"Wha" through "Whe" OBITUARIES
From Victor Herald 18 October 1901
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Ellen, widow of the late Peter Whalen,
died at Rochester at the home of her niece, Mrs. Deitruff, where
she had been residing since the death of her husband, on Sunday, at the
age of eighty-two years. She died just three years to a day after her
husband. Her remains were brought here Tuesday morning and the funeral
services were held at St. Bridget's church, Rev. P. A. Neville
From Ontario County Journal 31 October 1913
The death of James Whalen, aged 63 years, occurred at the
Canandaigua Hospital, on Sunday. Deceased suffered a stroke of apoplexy
on Main street over two weeks ago and in a fall to the walk, severely
injured his head. He leaves his wife and two daughters, Mrs. Andrew
Hendrickson of Rochester, and Mrs. Frank Ferguson of Canandaigua. The
funeral services were held at St. Mary's Church on Wednesday. Interment
was at Calvary Cemetery.
From Geneva Gazette 31 March 1876
Mrs. John Whalen of Canandaigua fell through a trap door into her
cellar on Monday last, while alone, and when found it was discovered
that her neck was broken and that she must have died instantly.
The ill-fated woman was nearly blind.
From Geneva Daily Times 11 December 1903
Canandaigua, N. Y. - John Whalen died
at the home of Patrick Burke on Gorham street. Mr. Whalen was aged
about seventy-four, and has lived for fifty years in America, having
been born in Ireland. He was employed for over twenty years by the New
York Central Railroad company, and has also been employed for many
years by the Canandaigua Gas company. The only surviving relative is
From Geneva Daily Times 29 March 1928
The death of Michael Whalen of 71 Sherrill street occurred
this morning at the Geneva General Hospital after a short illness.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ella Merriman Whalen; two sons, Francis
and Bernard of Geneva; and one brother, John of Syracuse. The funeral
will be held from his late home at 8:30 o'clock on Saturday and 9:00
o'clock from St. Francis de Sales church. Interment will be made in St.
Patrick's cemetery. The Holy Name Society of St. Francis de Sales
church will meet at 7:30 o'clock on Friday evening at the church to go
to the home of Mr. Whalen for prayers.
From Geneva Daily Times 18 February 1907
Alanson Wheadon, eighty-three years of age, who has lived
practically his entire life in the town of Seneca, died at 12 o'clock
Saturday night, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Robert Swallow, of
this daughter, the deceased is survived by one brother, Henry Wheadon,
of this city. The remains were brought to this city today and will be
taken to the Number Nine Presbyterian church tomorrow, where the
services will be held at 2 o'clock. Rev. A. B. Temple, the pastor of
church, will officiate and the burial will be made in the Number Nine
From Geneva Daily Times 29 May 1914
The death of Thomas Wilson Wheadon, aged
66 years, occurred at the home of his son, Wednesday night. He is
survived by three sons, Lewis, Frank and John Wheadon, of Geneva; one
daughter, Mrs. E. E. Lane, of Lakemont, N. Y.; two sisters, Miss Ellen
C. Wheadon of Geneva, and Mrs. John S. Rippey of Canandaigua. Funeral
services will be held from his late home on Saturday afternoon at 12:15,
Rev. W. W. Weller officiating, and at Number Nine church at 2 o'clock,
Rev. A. B. Temple officiating. Interment in Number Nine cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 4 March 1920
Flint, N. Y. - After nearly eighteen months of suffering, Mrs. Addie Wheat, wife
of Frank Wheat, passed away at her home Saturday night, February 28th.
Besides her husband, she leaves one son, Leonard; and two daughters,
Mrs. John Cairns of Seneca Castle and Mrs. Reese Newton of Flint; and
four grandchildren. Mrs. Wheat has been a resident of Flint for
the last twenty years and was a member of the Methodist church. The
funeral was held at her late residence Tuesday at ten-thirty and at
eleven o'clock at the Methodist church, Rev. M. J. Owen officiating.
Interment was in the Sand Hill Cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 13 September 1904
Shortsville, N. Y. - B. Franklin Wheat, a well-known resident of
Manchester, was found dead at his home on Main street in that village,
Sunday afternoon. Since the death of his wife, in 1891, he has lived
alone, and was last seen alive on Saturday afternoon. Mrs. Walter
Mason, a neighbor, being alarmed at his failure to appear outside,
entered his house at 2:30 and found him dead, in the pantry. From
appearances, he was eating his supper when stricken and died where he
fell. Coroner D. A. Eiseline was summoned and pronounced apoplexy as
the cause of death. He was 76 years of age, and had been a life-long
resident of Manchester. He and his father before him had dug all the
graves that had been made in Manchester for the past hundred years,
he having been the sexton of the Baptist church. Mr. Wheat was a
veteran of the Civil War, being a member of Company K, 148 New York
volunteers. He is survived by two sons and two daughters: E. E. Wheat,
of Ramsey, Pa.; Frank Wheat of Seneca Falls; Mrs. William McArthur of
Eugene Payne of Palmyra. The funeral was held at his late home at 2
o'clock this afternoon, Rev. M. W. Covell, pastor of the Baptist
officiating. Burial was in Manchester cemetery.
From Geneva Gazette 26 December 1890
Obituary - Corydon Wheat, died at his residence on Main street
Tuesday evening, Dec. 23rd, aged about 67 years. The deceased
came to Geneva from Orleans in this county in about the year 1840, and
has resided here ever since. He was prosperous as a merchant and
successful in his investments, attaining a competence long
before descending the hill of life. His capital in great part
established and maintained our gas light system, and he was at one time
if not continuously since he embarked in it, a stockholder in our
excellent water works plant. He took an active interest in local,
church and society affairs. Though not an office-seeker, his
fellow citizens repeatedly called on him to act in an official capacity
-- as village trustee, assessor, member of the Board of Education and
of the Geneva Cemetery Commission -- which two latter positions he
filled up to the day of his death. He was a zealous supporter of
our public school system, his voice and vote ever potent in raising and
maintaining its high standard of instruction. His judgment and
taste were manifest in selecting, laying out and adorning our
beautiful new cemetery. Mr. Wheat leaves as nearest of kin
a sorrowing widow and an only son.
From Geneva Courier 3 September 1862
Fatal Accident - A young man named Darius Wheat, a
resident of Canandaigua, and a
baggage-man on the Canandaigua and Elmira R. R., was run over at Penn
Yan on Monday of last week, and so badly injured that one of his legs
were amputated, after which he soon died. He was fastening the
cars together, and by some means fell on the track and the wheel passed
over his leg, crushing it badly. He was a man about 25 years of
age, and a widower without children.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 18 August 1939
Frank Wheat, 84, a resident of Flint for the past 40 years,
died yesterday in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Reeve Newton, after a
long illness. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Newton, Flint, and Mrs.
John Cairns, East Rochester; son, Leonard Wheat, Flint; and four
grandsons. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow in Sand
From Ontario County Chronicle 21 September 1904
Manchester, N. Y. - Franklin Wheat, who resided alone at his home
on Main street, was found dead Sunday afternoon. He was 76 years old
and is survived by two sons and two daughters. Funeral services were
held from his late home on Tuesday afternoon, Rev. M. W. Cowell
officiating. Interment in Manchester cemetery.
From Shortsville Enterprise 17 May 1923
Funeral services for Mrs. Janette Wheat were held on Sunday
afternoon at 3 o'clock, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. L.
Reynolds, in West Main St. Mrs. Wheat died at the Reynolds home last
Thursday evening, after an extended illness. Her age was 87 years. The
deceased was born in the township of Hopewell during the year 1836, a
daughter of the late Isaac and Anna Reese Stoutenburg. Her entire life
had been spent in Orleans. She was married on May 11, 1865, to VanBuren
Wheat, of Orleans. She was a faithful member of the Presbyterian church
at Seneca Castle, although frequently attended the Baptist church at
Clifton Springs. Several members of this latter church attended the
funeral obsequies. Rev. A. J. MacMIllan, pastor of the Shortsville
Presbyterian church, and Rev. R. S. Chalmers, pastor of the
Clifton Springs Baptist church, had charge. The remains were laid at
rest in the cemetery at Orleans and a large circle of friends and
relatives assembled at the graveside, attesting to their love and
respect for this fine Christian woman. The survivors are on brother,
Fred Stoutenburg of Rochester; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Salisbury and Mrs.
E. G. Salisbury of Phelps; two sons, Rollin L. and Sidney L. Wheat of
Orleans; two daughters, Mrs. William Wayne, of Orleans, and Mrs. J. L.
Reynolds, of Shortsville; also eight grandchildren, Miss Marion R.
Wheat, of New York City, Alice, Lois, Gertrude, Sidney, Jr., and
Lawrence Wheat of Orleans, Miss Angilean Reynolds of Webster, and Mrs.
Robert Brown of Rochester.
