30 o'clock, conducted by a delegation from the Canandaigua Council, Knights of Columbus, and the large attendance and the abundance of floral tributes readily noted the esteem in which the unfortunate man was held in this community. The remains were laid at rest in St. Rose's Catholic Cemetery, just west of Shortsville.



From Ontario County Journal 22 November 1912

The funeral of Mrs. Esther Ann Sweeney, aged 77 years, who was found dead in bed at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Arthur Chase, was held from Ahrens and Breen's undertaking rooms on Saturday. Interment was in West Avenue cemetery. Mrs. Sweeney was former resident of Lockport.



From Geneva Daily Times 21 December 1906

Phelps, N. Y. - The death of James Sweeney, for many years a highly respected resident of this town, occurred last night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mary Ryan, at Orleans, where he had been spending his declining years. His death was due to a stroke of apoplexy a few months ago. Up to that time he was a very active man and possessed of a constitution which caused him to rally from the shock to apparent recovery. Mr. Sweeney was born in County Mayo, Ireland, March 27th, 1818. He came to this country in 1846. At Geneva he married Miss Honora Callahan, who died in 1878. Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Sweeney, six of whom are now living. They are: James of Phelps; Daniel of Orleans; John of Clifton Springs; Bernard of Newark; Mrs. Mary Ryan of Orleans; and Mrs. Walter Martin of Newark. About 60 years ago Mr. Sweeney came to Phelps and lived at Melvin Hill. In 1871 he moved to the farm on which he died. Mr. Sweeney lived an exemplary life and was held in high esteem by all who knew him. The funeral will be held Saturday morning at St. Francis church, Phelps.



From Geneva Daily Times 9 October 1896

John Sweeney, a well-known Geneva nurseryman living on West William street, died at 2:30 o'clock this morning. He had been suffering for two months from gastric ulcer. He was 38 years of age. He leaves two sisters with whom he resided. The funeral will be held from the house at 8:30 o'clock Monday morning.



From Phelps Citizen 12 April 1917

At his home in Clifton Springs last Sunday occurred the death of John Sweeney, aged 54 years. Deceased was the son of the late James Sweeney and was born in this town and for the  past 22 years had resided in Clifton Springs, where he held the position of night policeman until five months ago when he retired on account of failing health. He is survived by his wife and three children. two daughters. the Misses Elizabeth and Marie Sweeney, and one son, Walter Sweeney; also by two sisters, Mrs. Walter E. Martin of Mason City, Iowa, and Mrs. Mary Ryan of Rochester; three brothers, James of Phelps and Bernard and Daniel Sweeney of Clifton Springs. The funeral services were held in St. Felix church Tuesday morning.



From Ontario County Times 26 June 1889

East Bloomfield, N. Y. -  Mrs. Mary Sweeney,
mother of Thomas and Charles Sweeney, died on the 20th, aged 78 years.



From Ontario County Journal 12 September 1913

East Bloomfield, N. Y. - 
The funeral of Mrs. Margaret Sweeney, wife of William Sweeney, was held from St. Bridget's church yesterday morning, Rev. P. A. Neville officiating, with burial in the Catholic cemetery. Mrs. Sweeney, who was about 73 years of age, had spent the greater part of her life in this town. The family had but recently moved to Rochester, where her death occurred on Monday evening. The surviving relatives are her husband; four daughters, Mrs. John McMahon of Victor, and the Misses Nellie, Elizabeth and Minnie Sweeney, of Rochester; four sons, John of Livonia, William of Canandaigua, Frank and Walter of Rochester; one sister, Mrs. J. Holthan of Rochester; two brothers, John O'Leary of Canandaigua and M. A. O'Leary of Penn Yan.



From Naples Record 8 April 1925

Mrs. Margaret Mack Sweeney,
aged 44 years, whose husband, William M. Sweeney, died suddenly on January 15th, committed suicide at her home in Canandaigua last Wednesday by inhaling gas.



From Ontario County Journal 14 February 1913

Honeoye, N. Y. -  Patrick Sweeney,
a respected farmer living two miles west of this village, died on Feb. 5, after a short illness of pneumonia, aged 68 years. He was born in Cork, Ireland, and came to this country in 1874. In December, 1880, he married Miss Mary O'Neil, of Conesus. Besides his wife, he leaves three daughters, Miss Nellie Sweeney and Mrs. Charles Gladding of Honeoye, and Miss Julia Sweeney of Rochester; two sons, Walter and Edward Sweeney, both of this place; his mother, Mrs. Ellen Sweeney of Rochester; one sister and five brothers. The funeral was held in St. Mary's church on Friday and burial was in the Catholic cemetery.



