From Ontario County Times 16 April 1884
Hopewell, N. Y. - Mr. William Thacher, a highly respected
resident of this town, died very suddenly at his home last Thursday
afternoon. He had been feeling unwell for some time; shortly after
eating dinner he stepped to the door, fell back, and expired. The
funeral services were attended today at 11 o'clock at his late
residence, Rev. W. J. Mills and Rev. P. McKinstry officiating. He
leaves a wife and two sons. His age was about sixty years.
From Ontario County Journal 19 October 1877
Funeral of Joseph Thaler - The Fire Department of this village
turned out in full force last Sunday afternoon to pay the last token of
one of their members - Joseph Thaler, one of the oldest and
most efficient members of Mutual Hook and Ladder Company. The
Department formed in procession and escorted the remains from his late
residence to the Congregational Church
and from the Church to the Cemetery. At the Church the services
were impressive, Rev. Frank T. Bayley preaching the funeral sermon.
The Mutuals had prepared a beautiful floral tribute - consisting
of two ladders crossed and the letter M in the center - which was
suspended over the coffin during the service. The truck of the
Company was also appropriately draped, and was stationed on the Square
during the funeral services. Mr. Thaler was a worthy, unassuming
citizen, respected by all who knew him, and especially esteemed by the
Company of which he was a member.
From Geneva Daily Times 7 May 1910
Jacob Thalman, who for years was a fruit dealer here, died
yesterday afternoon at 3:50 o'clock at his home, No. 195 Genesee
street. He was 75 years old. He was born at Elsase, France, and came to
this country when he was 12 years old and located at Jersey City. He
afterward went to West Lydon, N. Y. and after to Hopewell, where he was
a farmer. About 40 years ago he moved to this city where he conducted a
retail fruit store and restaurant and in '83 went into the wholesale
fruit and confectionery business. The firm was called Parker and
Thalman and after a year the firm dissolved partnership, Mr. Thalman
continuing in the business for thirteen years when he was obliged to
retire owing to ill health.
He is survived by two daughters, Miss Julia E. Thalman and Mrs. Carl W.
Anderson; two sons, Frank M. Thalman and Hiram D. Thalman, all of this
city; also three sisters, Mrs. Salome Miller of Utica, Mrs. Catherine
Lynch of Auburn and Mrs. William Park of Syracuse; two brothers, Fred
Thalman of Bartlett, N. Y., and George Thalman of Rochester. The
funeral will take place Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the First
Presbyterian church of which the deceased was a member. Rev. W. W.
Weller will officiate, assisted by Rev. J. B. Hubbs, D. D., rector of
St. Peter's Episcopal church. Interment in Glenwood Cemetery.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 16 October 1907
Mrs. Theresa Thalman, wife of George Thalman, died at the
Canandaigua hospital Friday afternoon after a few days illness. Her
death was a shock to her many friends and to the community in which she
was greatly esteemed. The funeral was held from her home in Bristol
street at 3 o'clock Monday afternoon, Rev. J. Scott Ebersole of the
Baptist church and Rev. Ward Mosher of the Methodist church
officiating. Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery. Besides her husband
she is survived by one son, Arthur and a daughter, Ethel, and her
mother, Mrs. Eleanor Wilson, who is 88 years old.
From Geneva Daily Times 29 May 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Hannah Purdy Thatcher, widow
occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Anna
J. Miles, at Hopewell Monday after a long illness, with four
months of helplessness, from paralysis. Her husband died fourteen years
ago. She was 85 years of age. She leaves two children, Mrs. Anna J.
and Lester Thatcher, both of Hopewell; one sister, Mrs. William Wright
Canandaigua, and one brother, William Purdy of Clair county, Michigan.
From Geneva Daily Times 19 March 1910
Shortsville, N. Y. - Isaac Thatcher, one of Shortsville's aged
residents, died of liver trouble at 4 p.m. yesterday. Mr. Thatcher was
the son of Abigail Durffee and Josephus Thatcher, who were natives of
Vermont and came into Wayne county when the country was new, where
Isaac was born Oct. 28, 1824. He came to Shortsville when quite a young
man and married Miss Ann Van Buren, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Van
Buren. They had six children, of whom three are living. Mrs. Ceylon
Sheffer, their oldest daughter and mother of E. T. Sheffer of this
place, died several years ago, and Mrs. Isaac Thatcher died twelve
years ago. Mr. Thatcher has been for years a great sufferer from
muscular rheumatism and for the past six months has been confined to
his room. He leaves three children, Dr. E. Thatcher of Newark, Albert
Thatcher of Rochester, and Mrs. Charles H. Davison of Shortsville, with
whom he has lived. The funeral will be at the family residence tomorrow
From Ontario County Journal 9 September 1898
Shortsville, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Isaac Thatcher occurred
her home on Main street. Mrs. Thatcher suffered a
stroke of paralysis some time ago from which she had partially
recovered, and her death was a shock to the community. Funeral services
were held on Wednesday from her late residence. She leaves a husband,
one daughter, Mrs. Charles Davidson of this place; and two sons, Dr.
Thatcher of Newark, and Herbert Thatcher of the same place.
From Geneva Daily Times 13 May 1905
Jesse Thatcher, a prominent farmer of the town
of Hopewell, died last night at 10:30 o'clock in Seneca Castle
at the age of seventy-six years. The deceased was born in the town
of Hopewell in 1829 and lived in the house of his birth all of his
life, with the exception of four years. Throughout his life he was
an active member of the Seneca Castle Methodist church. For many years
he was member of the official board and the board of trustees. The
deceased is survived by his widow, two sons, William O. Thatcher of
Hopewell and Eben E. Thatcher of Seneca Castle; by one daughter, Mrs.
Galusha, of the town of Phelps, and one sister, Mrs. W. D. Atchley, of
Clifton Springs. The funeral will take place from the Seneca Castle
Methodist church tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. M. S.
Sandford officiating. Burial will be in Sandhill cemetery in the town
From Geneva Daily Times 5 December 1927
The death of Mrs. Jessie B. Thatcher, widow of the late Eben
Thatcher, occurred at 11 o'clock last evening at her home in Seneca
Castle, at the age of 71 years. Death followed a brief illness.
Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. W. C. Kuppinger of East Rochester; one
brother, Homer VanBuskirk of California; and several nieces and
nephews. Mrs. Thatcher was a member of the Methodist church. The
funeral will be held on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from her home.
Burial will be made in Sand Hill Cemetery with Rev. Boyd officiating.
From Geneva Daily Times 8 September 1908
Stanley, N. Y. - Sunday night occurred the death of Lester
Thatcher at his residence on Spangle street, northwest of this
village. Mr. Thatcher was born in the town of Canandaigua, October 14,
1841. He later moved with his parents to Michigan, where he lived until
he was about 21 years of age, and then returned to the town of
Hopewell, where he has since resided. The last thirty years of his life
were spent on the large farm where he died. Mr. Thatcher was a member
of the Emory Chapel Church and Hopewell Grange. He leaves his wife and
two daughters, Hettie and Lylvia.
From Ontario County Journal 14 June 1912
Hopewell Center, N. Y. - The funeral of Mrs. Lorada Thatcher was
held from her late home on Spangle street on Sunday afternoon, Rev. S.
D. Showers, pastor of the Methodist churches of Hopewell and Seneca
Castle, officiating, with interment in Chapman cemetery. Deceased was
72 years old. Death was due to a stroke of paralysis suffered a week
before. Her survivors are two daughters, Miss Sylvia Thatcher, who made
her home with her mother, and Mrs. Hetty Rockefeller of Canandaigua;
four grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Hester Wright of Canandaigua.
