From Ontario County Journal 31 July 1874
Drowned - Last Saturday evening, Mr. S. J. Wells, of Miller's
Corners, in company with his son and a young man in his employ, named Stephen
went to Snooks' Mill pond, some two miles southwest from
the Corners to bathe. Mr. Toben entered the water, and had got but a
short distance from the shore, when he was seen to fall back and then
to sink. Mr. Wells gave the alarm, and soon there were a number of
people present. After some considerable search, the body was
found by a son of Mr. Snooks, and raised. The young man was a
good swimmer, and as he had proceeded but a short distance from the
shore, he must have been taken with cramps. Toben had been in the
Mr. Wells for some three years; was a young man who was held in high
estimation by all who knew him; his character was above reproach.
His untimely end will be a sad blow to his mother, who is a widow
and depended upon her son for support. The funeral services were
held Monday afternoon. The remains were taken to East Bloomfield
From Ontario County Journal 11 March 1881
Naples, N. Y. - I have just learned of the sudden death, this
morning (Monday), of Mrs. Elmira Tobey,
the wife of our oldest merchant, Mr. Lyman Tobey. This is another
crushing blow to our society. Mrs. Tobey was a most excellent woman
and endeared to a large circle of relatives and friends. She had been
complaining of a cold and had been somewhat sick, but no one had any
apprehension of her death. Heart disease was doubtless the immediate
cause. Her aged mother, Mrs. Byington, who has been sick for some time
and whose demise was not unexpected, still lives, while her daughter
has been taken, leaving her family who needed her presence and care
in the deepest grief. Surely the ways of Providence are inscrutable.
From Neapolitan Record 17 March 1881
The relatives who were present from abroad to attend the funeral
of Mrs. Tobey last Friday were: John Whiton, Ithaca; Will Byington,
Auburn; John Maurice and wife of St. Louis, Mo.; Mrs. Bliven and Mrs.
Ferrer of Dundee. These parties remained for a longer or shorter term
for a visit.
Mrs. Emma Wiley was permitted to see her mother, on Friday last after
the Funeral services at the house; Mr. Tobey sent Dr. Gallagher to
examine her condition, and feeling it to be for the best, the remains of
Mrs. Tobey were taken to her bedside. Mrs. Wiley is sick and is the
only daughter of the late Mrs. Tobey. At this writing there is no reason
for regret in allowing the daughter her singular request.
From Ontario County Journal 6 November 1908
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Frederick B. Tobey, a lifelong resident of
this town, died at the Tobey homestead west of the village on Wednesday
afternoon, aged 79 years. Mr. Tobey had been suffering from Bright's
disease for four years, but for the past eight weeks had been much
worse. For days his death had been expected. Mr. Tobey was a son of
Lorenzo and Emeline Tobey Brooks. Upon the death of his mother, when he
was quite young, he was adopted by his uncle, Frederick N. Tobey. He
attended the East Bloomfield academy and the Collegiate Institute of
Rochester. In June, 1873, he married Miss Sarah Hopkins, of Salem, who
survives him, with three sons, Frederick H., Arthur Robert, and Charles
H. Mr. Tobey was a lifelong Democrat and had been an assessor for many
terms. He was a member of St. Peter's church and was a senior warden at
the time of his death. He was a member of Milnor Lodge, No. 139, F.
& A. M.
From Ontario County Journal 31 March 1905
Naples, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Lyman Tobey, which
occurred on March 22, leaves a sad home for her husband and children.
Mrs. Tobey was a woman of exalted character, and one of her cardinal
virtues was devotion to her home and family. There was absolutely
nothing in the domain of domestic life which escaped her notice and her
efficiency kept pace with her interest. It was this that makes her loss
so deeply felt. She married in 1882. Of three children born to her,
two, Miss Helena and Robert, survive her; also three stepchildren, Mrs.
Alice Miller of Oneida, Mrs. T. J. Leahy of Sayre, and George Tobey, of
Naples. The recent death of another loved stepson, William H. Tobey,
was a shock to her and told upon her health. She was a faithful member
of the Presbyterian church and her pastor, Rev. C. C. McLean, paid her
deserved tribute. Her burial took place on Friday.
From Ontario County Journal 24 August 1894
Naples, N. Y. - We report this week the death of the oldest
business man, save one, of the town, Lyman Tobey, who died on
Saturday last, aged 82 years. He had been living with his son, Lyman,
Jr., for some time, having lost his wife thirteen years ago. He had
been in business here since 1841, except for the last three or four
years, when his health would not permit. He was for thirty-five years a
general merchant, of large acquaintance and of high standing in
commercial circles. His wife was a sister of A. J. Byington of this
village, and Tobey & Byington were formerly associated in the
foundry business which Mr. Tobey helped to establish in 1841. He was
the father of Messrs. Lyman and Charles Tobey of this town, Mrs. George
Wiley, deceased, and William, a soldier, who died in the army. He
united with the Presbyterian church in 1844, and maintained a good life
throughout his long membership. In respect to his memory, all business
places closed during the funeral services on Monday.
From Ontario County Journal 24 May 1889
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Marana Tobey, widow of the late
Frederick N. Tobey, died Monday, May 20th, aged 85 years. Funeral
services were held at her late residence Wednesday at 3 p.m.
From Ontario County Journal 16 April 1897
Naples, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Minnie Buck Tobey on
Saturday was exceedingly sad, and stirred the whole community. She was
the wife of Wm. H. Tobey, and the mother of beautiful twin babies,
about 18 months old. She was 30 years old, and had been married not
quite four years. She was very much beloved in the town, a favorite
with everyone. Mr. Tobey had just bought and fitted up a beautiful
home, which they had occupied less than two weeks. She had taken great
interest in the preparations, and had worked hard there up to two days
before her death, to add to its delights, doubtless exerting herself
beyond her strength. Her death is a terrible blow to her husband, whose
sudden transition from extreme happiness to extreme sorrow is painful.
Mrs. Tobey was the daughter of E. W. Buck of this village, and leaves
besides her husband, and the little girls, her father, a brother, John
Buck, and two sisters, Mrs. G. H. Watrous of Washington, and Miss Ida
Buck of this village. She was an active member of the Presbyterian
church nd the Millard Missionary society. Funeral services were held on
Tuesday afternoon, during which all business places were closed.
Mrs. Alice Miller and Miss Lisle Tobey of Rome; W. J. Williams and
daughter, Miss Mary, of Caledonia; Mrs. John Miller, Mrs. James Thomas
and son, Charles, and Merton Williams of Bath; Moses Buck and Mrs.
Fannie Williamson of Avoca, were in attendance at the funeral of Mrs.
From Geneva Daily Times 29 August 1904
William H. Tobey of Naples, nephew of Robert D. Peters of No. 128
Lafayette avenue, died Saturday in Syracuse, where he had gone to
consult a throat specialist. He was thirty-nine years of age. The
deceased was not only well-known throughout this section as a
prosperous clothing merchant in Naples, but also as an active Odd
Fellow and Mason. He is survived by his widow and three daughters. The
funeral will take place at 1:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon from the
Presbyterian church. Burial will be in the Naples cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 31 January 1919
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - On Saturday the community was shocked to learn of the death of Andrew Tobin. He
had been ill with influenza, but seeming to be recovering alright and
was up and around when double pneumonia developed and he lived only a
few hours. The case is a particularly sad one as his wife was ill in
bed with the same disease at the time of his death, as was also a
sister of Mrs. Tobin's, who came to help care for them, the five small
children having had the disease first. The funeral, which was private,
was held on Monday morning from St. Bridget's church in East
Bloomfield, with interment at Victor.