From Canandaigua Chronicle 20 June 1906

Thursday morning at his home in Williams street, Geneva, occurred the death of Thomas H. Sweeney, after an illness of about a month, aged 56 years. His death was attributed by the attending physicians to a pus formation which they were unable to locate. Mr. Sweeney was one of the most prominent of the residents of Geneva and his death is a matter of regret to the entire community. At an early age he came to Geneva from Ovid and has ever since been a resident of that city. He was prominent in everything that tended for the good of the community in which he lived and his was one of the eminently useful lives that have contributed much to the upbuilding of Geneva. He was a lifelong Democrat and was prominent in the councils of the party, having been a delegate to numerous state and county conventions, and at the time of his death he was chairman of the Democratic City Committee. He was an active and influential member of the Knights of Columbus and of various other organizations, and was well-known not only in his home city, but throughout Western New York. He conducted a large real estate and insurance business and the prosperity which he attained was well made use of as he was eminently kind to his less fortunate fellow men and every ready to lend assistance to the deserving and needy.

He is survived by his wife, four sons, W. Edward, Charles H., E. Howard of Geneva, Stephen J. of Detroit; three daughters, Mary T., Cora G. and Regina J., all of Geneva; and one sister, Mrs. Julia H. Wider of Constableville, Lewis county, N. Y. Funeral services were held from St. Francis de Sales Church Saturday morning at ten o'clock and interment was in St. Patrick's Cemetery.



From Ontario County Journal 4 May 1894

At East Bloomfield, Monday, April 30, Thomas James Sweeney, aged 57 years and 9 months. Mr. Sweeney was born in Tipperary, Ireland, August 7, 1836. At the age of 7 he came, with his parents, to East Bloomfield, and from that date until his death, was a resident of that village. In August, 1862, he enlisted in Co. M., 8th N. Y. Cavalry, and served throughout the war, being promoted first to sergeant, and later to be orderly sergeant. His company was in many of the hottest campaigns of the war. At the time of the battle of the Wilderness, Co. 8 was among the cavalry forces which Sheridan threw around the enemy's flank, thus defeating Stuart, the noted Confederate cavalry leader. Mr. Sweeney's promotion, and the unanimous testimony of his comrades, prove the worth of the services rendered to his adopted country in her time of direst need. In January, 1869, Mr. Sweeney married Priscilla G. Nudd of East Bloomfield. To them have been born three children, George T., Mabel L. and Marion G. In 1883 Mr. Sweeney purchased the East Bloomfield House, then in a very bad condition, and, under his management, made the hotel a model of country houses. As a business man and as a public citizen, Mr. Sweeney achieved a reputation for unflinching honesty and integrity. Of him it could be most truthfully said: "His word was as good as his bond." For several years succeeding the war he held the then  important position of collector of the town. Taxes were high and difficult of collection, but Mr. Sweeney brought to his task the qualifications which created and sustained the unbounded confidence of his fellows. Of a reserved, uncommunicative nature,  his disposition was by many greatly misconceived. But that he had behind the cold exterior, a generous heart that directed a generous hand, many citizens of East Bloomfield could bear substantial witness. Unostentatious acts of kindness were proved by the attendance at the funeral Wednesday afternoon of persons of all sects and conditions, men and women who forgot differences of worldly circumstances in a common recognition that "the dead man was their friend." Rev. C. C. Johnson, formerly pastor of the Presbyterian church, conducted the services, which were participated in by Crandall Post, G. A. R., and Emblem Lodge, A. O. U. W.



From Geneva Daily Times 13 December 1904

Phelps, N. Y. -
The death of Jeffery Sweet, a resident of this village for the past fifty years, occurred Saturday at his home on Melvin Hill, south of Phelps. He was born in Columbia county and was about 70 years of age. Mr. Sweet's wife died some time ago. He leaves no children.



From Geneva Courier 26 July 1848

DIED In Gorham, on the 12 inst., MR. JONATHAN L. SWEET, of Apoplexy, aged 70 years.  He was a native of Winchester, Litchfield Co., Connecticut.