From Geneva Gazette 25 September 1874
Obituary - Mrs. Phebe Thatcher was born in Franklin Co., Vermont,
Sept. 5th, 1799, and died in Geneva August 17th, 1874. Her
father, Lemuel Roberts, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War.
At the age of twelve years she was converted, and united at once
with the M. E. Church, of which her parents were both members.
From this time till the hour of her decease, a period of nearly
sixty-three years, she was without interruption a member of the Church
of her early choice.
In the autumn of
1812, the family moved west and located temporarily a little south of
Geneva, soon after which the father died. The late Father Snow, then a
young man, officiated at
his funeral. From 1813 to 1826, she resided most of the time in
this county, in the north part of the town of Phelps.
Then for eight years she lived in Royalton, Niagara Co., N. Y.
June 15th, 1834, she was married to John Thatcher, of Hopewell.
After his death in 1862, and until her
decease, she lived with her son. In 1864 she removed from Hopewell,
where she had lived since her marriage, to Geneva, and by
letter identified herself with the Methodist Church here. Always,
till within the last four years, during which time she had been
in feeble health, had she been a faithful attendant upon all the
church services. As with well nigh all the oldest members
in our church, so with her, the class meeting was a means of grace
valued. It was there that she bore strong testimony to the
regenerating and sanctifying power of God's Holy Spirit -- that she
derived inspiration for the practical Christian life from genial
associations, and in turn gave to others the rich fruits of her
own experience in close and humble communings with God. Her daily
life was characterized by a calm, unwavering faith in God, to whom she
confidently committed all her interests both temporal and
eternal. But she has gone to share in the joys and glories of the house
of many mansions. Happy, blissful, triumphant was her departure. From
the bosom of the river, as voyagers to distant climes, she
flung back souvenirs of love to those standing on the shore, and soon
vanished from sight, "washed and made white in the blood of the Lamb."
From Ontario County Times 12 May 1886
Hopewell Center, N. Y. - The whole community was shocked to hear
of Mrs. Sarah Thatcher's death. She had gone to New York city
to have a cataract removed from her eye. The operation was successfully
performed on Easter, and she was surprised when told that they had
removed the cataract, as she had experienced no pain. The new remedy,
cocoaine, was used, and she could see plainly before her eyes were
bandaged. She was cheerful and happy, and seemed to be doing well until
fifteen minutes of 6 o'clock Friday morning, when she complained of
feeling faint. The physician was called, and when he reached her side
found life nearly extinct. She died as easily as a child goes to sleep.
She was buried by the side of her husband in Seneca on Monday.
From Victor Herald 26 April 1901
Abram B. Thayer, a lifelong resident of Victor, passed away at his
home at eleven o'clock Monday morning, in his eighty-second year. He
has been in poor health for the past year. He leaves, besides his
widow, Emeline Thayer, two sons, George A. Thayer of Victor, and Henry
L. Thayer of Rochester, to mourn his loss.
From Ontario County Journal 15 May 1896
Canadice, N. Y. - On Sunday occurred the death of William
Thayer. He had been ill for some time and at last death came to
his relief. The deceased was about 35 years of age. In his early life
he had the misfortune to lose an arm in a saw mill and also have one
limb crippled. Interment took place on Tuesday.
From Geneva Daily Times 22 September 1919
John Thearo of 313 Lake street, died last night at the City
Hospital after a short illness. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary
Thearo; one son, Frank Thearo; and one daughter, Mrs. Walters. The
funeral will be held Thursday morning at the house at 3:30 o'clock and
9 o'clock at St. Francis de Sales Church. Burial will be made in St.
From Geneva Daily Times 20 December 1909
Mrs. Agnes Caddon Thomas, wife of William H. Thomas, died suddenly
yesterday morning about 10:30 o'clock at the family residence, No. 180
Genesee street. Mrs. Thomas seemed apparently in her usual health
yesterday morning and was preparing to attend the service at St.
Francis deSales church when she was taken suddenly ill with severe
pains about the heart. She gradually grew worse and in a short time had
passed away. Mrs. Thomas was about 60 years old. She was a member of
one of the oldest families of this city, having been a daughter of the
late Mr. and Mrs. Miles Caddon. Besides her husband, she leaves one
daughter, Mrs. Albert M. Hennessey and two sisters, Mrs. Sarah Quinless
and Mrs. John Van Cleff of New York. The funeral will be take place
Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock from St. Francis deSales church. Burial
in St. Patrick's Cemetery.
From Geneva Courier 18 February 1857
On the night of Friday the 13th inst., a woman named Amelia
Thomas, residing in one of the dens on Water street, fell down,
and died in a few moments. The verdict of the Coroner's jury was
"Death from congestion of the lungs and brain, caused by excessive
drink." The place where she died is a rum hole, kept by her own
husband, and it is to be hoped that he will, after so striking an
example of the effects of his hellish traffic, abandon it forever.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 15 March 1905
Saturday afternoon at the home of her grandson, P. G. Thomas, Booth
street, in Shortsville, occurred the death of Mrs. Ann Janette
Thomas after an extended illness. Until last July Mrs. Thomas had
resided in this town all her life, being the wife of Omar Thomas, who
died thirty-four years ago. Mrs. Thomas' maiden name was Ann Janette
Adams. She was a descendant of the Adam family of presidents and was
also a niece of Capt. Jasper Parrish whom many old inhabitants will
remember as the government's paymaster and Indian interpreter. Capt.
Parrish resided in the Murray house on Main street south and was
respected by the Indian tribes of this locality. Mrs. Thomas spent her
girlhood days in and around Canandaigua and lived in the town all her
life. She was aged eighty-four years and leaves a large number of
friends to mourn their loss. She is survived by two grandsons, B. G.
Thomas of Shortsville, at whose home she died, and Omar Thomas, of
Auburn. Burial West Avenue Cemetery
From Geneva Advertiser Gazette 21 March 1905
Mrs. Anne Thomas, a long resident of Geneva, died at the home of
her daughter, Mrs. Martin H. Smith, on the Rose Hill farm, last Monday
evening, March 13, aged 85 years. We first knew her and her family when
their home was on Castle street. She had three sons and two daughters
whom one, William, is dead. The survivors are Edward and Thomas, Mrs.
and Miss Emmeline, principal of the Lewis street school. Her home was
132 Pulteney street, whence the funeral was held Thursday afternoon. We
recall her as a real motherly old lady, very kind to her neighbors. All
old Castle street people were built that way, and we have known all who
lived up that way for the past sixty years.
From Ontario County Times 29 December 1886
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Annie B. Thomas died at her home in
this place last week. In the absence of the pastor, the funeral service
was read by her son.
From Ontario County Journal 10 May 1912
Rushville, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Charles Thomas occurred
at her home in Gorham, Tuesday morning, after a brief illness with
pneumonia. Her husband has been ill with the same disease, but is now
slightly better. Mrs. Thomas was 60 years of age, a daughter of James
and Angelina Pulver Ketcham, and had always lived in Gorham. Upon her
marriage to Charles Thomas 37 years ago, they began housekeeping on the
farm now occupied by Loren Read, and 17 years ago they moved to Gorham
village, where they had since resided. Besides her husband, she leaves
two children: Mrs. Edward Pulver and a son, William, both of Gorham.