From Ontario County Journal 4 May 1883
Chapinville, N. Y. - James Tobin died very suddenly Saturday
morning. It seems he had been complaining for some days, but was
not willing to say that he was sick. His friends could not prevail
on him to stay in the house and be careful, and when he did have to
give up, it was impossible to help him. Other members of the family are
sick, but with good care they may recover.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 30 January 1907
Shortsville, N. Y. - Mrs. John Tobin, a native of
Shortsville, died at her home in East Rush on Saturday after a short
illness, death being due to pneumonia, aged 34 years. She was formerly
Miss Sarah Kinsella of this village. Her husband and two daughters
survive. The funeral was held in St. Dominic's Catholic church,
Shortsville, at 10 o'clock Monday morning and burial was in the Clifton
Springs Catholic cemetery.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 18 December 1915
East Bloomfield, N. Y., Dec. 17 - Mrs. Mary E. Tobin died yesterday
in her home in East Bloomfield. She was the widow of Martin Tobin and
was born in Ireland, the daughter of Timothy and Joanna Leary Toomey.
Nearly sixty-three years of her life were spent in this locality. She
leaves a son, Stephen Tobin; one sister, Mrs. P. O'Leary, Ionia; and
several nieces and nephews. Her husband and daughter, Anna E. Tobin,
died many years ago. The funeral will be held from St. Bridget's Church
on Saturday at 10 o'clock, Rev. P. A. Neville officiating.
From Geneva Daily Times 14 January 1911
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - This morning at 10 o'clock, at St. Felix
church, in this village, was held the funeral services of Michael
Tobin, Sr., who died on Wednesday evening at his home near the
hamlet of Orleans, about three miles south of this village, after an
illness of several weeks, at the advanced age of 86 years. Mr. Tobin
had been a resident of this vicinity for the greater part of his life
and was well and favorably known in this place and surroundings. He is
survived by a family of three daughters and five sons. The interment
was made in the family lot in St. Agnes cemetery, west of this village.
From Ontario County Times 29 July 1874
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Last Saturday, Stephen Tobin, a
young man of twenty-one, residing at Miller's Corners, went with his
employer to bathe in Snook's pond, when, getting beyond his depth and
being unable to swim, he was drowned. The body was recovered, and the
funeral was attended at the Catholic church in this place this
From Ontario Republican Times 7 June 1861
Private James Todd, one of the volunteers in Capt.
Fitzgerald's Company, died on Wednesday morning last at the quarters of
his Company, near Albany. His disease was measles. He was from
Rushville, and his remains were yesterday brought home for interment,
accompanied by Capt. Fitzgerald and Corporal Quick. Other members of
the Company all well.
From Geneva Gazette 29 March 1901
Mrs. John Tolan died at the family residence, 37 Exchange street,
Tuesday morning at 6:30 o'clock, aged 63 years. She had been in poor
health for several years. Mrs. Tolan was a resident of Geneva for
over forty years and is survived by her husband and one brother,
Patrick Enoch who resides in California.
From Geneva Daily Times 18 January 1937
Mrs. Annie Barco Tolhurst, aged 87, widow of the late Robert
Tolhurst, died at 31 Genesee street today after a long illness. Mrs.
Tolhurst formerly resided at Oaks Corners. There are no near survivors.
The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 9:30 from the Yells
Funeral Home and 9 o'clock at St. Francis de Sales church. Interment
will be in Resthaven Cemetery, Phelps.
From Shortsville Enterprise 3 December 1914
Mrs. Mary Tolner died at her home in Manchester Center on Sunday
afternoon at 5 o'clock, after an illness of three weeks of pneumonia,
aged 83 years. Mrs. Tolner was born at Amsterdam, Holland, September
11, 1831, and early in life married Charles Tolner, who died twenty
years ago. In the year 1880 she, with her husband and family, came to
America and settled at Walworth, N. Y., but went to Manchester Center
to reside over 25 years ago. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs.
Carl Gillis, of Manchester, and Mrs. Edward Tanghe of Clifton Springs;
one son, David Tolner of Manchester Center, and one half-brother in
Holland; also 28 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. The funeral
was held from St. Felix Church in Clifton Springs on Wednesday.
From Ontario County Journal 23 July 1909
Gorham, N. Y. - On Tuesday morning, at her home near Gorham,
occurred the death of Mrs. John Tomion, after a long and
lingering illness. The deceased was about 60 years of age, and is
survived by her husband and one daughter, Cora, of Gorham. The funeral
was held from the church at Gorham yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
From Geneva Daily Times 11 July 1910
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - Yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock
were held the funeral services of the late John Tomlinson, who
had been a resident of Clifton Springs for the past forty years. Mr.
Tomlinson died on Friday night at the home of his son, Frank Tomlinson,
on Kendall street, where the funeral services were held. The burial was
made in the River View Cemetery, Plainsville. Mr. Tomlinson had been in
poor health for about three months. He was 70 years old and was born in
Canada. He was a harness maker by trade. Mr. Tomlinson is survived by
his wife, one son, Frank Tomlinson, and one grandson, Frank Tomlinson,
Jr., all of Clifton Springs.
From Ontario County Journal 23 December 1892
Rushville, N. Y. - Ambrose G. Tompkins died last Wednesday, aged
35 years. He was sick less than a week. He leaves a wife, two little
girls, and a son, born Sunday of last week. The remains were taken to
Clyde, accompanied by E. G. Chapman, Ira C. Foster, W. H. Stark, and W.
H. Savage, members of Rushville Council, E. K. O. R., Mr. Tompkins
being a member of the Penn Yan Council. He came here from Penn Yan
about a year ago and opened a jewelry store.
From Geneva Advertiser 13 January 1903
An hour after this paper had gone to press last Tuesday, January
6th, at 11:30 o'clock in the forenoon, Mrs. Benjamin P. Tompkins passed
of our eldest citizens, was born in June, 1820, and
had she lived until next June she would have been aged 83 years. She
had some fever, but the machine was worn out. She was ready to go. She
wanted no more medicine, and ejected the last spoonful given her. She
is survived by two sons, David P. of Geneva and Spencer A. of Buffalo.
Her remains were buried beside those of her husband, his being the
first interment made in Glenwood Cemetery. The old lady died in her
rooms over Nos. 21 and 23 Seneca street, the same where Major John E.
Bean died February 13, 1897, an
hour earlier in the morning. She lived a good life, was an affectionate
mother, a kind neighbor, and will be remembered with deep respect.
From Geneva Daily Times 9 September 1907
David Prosser Tompkins, 65 years of age, died Saturday
afternoon at 5 o'clock at his home, No. 51 William street. For the past
fifteen years he has suffered from diabetes, but has been able to be
about the city although he has lived a retired life. Ten days ago he
was taken with a cold which
in connection with his long standing ailment made him indisposed. He
able to be about every day, including Saturday morning. After dinner
he laid down for a little rest and slept peacefully for three hours.
the latter part of the afternoon, his wife heard a little noise in his
and entering, found that he had experienced a sudden change. He sank
and in a short time died peacefully. Mr. Tompkins was one of the best
residents of the city. He was born in Penn Yan, but came here with his
as child four years of age. Upon reaching manhood, he engaged with his
and brother in the hardware business. He was connected with this trade
the death of his father when the business was closed out. He then
a traveling salesman for a tobacco house and for many years was on of
highest-salaried tobacco men on the road. His territory extended
over the entire United States. He continued in this business until his
fifteen years ago. Since that time he has continued to take an active
in public affairs and owing to the leisure of his life was frequently
for jury duty. His principal recreation was fishing and had the
of being able to take fish from Seneca Lake when many of the old
were unsuccessful. During his life, Mr. Tompkins was twice married. His
wife was Miss Mary Sprague of this city and after her death he married
Hortense Probasco, also of Geneva, who now survives him. Besides his
the survivors are: two daughters, Mrs. Samuel H. Bear and Mrs. Grace
Power, both of Geneva, and one son, Roscoe Jay Tompkins of Atlantic
The funeral will take place at 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon from the
with Rev. Charles M. Sills, D. D., rector of Trinity church,
Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.
