"Will" to "Wilz" Obituaries
From Geneva Daily Times 17 March 1908
Mrs. Helen Day Willard, wife of ex-Postmaster Samuel D. Willard,
away at the family residence on Elmwood Place this morning at 3 o'clock
a lingering illness of several months. She was 74 years old and was
at Sangerfield, Oneida County. In 1869 she came to this city with her
where they have lived ever since, Mr. Willard being a well-known
and fruit grower. In the North Presbyterian church she will be greatly
For sixteen years she acted as treasurer of the Geneva Presbyterial
but about a year ago was obliged to resign owing to ill health. Besides
husband she is survived by one brother, William H. Day of Lima; one
and three nephews. The funeral will take place Thursday afternoon at
o'clock from the North Presbyterian church. Rev. David H. Craver,
will officiate and interment will be made in Glenwood Cemetery.
From Ontario Repository and Messenger 4 September
Ezra Willcox, residing south of the village of West Bloomfield,
died very suddenly last Sunday. He had attended Sabbath School, as
superintendent, and was driving home with his wife, and while in
conversation with her, died instantly. He had been troubled with kidney
difficulty for a number of years. Mr. Wilcox was a man highly respected
by all who knew him.
From Ontario County Journal 28 March 1884
East Bloomfield Station, N. Y. - The funeral of Marshal
Willcox was attended Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev.
Wm. Armstrong officiating. Deceased was one of Bloomfield's
oldest citizens and had been very feeble for a long time.
From Ontario County Chronicle 29 January 1902
Mrs. Abigail Stanley Clark Williams, wife of Captain George N.
Williams, died at the family residence in Howell street, on Friday
night, aged 58
years. Mrs. Williams attended the Seton-Thompson lecture in the Union
hall just one week before her death and contracted a cold, which
in a serious attack of pneumonia. Everything that medical skill could
was done to alleviate her, but she gradually grew worse until the end.
was the youngest daughter of the late Governor Myron H. Clark, and was
by a large circle of relatives and friends, to whom her sudden and
unexpected death came like a shock. During her last hours, she was
surrounded by her husband and two children, Miss Mary Williams of
Canandaigua, and M. Clark Williams of New York city, and her three
sisters, Mrs. F. F. Thompson, Mrs. S. D. Backus and Miss Charlotte
Clark. An only brother, Lorenzo Clark, of Detroit, Mich., did not reach
Canandaigua until Sunday afternoon. The deceased had but recently
returned from Europe, and, together with her husband and daughter, was
planning an extended sojourn in California. The funeral was held from
her late residence on Monday afternoon, the interment being in
From Ontario County Journal 12 January 1912
Stanley, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Ann Williams occurred at
the home of her son, Richard Williams, on Monday night, after a brief
illness. Had she lived until April, she would have been 90 years of
age. She was born in England, but had lived here many years. He
husband, John Williams, who was a successful farmer, died about five
years ago. Rev. Alfred Lawton, pastor of the Gorham Baptist church, had
charge of the funeral services yesterday. Mrs. Williams was a member of
the Gorham Baptist church for many years, and when single was faithful
in her attendance. Three sons survive, all of this place: Richard, with
whom she made her home, and William and John. Interment was at Gorham.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 5 September 1906
Caroline Townsend Gorham, wife of Edward C. Williams, died
in Main street north, Sunday, after a severe illness of
several weeks. Mrs. Williams had been in failing health for two years
and death was due to angina pectoris. Mrs. Williams was a member of one
of the oldest families of Western New York. She was the daughter of
William W. Gorham and Betsy Parrish, and a descendant of the original
Gorham of the Phelps and Gorham purchase. She was born in Canandaigua
March 12, 1852, and has always been a resident of this village. She is
survived by her husband, one daughter, Miss Margaret B. Williams of
this village; and one son, Andrew P. Williams of Pittsburg, Pa. She had
a wide circle of friends, who cherished her friendship because of its
loyalty and devotion, and her death is sincerely mourned. The funeral
services will be held from the home this afternoon at 3 o'clock.