She was a member of Gorham Lodge, L. O. T. M., and of the M. E. Church,
always taking a keen interest in all its various activities. The
funeral services were held from the M. E. church on Thursday afternoon,
Rev. Bruce Pierce officiating. Interment was at Gorham.
From Ontario County Journal 11 June 1886
Rushville, N. Y. - David Thomas died at his home near this
village, June 4, after a lingering illness. He was an old resident of
Gorham and Potter.
From Ontario County Journal 5 March 1897
Honeoye, N. Y. - Mrs. Elizabeth Kenyon Thomas, wife of Wm.
Thomas, died on Saturday morning, Feb. 27, aged 66 years. Rev. Mr.
Herman officiated at the funeral services which were held from her late
home on Monday morning at 11 o'clock, with burial in Lake View cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 8 May 1912
Gorham, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Ella Ketcham Thomas, wife
at her home in this village yesterday
morning about 5 o'clock, after an illness of a week or two with
pneumonia. Mrs. Thomas was the daughter of James and Angeline Ketcham.
About forty years ago she became the wife of Charles Thomas, who
survives her. Besides her husband, she leaves one daughter, Mrs. Edward
Pulver of Hall; one son, William Thomas who resides at home, and one
granddaughter. An older daughter, Annabelle, died several years ago.
From Shortsville Enterprise 17 September 1914
The remains of George W. Thomas, a former well-known
resident of the Parlor Village, were brought here from East Rochester
on Tuesday afternoon and interred in the family plot in Brookside
Cemetery. For several years Mr. Thomas owned and occupied the house in
High street now possessed by James J. LeFevre. Mr. Thomas' demise
occurred at his East Rochester home on Saturday at the age of 74 years.
He was born on February 22, 1840, on a large farm owned by his father,
and which is land now occupied by the Holland settlement. The property
was then in the township of Brighton and the name of the former owner
is perpetuated in the name of Thomas creek. He was a fourth son of
Oliver Thomas, one of the pioneers of Rochester. At the outbreak of the
Civil War, Mr. Thomas enlisted and served throughout, participating in
many engagements. He left this village a number of years ago to reside
in East Rochester. He was a member of the Odd Fellows, of Myron Adams
Post, G. A. R. of Rochester, and of Herendeen Post, G. A. R., of this
village. The latter organization had charge of the funeral services.
The survivors are a brother, W. C. Thomas, and a sister, Mrs. Samuel
Warner, both of Rochester; six sons, G. W. Thomas, Jr., of Toronto,
Canada; Frank B., J. P., F. K., and W. F. Thomas, of Rochester; and
Charles A. Thomas, of East Rochester; two daughters, Mrs. J. D. Ogden
of New York, and Mrs. W. L. Elliott of New Rochelle; also eleven
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 15 March 1934
Canandaigua, Mar. 14 - Henry F. Thomas, 91, last surviving veteran
of the Civil War in this city, died at his home in Saltonstall Street
today. He was born a slave on a Louisiana plantation Dec. 23, 1843. Mr.
Thomas frequently had told stories of his early plantation life among
900 other Negro slaves. Although given his freedom by proclamation in
1862, he remained with his master until 1863, when he enlisted in the
Ninth Louisiana Colored Infantry under General Banks and served
throughout the war. He was mustered out of service in the Shenandoah
Valley in October, 1865, after having participated in many of the most
important battles of the war. For many months he was a member of
Sheridan's army. At the close of the war Mr. Thomas accompanied Lieut.
Fred Cossum to Auburn, where he first worked as a painter, and later as
a farmhand. In the winter he attended school. In 1871 he moved from
Auburn to East Rush to work in a mill and in 1875 went to work for
Joseph Stull of Rochester at a farm in West Bloomfield. A year later he
moved to Naples, where he was employed as farm hand by Hollis J. Tyler
and later by F. W. Beers. In 1886 Mr. Thomas came to Canandaigua and
worked as a porter for Henry Drake at the Webster Hotel in South Main
Street. Two years later he became a porter at Canandaigua Hotel and in
1903 was engaged by the new Rochester & Eastern Interurban Trolley
Company as porter at the local waiting room, where he was employed
until the road was abandoned. Mr. Thomas was the last member of A. M.
Murray Post, G. A. R., and had served in all its offices. He was
married in 1884, but his wife died many years ago. He is survived by a
daughter, Miss Cora Thomas, and a son, John Thomas, both of
services will be conducted by Canandaigua American Legion Post in the
Methodist Church at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, with burial in Woodlawn
From Ontario County Journal 17 May 1912
The remains of James Thomas, formerly of Canandaigua, who
died on Saturday night at the home of his son, George L. Thomas at
Brockport, were brought to Canandaigua on Monday and funeral services
were held from the home of his daughter, Mrs. Elmer D. Hall, Park
Place, on Tuesday afternoon, Rev. DeWitt S. Hooker, officiating. Mr.
Thomas was 67 years of age and is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ida E.
Thomas, two sons, George of Brockport, and William H. of Rochester;
three daughters, Mrs. Elmer D. Hall, Mrs. Henry Fox and Miss Clara
Thomas of Canandaigua; one sister, Mrs. Sarah Meeker of Denver, Col.,
and five grandchildren.
From Geneva Daily Times 4 May 1908
Naples, N. Y. - James Thomas, aged 60 years, died at his home in
Hollow, Naples, yesterday morning, as a result of an injury received
years ago. Mr. Thomas lost the use of one leg and had used crutches
He was a merchant in that locality, and had been postmaster before the
of rural delivery. His early home was in Avoca, N. Y., and he was one
fourteen children, of whom five are alive. His wife was Miss Vrooman,
Prattsburg, who is living. His was the only store between Naples and
a distance of fifteen miles.
From Geneva Daily Times 2 June 1909
Naples, N. Y. - James B. Thomas died here Monday, aged nearly 87
years. Mr. Thomas was for many years president of the Ovid Bank, which
failed disastrously to many creditors about eight years ago. He was
also treasurer of the Willard State Hospital, and at one time member of
Assembly for Seneca county.
From Geneva Gazette 26 May 1893
The remains of James L. Thomas, who died in Hopewell on
the 22d inst., were brought to Geneva next day for interment in
Glenwood cemetery. The deceased was the father of Mrs. Alphonso
Baker, whose husband died last fall of diphtheria.
From Ontario County Journal 17 April 1891
Rushville, N. Y. - Mr. John C. Thomas died on Saturday morning,
April 11th, aged 58 years. The immediate cause of his death was
paralysis. For several years his health has been failing, but he has
been at his store quite regularly the most of the time. For about 25
years he has been undertaker in this place and also kept a furniture
store. Rev. G. W. Reynolds, of Branchport, officiated at the funeral on
Sunday afternoon. He leaves a wife, two daughters and a brother and
From Ontario County Journal 28 October 1892
Rushville, N. Y. - Mrs. Thomas, relict of the late John Thomas, died
this village on Tuesday morning from a sudden attack of
pneumonia. About a week before an operation for cancer had been
performed. Two daughters survive her. The funeral was held at the
residence on Thursday at three o'clock. She was aged 53 years.
From Geneva Daily Times 24 June 1897
MRS. LILLIE THORNTON THOMAS
Mrs. William Thomas died at 10:15 o'clock last night, from
internal hemorrhage. The hemorrhage was brought about by an accident
yesterday afternoon. In the course of her household duties, Mrs. Thomas
had occasion to pick up something. In so doing she ruptured a blood
Physicians were at one summoned. They pronounced Mrs. Thomas' condition
dangerous, and announced that an operation might save her life. Mrs.
realized that there was slight possibility of her recovery, and was
that the operation be performed. Dr. Lee, of Rochester, was sent for.