From Ontario County Journal 10 August 1917
Bristol, N. Y. - The death of an aged native and residence of Bristol, Mrs. John Wheat, occurred
at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Grant Simpson, on July 27. The
remains were taken immediately to the old family home now owned by her
sister, Mrs. Viola Wales, from which place the funeral was held on
Monday following, the pastor of the East Bloomfield Methodist church
officiating. Mrs. Wheat was 72 years old and was the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Frank Fitch, and had been in poor health for several years.
Nearly all of her life was spent in Bristol; last winter she and her
husband went to the home of their son, Fitch Wheat, in Rochester, but
recently came to their daughter's where she passed away. Besides her
husband, she is survived by a son, Fitch; a daughter, Mrs. Grant
Simpson; daughters, Maud of Hornell and Clara Hall of Penn Yan, all of
whom attended the funeral. Mrs. Wheat's last couch was literally a bed
From Ontario County Journal 28 February 1896
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Lemuel Wheat died on Sunday last, aged 60.
She had been an almost helpless invalid for many years. The funeral was
at her home in Hunt's Hollow and the burial in the Hunt's Hollow
From Geneva Gazette 13 January 1882
Sidney Wheat, an older brother of Corydon Wheat, Esq., of Geneva,
and a well-known and prosperous farmer of Orleans, died on the 8th
inst., aged 72 years. At the time of his death, the widow was
very ill, and it was feared she would survive her husband but a few
days, but we learn that her condition is much improved.
From Neapolitan Record 9 September 1880
The intense sufferings of Simeon Wheat were
terminated by his death on Tuesday evening last at about 10 o'clock.
His was a case where death would seem a relief to him and friends. He
was afflicted with a cancer that commenced in the right side of his
mouth in June, 1879, and continued its ravages more rapidly at the last
until his decease, having completely destroyed that part of his head and
face. He came here eight years ago from Orange county, and by his
christian deportment and uniform uprightness, had endeared himself to a
large circle of friends. He leaves a wife and a girl of 16 years to
mourn his loss especially, while
other relatives and friends feel the loss greatly. He was 46 years, 6
months and 7 days old, and during his sojourn in Hunts Hollow has been
an earnest worker in every good work. The funeral services were held
from the schoolhouse there on Friday at 3 p.m., Rev. C. G. Lowell
officiating, and his remains were followed to the cemetery near by a
large concourse of people.
From Geneva Daily Times 24 June 1896
The funeral services of the late Van Buren Wheat, who died
on Saturday morning, were held at the family residence in Orleans
yesterday afternoon and were attended by a large circle of friends
and relatives. The services were conducted by the Rev. Mr. Cornell,
of the Seneca Castle Presbyterian church, and interment was made in
Orleans cemetery in which the Grand Army post participated. Among those
in attendance were Senator John Raines, Ex-assemblyman Parkhurst, and
others from Geneva, Canandaigua and neighboring towns. The deceased
was the son of Sidney Wheat, who settled in Orleans about the year
and a nephew of the late Corydon Wheat of Geneva. He was most highly
esteemed as a business man and citizen. He was a member of the 126th
Reg. and was wounded at Gettysburg. Besides his wife, nee Jeanette
Stoutenburg, he leaves two sons, Rollin L. and Sidney I., and two
daughters, Mrs. Will Wayne and Miss Elsa, all of Orleans. The remains
were followed to their last resting place by many sorrowing ones, who
thus paid their silent and impressive tribute to his memory and
expressed a sense of their sympathy
and condolence with the bereaved family.
From Geneva Daily Times 28 April 1909
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - Charles Wheaten, who has been a residence
of this village for the past twenty-five years, died very suddenly at
his home on LaDue Avenue in this village on Tuesday morning. Mr.
Wheaten had been in poor health and was for a short time in the
hospital in Rochester, but came to his home about two weeks ago. His
condition was not thought to be serious. Mrs. Wheaten gave him a glass
of water at 4 and when she went to him at 6 o'clock she found him dead.
He was born in Wheeler, Yates county, this state. He was 63 years old.
His wife was Mary Wilson, of Italy Hill, and they had been married 36
years. He is survived by his widow, and eight children, two sons, Clay
and Wilmer Wheaten of Markleton, Pa.; six daughters, Mrs. Charles
Seager, Misses Mary and Ida Wheaten of Rochester; Mrs. Louis Stevenson
of Shortsville; and Miss Ernie and Hazel Wheaten of this village, also
four grandchildren. Mr. Wheaten was member of the M. E. Church of
Clifton Springs. The funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon
at 2:30 o'clock at his late residence and the burial will be made in
the Clifton Springs Cemetery. The services will be conducted by the
Rev. P. H. Reigel of the Methodist church.
From Ontario County Journal 15 June 1917
Hopewell Center, N. Y. - Mrs. John Wheatley, aged 66 years, died on
Wednesday afternoon from a complication of diseases. She had lived in
Hopewell for 25 years. Besides her husband, she leaves two sons,
Adelbert of Hopewell and Herman of Clifton Springs; two sisters, Mrs.
Denver Savage of Clifton Springs and Mrs. E. D. Chapman, of and two
brothers living in the west. Funeral services will be held at the home
here tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock. Interment will be made in Honeoye
From Ontario County Journal 29 July 1910
Honeoye, N. Y. - On July 18, at the home of her daughter,
Mrs. George Alger, occurred the death of Mrs. Martha Wheatley, widow
the late Martin Wheatley of the west lake shore road, aged 77 years.
She was born in Ireland on Nov. 25, 1833. When seven years of age, she,
with her parents went to Canada, remaining there until she was 25 years
old and married. With her husband and three children she came to this
town where she had since resided. Of a family of six children, four
survive: John Wheatley of Hopewell; Mrs. John Rector of Clifton
Springs; Mrs. Fred Tones of Bristol, and Mrs. George Alger of Richmond.
Twelve grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren survive. The funeral
was held on Wednesday from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Alger. Burial
was in Lakeview cemetery, Rev. Walter Hawthorne officiating.
From Geneva Daily Times 3 December 1942
Orleans, N. Y. - Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock from her late home in this village for Mrs. Mina A. Wheatley, who
passed away early Tuesday morning after a long illness. Rev. Harry M.
Shepson, pastor of the Orleans Baptist church will officiate and
interment will be made in the Chapman Cemetery. Mina Aris Goodale,
daughter of Mary Scofield and Levi Goodale, was born near Halesboro,
St. Lawrence Co. N. Y>, Nov. 15, 1869, and was the last one of her
family eight brothers and sisters. She was united in marriage to George
Green, of Lewis Co., about 61 years ago and they remained for a time in
the northern part of the state. After a brief residence in Sullivan,
Ohio, the family settled in Orleans and their home has since been here
and in the immediate vicinity. Mr. Green died very suddenly Nov. 20,
1916, after 15 minutes illness. In 1918, Mrs. Green married John
Wheatley, a lifelong resident of this section, and his death occurred
several years ago. Surviving relatives include three sons, Herman L.
Green of Palmyra, Gardner F. Green of Stanley and Howard L. Green, who
has made his home recently with his mother; and 6 grandchildren, two of
whom are in the service, Corp. Howard L. Green, Jr., of Camp Rucker,
Alabama, and Pvt. George Green, U. S. A., in camp at Madison, Wisconsin.
From Shortsville Enterprise 19 June 1908
William Wheatley, one of the oldest residents of
the town of Manchester, died at his home, about one mile east this
village, on Monday morning at five o'clock. Death was caused by
of the heart. He was about 77 years of age, and is survived by his
five daughters, Mrs. David Slack, of Clifton Springs; Mrs. George
VanGelder, of Canandaigua; Mrs. Harriet Horsnby, of Palmyra; Mrs. John
Slack and Mrs. Daniel Damon, of this village; and two sons, Richard, of
Hopewell, and Albert, who resides at the farm home. The funeral
services were held on Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock from the M. E.
church, Rev. S. S. Pratt officiating. The interment was in the old
cemetery at Manchester. Mr. Wheatley has been a great sufferer from
rheumatism for many months and it was with difficulty that he was able
to tend to his labors. He had been a frequent caller at our sanctum
during the years we have had the privilege to know him, and was a very
interesting talker, often relating many historical facts concerning the
town of Manchester. It is with deep regret that we learn of his death
and we shall sorely miss his presence from our village.
From Geneva Daily Times 16 June 1908
Shortsville, N. Y. - William Wheatley, for over sixty years a
resident of this town, died at his home on the Clifton road about a
mile from this village, yesterday morning. The deceased was born in
England, and when a boy came to the United States. For the past fifty
years he had been sexton of the Shaving Street Cemetery, and has
interred over a hundred bodies. A staunch Republican, he cast his first
vote for Lincoln, and he had a file of the presidential tickets from
then to the present time. Mr. Wheatley leaves his wife, Sarah; two
sons, Richard Wheatley of Hopewell, and Albert Wheatley of Shortsville;
and six daughters, Mrs. George Van Gelder of Canandaigua, Mrs. Dan
Damon, of Shortsville, Mrs. Thomas Hornsby of Palmyra, Mrs. Walter
Larner of Farmington, Mrs. David slack of Clifton Springs, and Mrs.