From Geneva Daily Times 21 September 1900
Charles V. Williams, one of the most prominent farmers in this
vicinity, died at his home in Seneca Castle yesterday afternoon, aged
61 years. Besides his wife, the deceased is survived by two sons, E. H.
Williams and C. H. Williams of Seneca Castle; one daughter, Mrs. F. W.
True of New York; and one sister, Mrs. S. P. Ottley of Seneca Castle;
and several relatives in this city. Mr. Williams served three years in
the Civil war. He belonged to the 9th regiment, Company I, New York
volunteers. The funeral will take place from the Seneca Castle
Methodist church at 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. Rev. Mr. Andrews will
officiate. Interment will be in the Whitney cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 26 February 1886
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The community was startled last Monday
morning by the announcement that Mrs. Chas. Williams, a loving
wife and mother, was dead. She leaves a husband and three small
children to mourn her loss. They have the heartfelt sympathy of the
entire community in this their great affliction. Funeral services were
held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. and
attended by a large circle of friends, after which her remains were
taken to Lima for interment.
From Geneva Daily Times 4 August 1910
Mrs. Clare Williams, aged 42 years, died last night at 7:30
o'clock at the family res, No. 122 Lyceum street. She is survived by
her husband, two children, Holley and Leetta; her mother, Mrs. Edwards
of Waterloo; one brother of Waterloo and a sister, Mrs. O'Dell of
Waterloo. The funeral will take place Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock
from the house, Rev. D. H. Craver, pastor of the North Presbyterian
church will officiate and burial will be in Maplegrove Cemetery in
From Victor Herald 21 June 1901
David Williams, probably the oldest surviving resident of this
town, died at the home of his son, Frank S. Williams, of this village,
on Sunday last. It will surprise many people who had known Mr. Williams
for years to learn that he was over 90 years of age. His burden of
years seemed to rest lightly upon him and he was hale, hearty and
active up to within a very short time of his death. Mr. Williams was
born in Oneida county. He was thrice married, the third wife dying some
six years ago. For about fifty-six years he was a resident of this town
and tilled the farm near Valentine Hall, now occupied by Charles Hunt
until about five years ago, when he moved to this village. He was a
cooper, a shipbuilder and a wagon maker by trade and for five years or
more worked at the hatter trade in Fairport, before moving to the
Victor farm. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at his late home,
the Rev. F. M. Cole officiating. Interment was at Fairport. Deceased is
survived by three sons, George of Rochester; William A. of Owosso,
Michigan; and Frank S., of this village.
From Victor Herald 24 August 1895
Mrs. David Williams, residing near Valentown, died Wednesday
evening, aged 70 years. She leaves a husband and two sons. The funeral
will be held from her late residence this Saturday afternoon at 2
From Ontario County Journal 31 March 1911
The death of Edward C. Williams, one of Canandaigua's
prominent and respected business men, occurred on Sunday afternoon,
after a short illness. He was born in Newark, N. J. on April 7, 1845.
His boyhood was spent in Newark, Seneca Falls and Canandaigua. After
spending a few years in business in New York City, he came to
Canandaigua and entered into partnership in 1866 with his father, A. L.
Williams, jeweler, whose business was established seven years
previously. On Oct. 15, 1878, he was married to Caroline Townsend
Gorham, whose death occurred on Sept. 2, 1906. Mr. Williams was a
member of the board of education for over 20 years. He is survived by
one son, Andrew P. Williams of Pittsburgh, and one daughter, Miss
Margaret B. Williams. The funeral services were held from the home,
Main street north, on Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Livingston L. Taylor
officiating. Interment was in West Avenue cemetery. Curtains were
lowered in all business places during the hour of the funeral.
From Ontario County Journal 24 October 1902
The death of Mrs. Emily Williams, wife of John Williams,
occurred at the family home on Coach street on Friday. The deceased had
been ill three years. She is survived by her husband; one son, John
Williams; and one daughter, Mrs. Robert Madison of East Bloomfield.
Mrs. Williams was 59 years of age and had resided here for 50 years.