He arrived here last evening, and with Doctors McCarthy, Rupert and
performed the operation. Shortly after the operation Mrs. Thomas
Mrs. William Thomas was 26 years of age. She had many friends in
Geneva, and was highly respected. Before her marriage she was Miss
From Ontario County Journal 29 March 1878
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Died at the residence of Mr. T. G. Hatch,
in this place, Monday evening, March 26th, Mr. Lovewell Thomas, aged
were held Wednesday, at the residence
of Mr. Hatch, Rev. J. P. Skeele officiating.
From Ontario County Chronicle 15 April 1903
Mrs. M. L. Thomas died of consumption at her home in this village
on Saturday morning. She was 35 years of age and is survived by her
husband and one child. The remains were taken to Akron for burial.
From Ontario County Chronicle 15 May 1901
Bristol, N. Y. - Mrs. Mary Thomas died Thursday at the home of
her daughter, Mrs. Geo. Buckelew, aged 75 years.
From Victor Herald 17 May 1901
Bristol, N. Y. - The funeral of Mrs. Mary Cornell Thomas was
of her daughter, Mrs. George Buckalew, Saturday at 11
a.m., Rev. F. F. Buckner officiating. The deceased was 70 years of age.
Besides the one daughter, she is survived by one brother, George
Cornell and one sister, Mrs. Ezekiel Francis.
From Ontario County Journal 28 July 1899
Canadice, N. Y. - Nellie, wife of Harry Thomas, died on
Friday night of consumption, aged 29 years. She was the second daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Job Francisco. Medical aid did all it could to stay the
dread disease. Besides her husband and parents, she leaves a son, 3
months old, and two sisters, both of this town. The funeral services
were held on Monday at 11 o'clock a.m., Rev. I. B. Bristol of Wayland
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 16 June 1869
Naples, N. Y. - We are indebted to Mr. M. C. Sutton, of Naples,
for the particulars of a sad and shocking accident which occurred in
that town on Sunday last, resulting in the death of an estimable
young lady. The victim was Mrs. Olive Thomas, wife of Mr.
Thomas, and daughter of Mr. Sullivan Henry. Her age was about
years. It appears that while the several members of the family were
about eight o'clock, with their usual Sunday morning occupations, an
Irish boy named Charles Montgomery, who was living with Mr. Thomas, got
out his gun with the view of shooting some crows which were at work in
a cornfield within a short distance of the house. The boy proceeded to
load the piece, but not being accustomed to the use of fire-arms, put
an enormous charge of powder, with a heavy minnie ball, some shot,
&c. Mrs. Henry, the mother of Mrs. Thomas, told the lad to take the
of the house, but he did not heed what she said, and while he was
on the cap, the trigger was accidentally touched and the piece
The ball passed through an adjoining room where Mrs. Thomas was
some milk, striking one of her limbs just below the knee, shattering
bone, and making a terrible wound. Surgical aid was immediately
but the unfortunate woman said she could not live; told her friends not
to grieve over her death, and notwithstanding the efforts that were
made to save her, continued rapidly sinking until 11 o'clock, when life
became extinct. The severity of the shock, and the great loss of blood
which followed, were more than her system could bear, and she passed
away before her friends realized that she was fatally injured. The
is said to have been a young woman of most excellent character, and
her sudden and tragic death was a painful shock, not only to her
husband and parents, but likely to the entire neighborhood in which she
From Ontario County Journal 5 March 1909
At the Memorial hospital on Wednesday morning occurred the death of
Pelatiah G. Thomas, who had made a brave struggle for life
since Jan. 22, when he was terribly injured while trying to adjust a
belt on a gasoline engine at the Thomas farm west of this village. So
serious was the injury to a limb that it was necessary to amputate it.
Blood poisoning had developed and while this had been stayed, the heart
was too weak to longer stand the strain. Mr. Thomas was 32 years of
age. He leaves, besides his wife, who was Miss Margaret Burley, three
children, his mother, Mrs. Charlotte Thomas, and one brother, Omar E.
Thomas. The funeral will be held from the house of N. Watson Thompson,
West Gibson street, tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. J. S.
Ebersole will officiate.
From Ontario County Chronicle 30 December 1903
Russell Thomas, a well-known and respected citizen of this
village, died at his home in Gorham street, Monday afternoon, aged 58
years. Death was due to dropsy, although he had been in failing health
for several months. The deceased is survived by his aged mother, Mrs.
Omar Thomas, a wife and two sons, Omar of Buffalo, and Pellic of
Shortsville. The funeral will be held from his late residence this
afternoon at 2:30, the services to be conducted by the Rev. J. S.
Ebersole, pastor of the Baptist church. The interment will be in the
West Avenue cemetery.
From Victor Herald 12 May 1905
Tuesday evening, a bellboy assisted Samuel C. Thomas, for
several days a guest at the Canandaigua Hotel, to his room. Late
Wednesday afternoon, after employees had made repeated attempts to
arouse the occupant so that they might enter the room to put it in
order, the door was forced and Mr. Thomas was found lying dead upon the
bed. Death had apparently occurred several hours before. Mr. Thomas had
been ill, suffering from asthma and a complication of diseases, for
some time and had informed his friends of his intention to go to the
Canandaigua Hospital for treatment. He was evidently very feeble when
taken to his room Tuesday evening. The body was fully dressed and it is
likely that the man had been unable to summon strength to remove his
clothing before seeking the bed. A bottle of laudanum, from which a
small quantity had been taken, lay on the bed beside him. He had been
accustomed to take the drug to relieve his suffering and probably did
so while in the room. This may or may not have caused his death. His
condition was such as to make death from natural causes likely at any
time. To the bellboy who asked him Tuesday night if he expected to go
to the hospital next morning, he replied, "I may not live to get
Mr. Thomas was about sixty-seven years of age, and was born in the town
of Farmington. His aged mother, Mrs. Gertrude Thomas, now in her
ninety-fourth year, resides at the home of C. A. Rugg in this village.
His wife died several years ago. One son, living in the West, survives.
He had many friends in Victor, upon whom he called only a few days
before his death. At that time it was remarked that it did not seem
possible that he could live very long. Of late the deceased had made
his home in Shortsville. At one time he was in the employ, as traveling
salesman, of the Bickford & Hoffman Co., of Macedon, and was
accounted one of their most successful agents. Later he engaged in the
produce business, but for the last few years has been employed in
various hotels in the county. Old age and his manner of living made
heavy inroads upon his vitality and he had been practically
incapacitated for labor for several years. The funeral services are to
be held this afternoon and interment made in the South Farmington
cemetery. The Rev. Loren Stiles, of the Methodist church of this
village, will officiate.
From Geneva Daily Times 20 March 1907
The funeral of William Thomas, aged 53 years, who died at the
Willard State Hospital Sunday morning at 9:20 o'clock, was held this
afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the parish house of St. Peter's
Episcopal church, Rev. J. B. Hubbs officiating and burial was in
From Geneva Gazette 25 June 1897
A Sudden Death - Mrs. William Thomas died very suddenly at her
home, corner of Hamilton and Pulteney streets, Wednesday evening last
of internal hemorrhage. An operation for her relief was performed
about 9 p.m. by Dr. Lee of Rochester, assisted by Drs. McCarthy,
DeLaney, Rupert and Stebbins. But without recovering
passed away about 10 o'clock. She was the third daughter of A. B.