John Slack of Shortsville.
From Ontario County Journal 18 April 1919
Bristol, N. Y. - Mrs. Amy A. Wheaton, widow of Charles
Wheaton, died at the home of her son at Victor on April 10, aged 86
years. Mrs. Wheaton, whose maiden name was Bosworth, was born in
Swansea, Mass., coming to the town of Bristol over 60 years ago, where
she lived until after Mr. Wheaton's death in 1896. Since then her home
had been with her son. She leaves two sons, J. Edwin Wheaton of Flint,
Mich., and S. Clifford Wheaton, of Victor; also three sisters and three
brothers, all of Taunton, Mass., except John Bosworth, who lives in
Phelps. The funeral was held on Sunday at the Universalist church at
Bristol, Rev. Alvord officiating. Burial was in Evergreen cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 4 April 1902
Rushville, N. Y. - Died, at her home in this village on Friday morning, after an illness of two weeks with typhoid pneumonia, Mrs. Augusta Wheaton, aged
46 years. She is survived by four children, Misses Jennie and Minnie,
William and Damon Wheaton, all of this place. The funeral, conducted by
Rev. D. M. Van Tuyl, was held at the house on Sunday. Interment was at
From Geneva Daily Times 28 April 1909
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - Charles Wheaton, who has been a resident
of this village for the past twenty-five years, died very suddenly at
his home on LaDue Avenue in this village on Tuesday morning. Mr.
Wheaton had been in poor health and was for a short time in the
hospital in Rochester, but came to his home about two weeks ago. His
condition was not thought to be serious. Mrs. Wheaton gave him a glass
of water at 4 o'clock and when she went to him at 6 o'clock, she found
him dead. He was born in Wheeler, Yates county, this state. He was 63
years old. His wife was Mary Watson, of Italy Hill, and they had been
married 36 years. He is survived by his widow, and eight children; two
sons, Clay and Wilbur Wheaton of Markleton, Pa; six daughters, Mrs.
Charles Seager, Misses Mary and Ida Wheaton of Rochester; Mrs. Louis
Stevenson of Shortsville and Misses Ernie and Hazel Wheaton of this
village; also four grandchildren. Mr. Wheaton was a a member of the
Methodist Episcopal church of Clifton Springs. The funeral services
will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, at his late residence
and burial will be made in the Clifton Springs cemetery. The services
will be conducted by the Rev. P. H. Reigel of the Methodist church.
From Geneva Daily Times 13 November 1905
Charles B. Wheaton, thirty-six years of age, who has been
suffering from heart trouble for the past two years, died suddenly
Saturday evening while lying on the couch at his home, No. 182 Lewis
street. As Mr. Wheaton did not have a regular physician, Coroner H.
D. Weyburn was called and after explaining the facts, decided that it
was necessary to hold an autopsy. Dr. Will McCaw was called to perform
the autopsy and Dr. J. B. Covert assisted. After the post mortem, Dr.
Weyburn decided that the cause of death was valvular disease of the
The deceased is survived by his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Lancing
Wheaton, widow and sister, Mrs. Robert Swallow, all of this city. The
will take place tomorrow afternoon from the house, Rev. C. M. Sills, D.
D., rector of Trinity church, officiating. Burial will be made in
From Penn Yan Democrat 4 August 1933
Died in Rushville, July 28, Doman D. Wheaton, 59. Besides his widow, Mrs. Lena Wheaton, he
leaves two sons, Doman of Rushville and Irving of Elmira; and one
daughter, Mrs. Theodore Rhenshaw of Rushville. The funeral was held on
Monday afternoon. Burial in Rushville.
From Glovershill Morning Herald 23 February 1935
Canandaigua, N. Y., Feb. 22 - Garrett F. Wheaton, 76, former
supervisor and for 18 years connected with the State Department of
Agriculture and Markets as a fruit tree inspector, died at his home
here yesterday. He was stricken with a heart attack Wednesday night
while attending a father-and-son banquet at Bristol Center.
From Ontario County Journal 10 April 1908
Stanley, N. Y. - The death of Henry Wheaton, formerly of
this place, occurred at the home of his daughter, Mrs. T. E. Rippey, at
Geneva, on April 1. His death was due to old age, he being 86 years
old. Mr. Wheaton had been a resident of this village for about
twenty-five years, having spent all of his life in this town. His
occupation had been that of a farmer until moving to this village, when
he purchased the house on Main street of J. J. Cross, which he occupied
until the death of his wife, which occurred over two years ago. Since
that time he had made his home with his daughter. Funeral services were
held from the home of his daughter, Mrs. T. E. Rippey, at Geneva, on
Friday and the burial was No. 9 cemetery. Three children survive, Mrs.
Rippey and two sons, Calvin of North Carolina and George of Geneva.
From Ontario County Journal 12 January 1894
Rushville, N. Y. - James Wheaton died at his home in this place on
Saturday last of apoplexy. He had been for some time a great sufferer
from complicated maladies, yet his death was unexpected. The deceased
was 43 years old. Two sons, Damon and Will, and a daughter, Minnie, and
his wife are left to mourn their loss.
From Fairport County Mail 12 November 1908
Josephus Wheaton, aged eighty-three years, died Friday morning, at
the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. Tufts, of Bright's disease. Mr.
Wheaton had been a lifelong resident of Bristol, Ontario County, and
had lived with his daughter but a short time. Besides his daughter, he
leaves one son, Garrett Wheaton of Bristol. The body was taken to
Bristol for burial, the funeral being held Sunday.
From Ontario County Journal 10 January 1890
By wire from Denver, we learn that Seth Stanley Wheaton, a
native of Ontario county, and former resident of Canandaigua, died on
the 5th inst., in the 25th year of his age. Mr. Wheaton was the son of
Henry and Emily Wheaton and grandson of the late Lucius Stanley, all of
Stanley, Ontario county. Young Wheaton was for many years in the employ
of the N. C.
Railway as telegraph operator in this village and had a wide circle of
Emigrating to Colorado a few months since to restore his impaired
he was compelled to submit to the inevitable. His remains will be
to Stanley for interment where they are expected to arrive today.
From Neapolitan Record 17 November 1881
The death of Wm. Wheaton, of
Bristol, son-in-law of Isaac Hurlburt, which occurred Oct. 30th, was a
sad blow to his family -- a wife and one child. He died of typhoid
fever, and we learn that the child is not expected to recover from the
same terrible disease. Mr. Wheaton was a young, energetic man, and his
family have the sympathy of the community.
From Geneva Gazette 1 April 1881
Alphonso Whedon - This venerable farmer of our town died very
suddenly on Friday last of heart disease. He had attained the ripe old
age of 84 years lacking one month. He was a native of and had always
lived in this town - born on the very farm where he died - his late
father, Marsena Whedon, having settled in the town in the year 1788.
The son inherited the honest principles of his father - living and
dying in enjoyment of the esteem of his
neighbors. We especially sorrow in his loss as that of an old,
steadfast and valued patron. Mr. Whedon's death was preceded by
scarcely a perceptible ailment, a little loss of appetite and
consequent weakness. His
neighbor and friend, Capt. J. S. Dorman, was visiting and conversing
pleasantly with him, and was suddenly startled by receiving no response
to interrogatives. Approaching nearer he found the venerable patriarch
gasping in the last throes of death. Verily til but a step between
time and eternity. Deceased is buried in the rural cemetery in the
From Geneva Gazette 1 April 1898
Mr. Eber Whedon, a native of Seneca, died at Stanley on the 22d
ult., aged 67 years. His funeral was held on the 25th, attended
by many of his neighbors and Masonic . brethren His occupation
was that of a contractor and builder.
From Geneva Daily Times 18 January 1915
George Marshall Whedon, aged 66 years, died today at his home,
73 Madison street, this city. He was born October 17, 1848 at Seneca,
Y., and was the son of Henry and Emily Stanley Whedon. He is survived
his widow, Ella Metcalf Whedon; one daughter, Miss Ruth Whitney Whedon,
Geneva, N. Y.; three sons, Paul Skinner Whedon, Rochester, N. Y. ; Rev.
Henry Curtis Whedon, Clarks' Mills, N. Y.; George Dunton Whedon,
Geneva, N. Y.; one sister, Mrs. Thomas E. Rippey of Geneva; one
brother, Calvin S. Whedon of Columbia, S. C.
From Geneva Daily Times 1 April 1908
Henry Whedon, aged 86 years, died last night at 9:45 o'clock at
of his daughter, Mrs. Thomas E. Rippey, of No. 56 High street. He was
in Seneca and has lived in that village all his life until about three
ago, when he came to this city to reside with his daughter and family.
his daughter he is survived by two sons, George M. Whedon of this city
Calvin S. Whedon of Chester, South Carolina. The funeral will take
Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the house, Rev. W. W. Weller,
of the First Presbyterian church, officiating. Interment will be in the
Nine Cemetery at Seneca.