From Naples Record 1 May 1875
Mrs. Hannah Tompkins died at the residence of her son, G. B.
Tompkins, the 15th inst., in the 80th year of her age; funeral services
were held at the M. E. Church the Sabbath following, at which a large
concourse of people were in attendance. The Rev. F. G. Hibbard preached a
very able sermon from Rev. seventh chapter and fourteenth verse, "These
are they who came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes
and made them white in the blood of the lamb." Mrs. Tompkins came to
this country at an early day, and has resided in this and the adjoining
town of Seneca many years. She leaves three sons and one daughter, as
well as a large circle of friends to mourn her departure; Charles W.
Tompkins of Ionia, Mich., Ransom H. Tompkins of Greenville, Michigan,
Mrs. Elizabeth Scofield of Benton Centre, Yates county, and Geo. B.
Tompkins, with whom she resided at the time of her death.
From Geneva Gazette
4 January 1889
Obituary - On December 29th, 1888, Ira G. Tompkins, one
of this village, died at the Tompkins House,
hotel which he had owned and managed for forty-four years,) at the
age of 85 years, 10 months and 5 days.
Mr. Tompkins was born in Peekskill, N. Y., February 24, 1803.
His parents were born in England. At an early age he went to New
York city where he served a regular apprenticeship in the manufacture
by hand and machinery of boots and shoes. When he had become a
skilled mechanic he left the metropolis to seek his fortune, and in
1825 he came to Geneva where he secured the position of foreman in the
shop of A. P. Tillman. He soon after secured a more lucrative
offer and he removed to Canandaigua and assumed the management of
Hemingway's shop. He afterwards bought out Mr. Hemenway and
conducted the business alone for a few years. Not satisfied with
his progress in the latter village he disposed of his business and
removed to Gorham where he opened a shoe shop. He was however
destined for an altogether different walk in life, and after a short
residence in the latter place he removed to Benton Centre and opened a
hotel; then he went to Naples and assumed
the management of a hotel in that village.
During all this time his thoughts were ever recurring to Geneva, the
lovely village at the foot of Seneca Lake, and in 1844 he returned to
this village and opened the Densmore House on the site of the present '
Chips Hotel. Here he remained three years and six months and laid
the foundation for his subsequent reputation as a host. After
living for a year a retired life in a dwelling on North Main street,
about three doors north of Ben Bonnet's block, he purchased the
property which has subsequently been known as the Tompkins House, and
which for forty years has been renowned for
the delicious and toothsome breakfasts, dinners and suppers, and the
broad and genial hospitality of its proprietor.
On March 22, 1829, Mr. Tompkins married Miss Hannah Ludington, by
whom he had eleven children, only three of whom survive Charles
Tompkins of Flint, Mich., V. E. Tompkins and Mrs.
Sarah Wilkinson of Geneva. His wife died
Mr. Tompkins was the last of five brothers, and was a cousin of
Ex-Governor Tompkins, who in 1817 was elected Vice President of the
United States when Monroe was elected President.
Mr. Tompkins was an earnest and consistent Christian gentleman of
Baptist faith, and a personal friend of Dr. Moore, former pastor of the
church of this village. In politics he was a lifelong, firm and
Democrat. He was also an enthusiastic member of the Independent
of Odd Fellows by whom he had been repeatedly honored with offices in
lodge. Popular with everyone, but unassuming with all, he enjoyed
confidence of the electors of this town and village, and was for
terms elected an assessor, the duties of which office he performed
and with marked ability.
About ten years ago he had the misfortune to lose the sight of one
eye, but happily the other one was never
affected. Possessed of as vigorous a mind as healthy body he had
been happy in the possession of all his faculties in an unimpaired
state even up to the moment of his death, and it seemed that towards
last his powers of perception became even more keen.
Of him it was said that his "word was as good as his bond," for he
always fulfilled all his obligations and kept all his promises with
religious exactitude, and he did indeed bear an honored name among his
fellow men. As a father and husband he was loving, kind and
indulgent; his greatest enjoyment seemed to lie in having his family
The funeral services were held on Monday last, at which the Rev.
Donald Grant officiated, assisted by his old pastor, the Rev. Dr.
Moore. There was a large attendance; his old friends, neighbors
and acquaintances evincing by their presence their veneration and
respect for the deceased. The interment was at Gorham by the side
of his departed wife.
From Ontario County Journal 24 March 1899
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Minerva Tompkins, widow of the late George H.
Tompkins, a veteran soldier of the union, died on Friday last. She
lived but a few minutes after having suffered a stroke of paralysis.
Her home for two years past had been in South Bristol, having moved
there from Naples. She was about 65 years old and leaves five children.
The remains were taken to North Cohocton for burial.
From Ontario County Journal 11 June 1909
Naples, N. Y. - Philip Tompkins died at his home in Garlinghouse
on June 2, aged 41 years. He was a hard-working, honest farmer. His
wife and five children are left. One half-sister, in Middlesex; one
brother, Eugene, in Baltimore, and three married sisters survive him.
From Geneva Daily Times 2 July 1902
Vincent E. Tompkins died at the family residence in Sherrill
street at 2 o'clock this morning, aged 68 years. The cause of
death was a complication of disease from which the deceased had
suffered all winter. Mr. Tompkins was one of the most widely
known horsemen and hotel men in Western New York. The deceased
was born in Naples and removed to this city when a small boy. Mr.
Tompkins assumed charge of the Tompkins House after his father's death
and remained as the head of this well-known hostelry up to the time of
its purchase by S. K. Nester two years ago. The deceased is
survived by one brother, Charles Tompkins, of Michigan, by three
nieces, the Misses Bessie, Sallie and
Sophia Wilkinson of this city, and one nephew, John Wilkinson of
The funeral arrangements are not yet completed.
From Ontario County Journal 6 July 1894
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The funeral of Mrs. Nancy Tompson, whose
at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Kauwfield,
was held at the house Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock, the Rev. E. J.
Gwynne officiating. The deceased was 67 years of age.
From Geneva Daily Times 15 October 1904
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Patrick Toned died at his home
in Farmington Thursday morning, aged eighty-three years. The funeral
was held from St. Mary's church this morning at 10 o'clock.
From Ontario County Journal 18 June 1909
Bristol, N. Y. - Herbert Tones, son of William Tones, Sr., 21
years of age, committed suicide by shooting himself through the breast
with a shotgun on Friday afternoon. He left his home seemingly in good
spirits to watch for crows and had only been gone a few minutes when
the report of his gun was heard. As he said he might spend the night
with his sister, Mrs. Roy Simmons, who lived a short distance from his
home, his absence occasioned no uneasiness until morning. When he did
not return, his mother became alarmed. She made inquiries and finding
he had not been seen in the neighborhood, she and her husband went to
search for him in a gully near by from whence the report seemed to
come. There they found his body. Coroner McDowell was summoned and
called it a case of suicide. Herbert was next to the youngest of a
large and well-known family. He is survived by his parents, two
sisters, Mrs. William Storer, of West Bloomfield, and Mrs. Roy Simmons,
and five brothers, Frank, Fred, Ollie and Earl of Bristol, and William
Tones, Jr., of Hopewell. He had been a great sufferer from asthma and
this is the only cause that can be ascribed for his rash act. The
funeral was held on Monday afternoon, Rev. Charles Hamblin officiating.
The burial was at Bristol Center.