From Phelps Citizen 2 February 1905

Last Sunday occurred the death of John B. Sweet, an old and respected resident of this town, death being due to rheumatism. His age was 71 years. The deceased had been a sufferer with rheumatism for the past 16 years and unable to do anything, his son, Miller, taking charge of the farm. He was the oldest son of the late David B. Sweet and came here with his parents from Columbia county. A wife and one son survive. The funeral services were held from the home Tuesday afternoon, Rev. E. L. Waldorf officiating, and interment made in the family plot at Melvin Hill.



From Geneva Daily Times 5 June 1909

Mary Jane Sweet,
widow of the late John B. Sweet, died last night at the age of 74 years, at her home in the Town of Seneca, where she has always resided. The deceased is survived by one son, Millard Sweet, of Seneca. The funeral will take place at 2:30 o'clock Monday afternoon from the house. Burial will be in the Melvin Hill Cemetery.



From Ontario Repository & Messenger 24 August 1870
 
We regret to inform our readers the Rev. B. R. Swick, Pastor of the Baptist congregation at Manchester, while on his way to a picnic of the Baptist and Methodist societies of that place, dropped dead on Main street in this village, about 9 1/2 o'clock this morning. The cause was apoplexy. Mr. Swick was accompanied by his wife and daughter, who have the sympathy of our citizens in their sad bereavement.



From Geneva Daily Times 11 November 1904

The body of Cornelia W. Swift, a former resident of this city, who died November 3, in Colfax, Washington, at the age of sixty-nine years, was brought to this city for burial this morning. Burial took place at 3 o'clock this afternoon in Washington street cemetery, Rev. W. W. Weller, officiating.



From Geneva Gazette 28 March 1890

Frank Swift -
Among the old inhabitants who have this season passed away from our midst, Frank Swift is one whose departure should not go unnoticed.  He was the son of John Hobson and Lyda Swift who moved from Connecticut to Phelps, N. Y., in 1836.  He was the youngest except one of seven children and outlived them all about 21 years.  He came from Connecticut with his parents, having been born in Kent, Litchfield county, where his father also was born.  Having married Charlotte M. Powers of Rushville in 1847, he commenced housekeeping in the place now owned by Mr. Bullard near Nicholson's corners, from which after four years he moved to the old homestead known as the John Doty tavern stand. Here the family remained until Dec. 1887, when he went to live with his son, Wm. H. Swift, at whose house he died March 16th, 1890, at the age of 78 years and five months.  He was an ardent Episcopalian and in 1867 when mission work was begun in his neighborhood, he heartily aided in it in every way that he could, opening his house for Sunday School and services as occasion might demand.  As the result of the work in 1870 the little church was built on the Lyons road, and the parish of St. Paul's, Phelps, was organized of which Mr. Swift was Warden for many years until his health failed.  The last years of his life were clouded from weakening of the mind through softening of the brain.  On the 18th inst. his body was conveyed from his son's residence in Geneva to Oaks Corners for interment, and most appropriately the procession paused on the way at the little church of which he had been a founder and officer, and there the burial service was held by the Rev. Dr. Rankine, who from the first had taken an active interest in the mission, and most gladly paid a last loving tribute of honor and esteem to this faithful son of the Church.  He was gathered to his fathers, resting in the old family burying ground at Oaks Corners.



From Geneva Gazette 12 February 1869

Frederick Swift,
an esteemed farmer of Phelps, died at his residence two miles north of Geneva, on Tuesday night last, aged about 45 years.



From Ontario County Times 7 December 1864

Another of our prominent citizens has gone to his rest. Henry C. Swift, Esq., who had been suffering for several months with cancerous affection of the stomach, died at his residence in this place on the 2d instant, at the age of fifty-one years. The deceased was a man of remarkably active habits, had served one term, from Jan. 1st, 1859, to Jan. 1st, 1862, as Sheriff of the county, and was a candidate for the same office at the recent election. He was buried yesterday with Masonic honors, and his remains were followed to the grave by a large concourse of citizens.



From Geneva Daily Times 11 November 1897

The death of Lavinus M. Swift occurred this morning at 3:00 o'clock at the residence of Edward Rose, on Washington street, where he had been living since coming to Geneva. The deceased was 64 years of age, and had been sick for a long time with degeneration of the nerves and wasting of the muscles. A wife and five sons and a brother who is a physician in Hampden, Connecticut, Dr. Edward Swift, survive him. Mr. Swift was born on September 25th, in Hampden, Connecticut. He had lived in the state of Washington for the past 25 years, being engaged in the fruit and nursery business on the Pacific coast, moving here last May. Before going to Washington, the deceased had lived for a time in Cornwall, Connecticut. Burial Washington Street Cemetery.