She was a member of the Congregational church. The funeral was held
from the home on Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. Lewis T. Reed
officiating. The interment was in the West avenue cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 27 July 1907
Rushville, N. Y. - Frank Williams of this village committed
suicide at 2:45 o'clock yesterday afternoon in his barn. He shot
himself, using a shotgun, the charge entering his body just above the
heart. Yesterday morning he tried to buy morphine at the drug store but
could not as he had no physician's certificate. He had been ill
mentally for several months. He was 50 years of age and leaves a wife,
two sons and two daughters. By permission of Coroner Warner, the body
was removed to the family home. There were indications
that Mr. Williams had taken some kind of poison before he shot himself.
An inquest will be held.
31 July 1907 - Frank Williams, who committed suicide last
Thursday was buried in Rushville cemetery Sunday afternoon, the funeral
being held at the house, the Masons having charge, Rev. E. A. Hazeltine
being the officiating clergyman. The Masonic rites were given at the
nearly fifty masons being present. Mr. Williams left a wife, two
Margaret and Grace, two sons, Dr. Harry Williams of Newark, N. Y., and
his youngest child.
From Geneva Daily Times 15 January 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Following an illness which confined him in
bed for less than a week, the death occurred Sunday night
of Captain George N. Williams, one of Canandaigua's most
prominent men. For some years Mr. Williams had suffered from rheumatism
had kept him from active life, and he had lately been in feeble
condition. Born in this town March 11, 1837, Mr. Williams had spent his
entire life here. His father, the late Dr. Thomas Williams, was one of
the best known early physicians of the town, and his mother, Mrs.
Lucinda Barlow, was
a daughter of Colonel Thomas Remington, an early resident. Mr.
William's early life was spent at the family home near Centerfield, and
his early education was acquired at the East Bloomfield Academy. He
took the course at Genesee Wesleyan Seminary and followed that by
teaching. He came
to Canandaigua just before the war to take up the study of law which
he gave up to enlist as a private in Company K, ninety-eighth New York
Volunteers. Mr. Williams was chosen to the position of lieutenant of
company and later was appointed captain. He served with his regiment
1863, when he was mustered out and returned to Canandaigua to resume
his law studies, being admitted to the practice of the profession a
In 1866 Mr. Williams married Miss Abigail Stanley Clark, daughter of
ex-Governor Myron H. Clark. Mrs. Williams died several years ago,
leaving two children, Miss Mary Clark Williams of this place, and Clark
Williams who has achieved prominence in New York banking circles.
One sister, Mrs. L. C. Loomis, of Washington, D. C., is the last
survivor of the family of 11 children. In politics Mr. Williams was a
Republican, and was twice honored by that party in election to the
county treasureship. Most of Mr. Williams' active life, however, was
spent in the banking
business. For six years he was cashier of the Canandaigua National
and for several years he was partner with the Barnes banking company.
Mr. Williams was a helpful member of the Grand Army Post, a member and
valuable assistant in the Congregational Church and an intelligent and
useful citizen. He was universally esteemed for his many excellent
and his uniform kindness to all.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 6 November 1907
Victor, N. Y. - The funeral of George Robert Williams was
afternoon. The body was brought here Monday and
taken to the home of James Booth in High street, Mr. William's
father-in-law. The services were held at the Booth home and were
attended by a large number of relatives and friends. Lehigh Valley
employees from Buffalo and Niagara Falls, who were associated with Mr.
Williams in business together, with friends from Honeoye Falls and
Shortsville attended. The Honeoye Falls Masonic lodge sent a
representative body, as Mr. Williams was a former member of the lodge
and the local organization Milnor lodge, F. & A. M., attended in a
body. The burial was in Boughton Hill cemetery.
From Ontario County Times 10 September 1879
At Geneva, on Saturday, Harley Williams, committed suicide
by hanging. He was formerly a well-known citizen of the town of
Manchester, but has for the past year been employed about the barns of
the Mansion House in Geneva. It is supposed that he committed the rash
act while depressed in spirits. The Geneva Asteroid says: "He had more
or less of trouble with his family, and has been known to threaten
suicide. For a day or two he appeared ill at ease, and only a few hours
before he hung himself, he begged off from doing some work that he had
himself proposed to do, on the ground that he didn't feel well. He told
Mrs. Harrington that he was going to rest for that day. It is probable
that he went off and laid down, and thinking over his sorrow, came to
the desperate resolution to end his life." He was about fifty-three
years of age, and leaves a daughter living in Shortsville. An inquest
was held by Coroner Howe of Phelps.