From Geneva Daily Times 31 July 1905
Mrs. Henry Whedon, 84 years old, died at the home of her daughter,
Mrs. Thomas E. Rippey, at 117 Cherry street, at 7 o'clock yesterday
morning of general debility. The deceased had been in poor health for a
number of months and was supposed to be just recovering from the
ravages of a severe attack of pneumonia which seized her about two
months ago. The deceased had been in the city with her daughter for
three weeks. Mrs. Whedon was born in the town of Seneca and had always
resided there. Her home was at Stanley. She is survived by her husband,
Henry Whedon of Stanley; two sons, Calvin Whedon of Missouri and George
Whedon, of this city, and one daughter, Mrs. Rippey. The funeral will
held tomorrow. A brief service will be said at the home of Mrs. Rippey
2 o'clock and at 4 o'clock the burial service will be read at the
Presbyterian church at Stanley by Rev. A. B. Temple. Burial will follow
in the Stanley cemetery.
From Geneva Gazette 7 May 1886
Suicide in This Town - Last Sunday forenoon Messrs.
Eber Whedon and Samuel McBlain, farmers of the south part of this town,
came to the village in quest of the Coroner. Dr. Hemiup, the
official sought for, was found
after morning church service was over. The case to be
investigated was a clear case of suicide, the victim being John L.
Whedon, a farmer, aged about 45, single, making his home with an
unmarried sister near Bilsborrow Post Office. His body was found
hanging by the neck in the ravine west of Cromwell's Hollow. The
deed was evidently done Saturday evening after dark and death by
strangulation had ensued many hours before the body was
discovered. It was left in the same position until the Coroner's
arrival, under the mistaken idea that it was unlawful to do otherwise
until that official gave directions. The inquest was deferred
The facts brought out at the inquest showed that Whedon had been
unsound of mind for some months past. At times he would appear to
be perfectly rational and all right, but he seemed to be subject to
fits of melancholy and depression which had the result in the end of
permanently unsettling his mind. Naturally Mr. Whedon was a very
jolly and social companion, so much so in fact that he was known as
"laughing John" in his neighborhood.
The following gentlemen were summoned and sworn as the jury:
Samuel McBlain, foreman; J. S. Dorman; Richard Manchester; James
Holland; James McElroy; James Griffin; William Murphy; James Ryan;
George R. Long.
After listening to the evidence the following verdict was
rendered: "That John L. Whedon came to his death by hanging by
the neck, and that said hanging was his own act, committed while
laboring under a temporary fit of insanity."
From Geneva Gazette 15 October 1897
Death of Mrs. John Whedon of Seneca - Last Sunday at her home near
Hall's Corners occurred the death of Mrs. John Whedon, one of
the oldest native residents of that town -- aged 81 years. Her
maiden name was Crosier. Nearest relatives surviving are her
husband, one son, Wilson Whedon, two daughters, Helen residing at home,
and Mrs. John S. Rippey of Stanley. Her funeral occurred Tuesday
last with appropriate services held in the Presbyterian Church of
Seneca, Rev. A. B. Temple the pastor officiating.
From Geneva Palladium 16 January 1822
DIED, in Seneca, on Monday, Mr. Samuel Whedon, aged 89 years
-- A soldier in the French and Revolutionary wars.
From Ontario County Journal 18 March 1881
Rushville, N. Y. - Garrett Wheelan died of
dropsy, March 10th, 1881, aged 63 years. Services were held
at the residence of the deceased on Saturday by Rev. M. P. Blakeslee.
The remains were taken to Nettle Valley for burial. Nearly all
his life was passed in the town of Potter, and he was highly respected
by many friends. A brother from Michigan attended the funeral.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 28 March 1924
East Bloomfield, March 27 - Mrs. Achsah Andrews Wheeler, 88 years
old, died shortly after midnight at her hod at South Bloomfield after a
long illness. Mrs. Wheeler was the widow of John Wheeler who died some
years ago. She was born in Bristol, a daughter of Royal and Hannah
Andrews. She was married to John B. Wheeler on March 7, 1885. Mrs.
Wheeler is survived by two sons, George A. and Jesse H. Wheeler, of
South Bloomfield; seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held from the home at 2 o'clock on Saturday
afternoon with Rev. Nelson Lobdell, of Victor, officiating. Interment
will be made in Evergreen cemetery at Bristol.
From Geneva Daily Times 11 May 1912
Rushville, N. Y. - Albert Wheeler, a veteran of the Civil War, and
lifelong resident of this vicinity, dropped dead Wednesday evening. He
had been about the streets as usual and seemed to be in his usual
health, and in the afternoon he drove to the home of the McCoakey
brothers at Reed's Corners, and, while conversing with them, suddenly
gasped and fell to the ground dead. Mr. Wheeler was born in Potter 76
years ago, and was one of the nine children born to John and Catherine
Wheeler. Over 55 years ago, he married Miss Almeda Jones of Potter. He
served during the entire period of the Civil War, having enlisted in
the 5th Michigan Cavalry. He leaves his wife and seven children: Mrs.
Laura Sprague of Pulteney; Mrs. Ida Zarrett, Adelbert and Herbert
Wheeler of Penn Yan; Mrs. Charles Ballard of Chapinville, N. Y.; Mrs.
Frank Ames of and Lyman Wheeler of Hall, N. Y. He also leaves three
brothers, Milton of Chapinville, Emory and Wesley of Grand Rapids, Mich.
From Geneva Daily Times 3 October 1912
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Benjamin Franklin Wheeler, one of
Ontario county's most widely known residents, died at his home on the
west shore of Canandaigua lake, about seven miles south of this
village, early yesterday morning. Mr. Wheeler was born in East
Bloomfield December 20, 1835, and passed his whole lifetime in that
township except three years and a half as served in the Civil war, and
the past seventeen years which he has spent in this town. He was
married September 25th, 1866, to Miss Loraine Blake, of East
Bloomfield, who survives. He also leaves three children, Simon R.
Wheeler, Benjamin F. Wheeler and Idelie Wheeler Hall; and four
grandchildren. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock
from the late residence with Rev. E. P. Wood, Universalist pastor at
Victor, officiating. The interment will be made in Pine Bank Cemetery
From Ontario County Journal 17 May 1878
Died, in East Bloomfield, on the evening of Thursday, May 9th, of
apoplexy, Mrs. Betsey, wife of Simeon R. Wheeler, aged
years. In the death of Mrs. Wheeler, a loss
has been sustained such as we are not often called upon to chronicle.
In her home she was not only the dispenser of lavish hospitality,
but she was the prudent housewife, the generous friend, and of her
it might truly be said that "The heart of her husband did safely
in her." In the social circles in which she moved, she was
always welcome, and she always carried sunshine with her. Mrs.
Wheeler was a regular attendant at the Universalist church of Bristol,
and was an earnest believer in the faith held by, as well as a devoted
worker in the interests of, the society with which she worshiped.
She had been for two years president of the ladies' social
organization, and so great was her executive ability, that the question
has been asked many times since her sudden death, to whom shall we look
one to fill her place? She was deeply engaged in forwarding the cause
of temperance, and more than once during the last winter did she, with
her husband, drive from their home, several miles away, through the
mud, the darkness and the storm, to attend the meetings of the Bristol
Christian Temperance Association. And of her it may also literally be
that she was a mother to the motherless, and the orphan's friend,
and most assuredly did "she stretch out her hand to the poor; yea, she
reached forth her hands to the needy." The funeral was attended at that
home to which she had so long been a blessing, on Saturday afternoon,
an address full of consolation for the mourning ones, was delivered by
her pastor, Rev. J. F. Gates. The large attendance of people on that
attested more strongly than words can do the esteem in which she was
and the deep sympathy that is felt for her greatly bereaved husband.
From Ontario County Journal 4 May 1894
Shortsville, N. Y. - Mrs. Carrie Wheeler, after a long siege of
sickness from Bright's disease, died at her home in this village on
Tuesday afternoon. She leaves a husband and three children, besides
many relatives and friends, to mourn her loss. Funeral services will be
held at the house this afternoon (Friday) at 2 p.m.
From Livonia Gazette 10 August 1944
Mrs. Carrie Packard Wheeler, 85, of Bristol Valley, mother of Mrs.
Clinton Sears of Honeoye, died at the home of her daughter, Friday,
Aug. 4. She was born Feb. 20, 1859, in Bristol but spent most of her
married life in Avon and Geneseo. Besides her daughter, she is survived
by two sons, Roy C. of Bristol, and Herbert T. of Avon; two
grandchildren, Betty Wheeler and Alden Sears. Funeral services were
held in the home of her daughter in Honeoye, Sunday, Aug. 6, with
burial in Evergreen cemetery, Bristol.
