"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
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.
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,
at his home Wednesday forenoon. Funeral Friday at 2:30 p.m. from his
residence. Burial in Union church cemetery. He leaves one son, Grove,
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.
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
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
The funeral, which took place from the old family residence, was
by a large circle of near relatives of the deceased, and her body so
by time and disease, and yet so precious to the eyes of her aged
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
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
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
was obliged to retire on account of ill health. The remains were taken
Geneva Thursday, where the funeral and interment were held Friday
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
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
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
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
and were very largely attended.
From Ontario County Chronicle 23 April 1902
Thompson Sutherland, one of the best known farmers in Western
County, died after a lingering illness on Saturday night at his home on
Bristol road, aged 71 years. Mr. Sutherland had been a sufferer for
a year from kidney troubles. He was born in Chatham, Columbia county,
State, and had resided in this township for about sixty-five years. He
a heavy land owner, and was regarded as a successful farmer. He is
by a widow and two sons, Spencer J. and Walter F. Sutherland, of
and two brothers, Henry and Lewis Sutherland of Canandaigua. He was a
of the First National Bank of Canandaigua and was a man of good
judgment. The funeral was largely attended from his late home yesterday
the service being conducted by the Rev. J. Wallace Webb, D. D., of the
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 Geneva Daily Times 12 March 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Martha Sutphen, wife
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
From Ontario County Journal 6 September 1895
Miller's Corners, N. Y. - Jane, wife of George Suttle, died
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
give. His funeral was largely attended by numerous friends and his
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.
Hall," in that hollow, was a well-known and pleasant place of resort
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
make it what it was, a first-class organization. As his sons grew up
developed great musical talent, and in later years superseded him as
and instructor, but as long as he could walk he retained his place in
files, and since his retirement on account of illness, the band has
broken up. It is nearly four years ago that rheumatism seized him so
as not only to cause great distress, but to disable him from active
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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
the house, W. S. Crane of Bellona Presbyterian church officiating.
Burial will be at Bellona.
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
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 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
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
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
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 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
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:
of Phelps; Daniel of Orleans; John of Clifton Springs; Bernard of
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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.
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
wife, two daughters, Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Ross, of Flint, and two sons,
Symonds of Hall and Lyman Symonds of Flint. The funeral will be held
the home of Mrs. Ross Friday, Jan. 22d at 1:30 p.m. and at the little
near Hall at 2:30 p.m. Rev. A. B. Temple will conduct the services.
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