Thornton -- leaves no children, but two brothers and three sisters
survive with both parents, who as may well be conceived
are deeply afflicted by this dispensation. The funeral will
take place tomorrow (Saturday) forenoon at 9 o'clock at St. Francis de
From Geneva Gazette 19 November 1886
Obituary. - William Thomas, one of the
early settlers of Geneva, died on the 12th inst., aged 76 years 1 month
and 2 days. The deceased followed the business of navigation till
about the year 1871. He was in the employ of John R. Johnston
& Co. as deck hand, fireman and engineer on the Seneca Lake
steamers, and in the latter capacity performed service for successive
owners of the lake steamers. He was careful and reliable in the
performance of every duty, and esteemed alike by his employers and
associates. For fifteen years past and until compelled to resign
by ill health, he had been employed as an engineer at Willard
Asylum. His funeral took place
from the Fall Brook House, Geneva, (of which his son Wm. H. Thomas is
proprietor) on Sunday last, and the attendance of old
and sorrowing friends was quite large. His body has been
temporarily placed in Glenwood receiving vault.
From Ontario County Journal 14 March 1913
Victor, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Amelia Cobb Thompson, who
was known here, occurred on Monday at the home of her son, Charles
Thompson, in Clifton Springs. Mrs. Thompson was born in Palmyra in 1837
and was married to David Thompson in Clifton Springs in 1854. She spent
her life in the town of Manchester; after her marriage, living for over
40 years in Gypsum. Since the death of Mr. Thompson, she made her home
with her son. She leaves, besides her son, six grandchildren; one
sister, Mrs. C. S. Pickett of Rochester; and two brothers, Frank E.
Cobb, of this village, and Cullen Cobb of Port Gibson. An only daughter
died in 1892. Mrs. Thompson was an aunt of Mrs. L. J. Wilbur, of this
village. The funeral was held in Clifton Springs and from the church
at Gypsum. Burial was made in the River View cemetery at Gypsum. Rev.
V. A. Sage, of the Clifton Springs Baptist church, officiated.
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 28 March 1877
Gorham, N. Y. - On the evening of Saturday last, Mr. Benjamin
Thompson died, aged about fifty-three years. Mr. Thompson has been
in feeble health for some years past, but his death following so soon
after our esteemed citizen, Mr. Pulver, sent a thrill to many hearts.
He was a man of quiet seclusion in life, and was warmly cherished by
his acquaintances. His funeral is to be attended at the Baptist
church tomorrow, where he had long been a leader in their choir.
From Geneva Gazette 1 May 1874
Obituary - In the town of Geneva, April 22, 1874, Mrs.
Catharine A., widow of the late Milo Thompson. The
deceased was born in Bloomfield, Essex county, N. J., Sept. 16th, 1804,
and was in her seventieth year at the time of her death. She moved from
N. Y. city to Ithaca, Tompkins county. In 1848 she came to Geneva
where she has since resided. In 1855 she united with the Reformed
Church of this village on confession of her faith, since which time she
has been an earnest, hopeful, and devoted follower of Christ. The many
excellent qualities which were combined in her character made her life
eminently useful to the community, precious to her family and friends,
and thus conduce to the severity of the loss sustained in her death. As
a neighbor no one could be more kind and considerate, always ready to
those needy and .afflicted
From Geneva Daily Times 24 December 1903
Gorham, N. Y. - Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson died at her home
yesterday, aged sixty-eight years. She leaves a husband, John H.
Thompson, two sons, William and Charles M., two brothers, William and
Elbert Johnson, all of this village, also one sister, Mrs. Caroline
Pettit of Michigan. The funeral will be held from the house at 2:30
From Ontario County Journal 19 March 1909
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The death of Ephraim Thompson occurred
of the village on Sunday morning, from abscess of the
liver. He had been critically ill for only a few days. Mr. Thompson was
born in England 73 years ago and had been a resident of East Bloomfield
for 26 years. For many years he was engaged in threshing in company
with his sons. He leaves, besides his wife, four sons, Fred, of
Ontario, and George, David and William, of this town. The funeral was
held from the Methodist church on Tuesday afternoon, Rev. A. A. Reavley
officiating. The interment was in the village cemetery. Mr. Thompson
was an industrious citizen. He had a wide acquaintance throughout the
town and adjoining towns, where his rugged good nature and
kindheartedness were known and appreciated.
From Shortsville Enterprise 8 March 1912
The death of Francis N. Thompson, a former Shortsville
resident, occurred on Monday night at the home of his nephew, Oscar
Thompson, in Hopewell, aged 77 years. He leaves a son, William, of
Canandaigua, and a daughter, Mrs. Harriet Bowman of Junius. The funeral
was held from the Thompson home in Hopewell on Wednesday afternoon at
12:30 o'clock and the interment followed in the Hopewell cemetery.
Herendeen Post of this village, of which Mr. Thompson was a member, had
charge of the services.
From Geneva Daily Times 2 May 1923
Mrs. Hannah Matilda Thompson, age 64, wife of Anton Thompson,
died at her home, 24 Evans street, yesterday afternoon after a long
illness. She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Holzer
Anderson and Mrs. James Hicks, both of this city; two sons, Charles and
Peter Thompson, of Geneva; one sister, Mrs. Petrea Jenson of Penn Yan;
two brothers, Peter Anderson of this city and Andrew Anderson of
Denmark; also three grandchildren. The funeral will be held from her
late home Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, the Rev. Alexander Thompson of
the North Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be made in
From Geneva Daily Times 2 April 1923
Mrs. Helen W. Thompson, aged 36 years, wife of Guy L. Thompson, of
110 Seneca street, died at the Geneva City Hospital yesterday afternoon
after a short illness of pneumonia. Besides her husband, she leaves two
small sons, Donald C. and Glenn E. Thompson; her father and mother,
Rev. and Mrs. George W. Moxcey of Rockwell Springs, N. Y.; one sister,
Miss Mary R. Moxcey of Cincinnati, Ohio. The funeral will be held at
the First Methodist church tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock. The body
will be taken to Penn Yan for interment in Lakeside Cemetery.
From Ontario County Repository & Messenger 21 August 1872
Mr. James Thompson, an old resident of this town, committed
suicide last Monday morning, by hanging himself in his barn on Chapel
street. Mr. Thompson arose about five o'clock, and went to his barn as
his family thought, to do the chores. Becoming alarmed at his long
absence, Mrs. T. sent her youngest son in search of him. Arriving at
barn he found the doors fastened on the inside, something unusual. The
boy went back to the house and informed his mother of the fact, who
accompanied him back to the barn. The doors were finally opened, and
the body of Mr. T. was discovered hanging from a scaffold pole to which
he had attached a rope by means of a ladder. Mr. T. was about
sixty-five years of age and in good circumstances. He leaves quite a
large family. Family difficulty is assigned as the cause of committing
such a deed.
From Geneva Gazette 4 November 1898
Jerome Thompson of Phelps was adjudged insane and committed to
Willard Hospital on the 25th ult. He died at 7 o'clock in the
evening of the same day. The body was sent to Phelps for
interment which took place last Saturday. He was 65 years old and
unmarried -- is survived by one brother.
From Ontario County Journal 3 May 1889
News was received here last Friday of the death of Lester P.
Thompson, formerly of Phelps, at his home in Denver, Col. Mr.
was well known, not only throughout Ontario county, but throughout the
state. He was very prominent in Grand Army circles, having held the
of Senior Vice-Commander of the order of the department of New York.