From Ontario County Journal 3 May 1901
Naples, N. Y. - Very many of the older residents of this town are passing away this year. The last one to go was Mrs. Catherine Rector Wheeler, wife
of Seymour Wheeler, of Hunts Hollow, a family of prominence. She died
on Saturday, April 27, aged 79 years. These two had been married 57
years and three months. They came to Naples from Benton 50 years ago,
poor, and toiled together and prospered in every way, honored and
beloved by all. She was a member of the Methodist church for 60 years.
Of the Rector family, of which she was one of seven children, she was
the last. Three brothers and one sister lived and died in Naples. She
leaves her husband, one son, Malcolm M. Wheeler; and one daughter, Mrs.
John Magreevey, both of Naples. Her pastor, Rev. Elmer E. Jones,
officiated at the funeral on Monday, the large home being filled with
relatives and intimate friends.
From Geneva Gazette 10 June 1864
On Wednesday last our respected townsman, Anson Wheeler, received a
letter announcing the sad
intelligence that his youngest son, Charles Wheeler, was
killed. He was struck by a chance shot,
and survived but a few minutes. He was buried amid
the roar of cannon and the crash of musketry by his comrades and
friends. A chapter was read from the Bible and
prayer offered up by the Chaplain of the 183d Penn. Vols., when all
that remained of the patriotic youth was lowered into its
final resting place.
From Ontario County Times 22 April 1885
Victor, N. Y. - This community was shocked on Saturday
afternoon by the news of the sudden death of Mr. Charles
Wheeler, a respected citizen of this place, who died at
Peninsula, Ohio, April 18, aged 60 years. He leaves a wife and two sons
and one daughter, besides a large circle of relatives and friends to
mourn his loss. He had been employed in civil engineering in Ohio the
past year, and was in his usual health until a few days previous to his
death. He was a good neighbor, a kind husband, and an affectionate and
indulgent father, who will be greatly missed. His remains were brought
home on Monday, and the funeral took place on Tuesday at the residence
of his brother-in-law, Mr. Henry Bement, Rev. E. W. Backus officiating.
From Geneva Daily Times 16 September 1907
Phelps, N. Y. - The death of Charles Wheeler, a
well-known young farmer of this town occurred at Dr. Beahan's hospital
at Canandaigua Saturday. Two weeks ago Mr. Wheeler entered the hospital
to have an operation performed for the removal of an abscess that had
formed on the skull back of the right ear. The skull was trepanned and
the surgeons discovered that the trouble was more serious than at first
surmised. Mr. Wheeler rallied, however, and for a few days it was
thought that he would recover. Thursday he suffered a relapse and on
the following day, a second operation was performed by a specialist
from Buffalo. Mr. Wheeler's death followed within twenty-four hours.
The young man was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Wheeler of this place.
He was born in Phelps 38 years ago and had always lived here. He was
married and leaves a widow and one daughter, Rose, also two brothers,
Canandaigua and George of Phelps, and two sisters.
From Ontario Republican Times 15 July 1863
Died in Battle at Gettysburg, July 3, 1863, in the 26th year of
his age, Captain Charles M. Wheeler, Company K, 126th regiment
N.Y.S.V., and son of Jonas M. Wheeler, Esq., of Canandaigua. Of all the
young men our our village, not one was more highly esteemed, or
be more lamented. He was born in this village, December 8, 1837, and
always resided here, excepting the four years of his course in Yale
where he graduated in 1859. During that time he was the subject of a
spiritual change, became a member of the college church and has
continued to be exemplary in his habits, bringing no discredit on his
Having studied law in the offices of Messrs. Smith & Lapham, he was
admitted to the bar in 1861, and had entered upon the practice here,
when last autumn he enlisted in the regiment then formed in this
vicinity. He was much in society, and (a fact deserving notice) a
favorite among his acquaintances of both sexes. Good sense and
manliness were the foundation of his character. He was remarkably free
from conceit and affectation, upright, ingenuous, considerate and kind,
a capable, conscientious and well deserving man in all the relations of
life. He entered the service of his country at this
crisis under a sense of duty, and has since borne himself as mindful of
the obligation. When he was chosen Captain of his company, we who knew
said, "He will make a good officer," and he has fulfilled our
expectations, first under the disasters that befell the regiment at
Harper's Ferry a few days after they received their arms, and now in
their gallant fight and
victory at Gettysburg. It is understood that he passed unharmed through
the principal action of Friday, and afterwards fell by a ball from a
His neighbors and this community at large, have been deeply afflicted
by the tidings of his death. His bereaved family, whose pride he was as
a dutiful son and an affectionate brother, have the respectful sympathy
of all about them. That a young man, on whom so many hopes were built,
should be snatched away so suddenly form life and its prospects, is one
of those mysteries of Providence, (sadly multiplied in deed of late,
our land) which constrain us to bow in wonder and sorrow. But as his
life was honorable, so was his death. Fitted as he was to live, he was
fitted to die. He has fallen as a patriot and a Christian at his post
Having been "faithful unto death", we doubt not he has won "the crown
life". Let his new costly sacrifice quicken and purify the patriotism
survivors, and more our young men, especially, to honorable
From Ontario County Journal 25 December 1885
Naples, N. Y. - Christopher C. Wheeler, one of our oldest
residents, died very suddenly on Thursday, being stricken with
paralysis. He was an officer of the Baptist church, and an upright man.
He leaves nine children, only one, Mrs. J. W. Nellis, being a resident
From Ontario County Journal 11 February 1916
Naples, N. Y. - Monday evening at her home on Elizabeth street, occurred the sudden death of Mrs. Cora Lincoln Wheeler, wife
of Malcolm M. Wheeler. Mrs. Wheeler recently underwent an operation in
a Rochester hospital, but was recovered sufficiently to be able to be
at home and about her household duties. On Sunday she attended morning
services and Sunday School and on Monday did her usual housework and
prepared supper and was taken about 6 o'clock with heart failure. Dr.
Maltby was called and seemed to relieve her. Thinking she was all
right, he left and 15 minutes later was called again but she was gone
before he could reach the house. Mrs. Wheeler was a daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Linus Lincoln and was born in Naples 58 years ago. She had
spent her entire life in this place, was a member of the Methodist
church and a charter member of the Naples Grange, in which she held the
office of chaplain for several years. She was married to Malcolm M.
Wheeler, of this town, and to them was born one son, Leon L. Wheeler,
who lives on the home farm in Hunt's Hollow. Besides her husband and
son, Mrs. Wheeler leaves two sisters, Mrs. Amelia Martin and Mrs.
Seymour Edson, both of Naples; and one niece, Mrs. Raymond Semans.
Funeral services were held at the home on Thursday at 1 o'clock in
charge of Rev. Jacob Finger, her pastor.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 2 January 1939
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Mrs. Edna M. Wheeler, 71, widow of
Walter Wheeler, died suddenly of heart trouble Saturday night in the
home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Baldwin, 73 Gibson St. She was born in
Canandaigua and had lived here most of her lifetime. Surviving are two
daughters, Mrs. Baldwin and Mrs. Fred Sang, Lockport; and one son,
Howard Wheeler, Detroit. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m.
tomorrow in the home of the daughter here with burial in Woodlawn
From Ontario County Times 21 February 1877
Phelps, N. Y. - Died, in Phelps, February 7, of paralysis of the
brain, Mrs. Eliza Wheeler, wife of Deacon Zenas Wheeler, aged
seventy years. Mrs. Wheeler was born in Canandaigua in 1807, where she
had many friends; but the last thirty-eight years of her life were
spent in Phelps, where she was quite intimately connected with the
Presbyterian church and its Ladies' Missionary Society. Her funeral
services were observed in the Presbyterian church on Friday afternoon,
From Geneva Daily Times 27 May 1908
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Mrs. Eliza Ann Hewitt Wheeler, wife of James
L. Wheeler, died at their home, on West Gibson street, on Monday, aged
about 65 years. She had been ill for over three years from nervous
prostration. She was born in South Bristol, the daughter of Calvin and
Harriet Hewitt. In March, 1864, she was united in marriage to Mr.
Wheeler, at West Bloomfield, and they had lived in Canandaigua for
fifty years. Surviving relatives, besides the husband, are two
daughters, Mrs. Fred A. McKechnie of Canandaigua, and Mrs. Sidney L.
Heath of Shortsville; one son, Henry H. Wheeler of New York city; two
brothers Henry P. and Webster Hewitt of West Bloomfield, and one
sister, Mrs. Curtis Baker of Ionia.