From Ontario County Times 11 July 1888
Allen's Hill, N. Y. - On Wednesday night, July 2, Mrs. Lucy Tongate, of
Allen's Hill, unintentionally took her own life. She retired that night
in her usual good health, but before morning she was aroused by sudden
pains. Going downstairs she went to a cupboard where she kept
medicines, for the purpose of taking a dose of Jamaica ginger. Feeling
sure that she could distinguish the bottles by touch, she took the
medicine without lighting a lamp and then retired to bed. A strange
feeling soon came over her, when she realized that instead of taking
the ginger she had swallowed a large dose of aconite. The medicine
seemed to paralyze her vocal organs, but by pulling the hair of her
little granddaughter, who was sleeping with her, she managed to arouse
the little girl, who ran downstairs and called her father. Hastening to
the bedside of his mother, Mr. Tongate found her in an unconscious
condition, but learned from a note which she had written about what had
transpired. A physician was summoned, but all efforts to save her life
proved in vain, and she died in a short time. Just before she died,
however, she rallied sufficiently to relate the circumstances attending
her terrible mistake were as we have stated above. Mrs. Tongate was
forty-nine years of age, and leaves two children, a son and a daughter,
to mourn her loss. Her youngest son, Arthur Tongate, was drowned in the
canal at Rochester last summer.
From Ontario County Journal 14 May 1909
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Charles Tonneson, a prosperous farmer, 23
years old, living a little south of Bristol, committed suicide Monday
night by shooting himself with a rifle. He was found by his mother in
the morning, dead, sitting in a low chair with the gun still gripped in
his hand. The bullet passed through his head from temple to temple and
lodged in the ceiling. He had prepared himself by putting on new
underclothes and then fastening four handkerchiefs about his neck to
protect them from blood. His clothes, dress shirt and tie were laid on
the bed ready to be used. A letter, presumably from Mrs. Minnie Heins,
said to have been his fiance, was found torn to shreds on the bureau.
Mrs. Heins, who is a nurse employed in Canandaigua, says there had been
no trouble between them. He called on her at Canandaigua and seemed in
his usual jolly spirits. Mr. Tonneson was for some time an attendant at
Brigham Hall, and was a member of the Bristol Center lodge of
Maccabees. His parents, one brother, Arthur, and a grandfather, Daniel
Phillips, survive. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon. The
Maccabees attended in a body.
From Geneva Daily Times 8 April 1909
Edward M. Toole, age 44 years, died yesterday afternoon at 4
o'clock, at the family residence, No. 26 Rose street, after an illness
of ten days with pneumonia. The deceased was born in this city and has
always made it his home. He was a conductor on the Lehigh Valley R. R.
for the past 17 years. He was a member of the Order of Railway
Conductors of the C. M. B. A., and of the Golden Seal. He is survived
by his widow, six daughters, Florence, Mary, Helen, Loretta, Margaret,
and Agnes; and one son, Thomas Toole; his mother, Mrs. Thomas Toole;
and two brothers, John and Thomas Toole, all of this city. The funeral
will take place tomorrow morning at 9:45 o'clock from the house, and at
10:30 o'clock from St. Francis DeSales church. Burial in St. Patrick's
From Geneva Daily Times 31 January 1902
John Toole, Jr. died at the City hospital at 12:30 o'clock this
morning, aged 15 years. The cause of death was . hemophilia The
deceased is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Toole; by two
sisters, Mary and Margaret Toole, and by one brother, Francis Toole,
all of this city. The funeral will take place from St. Francis de
Sales church at 9 o'clock Monday morning. Interment will be in
St. Patrick's cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 19 August 1940
John A. Toole of 306 Washington street, well-known Geneva grocer,
died this morning at his home after a long illness. He was 53 years of
age. Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth B. Toole; three children, John
M., Frederick M. and Mary Elizabeth, all of Geneva; one sister, Mrs. A.
J. Tyo of Ogdensburg, and a brother, Edward J. of Geneva; also two
nieces and one nephew. A native of this city, Mr. Toole was associated
with his brother in one of the oldest business firms of the city. He
was a member of Geneva Council, Knights of Columbus, the Holy Name
Society of St. Stephen's Church and the Rod and Gun Club. He had held
the office of treasurer of the Nester Hose Co. for twenty-six years.
From Geneva Gazette 22 February 1901
Miss Margaret E. Toole, a teacher in the High street public
school, died at the City Hospital this morning after undergoing an
operation for appendicitis. She was a very bright teacher in her
grade and very popular with associate teachers and pupils. It is a very
sad taking off of her young life.
From Geneva Daily Times 12 June 1902
Mrs. Patrick Toole died at 4:40
o'clock yesterday afternoon, at her late home, corner of
Wadsworth and Middle streets, aged 25 years. The deceased
is survived by a husband, her mother, Mrs. Thomas Murphy; one
sister, Mrs. Henry King, and four brothers, Frederick, Charles, Frank
and George Murphy. The funeral will take place from St.
Francis de Sales church at 9 o'clock Saturday morning. Interment
will be at St. Patrick's cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 14 June 1902
The funeral of Mrs. Patrick Toole took place from St.
Francis de Sales church this morning
at 9 o'clock. The honorary bearers were twelve young women,
friends of the deceased. They were Misses Maud Hair, Mary
Dolman, Catherine Crooning, Mary Murray, Devaney and Toole, Mrs.
Joseph Duffy, Mrs. John Leonard, Mrs. Martin Judo and the Misses
Sweeney. The active bearers were Joseph Duffy, Frederick Mensch, John
James Brennan, Thomas Corcoran, Dennis Murphy, George Hair, Patrick
Nearby, John ,Nearby Hugh Toole, Frederick VanArsdale and Charles
Hickey. The requiem mass was said by Very Rev. Dean W. A.
McDonald. A particularly sad fact in connection with the
obsequies is that the husband, Patrick Toole, is ill with typhoid
fever. The floral offerings were in great profusion.
From Geneva Daily Times 23 March 1904
Patrick Toole, a well-known resident of this city, died yesterday
afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frederick L. ,Munch No. 50
Middle street, aged seventy-seven. The
deceased was born in Mayo county, Ireland, and came to this country
and city forty-five years ago. For a number of years he had charge
of St. Patrick's cemetery, but for the last ten years he lived a
retired life. He is survived by three daughters: Mrs. Marcus
Mrs. Timothy F. Ninland and Mrs. F. L. Munch all of this city. The
will take place at 9:30 o'clock Friday morning. Burial in St. Patrick's
From Ontario County Journal 21 March 1919
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Catherine Toomey passed away at
the home of her son, Walter, on Tuesday morning. She was born in
Ireland on June 10, 1844, and came to this country when seven years of
age. She is survived by five children, William S. of Tocomo, Ind., Mrs.
Edward Neenan, Walter Toomey, Mrs. Timothy Sullivan and Miss Belle
Toomey; one sister, Mrs. Mary Cavanaugh of Ionia. Funeral services were
conducted at St. Bridget's church yesterday morning, Rev. P. A. Neville
officiating. The deceased was a woman beloved by many friends.
From Ontario County Journal 14 December 1906
Ionia, N. Y. - Mrs. Joanna Toomey, widow of the late Timothy
Toomey, died on Dec. 4, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Patrick
O'Leary, at Ionia, aged 93 years and 11 months. She was born in Ireland
and with her family came to East Bloomfield 54 years ago. She was the
mother of six children: Ellen A. and Jeremiah, deceased; Mrs. M. E.
Tobin, Mrs. Dennis Santry, John W. Toomey of East Bloomfield; and Mrs.
Patrick O'Leary of Ionia. There were 31 grandchildren, of whom 22 are
living, and 12 great-grandchildren. The funeral was held from St.
Bridget's Church at East Bloomfield on Friday, Rev. P. A. Neville
officiating. Six grandsons acted as pall bearers.