About two years ago he moved to Denver in the hope that the change
might give him relief from consumption which had fastened itself upon
him. The remains were brought to this village for interment in Woodlawn
cemetery and the funeral services held at the residence of Wm. L.
Foster, brother-in-law of the deceased, Tuesday afternoon were largely
attended. Albert M. Murray Post G. A. R. attended in a body. The
deceased was 50 years of age and leaves a widow and two children to
mourn his loss.
From Ontario County Journal 9 November 1894
Mrs. Louisa M. Thompson, wife of George T. Thompson, died about
10:30 o'clock Sunday morning after an illness of about six days from
diphtheria. Mrs. Thompson had nursed her children during their illness
from the disease, and as they were nicely recovering, she contacted it
with the fatal result. Mrs. Thompson was forty years old and leaves
surviving beside her husband, two young sons. Mrs. Thompson was a
member of St. John's Church and also of the Guild, which latter
organization mourn her loss deeply. The funeral was held Sunday
afternoon at five o'clock, Rev. C. J. Clausen officiating. This was the
last case of the dreaded disease in town.
From Ontario County Journal 3 April 1896
On Wednesday occurred the death of Mrs. Marcia Thompson, one
who was born in what is now known as
Hopewell township, on April 16, 1805. Deceased had resided for some
time past with her daughter, Mrs. Susan Thompson Buck. Other survivors
are: a daughter, Mrs. Ransom Allerton of Newark; two sons, George
Thompson of Denver, Col., and M. C. Thompson of Texarkana, Ark, and two
grandsons, Harry Thompson of Texarkana, Ark., and Robert F. Thompson,
Esq., of this place. The funeral will be held from the late resident
tomorrow at 2 p.m.
From Geneva Daily Times 5 February 1915
Stanley, N. Y. - Mrs. Martha Thompson, aged 78 years, formerly of
this place, died Tuesday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John
Crosier, near Hall. She lived about one mile west of Stanley until the
death of her husband, Myron Thompson, which occurred about twelve years
ago. She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. John Crosier, and two
grandchildren, also a large number of relatives and friends. The
funeral services will take place at the home of Mrs. Thompson's
daughter, Mrs. John Crosier, Friday at 1:30 p.m. and burial will be at
From Ontario County Chronicle 3 February 1904
Mrs. Mary Thompson, beloved wife of Thomas Thompson, died at her
home in West Gibson street yesterday, after a lingering illness, aged
67 years. Mrs. Thompson's death was due to a complication of diseases,
from which she had been a sufferer for sometime. The deceased was born
in Wighton-on-the-Bay, Scotland, in 1837, and was the daughter of
Jonathan and Isabella Thompson. She was a woman of Christian character
and beloved by a large circle of friends. She is survived by her
husband and six children, four sons, George T., N. W. Williams, of
Canandaigua, Charles F. of New York, and two daughters, Mrs. Hadley
Case of New York, and Mrs. Fred D. Crandall of this village. The
funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock, the Rev. Charles
J. Clausen of St. John's church officiating.
From Geneva Daily Times 9 March 1908
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - Yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at
the home of her daughter, Mrs. George W. Lisk, was held the funeral
service of Mrs. Mary Frazer Thompson, whose death occurred on
Friday night. Mrs. Thompson had been ill about two weeks. She was born
in Scotland and was 91 years old. She was married 61 years ago to
William Thompson, whose death occurred
twelve years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson came to this country to reside
1860 and spent the remainder of their lives in this state. For the past
years Mrs. Thompson has lived in Clifton Springs. She was a member of
First Methodist Episcopal church of this village. She is survived by
daughters: Mrs. M. H. Nelson of Gorham; Mrs. Joel Bishop and Mrs.
Lisk of Clifton Springs; three sons, John Thompson of Auburn, William
of Geneva, and George Thompson of Clifton Springs; also one sister in
and one brother in Canada. A brother of Mrs. Thompson's, who died some
ago in New Orleans, was a member of the expedition organized by Mrs.
to hunt for her husband in the Arctic regions where he had gone on an
expedition, and the Frazer River was named for him. Rev. P. H. Reigel,
of the Methodist church, officiated at the funeral service and the
was made in Clifton Springs Cemetery.
From Geneva Gazette 8 March 1872
We announce with deep sorrow the death of Mr. Milo Thompson, an
and an old resident of Geneva. He
died on Sunday last, at his residence
on the Waterloo turnpike. His funeral took place on Tuesday,
attended by a large concourse of sorrowing friends. He had been
an invalid for some years, but bore his sufferings with philosophic
patience and Christian meekness.
From Geneva Daily Times 19 January 1905
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Yesterday, at her home
on Saltonstall street, occurred the death of Mindia Thompson, at
years. One son, Albert Thompson, of Rochester,
From Geneva Daily Times 8 September 1902
Myron C. Thompson died at his late home in Stanley at 11:30
o'clock yesterday morning, aged 66 years. The deceased was born in the
Town of Seneca where he had resided all his life. He is survived
by a wife and daughter, Mrs. John Crosier, of Halls Corners. The
funeral takes place from the late residence at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday
afternoon. Interment will be in the Gorham cemetery.
From Phelps Citizen 16 October 1902
Orleans, N. Y. - Richard Thompson committed suicide Monday morning
by shooting himself with a revolver at the home of Henry Sheckles. He
left a note stating he had nothing to live for.
From Geneva Daily Times 4 October 1902
Robert F. Thompson, son of
Mr. and Mrs. William Thompson, 84 North Genesee street,
died at 8 o'clock this morning, aged 15 years. On Tuesday, Sept.
23, the deceased returned from Newport marine training school, where he
had been for the past nine months. The day following his return
he was taken with plural pneumonia and grew steadily worse until death
occurred this morning. the young man was born in Gorham, and came
to this city with his parents nine years ago.
In this city he attended the Lewis street school. He
is survived by his parents, one brother, James W. Thompson and
a sister, Ruth I. Thompson, all of this city. The funeral will
take place at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning, from the house. Rev. N.
B. Remick, D. D., of North Presbyterian church, assisted by Rev.
John S. Niles, of Trumansburg, will officiate. Interment will
be at Gorham.
From Ontario County Times 11 November 1863
The remains of Samuel M. Thompson of Co. G., 148th
Regiment, N.Y.S.V., who died in the Hospital at Yorktown, Va., have
been sent home for interment, arriving this A. M. Mr. Thompson was a
printer, and for several months an employee in this office, where he
enjoyed the esteem and respect of all with whom he was associated. His
death was sudden, and his friends here had no intelligence of his
illness until informed, by telegraph, of his death. It will be
recollected that he was one of the committee appointed by his company
to draft resolutions on the occasion
of the death of Lieut. Hiram P. Brown, which were published in this
last week. He leaves a wife and one child, who deserve the active
of all our citizens in their hour of bereavement. The funeral of the
deceased will take place tomorrow afternoon at half past two.
From Ontario County Journal 7 November 1913
The death of Thomas Thompson occurred at his home in West
Gibson street on Sunday, following a long illness from a complication
of diseases. Deceased was born in Bowes, England, on May 11, 1830. He
was married to Miss Sarah Watson, at Bowes, and came to this country on
a wedding trip in March, 1853, settling in Canandaigua, which had since
been his home. His wife died on Oct. 10, 1864, and on Sept. 19, 1865,
he married Miss Mary Thomson, who died 10 years ago. Mr. Thompson was
an employee of the late Mark H. Sibley for several years after his
arrival here, and later became interested in real estate, and in 1885
opened West Gibson street from the railroad to Pearl street. He leaves
three sons, George T. Thompson and N. Watson Thompson, Esq., of
Canandaigua, and Charles F. Thompson, Esq., of Hackensack, N. J.; and
two daughters, Mrs. Hadley O. Case of Ridgefield Park, N. J., and Mrs.