From Ontario County Journal 16 April 1897
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Elizabeth A. Wheeler, wife of
ex-sheriff Robert H. Wheeler, died at her home Sunday evening at the
age of 57 years. She was taken ill but a few months ago and her decline
was rapid. She was the daughter of the late Spencer O. and Kathleen
Miller and had been a resident of this place since childhood. Her
birthplace was at Canandaigua. In 1858, she was united in marriage to
Robert H. Wheeler, and of their union three children were born: Horace
G. Wheeler of Canandaigua; Mrs. Willis E. Lee of Wheeler's Station; and
Mrs. Charles Green of Red Creek, Wayne county. The funeral services
were held at her late residence on Thursday morning at 11 o'clock. The
Rev. M. L. Stimson, pastor of the Congregational church, officiated.
From Geneva Advertiser 22 October 1901
Mrs. Fannie Havens Wheeler,
widow of the late Anson Wheeler, who was one of
the old-time popular captains of the Seneca Lake steamers, died at the
home of her son-in-law, H. S. Schoonmaker, at
Seneca Castle last Wednesday, October 16th, aged 88 years.
The deceased had resided nearly all her life in Geneva,
where she joined the Methodist Church about 60 years ago. Her
husband was also an ardent Methodist, a member of the devout praying
band of the church, others being E. E. Lewis, Philip Crane, and five or
six others. They came to Geneva in 1837. Captain Wheeler died
November 28th, 1889. There are surviving two sons and two daughters,
Willard S. Wheeler of Chicago, Fred A. of New York, Mrs. Schoonmaker
and Miss Carrie N. Wheeler of Seneca Castle. Another daughter was
the wife of Senator John Raines, who has been dead some years.
Empire State Universalist, Cortland NY, November 1939
George A. Wheeler was a member of the third generation of
Wheelers devotedly active in the Universalist church in Bristol and in
the Ontario Association of Universalists. He was a in his
eighty-fourth year as a noble man, an honor always to his family, his
church and his community. For many years he served his church as
a trustee and deacon. A fractured pelvis in September
necessitated hospitalization in the Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua
and his death occurred on October 7. He and Mrs. Wheeler
celebrated their sixty-second wedding anniversary on January 24.
The memorial service was conducted by the Rev. Harry M. Wright in the
Bristol church on October 10. Besides his wife, Mr. Wheeler is
survived by three daughters and a son: Mrs. Edith W. Johnson of
Canandaigua; Mrs. Percy H. Pettit of Hopewell; Miss Leah Wheeler of
East Bloomfield and Prof. Ralph H. Wheeler of Cornell University; a
brother, Jesse A. Wheeler of East Bloomfield; seven grandchildren and
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Archivist, NY State Convention of Universalists
From Geneva Daily Times 5 July 1910
George Washington Wheeler, aged 57 years, died suddenly this
morning at his home about six miles west of this city on the Flint
road. The deceased was in the City Hospital about two months ago for an
operation on his arm, but since that time has been in his usual health.
Yesterday he was about as usual and last evening came to town in R. H.
Gulvin's touring car to get a copy of the Times extra to learn about
the Johnson Jeffries fight. About 5 o'clock this morning he went out
with the hired man to the granary and to do his morning's work. He bent
over to get some chicken feed and remained in that position. The hired
man, turning around, discovered him in a kneeling position and finally
spoke to him but he did not move. He went over to him and found that he
had passed away. Dr. J. Byington Covert and Coroner Flint were summoned
and the cause of death was pronounced as due to dilation of the heart.
Mr. Wheeler was a well-known farmer in this vicinity. He was born on
Washington's birthday, February 22, 1853. Besides his widow, he leaves
one daughter, Miss Evelyn Wheeler. The funeral will take place Friday
afternoon at 3:30 o'clock from the house. Rev. Byron Showers of Seneca
Castle will officiate and interment will be at Seneca Castle.
From Ontario County Journal 22 May 1908
South Bloomfield, N. Y. - Died, at the home of her son, Byron Simmons, in the south part of the town, on the morning of May 17, Mrs. Hannah R. Wheeler, eldest
child of Benjamin and Deborah Wheeler. She was born in this town on
Nov. 17, 1809, making her at the time of death 98 years and six months
old. She was twice married. In 1828 she married Richmond Simmons, of
Bristol, and to them were born four children: Byron, with whom she made
her home; Mrs. Caroline Boyd of Howell, Mich.; Benjamin, who died in
the army, and Sabra, wife of Harrison Marble of North Bloomfield, who
died several years ago. Mr. Simmons died at the age of 55. In 1877 she
was married to Calvin Wheeler, of Salem, Mich., with whom she live five
years. After his death, she came here and had since made her home with
her son, Byron. She leaves one son, a daughter, 12 grandchildren, 32
great-grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren, and two aged
sisters, Mrs. Eliza Phillips, of Honeoye, and Mrs. Julia Sleight, of
Lima, both over 80 years of age. She was greatly esteemed and loved for
her genial and social qualities of heart and mind. Her memory will
linger long among her neighbors and friends, because of her cheerful,
happy character, and of her counsel and sympathy under all
circumstances. She was grateful for all kindness and attention shown
her. She was a great lover of nature. Only a few mornings before her
death, while sitting bolstered up in bed where she could look out of
the window, she said: "Oh, how beautiful everything looks at this time
of the year! It does seem as if I never saw the world look so beautiful
as it does now.!" With the exception of occasionally an attack of
rheumatism, she had remarkable vigor and her final sickness was of but
ten days duration. The funeral service was held in the Universal church
at Bristol on Wednesday, conducted by the former pastor, Rev. L. H.
Boynton, now of Hornell. The estimation in which she was held was shown
by the large number that followed her remains to their last resting
place by the side of the husband of her girlhood.
From Geneva Daily Times 13 December 1923
Mrs. Henry J. Wheeler of 27 John street died about 1 o'clock this
afternoon at her home after a long illness. She is survived by her
husband, Henry Wheeler; one daughter, Miss Edna Wheeler at home; three
sons, Albert, Leon and Roy Wheeler, all of this city; two
grandchildren. Mrs. Wheeler was a communicant of the North Presbyterian
church. While not confined to her bed for long, she has been in ill
health for some time. Funeral services will be held at the residence
Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock and will be private. Rev. Alexander
Thompson of the North Presbyterian church church will have charge.
Interment will be made in Glenwood Cemetery. Friends are invited to
From Ontario County Journal 18 October 1912
Yesterday afternoon, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frederick A. McKechnie, Main street north, took place the funeral of James L. Wheeler, a
well-known Canandaiguan, who death occurred on Tuesday following a
short illness from heart trouble. Rev. Livingston L. Taylor officiated
and the remains were taken to West Bloomfield for interment. Mr.
Wheeler was 70 years of age and for many years was a commercial
traveler. He retired some years ago and following the death of Mrs.
Wheeler about five years ago, made his home with his daughter, Mrs.
McKechnie; besides whom there survive one daughter, Mrs. Sidney Heath
of Shortsville; and one son, Henry Wheeler of Copake.
Empire State Universalist, Cortland NY, January 1945
The death of Jesse A. Wheeler of East Bloomfield occurred in the
Thompson Hospital of Canandaigua on December 25, where he had been a
patient since May 21. He was born on February 4, 1864, on this
farm where he spent his life-time. He was a school teacher in
this area for thirty years and for many years he served as a school
commissioner. He was a graduate of the old Genesee Wesleyan
Seminary at Lima and the Canandaigua Academy. He was a loyal member of
the Universalist church at Bristol, serving as deacon, superintendent
of its church school and in its choir. He was married to Miss
Katie Rowe of East Chatham and her death occurred in 1939. For
many years, he was the secretary of the Ontario Association of
The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. Harry M. Wright in the
church on December 27. His is survived by a son, Charles R.
Wheeler of Wyoming; two daughters, Mrs. John Cooper of East Bloomfield
who resided with her father, and Mrs. Floyd D. Butler of Canandaigua;
nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
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Archivist, NY State Convention of Universalists
From Ontario County Times 29 March 1871
An inquest was held by Coroner Hayes, on the body of John
Wheeler, who was killed at Cold Springs, last week, while at work
in a saw mill. The manner of his death, we learn, was as follows: a
strip of wood, about 3 1/2 feet long, in being removed from the saw by
Wheeler, was caught on the saw, and projected backwards with great
force. It struck him in the left temple and penetrated the skull nearly
two and a half inches. A splinter from the stick also penetrated the
neck below the ear, severing the large blood vessels. His death was
instantaneous. He was a young man of good habits and character, and
leaves a wife and two children. The inquisition of the jury was as
follows: We find that the deceased was attending a circular saw, sawing
laths; that his death was occasioned by sticks thrown from the saw;
that the manner of his death was accidental, and that no blame therefor
is to be attached to any person.