From Ontario County Journal 24 April 1903
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The death of John Toomey occurred
at his home, south of this village, on Saturday night. The deceased had
been a resident of this town for many years, and by his thrift and
honesty had acquired a nice farm property. Mr. Toomey was esteemed and
respected by the community. He is survived by his wife, four daughters,
Mrs. Michael McInerney and Mrs. William Pool of this town; Mrs. Stephen
Hogan of Buffalo, and Mrs. Mary Riordan of West Bloomfield; and three
sons, Timothy and William Toomey of this town, and John Toomey of
Buffalo. The funeral was held from St. Bridget's church on Wednesday
morning, Rev. P. A. Neville officiating.
From Ontario County Journal 29 May 1914
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The death of John W. Toomey occurred
in this village on Tuesday evening at 10 o'clock, after an illness of
12 years. The deceased was born in Ireland, Aug. 9, 1842, and came to
this country with his parents at the age of 8 yrs. On May 6, 1870, he
was united in marriage with Miss Katherine Kiley of West Bloomfield,
who survives him, with five children, William E. Toomey of Kokomo,
Ind., Walter E. Toomey, of East Bloomfield; M. Belle Toomey, Mrs.
Edward Neenan and Timothy Sullivan. He is also survived by 3 sisters,
Mrs. Mary Tobin and Mrs. Dennis Santry, of East Bloomfield, and Mrs. P.
O'Leary of Ionia. The funeral will be held from St. Bridget's church
this morning at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. P. A. Neville, and
interment will be made in the Catholic cemetery.
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 5 May 1869
Last Thursday, a woman named Mary Toomey, from East
Bloomfield, committed suicide at the St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester,
by throwing herself from one of the the third story windows of that
killing herself almost instantly. Both wrists and her back were broken,
and she received internal injuries which caused her death in a very few
minutes. The deceased was about thirty-five years of age and leaves a
husband and five children at Bloomfield.
From Geneva Daily Times 13 October 1916
Mrs. Mary Toomey of 11 Center Street, died at 5:30 o'clock this
morning at her home, following a stroke of apoplexy on Wednesday noon
last. She is survived by two daughters, the Misses Mary and Catherine
Toomey, and one son, John Toomey, all of this city.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 21 January 1918
Victor, N. Y., Jan. 20 - William Toomey, a lifelong resident of
this vicinity, died at his home, one mile southwest of this village,
Thursday night, aged 63 years. He had been in declining health for the
past year, although he was able to be about and had for several months
been employed as watchman at the Locke Insulator factory, working up to
two weeks ago. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Matilda Saitrr Toomey; a
daughter, Miss Marie Toomey, of Victor, a son, Henry Toomey of Geneva;
two brothers, Patrick Toomey of Rochester, and John Toomey of Victor.
The funeral services will be held at St. Patrick's Catholic Church,
Victor, at 10 o'clock Monday morning, in charge of the pastor, Rev. J.
W. E. Kelly, and interment will take place in St. Patrick's cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 22 October 1915
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. W. S. Toomey occurred at
her home west of this village on Monday night, and the sudden death of
one in the prime of life so greatly needed by her children cast a gloom
over the entire community. Winifred Monahan Toomey, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Monahan, was born in East Bloomfield 31 years ago
and spent all her life here. Eight years ago she was united in marriage
with Walter S. Toomey, who survives, with three children, Mary, John
and Isabelle. She is also survived by her parent, Mr. and Mrs. Michael
Monahan; two sisters, Mary and Margaret Monahan; and three brothers,
William, Frank and John Monahan, all of Rochester. The funeral was held
from St. Bridget's church yesterday morning, conducted by Rev. P. A.
Nelville, and interment was made in the Catholic cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 28 April 1911
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - Last Sunday evening occurred the death of Mrs. Margaret Toomy, aged
86 years, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Riorden. Mrs. Toomy
was the widow of the late John Toomy of East Bloomfield, who died eight
years ago, after which Mrs. came to reside with her daughter. She is
survived by seven children, three sons, Timothy, John and William of
East Bloomfield; and four daughters, Mrs. M. McInerny of Holcomb, Mrs.
Anna Poole of Canandaigua, Mrs. Stephen Hogan of Buffalo, and Mrs.
Henry Riorden of this village. One brother, Thomas FitzsMorris of East
Bloomfield, who is 96, also survives. Funeral was held from the Riorden
home Wednesday morning, at 9 o'clock, and from St. Bridget's church in
East Bloomfield at 10 o'clock, with interment there. Rev. P. A. Neville
From Ontario County Journal 2 June 1911
The death of Mrs. Sarah Torans occurred last Friday morning
at the home of her son, Lafayette Goodnow, West Gibson street, aged 75
years. Besides her son, she is survived by one sister, Mrs. W. R.
Cooper of Hyde Park, Conn. The funeral was held on Saturday evening at
7 o'clock, Rev. Arthur Copeland officiating. Interment was at Ontario.
From Geneva Gazette 15 July 1898
Miss Clara Torrey, of Rushville, met with a very sad accident last
Thursday afternoon going to Vine Valley on her wheel. While going down
one of the hills she ran off the embankment, demolishing her wheel and
breaking her leg between the knee and ankle twice. She was
removed to her home where Dr. Wilkins attended her. Miss Torrey was
terribly injured. Besides broken limbs she received a fractured skull.
The unfortunate young lady lingered until Friday night when death
put an end to her suffering. The deceased was the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Samuel H. Torrey of Rushville and was 19 years of age. Miss
Torrey formerly resided in Canandaigua and leaves a large circle of
acquaintances in that village and at Rushville to mourn her sad end.
Miss Torrey is a cousin or otherwise related to Mr. H. A. Torrey and
Mrs. C. E. Young of this city.
From Ontario County Journal 10 January 1890
Naples, N. Y. - On Saturday evening, Mrs. Delia Torrey, wife
passed suddenly away, with heart disease. Mrs.
Torrey was one of the leading women of the town. She was the daughter
of William Tyler, deceased, and was born in Naples. She married for her
first husband Hiram Metcalf of Canandaigua. She was an active member of
the Methodist Church. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, her
pastor, Rev. Ward Platt, officiating.
From Geneva Daily Times 27 February 1908
Rushville, N. Y. - Frederick Borden Torrey, who had been sick for
last year, died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Holden
in Geneva last Saturday, it being one day past the anniversary of his
he having been born on the 20th day of February, 1884. He spent a few
his earliest years in East Bloomfield, where he was born, moving then
Canandaigua and thence to Rushville where he lived most of his boyhood
young manhood. He was a great, but very patient sufferer. The funeral
place from his old home, owned by his cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Frank
at 2 o'clock in the afternoon., Rev. E. A. Hazeltine officiating and
burial taking place in the Rushville Cemetery. There was a rich
of floral offerings given by friends in Rushville, Geneva, and
George Eberts, Edward Howley, Vernon Squier, George Foster, Benjamin
and Casort Boardman, six intimate friends, bore the casket to its
place. Sunday evening at the Geneva home, Rev. W. K. Towner, pastor of
Baptist church, held a brief service. Among the friends attending the
from out-of-town were: Miss Nellie Hines, Rochester; Mrs. Phillip
Geneva; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Slick and daughter, Helen, Naples; Fred
Avoca; Miss Harriet Chamberlain, Canandaigua; Rice McCauley, William
Morion Sheppard, Stanley.
From Ontario County Journal 16 October 1903
Naples, N. Y. - The death of John M. Torrey, a long
time Naples resident, occurred on Monday at the home of his son, Albert
Torrey, on the lake shore. Mr. Torrey was born in Middlesex, was in
business in Naples as a young man, went west, served four years in the
civil war and came east a few years ago to enter into the large
property left him by his brother, Henry H. Torrey, late of Naples. He
was largely related in this section.