Frederick D. Crandall of Canandaigua. The funeral services were held
from the home on Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Herbert L. Gaylord
officiating. The burial was at Woodlawn. The bearers were George T.
Thompson, N. Watson, Thompson, Arthur E. Thompson, Carl Thompson,
Stanley Thompson and Frederick D. Crandall.
From Ontario County Journal 7 April 1916
Gorham, N. Y. - The remains of William Thompson were
brought from Geneva and interred in the local cemetery on Tuesday. Mr.
Thompson was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1851, and came to country
with his parents in 1861. In 1865, they came to Gorham, where they
resided for many years. In 1882, the deceased was united in marriage
with Miss Isabelle Robson, daughter of James Robson. Three children
were born to them, James, Robert and Ruth, the death of Robert
occurring in 1892. The past 20 years Mr. Thompson had resided in
Geneva, where he held the position of pattern maker with the Herendeen
Manufacturing Co. Mr. Thompson had been ill for two years with heart
trouble and confined in his bed since the first of January. He had
numerous friends in Gorham, where he was a respected citizen. He is
survived by his wife, one son, James, and one daughter, Ruth, all of
Geneva, three sisters, Mrs. M. H. Nelson of Gorham, and Mrs. Joel
Bishop and Mrs. George Lisk, of Clifton Springs; and two brothers,
George of Clifton Springs, and John of Auburn. The funeral was held
from the home in Geneva on Tuesday, Rev. Ralph W. Cushman, pastor of
the Methodist church of that city, officiating.
From Ontario County Journal 1 November 1889
William B. Thompson, a well-known citizen of this village, died
at his residence, on Gorham street, Tuesday morning, of aneurism of the
heart, at the age of 50 years, 4 months and 13 days. The deceased was
several years in the employ of the New York Central railroad at the
in this village and there formed a very wide acquaintance. He was a
of Albert M. Murray Post G. A. R., having proven his loyalty by
service in Co. D of the 16th Heavy Artillery through the war. After his
service in the army, he went into the naval service and went on an
cruise with Admiral Farragut. He was honorably discharged from the navy
1869 and after several years service for the American Express company
this village, he was appointed to the position which he held at the New
York Central depot until compelled by the peculiar malady with which he
was afflicted, to give up work. His illness had extended over a period
four years during which time his sufferings were much alleviated by the
tender care of his devoted wife. He was generally respected as a
and admired for his loyalty and integrity. He leaves a widow whose
attention was a great relief in his painful illness, and she has the
sympathy of hosts of friends. The funeral services will be held from
M. E. church tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock. Albert M. Murray Post G.
R. will attend in a body.
From Geneva Daily Times 18 August 1902
Mrs. William Thompson died at the family residence in Gorham
Saturday, aged 38
years. The deceased was formerly Miss Alice Pulver, and was
well-known in this city. Besides her husband, she is survived by
From Geneva Daily Times 18 May 1904
Mrs. Mary Ann Thorlow, aged seventy years, died suddenly at 10
o'clock yesterday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William
Aughterson, two miles south of Halls Corners. The deceased had been in
declining health for some months, but was able to be about the house to
perform her accustomed duties. Yesterday morning her daughter drove to
Halls Corners, leaving Mrs. Thorlow in charge of the house. During the
morning Mr. Aughterson happened to come to the house and found Mrs.
Thorlow dead, on the dining room floor. The undertaker was notified at
once, who learning of the nature of the death, informed Coroner
Weyburn, who visited the scene. On viewing the remains, he issued a
burial certificate, stating that the cause of death was valvular heart
disease. The deceased was born in England, and lived there until she
came to this country seven years ago. Besides the daughter she is
survived by one son, Walter, of Syracuse. The funeral will take place
at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon from the house.
From Geneva Gazette 1 April 1864
DEATH - Samuel Thorn, a well-known colored man of this Village is
dead. His decease occurred Saturday morning, the 26th inst., at 9
o'clock. The immediate cause was an attack of erysipelas in the
left arm. His sickness was very brief -- not over two days.
Thorn, better and universally known as "Sammy-dog-in-the-well," was
born in the town of Middlesex, Yates Co. He removed to this place some
thirty or forty years ago; and since his residence among us has made
himself generally useful in a humble capacity, and achieved notoriety
as an "original", and has left a name that will long be remembered in
our village annals. "Sammy" had the virtue of industry. A
striking and singular trait in him was his habitual attendance on
divine worship every Sunday at all the regular services. He was
at the time of his death about sixty-five years of age.
More sinned against than sinning, let us all hope that
poor "Sammy" will find in the hereafter rest and light.
From Ontario Republican Times 30 April 1862
Died, at his residence in Farmington, on Monday, April 21st, of
congestion of the lungs, Samuel I. Thorn, aged 85 years and
three months. Mr. Thorn was formerly from Dutchess Co., and had lived
town of Farmington some 28 or 29 years. He was a man of sterling
and prompt in all his engagements. His industrial habits were worthy of
imitation. In Mr. Thorn the poor man found a true friend. He died
suddenly, but surely it might be said of him, "Mark the perfect man and
the upright, for the end of that man is peace." To the M. E. Church in
Manchester, next to his companion and other relatives, his loss will be
severely felt. His hands were ever open to respond to the calls of the
M. E. Church in
sustaining her ministry and for other benevolent objects.
From Geneva Gazette 13 July 1894
Miss Ann Thornton died at the residence of her niece, Mrs.
Frank Rogers, on Exchange street last Saturday, aged about 80 years.
She had been probably the largest woman in Geneva, weighing
upwards of 400 lbs. This great burden of flesh prevented need
exercise and probably shortened her life. She was a sister of
Abram Thornton. Funeral held at Trinity Church, interment in
From Geneva Gazette 29 March 1901
Abraham B. Thornton,
one of our oldest and best known adopted citizens died on the 26th
inst., aged 75 years. He was born in the north of Ireland and
came in early life to America with several
others of of his family of brothers and sisters. On settling
in Geneva he engaged in teaming, in farming and truck gardening by
turns, and eventually acquired the right to harvest and sell
ice from the White Spring ponds. Later, he constructed a
large pond on his own little farm, and added its product to that
acquired by lease. He also contracted to sprinkle our streets and
ran two large two-horse sprinklers, his district embracing Main
street from Jay street to Castle street. His boys faithfully assisted
him in these enterprises. Two brothers and a sister of these
constituting this family of early emigrants long since passed away.
This last one deceased is survived by a widow, two sons --
William and John -- and two daughters, Mrs. F. A. Rogers and Jennie
A. Thornton, also one sister, Mrs. Rose Ireton, all of this city.
his long residence here, Mr. Thornton was a continuous and steadfast
patron of the Gazette, whose loss we mourn. The funeral was held
at 3 o'clock from Trinity church.
From Ontario County Journal 27 January 1899
Yesterday afternoon at his home on Antis street occurred the death
of Lawrence Thornton, a veteran of Co. E, 20th regiment of U.
S. Colored troops. The funeral will be held at the Baptist church on
Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
From Ontario County Journal 13 January 1882
Died in Canadice on the 1st inst., Mr. David Thorp, of
paralysis, aged 65 years. A large family
of sons and daughters are left to comfort their invalid mother.