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 7 June 1871
Mr. John H. Wheeler, one of the oldest, most widely known,
and esteemed citizens of Bristol, died at his residence, at 3 o'clock,
on the morning of the 3d instant. He was born in Massachusetts, March,
1795. He emigrated to the place of his late residence, in company with
father, in the fall of 1802; served for a time in the war of 1812; was
to Miss Lee, sister of the late Major Lee, in 1815. He was the father
twelve children, the mother and nine of whom still live to mourn his
He and his wife were baptized by the late Elder Goodale, and became
of the Bristol Baptist Church in 1819. He lived a most consistent
and was a most important member of that church until the time of his
His loss to the church, as well as to this community, will be very
felt. His funeral was attended by a large number of sympathizing
and friends. The procession to the grave extended more than one half
From Naples Record 26 March 1884
Mrs. Julia Wheeler, of whose decease we spoke last week, was nearly
fifty years old; she was a daughter of Jesse Hughson, deceased, and the
greater part of her life had been passed in this and the adjoining town
of South Bristol; she was well-known and much respected. She
experienced many vicissitudes in her life, but they were borne with the
fortitude and cheerfulness that so well characterized her. She was an
excellent christian lady, an ornament to the Baptist church, to
society, and greatly beloved by her many friends. She leaves two
daughters, Mrs. Chas H. Kimber of Addison, and Miss Annie, who lived
with her; they will greatly miss the mother's love and care that was so
dear to them. For a few years she had resided at Bradford, Steuben
County, N. Y., with Mr. T. Cole, a relative, where every possible care
was rendered in her decline. Her brothers, Legrand Hughson and James
Hughson; her sister, Mrs. Jenny Fisher; and her children were all with
her to smooth her dying pillow; their sorrow is great, and the sympathy
of many friends goes out to them. We are all mourners/ The remains were
brought to Naples on Wednesday of last week and services were held from
the Baptist church at 11 a.m., by Rev. L. A. Cummings. Her remains were
interred in Rose Ridge.
From Ontario County Journal 25 April 1884
South Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Lucy P. Wheeler died April 5th
while on her way from her son-in-law's, Henry Sutherland. She had
nearly reached her own door when she fell dead. She has been troubled
with heart disease for some years and it is supposed that this was the
cause of her death. She has lived on the farm where she died nearly
fifty years, and was seventy-four years old. Her eight
children were all present at her funeral.
Empire State Universalist, Cortland NY, April 1944
Wheeler, M. Belle Hicks
Mrs. M. Belle Wheeler died at her home in South Bloomfield on
January 23, in her eighty-seventh year. She was married to the
late George A. Wheeler on January 24, 1877. She was a graduate of
the Geneseo Normal school and following her marriage lived sixty-five
years on the farm, which had been owned originally by her husband’s
grandfather. She was an active member of the Universalist church
in Bristol. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Oscar B.
Johnson and Mrs. Percy H. Pettit of Canandaigua and Miss Leah Wheeler
at home; a son, Prof. Ralph H. Wheeler of Ithaca; seven grandchildren
and four great-grandchildren. The Rev. Harry M. Wright, pastor,
conducted the funeral service.
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Archivist, NY State Convention of Universalists
From Geneva Gazette 8 July 1892
The death is announced of the Rev. Martin Wheeler of
Phelps, aged 80 years -- a former pastor of the M. E. churches at
Phelps and Orleans. He had been in ill health for a long time,
during which he had seldom preached. He was highly respected as a
citizen and zealous Christian. He leaves a wife and daughter.
From Ontario County Journal 1 August 1913
The death of Mrs. Maude Nesbit Wheeler, wife of Roy Wheeler,
Pleasant street, occurred at Memorial Hospital yesterday morning, aged
24 years. She is survived by her husband and two small children, Myrtle
and Mason, of Canandaigua; her father, Alfred Nesbit; one brother,
William Nesbit; and two sisters, Mrs. Howard Hallock and Mrs. John
Mahar, of East Bloomfield.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 31 December 1938
Cheshire, N. Y. - Mrs. Minnie J. Wheeler, 65, wife of Simeon R.
Wheeler, died last night in her home here. Besides her husband, she is
survived by a son, Stanley Herendeen of Canandaigua Town; a daughter,
Mrs. Milford Allen of Canandaigua Town; two step-daughters, the Misses
Mildred Wheeler of Waterloo and Frances Wheeler of Ithaca; three
brothers, Louis, Frank and Albert Whittaker of Farmington; and five
From Geneva Daily Times 11 March 1910
Phelps, N. Y. - The funeral of Orville A. Wheeler, whose
death occurred Wednesday was held this afternoon at his home three
miles north of Phelps. Mr. Wheeler had been a prominent farmer of this
town for the past fifty years. His death resulted from a stroke of
paralysis with which he was stricken last Saturday. The deceased was
born in Dutchess County in May, 1838, and when a young man came to this
section to reside. Surviving relatives besides his wife are two sons,
Arthur Wheeler of Rochester, and George Wheeler of Phelps; two
daughters, Mrs. Frank Pearce of Geneva and Mrs. Edward White of Phelps;
one brother, Henry Wheeler of Matteawan; and eleven grandchildren.
From Ontario County Journal 22 February 1901
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - East Bloomfield has lost another
prominent and highly esteemed citizen. Oscar F. Wheeler passed away on
Sunday evening. at his home two miles east of the village. The final
sickness came after many weeks of invalidism, during which he had been
confined to the house most of the time. Mr. Wheeler was born in this
town 70 years ago, on Feb. 4. He was one of nine children of Addison H.
and Lucy P. Wheeler. In 1859, he married Miss Lucy S. Rowley and they
began housekeeping on a farm in Bergen, Genesee county. Eleven years
later Mr. Wheeler sold this farm and moved to Byron. In 1878 he and his
family returned to this town and purchased the farm which has since
been the family home. Mr. Wheeler was a man who was thoroughly
respected. His interests were always aroused in every movement for the
good of the town. His integrity and judgment were marked
characteristics. He leaves, besides his wife, eight children: Heber E.,
Dr. Stoughton R., Mrs. Lucy D. Hopson, Oscar F., Robert H., Mrs. Alice
A. Buell, Ellen E. and Jennie M. Wheeler; 13 grandchildren; three
brothers, Ulysses M. Wheeler and Heber E. Wheeler of this town, and
Edward R. Wheeler of Centerfield; and two sisters, Mrs. Lewis T.
Sutherland and Mrs. Henry C. Sutherland, of Canandaigua. The funeral
services were held from the home on Wednesday afternoon and were
conducted by Rev. H. B. Mason.
From Geneva Gazette 17 February 1899
Death of ex-Sheriff Wheeler - Robert H. Wheeler, an ex-Sheriff of
this county, died at his home in the town of East Bloomfield last
Monday. He had been ill for some
time and last Sunday pneumonia set in with quickly fatal
result as stated. Mr. Wheeler was elected sheriff in 1883 and served
his three years' term with entire credit to himself and to public
satisfaction. He was a member of Canandaigua Lodge F. & A. M. and
he was given Masonic burial. A
son and two daughters survive him.
From Geneva Daily Times 22 July 1910
Canandaigua, N. Y. - At a tuberculosis camp at Saranac Lake
Wednesday occurred the death of Mrs. Sadie Wheeler, wife of
Claude Wheeler of Hopewell. She had been at the camp three months. Mrs.
Wheeler was 28 years of age. She is survived by two sons, Rowland, aged
6, and Claude, aged 4 years, both of whom are inmates of the Ontario
Orphan Asylum. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Shay of Hopewell, also
survive her. The remains were brought here yesterday and the funeral
will be held today.
From Naples Record 18 March 1904
Mrs. Sarah Shultz Wheeler, widow of the late Christopher C.
Wheeler, died on Saturday, March 12, 1904, at the home of her
step-daughter, Mrs. J. Warren Nellis, in this village. Deceased was
born in Moravia, N. Y., in 1818, and in 1856 was united in marriage to
Christopher C. Wheeler, in Avoca, N. Y. They came to Naples in 1857,
and here had been her home had been her home until after the death of
her husband, which occurred in 1883. She then went to Buffalo to reside
with her son, Charles S. Wheeler. Last fall Mrs. Wheeler came to Naples
to spend the winter with Mrs. Nellis. She was a member of the First
Baptist church of Naples, and her Christian spirit was manifested in
her home and in every good work. To know her was to love and honor her,
and her loss will be will be greatly felt. Besides Mrs. Nellis and Mr.
Wheeler, she is survived by two sons, James and Shepherd Wheeler, who
reside in Michigan. Funeral services were held from the home of J. W.
Nellis Tuesday afternoon, Rev. H. L. Howard officiating; interment in
the family plot in Fair View Cemetery, this village.
From Geneva Daily Times 17 July 1906
Naples, N. Y. - Seymour Wheeler, a man and citizen of whom
Naples was proud, died yesterday at the age of 85 and one-half years.
had been a resident of the town over fifty years and of the village
two years. He came to Naples from Potter, Yates county, settled upon
lands in the west part of the town and his inestimable energy,
soon made the wilderness blossom. Afterward, Mr. Wheeler moved to
Hollow, in Naples, and virtually began life over again, on a large
of land which is now one of the finest farms in the township.