From "The Medical News, Volume 86." Lea Brothers & Co., 1905.

June 17, 1905

Dr. Lawrence C. Swift, medical examiner for Central Berkshire County, Mass., and a prominent surgeon, died last week in Pittsfield, of cerebrospinal meningitis. He was born in Geneva, N. Y., and was a son of McFee Swift, a civil engineer, who helped lay out the Erie Railroad. His grandfather, Col. Joseph Gardner Swift, was the first graduate of West Point, and afterward superintendent of West Point from 1812 to 1817. Dr. Swift graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New York in 1878, and practiced in Des Moines until 1886, when he returned East. [page 1145]

Thanks to Martha Magill for this contribution.



From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 29 March 1921

Victor, March 28 - The death of Oliver H. Swift occurred yesterday at the home of his daughter in the town of West Bloomfield, where he was taken ill while on a visit. Mr. Swift was one of East Bloomfield's oldest citizens. He was 84 years old. Besides his wife he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Lena Crooker and Mrs. Irene Brown, both of West Bloomfield, and one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Parker of East Bloomfield. Funeral services will be held at his late home in Easy Bloomfield at 2 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon. Burial will take place in the family lot in East Bloomfield cemetery.



From Geneva Daily Times 4 August 1905

Phelps, N. Y.
- The remains of General Philites Swift, an officer in the war of 1812, were removed this week from the old Phelps cemetery to the family plot at Webster. The remains of his wife and son, Dean Swift, were also removed at the same time. The removal was made by Mr. and Mrs. G. M. Hawley in accordance with the wishes of Mrs. Electa Russell, the mother of Mrs. Hawley. Mrs. Russell, who was a daughter of General Swift, died last February and in her will left a provision for the removal of the remains.

General Swift was one of the first settlers of the town of Phelps coming here in 1789. He was very active in organizing Masonic lodge here in 1811 and was also prominent in church affairs. He became judge of the County court, a member of the state senate and at one time discharged the duties of Lieutenant Governor. His title was acquired while in command of a regiment in the war of 1812 on the Niagara frontier. General Swift died July 24, 1828, at the age of sixty-five years. His wife died May 9, 1823, and his son, Lieutenant Dean Swift, died from the result of an injury to his skull May 9, 1818, age twenty-four years.

When the graves were opened nothing of the caskets remained but the silver plate upon which was engraved the general's name embellished with Masonic emblems. Of the son's casket all that remained was a block of wood into which had been driven brass nails in the form of his initials "D. S.," the metal seeming to have the effect of preserving the wood. The bones were found well preserved at a depth of eight feet.



From Victor Herald 7 September 1895

East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Rozalla Swift died early Monday morning. The funeral service was held from her late residence Wednesday afternoon, the Rev. Mr. Bates, of West Bloomfield officiating. She was within a few days of being 79 years old.



From Ontario County Times 19 October 1881

East Bloomfield, N. Y. -  Mr. Silas Swift,
an old resident of this town, died at his residence Wednesday, the 5th inst., after an illness of only a few days. His funeral was attended on Saturday, Oct. 8th. Mr. Swift had been a resident of this town for many years, and what is very remarkable, he had carried the mail between the village and station for nearly twenty-five years.



From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 12 December 1916

Naples, N. Y., Dec. 11 - William Swingle,
aged 74 years, died in his home in Cohocton street Saturday. He suffered a stroke of paralysis about 1 o'clock and died about 5 o'clock. Mr. Swingle was born in Dansville, but had lived in Naples nearly fifty years. He enlisted in the Civil war from Wayland August 30, 1862, as a private in Twenty-eighth Company Regulars of Battery New York and was discharged July 21, 1865, from Sandy Hook. He married Katherine Hoffman, of Parkinsville, April 30, 1866. Besides his wife, he leaves four sons, Jacob, George, Conrad and William, all of Naples; and three daughters, Mrs. Grace McGrew and Mrs. Elizabeth Cane of Naples, and Mrs. Sarah Woodard of South Bristol; one sister, Mrs. Nancy Hoffman of Mount Morris; and two brothers, John of Cohocton and George of Honeoye; and sixteen grandchildren.The funeral will be held from the Presbyterian church on Tuesday at 2 o'clock. Rev. J. H. France, pastor of the church, will officiate and interment will be in Rose Ridge cemetery.