From Geneva Daily Times 6 February 1931
Mrs. Margaret B. Torrey, aged 81, widow of the last Samuel Torrey,
died last night at the home of Mrs. Herman Reed after a short illness.
She is survived by three sons, Samuel Holden Torrey of Cleveland, O.,
Hiram Maxfield Torrey of Chaumont, N. Y., and Lawrence A. Torrey of
Geneva; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
From Geneva Courier 25 March 1874
On Thursday evening of last week Mrs. Polly Torrey, mother
of S. H. & R. S. Torrey, Esq.., widow of Hiram Torrey deceased,
died at the residence of her son Hon. S. H. Torrey, Esq., in the 75th
year of her age. Mrs. Torrey lived for many years in Rushville,
and was well known in that locality. For a few years past she has
lived with her children in Geneva. Her
funeral took place on Monday. Her remains were taken to Penn Yan
From Ontario County Journal 10 August 1877
Mr. Reuben S. Torrey, an old and respected citizen of Geneva, died
on Saturday afternoon, August 4, aged 54 years. Mr. Torrey has long
been known as an enterprising and popular business man, and he will be
greatly missed in our community. He came originally from Rushville.
He afterwards resided at Penn Yan, Newark and Brooklyn. Coming to
Geneva about eleven years ago, he purchased the Sherrill mansion at the
head of Genesee street, where he has since lived. Of a kind and
courteous disposition, Mr. Torrey was universally liked. His wife
died on June 15, and the sorrow of this bereavement did much to shorten
He leaves three sons and two daughters.
From Geneva Daily Times 1 October 1926
Samuel H. Torrey, aged 73 years, died at Geneva General Hospital
this morning after a long illness. Mr. Torrey was a lifelong resident
of this city. He was a stockholder in the Hawkins Hardware Company on
Castle street, where he was also employed up until the time he was
taken ill. He was a member of of the Geneva Lodge of Royal Arch Masons,
and the Excelsior chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canandaigua. He
is survived by his wife, Mrs. Margaret Torrey, and three sons, Samuel
H. Torrey of Cleveland, Ohio, H. Max Torrey of Chaumont, N. Y. and L.
A. Torrey of Geneva.
From Ontario County Journal 5 July 1895
At his home on Howell street, Monday forenoon, occurred the death
of Samuel Holden Torrey, aged 78 years. About four weeks ago
Mr. Torrey suffered a stroke of paralysis, and since that time has
gradually failed until his death on Monday. The deceased was born in
the town of Italy, Yates county, in 1817. There he spent his boyhood
days. He was educated for the bar, and in 1841 began the practice of
law in Rushville. He remained in Rushville about 10 years, when he
removed to Naples. In 1859 he was elected justice of sessions and
served one term. In 1865 he was elected supervisor on the Republican
ticket to represent Naples in the county legislature. He was reelected
in 1866. Mr. Torrey was an ardent adherent to the principles of the
Republican, and in 1867 was chosen to represent the county in the
assembly. He was reelected in 1868, and shortly after the close of his
second term removed to Canandaigua. He was engaged in the practice of
his profession here some years, being associated with Hon. Edwin Hicks.
He later entered the coal business in partnership with his son, Hiram,
but did not relinquish the practice of law altogether.
Mr. Torrey has been a resident of Canandaigua 25 years, and had been
actively engaged in business nearly to the time of his death. His first
wife was Elizabeth Maxfield of Naples, by whom he had three children,
Samuel H. of Rushville; Hiram M., now deceased, and Katherine, now Mrs.
Henry Schlick of Shortsville. His second wife was Mary Perry of
Rushville, who, with a daughter, Elizabeth Torrey, cared for him during
his last illness. The funeral services were held from his late
residence Wednesday at 2 p.m., Rev. C. H. Dickinson officiating.
From Ontario County Journal 3 May 1889
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mr. A. C. Totman, a veteran of the
late war, died last Thursday night, aged 69 years. Funeral services
were held at his late residence Thursday at 3 p.m.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 6 March 1900
Ira Totman died at West Bloomfield Saturday, at the home of his
daughter, Mrs. U. Jerome Reed, aged 89 years. The remains will be taken
to Bristol for interment when the roads become passable again. He
leaves surviving him, besides Mrs. Reed, another daughter, Mrs. Irene
Bell of Berkley, California.
From Ontario County Chronicle 30 November 1904
Bristol Center, N. Y. - Last Monday morning, Mrs. Julia
Woodworth Totman died from blood poisoning caused by injuries
received in a runaway accident two weeks ago. Mrs. Totman has lived
here since her marriage to Levi Totman 20 years ago. She was born near
Waterbury, Jefferson County, 58 years ago, and had just returned from a
two weeks' visit there. In early life she joined the Methodist church
and has always been an active member. She leaves a large circle of
friends who mourn her sad death. The funeral was held Wednesday morning
at 10 o'clock from the residence and at 11 from the M. E. church. Rev.
C. Farnum of East Bloomfield, with the assistance of Rev. William C.
Walton of Bristol Center, officiated. Interment was at Bristol Center.
Mrs. Totman is survived by her husband, one stepson, Joel, of Allen's
Hill, three stepdaughters, Mrs. Benjamin Case, and Mrs. Spencer Corser
of Bristol; Miss Florence Totman of Brooklyn, and one sister, Mrs. Alma
Hickox from Watertown.
From Ontario County Times 25 May 1887
Bristol Center, N. Y. - Mrs. Totman, wife of Ward Totman, died a
few days ago after an illness of a few days. She suffered a shock of
paralysis and became insensible, and remained so until she died. We
sympathize with the friends in this hour of trouble.
From Ontario County Journal 1 April 1892
Bristol Center, N. Y. - The funeral of Ward Totman was
held on Saturday at the M. E. Church, Rev. Mr. Kerr officiating. He was
nearly 89 years old, having spent about fifty years in this town. He
leaves three daughters and one son to mourn his loss, Mrs. Reed of
Illinois, Mrs. Luther of Luther, Mich., Mrs. Bliss and Levi Totman of
From Ontario County Journal 15 May 1896
Honeoye, N. Y. - The funeral of Mrs. Jane E. Touset, who
died at her home in Rushville, Yates county, on Friday evening, May 8,
aged 67 years, was held from St. Peter's Episcopal church at East
Bloomfield, last Sunday, Rev. Charles W. Hayes, a cousin, of Phelps,
officiating. Mrs. Touset was a daughter of the late Mumford Hayes of
East Bloomfield, and had made her home in that place until her marriage
about 19 years ago. Since then she had lived in Cohocton, Hemlock Lake,
Honeoye and for the last two years in Rushville. She had been in poor
health for several months and her friends in Honeoye had visited and
cared for her as they could be spared from their own homes. But the
Rushville people had been more than kind and soothed her dying hours.
The interment was in the Hayes lot in the cemetery at East Bloomfield.
From Ontario County Times 13 January 1864
The far-famed "Children's Minister," Mr. Lorin B. Tousley, died
this village, on Saturday night last, at 12
o'clock. His death, though no unexpected, fills many hearts with grief.
An extended obituary is in course of preparation by an intimate friend
of the deceased, which will appear in this paper next week. The
Rochester Democrat of Tuesday accompanies an announcement of his death
with the following remarks: "Intelligence of the sad event was received
yesterday by Mr. George W. Parsons, and though so long anticipated by
those familiar with Mr. T's condition, the announcement will carry
unfeigned sorrow to many hearts. The deceased was almost universally
known in Western New York, where in the capacity of a Children's
Missionary, employed by the American S. S. Union, he has labored for
twenty-five years. About five years ago Mr. Tousley met with a severe
injury, caused by the falling of a heavy timber upon him from a
building in process of removal. It is believed that his back was
broken; the lower portions of his body
were completely paralyzed, and since that period he has been a constant
sufferer. During the last few weeks, his health has rapidly declined,
his death been daily anticipated."