The Gazette, Livonia NY, Fri. 6 May 1898
The Sleight families were called to South Bloomfield last Friday to attend the funeral of Simon R. Wheeler,
an uncle, who died at the age of 82. Early in life Mr. Wheeler
married Miss Betsey Bentley of this town, who died a number of years
ago. One daughter was all the family he ever had—Gertrude, wife
of Theron Buell, who died at the age of 19. He leaves a second
wife, formerly Mrs. Carrie Hinman, of Rochester. Mr. Wheeler was
one of the leading citizens of East Bloomfield for many years. He
was a member of the Universalist church of Bristol. Mrs. Julia
Sleight and Mrs. Mary E. Phillips of this town were his sisters.
The farm he lived upon had been in the Wheeler family since the
earliest settlement of the town. It was first owned by his
grandfather, then his father, and it finally came into his hands.
He was a man highly respected.
This contribution was kindly donated by Karen Dau, Rochester NY
Archivist, NY State Convention of Universalists
From Ontario County Journal 1 February 1901
Bristol, N. Y. - Another one of the old residents has passed away. The death of Sylvester Wheeler occurred
at his home Wednesday evening, Jan. 23. He had been in poor health for
several yrs past, though his death at last was quite unexpected. Mr.
Wheeler was born in Livonia, Jan. 18, 1829, and was educated at
Canandaigua academy. At the age of 16 he taught school, and at 21 he
engaged in the mercantile business in Bristol. Several years later he
went to South Bloomfield and purchased the grist mill now owned by
David Cooper. After three years he went to Texas, where he remained
three years and assisted in establishing the Butterfield overland mail
route, a long and perilous ride through a country that was infested
with treacherous and unfriendly Indians. Mr. Wheeler had many thrilling
tales to relate of his stage coach life. His experience with the
Indians was oftentimes of the most thrilling character. At that period
they were more or less in open warfare with the white settlers and many
times on the hazardous journeys, he only escaped with his life. One
upon one of his trips, he encountered a company of red men fighting in
the highway, impeding his passage. Knowing that in all probability they
would not molest the U. S. mail and fearless of stray shots, he drove
right through the thickest of the fight, coming out safe and sound on
the other side. Owing to the breaking out of the civil war and Mr.
Wheeler's strong union sentiments, he realized that the south was no
place for him, and he returned to Bristol, but not until the stage had
made its last journey. After Mr. Wheeler left, there was no one brave
enough to endanger their lives on the route, and it was dropped. From
1870 to 1889, Mr. Wheeler again engaged in the mercantile business in
Bristol. He was a life-long Republican. He was superintendent of
schools for a term of two years and represented the town as supervisor
for four years. Since 1889, he had engaged in farming.
He was twice married; first Oct. 15, 1848, to Mary P. Cudworth,
daughter of Ezekial Cudworth of Bristol. They had seven children:
Isabella, who died when a little girl; Roswell, now of Utah; Mrs. Wm.
H. Doyle of Bristol; Wallace of Utah, for several years engaged in
cattle and horse raising, but now possessing staked claims in the
Klondike, near Dawson, mining and running a road house; and Arthur,
also with his brother in the Klondike. Mrs. Wheeler died Dec. 19, 1870.
Mr. Wheeler afterward married Miss Lavina Cleveland of Naples. Of the
last marriage there are four children, Harold, Mabel, now Mrs.
DeMerrill Ingraham, Roland and Leslie, all of Bristol. The funeral was
held from his home Saturday afternoon, Rev. F. F. Buckner of the
Universalist Church, of which he had always been a supporter,
From Ontario County Journal 24 March 1899
On Friday, occurred the death of Thaddeus R. Wheeler at
his home on Bristol street. He had been ill about ten days, having
suffered from meningitis, superinduced by a rupture of a blood vessel
on the brain. It is a particularly sad incident that Mr. Wheeler is the
third member of his family to be taken within five weeks. On February
13, occurred the death of his brother, Robert H. Wheeler, at his home
at Wheeler's Station, and on February 27, his brother's wife, Mrs.
Heber E. Wheeler of South Bloomfield, died at the Rochester City
hospital. Mr. Wheeler was born in East Bloomfield, March 30, and was
the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Addison H. Wheeler. All his life had
been spent in his native town and Canandaigua. Until a few years ago,
he had always been engaged in farming, but at that time he came to this
village and devoted his interests to the sale of wire fence. He is
survived by his wife and two sons, Walter S. and Wells J. Wheeler, both
of this town. The funeral was held from his late residence on Monday
afternoon at 1 o'clock, Rev. John Q. Adams officiating.
From Ontario County Journal 24 February 1905
Walter S. Wheeler died at his home on the Canfield farm on the lake
shore road on Tuesday afternoon, aged 38 years. He had been ill with
typhoid fever for 68 days. Four weeks ago, after a period of
improvement, he suffered a relapse, and, though everything was done for
him, the disease sapped the vitality of his strong frame, and he
succumbed suddenly on Tuesday. Mr. Wheeler was born in the town of East
Bloomfield 38 years ago. He was the older son of the late Thaddeus
Wheeler. Most of his life he had lived in this town. He attended the
Canandaigua Academy. Save for a few years lived in the village, he had
devoted himself to farming. He is survived by his wife, who is a
daughter of the late Thaddeus Munson, of Cheshire,; two daughters and
one son; his mother; and one brother, Wells J. Wheeler, of this
village. The deceased was an industrious, hard-working citizen. His
many kindly qualities made him a genial companion, and many friends
will mourn his early death. He was a member of Modern Woodmen. The
funeral was held from his late residence yesterday afternoon and was
largely attended. The services were conducted by Rev. J. Scott
Ebersole. The interment was in Woodlawn.
From Geneva Daily Times 17 December 1912
William M. Wheeler, a veteran of the Civil War, died yesterday
after a lingering illness of several months, at the the home of his
son, A. E. Wheeler, 351 Exchange street. Mr. Wheeler was 75 years of
age and is survived by his widow, one son by his first wife; and one
brother, of Grand Rapids, Mich. The funeral services will be held
tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 from the residence of A. E. Wheeler, and
interment will be Glenwood Cemetery.
From Naples Record 27 July 1872
The death of Worden W. Wheeler was attended from the M. E.
church on Thursday at 11 a.m. The sermon was by Rev. M. B. Gelston. Mr.
Wheeler was the son of Seymour Wheeler, and son-in-law of Linus F.
Lincoln, and a very worthy young man; he was 28 years of age.
From Ontario County Journal 13 March 1903
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Deborah Wheelock, widow of John
Wheelock, died at her home on Saturday night, and the funeral was held
on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Newton W. Bates, officiating.
The interment was in the Pioneer cemetery. The deceased leaves two
children, Royal Wheelock, who, with his family, had always lived with
his mother, and Mrs. Fisher, of Elkhart, Ind.
From Ontario County Times 14 April 1869
A young man named Edward Wheelock met with an accident on
Saturday last, in the village of West Bloomfield, which caused his
death within a few
hours. He had ridden to the village on horseback, and hitched his horse
front of one of the stores. On attempting to remount, when about to
return home, the saddle, which not secured by a girth, as it should
have been, turned on the horse's back, and the young man fell violently
to the ground, but without
loosing his hold upon the bridle reins. The horse, being frightened,
rearing and jumping, while the prostrate rider still held fast to the
until finally the animal either kicked or struck him on the head, just
the temple, inflicting a fatal wound. Surgical aid was immediately
but an examination showed that the skull was so terribly fractured and
in as to preclude any hopes of his recovery. He lingered, however,
one o'clock on Sunday morning, when death put an end to his sufferings.
deceased was twenty-one years old, a son of Mr. John Wheelock, a
respectable farmer of West Bloomfield, and a young man of excellent
character. The report of his sudden and untimely death gave a painful
shock, not only to his parents and other near relatives, but likewise
to the entire community. It is said that he had long been in the habit
of using the saddle without a girth, not thinking of the fearful danger
he was thus incurring. His sad fate should serve as a warning to others
who indulge in like dangerous practices.
From Ontario County Journal 13 October 1911
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - Royal Wheelock, son of John Wheelock
and Deborah Plimpton Wheelock, pioneers of the town, died very suddenly
at his home southeast of the village, Friday morning, from apoplexy.
Mr. Wheelock was highly esteemed, a good citizen and neighbor. He had
spent his whole life of 68 years here, having been born and always
lived on the farm where he died, with the exception of a few years when
he was clerk in the general store kept by Baker & Huntington in
this village. In 1874 he was united in marriage with Miss Nellie
Southgate, of this town, who with one son, Harry Wheelock of Rochester,
survives; also two sisters, Miss Lydia Wheelock, and Mrs. Carrie Fisher
of Elkhart, Ind. The funeral was held from his late home Sunday
afternoon and was largely attended. Rev. Charles Hamblin officiated and
interment was made in Rural cemetery.
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