From Geneva Daily Times 9 May 1904

Arthur C. Switzer,
nineteen-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Switzer, died at the City hospital at 11 o'clock yesterday morning. Besides his parents he is survived by two sisters, Misses Mary and Elizabeth Switzer, of this city. The funeral will take place at 3:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon from the home of his parents at No. 409 Castle street.



From Geneva Daily Times 1 October 1903

Frank E. Switzer
died at 8:30 o'clock last night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Robert Irving, No. 41 State street, aged seventy-five years. The deceased was born in Berrytown, N. Y., and after residing in Farmer for a number of years, came to this city twenty years ago. He is survived by his widow, eight sons, James, Peter and Edward of Farmer; William of Ovid, and Seymour, Henry, Charles and Seneca of Geneva; and one daughter, Mrs. Irving, of this city. The funeral will take place Saturday morning from the house, Rev. W. J. Schmalle, pastor of the German Evangelical church, will officiate. Burial will take place in Farmer.



From Geneva Daily Times 24 October 1903

Mrs. Mary Switzer,
widow of Emanuel Switzer who died three weeks ago, died at 6 o'clock last night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Robert Irving, No. 41 State street. It is an unusual fact connected with the deaths of Mr. and Mrs. Switzer that both occurred at the home of their daughter within three weeks of each other. The deceased is survived by eight sons, Edward, James and Peter of Farmer; William of Ovid; Henry, Charles, Seymour and Seneca of Geneva; and one sister, Mrs. Robert Irving of this city. The funeral will take place at 9:30 o'clock Monday morning from the home of Mrs. Irving. Rev. W. J. Schmalle, pastor of the German Evangelical church will officiate.



From Ontario County Journal 7 February 1890

Richmond, N. Y. - Friday morning about the hour of eleven, Mrs. A. L. Symonds passed peacefully away after a brief illness. The burial was from the M. E. Church at Allen's Hill on Monday the 3d inst. Many friends and neighbors followed the remains to their last resting place. Her brother, Mr. John Larned of Hornellsville, and sister, Miss Addie Larned of Toledo, O., were here.



From Ontario Repository & Messenger 18 January 1871

On the 5th instant, a young woman named Eliza Symonds, committed suicide by hanging herself, in the house of Jonathan Phillips of this town, where she had been employed for the past three years as housekeeper. Mr. Phillips went out to his work between seven and eight o'clock in the morning, and when he returned at noon he found the body suspended by a cord from a hook in the ceiling of the front room. No especial cause is assigned for the commission of this act. The deceased had been suffering for years from ill health and was subject to attacks of melancholy. The coroner's jury found that she voluntarily took her life during a fit of temporary insanity. Geneva Courier



From Ontario County Journal 24 August 1917

Bristol Valley, N. Y. -
On Saturday morning at 5 o'clock, at his home in Bristol Valley, occurred the death of Eugene Symonds. He had been in poor health for some time, but was feeling as well as usual until he arose that morning. Not feeling so well, he went to another room for some medicine and returning, laid down and died immediately. Death was due to heart trouble. Mr. Symonds was 64 years old on June 9, and was born in Bristol, his parents being Chauncey and Evaline Phillips Symonds. He had lived all his life in Bristol, with the exception of about four years, which were spent in the west. He married Ida Allen, of Bristol, and three children, were born of this union, two sons, Chauncey and Allen Symonds, who survive, and a daughter, Nettie, who died while young. Mr. Symonds is also survived by his wife, a sister, Mrs. William Simmons, and a half-brother, Amos Symonds of Canandaigua; also four grandchildren. He was a Republican and a well-known resident of the town. The funeral was held from his late home on Monday, Rev. William E. Searles officiating. Burial was made in Evergreen cemetery at Bristol.



From Geneva Daily Times 22 November 1909

Mrs. Sarah A. Symonds, aged 76 years, 8 months, died this morning at 12:15 o'clock at her residence, one mile west of Hall's Corners. She leaves five daughters. The funeral will take place tomorrow morning at 10:30 o'clock. Rev. A. B. Temple will officiate and burial will be at Waterloo.



From Geneva Daily Times 21 January 1915

Stanley, N. Y. - William Symonds
died yesterday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. L. Ross, about one mile east of here. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Ross, of Flint, and two sons, Sherwood Symonds of Hall and Lyman Symonds of Flint. The funeral will be held from the home of Mrs. Ross Friday, Jan. 22d at 1:30 p.m. and at the little church near Hall at 2:30 p.m. Rev. A. B. Temple will conduct the services.



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