From Phelps Citizen 27 March 1913
William C. Tout, one of the oldest and best-known business men
of this village, died at his home on East Main Street shortly before
five o'clock yesterday afternoon. Deceased was stricken with paralysis
last night Friday night and lapsed into unconsciousness in which
condition he remained until the end. Deceased was born in England 65
years ago and came to this country when 20 years of age. He first
located at Skaneateles, remaining there but a short time, going from
there to Geneva and coming to this village about 40 years ago and
entered the employ of Nelson & Bowker, trimming carriages and
caskets. After working for this firm about a year, he decided to enter
the harness business and opened a shop on Church Street which business
he conducted up to the time of his last illness. He was a member of the
Presbyterian church and Sincerity Lodge No. 200, F. & A. M.
Deceased was twice married, his first wife being Miss Sarah Brown, who
died 19 years ago. Seventeen years ago he again united in marriage with
Mrs. Laura Fisher, who, besides one daughter, Mrs. Henry Tuttle of
Buchanan; one son, William; and one brother, John Tout of Lansing,
Mich.; and one sister, Mrs. Thomas Roman, who resides in England,
survives. The funeral which will be in charge of the Masonic
fraternity, will be held at house Saturday afternoon at two o'clock,
Rev. C. C. MacLean officiating, and interment will be made in Joslyn
Cemetery at Oaks Corners.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 24 May 1894
Mrs. William G. Tout, of Phelps, who has been confined to her bed
for many months with nervous prostration, died at her home Tuesday
evening, aged 54 years. A husband and one daughter survive. The funeral
will be held at the residence this afternoon and interment will be made
in the Joslyn cemetery at Oaks Corners.
From Naples Record 3 February 1892
Mrs. Emily A. Town died on Friday at the home of her daughter, Mrs.
Henry Hatch, in South Bristol. She was about 55 years old and was not
ill long, being a quick victim to an attack of the grip. Mrs. Town was
for many years a resident of this village and had many friends. Her
death is a severe blow to her daughter, Mrs. Hatch, and to the little
grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Monday, Rev. Mr. Sanborn
officiating, and the burial was at Rose Ridge cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 5 December 1906
Mrs. Eliza Townsend, wife of Hiram Townsend, of No. 24 Elmwood
avenue, died this morning at six o'clock at the City Hospital. Death
resulted from an operation performed yesterday. Mrs. Townsend was 66
years of age and was well-known in this city, having resided in this
all her life. Besides her husband, she is survived by one sister, Mrs.
Harriet Pulver of Manville, Mich., and two sons, Eugene and Clarion.
funeral will take place Friday afternoon at two o'clock from the family
residence, No. 24 Elmwood avenue, and interment will be at Sand Hill.
William K. Tower, pastor of the First Baptist church, will officiate.
From Victor Herald 28 August 1903
Elizabeth, wife of W. K. Townsend, died Friday night at
Fishers, aged 36 years. Unusual sadness surrounds the death of Mrs.
Townsend because of the fact that six little children, the youngest
only a baby, are left motherless and the widowed husband must feel
deeply the burden of his heavy sorrow and care. Sunday afternoon the
funeral services were held and interment was made at Boughton Hill
Cemetery. Rev. I. Stiles officiated. Pall bearers were chosen from
among the employees of Locke's Insulator Manufacturing Company, whose
sympathy for the bereaved husband was manifested in many ways.
From Ontario County Journal 5 January 1917
The death of Mrs. Helen I. Townsend, aged 65 years, occurred
at her home on Chapin street on Saturday. She had been ill for some
time with a complication of diseases. There survive four daughters,
Mrs. H. Seymour Cooley of Niagara Falls; Mrs. W. J. Allen of Detroit,
Mich.; Mrs. George L. Perrin of Seattle, Wash; Miss Maude Townsend; and
two sons, F. E. Townsend of Spencerport, and W. H. Townsend of
Canandaigua, Rev. George E. Finlay officiated at the funeral services
held on Tuesday. Interment was in Woodlawn.
From Geneva Daily Times 2 January 1908
Hiram Townsend, aged 80 years, died last evening at 7 o'clock at
his late residence, No. 24 Elmwood avenue. For fifteen years the
deceased was janitor of the First Baptist church, but two years ago was
obliged to resign owing to ill health. He is survived by two sons,
Eugene and Clarendon, both of this city. The funeral will be held from
the house Saturday afternoon at
2 o'clock. Rev. W. K. Towner will officiate and burial will be at Sand
From Ontario County Chronicle 4 February 1903
Mrs. James Townsend died on Sunday at the home of Mrs. George
Dougan, in Mason street, in this village, aged 80 years. She spent most
of her life in the town of Geneva, but removed to Canandaigua to make
her home with her daughter. Death was due to dropsy. She was born in
England and came to America in 1835, and in 1844 was united in marriage
to James Townsend of the town of Geneva, where she lived with him till
his death about ten years ago on the farm formerly occupied by her
parents. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Dougan, of this
village, Mrs. C. M. Grove of Grand Rapids, Mich., Mrs. Jeffries of
Lockport, and a son, J. B. Townsend of Newark. Two sisters who also
survive are Mrs. S. A. Erwin of Rushville and Mrs. J. G. Ferguson of
Newark. The funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m., from
the home of Mrs. Dougan, and the interment will be at Stanley.
From Geneva Gazette 24 March 1893
Jeremiah Townsend, one of the oldest residents of Phelps, died
last Friday, aged 88 years. His funeral was held Monday last,
Rev. Mr. Bates officiating.
From Ontario County Chronicle 10 February 1904
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - Mrs. Lucy Carr Townsend died suddenly at
her home in Broad street of paralysis on Friday, Feb. 5, aged 58 years.
She is survived by her husband, D. H. Townsend, and one brother, N. S.
Carr, of Rushville, besides several nieces and nephews. Funeral
services were held at the house on Monday afternoon, conducted by the
Rev. Mr. Boyd, pastor of the Methodist church. Interment in Rushville
From Geneva Gazette 9 September 1892
SUICIDE BY DROWNING - Probably Another Case of Disappointed Love.
A dispatch to the World under date of Sept. 2d gives the
following sad incidents in the case of a suicide:
The body of Miss Marion Townsend was recovered from the harbor
at Canandaigua Lake Friday evening. Miss Townsend had been missing
since last Tuesday evening, and in the interval had committed suicide.
It was about seven o'clock on Tuesday evening when Miss Townsend left
the residence of her brother-in-law, Frank Twist, in Canandaigua, in
company with a little niece, to
go shopping. She went first to a bookstore, bought a postage
stamp, affixed it to an envelope and dropped the envelope into a nearby
letter-box. Then she went down Main street, and on reaching the
corner of Bristol street she sent the little one home and started for
the lake. Next morning's mail brought to Mrs. Frank Twist the letter
mailed the night before, on the bulletined paper of which was
written with a lead pencil, in a wavering hand, the following:
DUNE: If you ever find my body bury me with the chain
and locket round my neck and both of Jack's pictures. Tell him I
loved him, and would have written him if I had time. Burn all
letters unread, and try to forgive me if I have been unkind.
MARION I am going to drown myself.
"Dune" was the endearing name by which she usually
addressed her sister.
Searching parties were at once sent out along the dock and the lake
shores and finally Marion's hat was found. Soon afterwards the
dredge drew to the surface, from a depth of only a few feet, the body
of the unhappy girl.
Miss Townsend was nineteen years old and the daughter of William
Townsend of Hartford, Conn., a travelling man. The motive that
impelled her to kill herself is unknown. The "Jack" referred to
in the notice
is said to be a young man residing near Canandaigua.