From Ontario County Journal 30 July 1886
Canadice, N. Y. - John Thorp, aged 86 years, died Saturday. The
funeral services were held at the M. E. Church Sunday at the usual hour.
From Ontario County Journal 11 July 1884
Canadice, N. Y. - Mrs. Olive Thorp, one of the oldest and most
respected ladies in town, died after an illness of only a few hours, on
Saturday, June 21. Her funeral services were held at the church in this
town on the Monday following, Rev. Abbot officiating. Mrs. Thorp was an
active, earnest christian and always found working nobly for the God in
whom she trusted.
From Ontario County Journal 14 June 1912
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The funeral of O. E. Thorpe was
held from his late home Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, being
conducted by Rev. W. D. Robinson, with services under the charge of
Sheridan Crandall Post 225, G. A. R., at the grave. Mr. Thorpe's death
occurred at a hospital in Canandaigua on Tuesday after 24 hours'
illness, at the age of 70 years. His sudden death was a shock to the
entire community as he was apparently in his usual health and was at
his store until about 10 o'clock Monday, when he was taken seriously
ill and later was removed to the hospital. The deceased was highly
respected in town where he had been engaged in business for the past 46
years. Soon after coming here he was united in marriage with Miss Mary
Ashley, who with one son and five daughters, survive. They are Edward
H. Thorpe of Canandaigua; Mrs. O. W. Curtis of Rochester, Mrs. Alfred
Murphy of Victor, Mrs. C. F. Zimmerman and the Misses Kate and Isabelle
Thorpe of this place. He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Ella
Crooks of Canadice, and Mrs. Mary Fulton of Arkport; and three
brothers, William Thorpe of Honeoye Falls, Henry Thorpe of Wayland, and
Milo Thorpe of Canadice. Mr. Thorpe was a veteran of the Civil war,
having been a sergeant in Co. C, 58th New York Infantry.
From Ontario County Journal 24 March 1916
Canadice, N. Y. - Philip Thorpe, an old resident of the town, died
last week Wednesday night with paralysis, with which he was stricken
the Sunday the Sunday morning previous. Mr. Thorpe was born in Wayland
on Dec. 12, 1842, going from there to Buffalo, where he resided for a
number of years. Several years ago, he came to this town, living with
his only child, Mrs. Rose Thorpe. The funeral was held from the house
on Tuesday, Rev. R. C. Grames of North Cohocton officiating. Interment
was made in Evergreen cemetery at Springwater.
From Ontario County Chronicle 6 February 1901
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Hannah Lyon Thrall, whose death occurred last
Friday, was a member of one of the oldest best-known families
in Ontario County. Her father, Bronson K. Lyon, was born here in 1800
and raised ten children. He was a large land owner and a leading
for a half century. His father, Simeon Lyon, was one of the first
settlers of the town. Five of these children survive, Irving M. Lyon,
of Naples, and four brothers on the Pacific coast. Mrs. Thrall was
self-poised. She married in 1858. One son, William B. Thrall of Geneva
was the fruit of this marriage. Most of Naples village is built upon
the lands formerly owned by this family.
From Ontario County Journal 13 June 1902
Naples, N. Y. - Levi Griswold Thrall died suddenly and alone
early Saturday morning. He was in bed and probably asleep. His son, in
the next room, was startled by heavy breathing, and going to his room
found him dead. He was recovering apparently from an illness of some
length and the direct cause of death cannot be ascertained. Mr. Thrall
was an old and familiar resident. Born here in 1832, this village, with
but a few years exception in his childhood, had been his home. He had
been active and had filled well many positions in life. For more than a
score of years he was a teacher of high standing. He founded a select
school in the fifties which was very successful. He afterwards was
assistant principal and for a few months principal of the Naples
academy. For 30 years, he was a leading land surveyor for this vicinity
and was also connected at times with railroad surveys. For 30 years
previous to his death, he was also engaged in the fire and life
insurance business. In the meantime, he was quite an extensive grape
grower and was for some years president of the town Grape Growers'
association. For a few years, he manufactured choice wines, but
scruples against the business led him to give it up. He was one of five
children of William Thrall. But one, Mrs. Susan Galley, of Nunda, is
left. Mr. Thrall leaves one son, William B., of this place. His wife
died over a year ago in almost precisely the same manner as did he.
From Ontario Co. Times 4 March 1908
Mrs. Miranda Clevenger Thrasher, widow of Daniel Thrasher,
formerly of the town of Macedon, died Tuesday morning of heart disease
at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Nathan Morrow, in East Bloomfield,
aged 74 years. Mrs. Thrasher's life was nearly all spent in the town of
Macedon and there her husband died some years ago. Since his death, she
had made her home with her children and had been since Christmas, with
Mrs. Morrow. The news of her death came a great shock to many friends
as she had been in her usual health until suddenly stricken Tuesday
morning. Mrs. Thrasher leaves four daughters and three sons, Mrs.
Charles Gilbert of West Walworth; Mrs. Nathan Morrow of East
Bloomfield; Mrs. Ida M. Bacon of Spencer, Mass.; Mrs. Warren Corser of
Canandaigua; Stephen B. Thrasher of Jackson, Mich.; Lincoln Thrasher of
Burrock, Mich.; and Daniel Thrasher of of Honeoye Falls; one sister,
Mrs. Lucinda Birch of Coldwater, Mich., who is the only surviving
member of her family and 17 grandchildren. The death of one daughter,
Mrs. Minnie Dillingham of Despatch, which occurred last Wednesday, was
a severe blow to the aged mother. The funeral service will be held from
the home of her daughter, Mrs. Nathan Morrow, at East Bloomfield,
Friday, at 10 o'clock and burial will be made in the Friends cemetery
at Farmington, by the side of her husband.
From Geneva Daily Times 23 March 1909
Mrs. Rebecca W. Armstrong Thrasher died yesterday morning at 9
o'clock at the Canandaigua hospital. The funeral will take place
tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock at the First Presbyterian church
chapel. Interment in Washington street cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 30 January 1933
Mrs. Anna Thuron, widow of John Thuron, died yesterday morning at
the home of her son, Frank Thuron, 53 Maxwell avenue, after a short
illness. Besides her son, she leaves a daughter, Mrs. George Walters of
Harriman, N. Y.; a sister, Mrs. Robert Jensen of Olean; six
grandchildren and a great-grandchild. The funeral service will be held
Wednesday morning at 8:30 o'clock from the home of her son and 9
o'clock at St. Francis de Sales church. Burial will be made in St.
From Ontario County Journal 25 November 1910
At Clifton Springs sanitarium, on Tuesday occurred the death of
Colonel James S. Thurston, aged 85 years. Col. Thurston had in
recent years made his home with his daughter in Canandaigua, and at his
summer home on Keuka lake. He was a veteran of the Civil war and a
member of the Loyal Legion. He was born at Owego in 1825; and married
Phoebe VanBenschoten of Union. For a long time he resided at Elmira.
Col. Thurston was widely known in banking circles in New York City,
Albany and Rochester. His business career was as marked a success as
was his life in the army, in which he rose upon merit to the rank of
colonel. His kindness of heart and genial nature made him legions of
lasting friendships. There survive two daughters, Mrs. Charles D.
Darling of this village, and Mrs. Alfred Campbell of Binghamton.
Funeral services were held at the home of Mrs. Darling last evening and
the remains taken to Elmira for burial.
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