From Ontario County Journal 7 September 1917
Cheshire, N. Y. - At her home on Tuesday, Mrs. Martin Townsend, aged
62 years, passed away. She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Mrs.
Dan Donovan, and several brothers and sisters. Mrs. Townsend had been
ill for a number of years, but when in health was an active worker in
church and all good works. She had resided here for nearly 40 years and
had made many friends. The funeral was held from the home yesterday
afternoon with interment at Pine Bank cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 30 July 1908
Phelps, N. Y. - Mrs. Sara Bellamy Townsend, widow of George B.
Townsend, a former resident of Rochester, died Wednesday morning, at an
early hour at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter S. Root on East Main
street, Phelps. The deceased was 76 years of age and ailments due to
advanced age are assigned as the cause of her death. Since the death of
her husband, Mrs. Townsend has made her home in New York. She came here
several weeks ago for her annual visit with Phelps relatives. Two
sisters survive, Mrs. S. S. Partridge, Sr., of Phelps and Mrs. Emma P.
Wilkinson of New York City. The remains will be taken to Rochester
tomorrow and interred in Mt. Hope Cemetery.
From Ontario County Chronicle 3 September 1902
On Thursday last Mrs. Sophronia Van Waggener Townsend died
at the home of her son, Thomas C. Townsend, aged 95 years and 3 months.
Death was due to old age and a general breaking down of her health.
Mrs. Townsend was a native of New Jersey, having been born in Passaic
county in May 1807. She was married in 1823, and is survived by three
children, Mrs. Rebecca Cook, of Newark, N. J., Charles Townsend of
Bloomingdale, N. J., and Thomas C. Townsend of this village. The
funeral was largely attended from her late home Sunday afternoon.
From Ontario County Journal 4 November 1898
Yesterday at noon occurred the death of Walter Hicks Townsend, after
January, 1897, Mr. Townsend fell from a straw
stack and received injuries which rendered him a great sufferer. The
deceased was 33 years of age. He is survived by his father, T. C.
Townsend, and three children, two sons and one daughter. Funeral at 2
From Ontario County Journal 2 October 1908
On Sunday morning the lifeless body of William Townsend was
found near the Humphrey farm on Boughton Hill by a man employed on the
farm. Death had come from his own hand. An empty bottle marked carbolic
acid nearby told the story. It was sometime after Coroner F. F. Warner
had ordered the body removed to the undertaking rooms of E. B. Case
that it was recognized as that of Townsend. He had at one time been
employed as engineer at the Locke Insulator plant and his family
resided at Victor. Since then his wife had died and the children were
placed for a time in the Ontario Orphan asylum and later found homes
with families at Shortsville and Fishers. It is said he had married
again but was not living with his wife. He had worked in this village
at the brick works and also at the Lisk plant. Of late he had been
employed at Geneva and Seneca Falls. The fact that his first wife was
buried in the Boughton Hill cemetery, it is thought, led him to take
his life in a nearby spot. The remains were interred beside his wife on
From Geneva Daily Times 3 August 1928
William H. Townsend, 40, of Pre-emption Road, died this morning at
the home of his sister, Mrs. George F. Bruzzee of 84 Optical street. He
is survived by seven children, Harold, Vernon, Herbert, Frank, Gladys
and Richard, all of this city, and Wynena of Rochester; one sister,
Mrs. George F. Bruzzee of this city; and two brothers, Charles of
Scranton, Pa., and Covert of this city. He was a member of Old Castle
Lodge, I. O. O. F., of the Modern Woodsmen of America and of the Royal
Neighbors. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock
from his home on Pre-emption Road. Interment will be in Brookside
Cemetery. The Odd Fellows will have charge of the services at the grave.
From Ontario County Journal 15 July 1898
Bristol Springs, N. Y. - Arthur Tozer, who had spent 40 years or
more of a busy life on his farm two miles south of this place, died at
his home on Tuesday night of last week after a brief illness of about a
week. Mr. Tozer was a native of England, had always led a consistent,
Christian life, was a pillar of the Baptist society at Naples, and
never allowed himself to act in a spirit of revenge. He was always on
the side of right on questions that concern us as a nation or
neighborhood affairs. His age was 69, and he leaves a widow, a son and
From Ontario County Journal 21 July 1882
Naples, N. Y. - On Monday, Chas. H. Tozer, a veteran of
the regular army, died at the home of his brother, Arthur Tozer, in
South Bristol. Mr. Tozer had served nearly twenty-five years in the
regular army. He was an educated man, conversing in several languages,
a fine penman, and a great reader, but he was erratic in his mental and
moral nature, and was considered to some degree insane. He left
his home on Tuesday morning of last week, and was not found until
Wednesday night. He was in the woods, and was in a perishing condition
from the effects of poison which he had taken. He lived, however, until
last. His age was 54, and he had never married. Rev. Mr. Cummins of
village, officiated at his funeral on Tuesday, and he was buried in
From Geneva Daily Times 14 December 1910
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Tozer, widow of Arthur Tozer, aged 82 years,
died in South Bristol on Sunday night. Mrs. Tozer's maiden name was Elinor
Gardiner. She was born in Greenfield, Saratoga county, N. Y. In
1861 she was married and came to live in the home where she died. Mrs.
Tozer was a member of the Baptist church in Naples and very much
interested in all departments of Christian work. She is survived by a
son, Howard Tozer; a daughter, Alice Tozer, and an adopted daughter,
Mrs. Marshall Lincoln. The funeral was held yesterday, Rev. S. J.
Harding conducting the services.
From Geneva Daily Times 17 January 1914
Naples, N. Y. - Yesterday morning occurred the death of James R. Tozer at
his home in Main street north. He was born in England seventy-five
years ago, the son of John and Jane Tozer and came to Bristol, Ontario
county, when 12 years old. He married Miss Sarah Moore. He leaves his
wife, two sons, John H. and George E., of Bristol, and one daughter,
Susan, of Naples. One brother, Rev. Robert Tozer, was with him at the
time of his death.
From Ontario County Journal 23 January 1914
Naples, N. Y. - James R. Tozer was born Oct. 7, 1838, at
Abegavenny, Monmouthshire, South Wales, England, and died on Jan. 16,
1914. He came to this country when two and one-half years old and lived
with his parents in Brooklyn. At the age of 12, he came to South
Bristol to live with uncle, Arthur Tozer. He spent most of his life in
Naples and South Bristol. On Feb. 25, 1860, he married Sarah E. Moore
of Waterloo. He is survived by his wife and three children, John H.
Tozer, George E. Tozer and Susie C. Tozer. His youngest son, Willie
Tozer, died in 1899. A brother, Rev. Robert B. Tozer, of Hoosick Falls,
was with him in his last hours. Funeral services were held on Sunday at
the Baptist church, of which he was a member for 57 years and sang in
the choir for 40 years, Rev. A. R. Mills, of Nunda, officiating. The
bearers were his two sons, John Tozer and George E. Tozer, his
grandson, Lyman J., his nephew, Howard H. Tozer, his brother, Rev.
Robert B. Tozer, and Hiram C. Sherman. His father was John K. Tozer and
his mother was Jane Rollings Tozer.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 12 February 1918
Naples, N. Y., Feb. 11 - Mrs. Sarah Moore Tozer, widow of the late James R. Tozer, died
at her home in Main street Saturday. Mrs. Tozer was born in Waterloo, December
25, 1837, but had lived most of her life in Naples. She leaves two sons, George,
of Cheshire, and John, of Naples; a daughter, Susan, who is a teacher in the
schools at Bath. Funeral service was held in the Baptist Church at 11 o'clock
Sunday morning. The pastor of that church, Rev. A. H. Knight officiated.
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