From Ontario County Journal 5 January 1900
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The funeral of Mrs. Harriette
Thompson Williams, wife of Professor D. B. Williams, took place in
the Congregational church on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the
presence of a large gathering of friends. The deceased was but 37 years
of age, and her death was very unexpected. She was honored and beloved
by a large circle of friends. The funeral services were simple and
impressive and were conducted by Rev. William D. Robinson, pastor of
the Congregational church, and Rev. H. Wyse Jones of Canandaigua. A
quartette, composed of Mrs. J. S. Hamlin, Mrs. Frank Munson, A. T.
Adams and Edward Page, rendered "Lead, Kindly Light," Jesus, Savior,
Pilot Me." The pulpit was banked with floral tributes, which spoke
silently of the high regard in which Mrs. Williams was held. Among the
offerings were designs from the Alumni of the High school and scholars,
a cross from the board of education, a pillow from Emblem Lodge, A. O.
U. W., an anchor and a profusion of cut flowers from the Congregational
Sunday school. The bearers were M. B. Eaton, Harry Taft, George A.
Burrell and O. W. Curtis. Mrs. Williams leaves, besides a husband, two
boys of tender years.
From Ontario County Journal 22 January 1915
Henry Williams, aged 34 years, a teamster, employed at the A. M.
Hollis coal and brick yards, was crushed by a fall of a large chimney
on Tuesday morning, from which he died within a few hours. Mr. Williams
was watering a team of horses when the accident happened. High winds
which prevailed over the city during Monday night probably weakened the
chimney. Mr. Hollis, with other employees who were in the yards at the
time, extricated the man and he was hurried to Memorial hospital, where
it was found that he suffered a dislocated spine, a fracture of his arm
and leg, and injuries to his head. He did not regain consciousness. He
had been employed at the yards but a short time and was an excellent
workman. He leaves his wife and three children. The funeral services
will be held this morning at 9:30 o'clock at St. Mary's church. His
death is the first in Canandaigua to come under the provisions of the
From Ontario County Journal 24 January 1896
Naples, N. Y. - Sunday night occurred the death of Ira C.
Williams, one of the old residents and a prominent citizen. He was
74 years old, and had lived for about 60 years on the same farm, which
he inherited from his father, the late O. W. Williams. There were three
brothers, three sisters and one half-brother, and only one brother,
Ephram, and the half-brother, Thomas H. Williams are left. The dwelling
of the deceased was perhaps the finest in the town, situated on lower
Main street. He had prospered as a farmer, and leaves a fine estate.
His wife, who was Miss Mary Dunton, and a daughter, Mrs. Eva Young, of
Bath, survive him. His niece, Miss Francis Harkness, daughter of Deroy
J. Harkness, has been a member of his household for ten years. Mr.
Williams had long been an active member of the Methodist church. His
pastor, Rev. E. G. Piper officiated at the funeral Wednesday afternoon.
From Ontario County Journal 17 March 1911
The death of James H. Williams occurred early Sunday morning
at his home on Bristol street. Death was due to heart trouble. Mr.
Williams was born in New Jersey on November 30, 1826, and came to
Canandaigua when a young man. He was a shoemaker by trade and for many
years was employed by the late Edwin Lines. He was active at his trade
almost to the end and made daily trips to the business streets until
December. Since the news of a railroad accident at Marshall, Mich., in
November, in which his son, Edmund D. Williams, had both both feet
severed, he gradually weakened. Mr. Williams was twice married. His
first wife was Miss Emaline Dewey, daughter of the late Colonel Dewey
of Clifton Springs. On November 26, 1873, he married Miss Martha J.
Hildreth, who survives him. He is also survived by one daughter, Mrs.
Harvey Parshall of Detroit, Mich., and Edmund D. Williams of Marshall,
Mich. Funeral services were held from the home on Tuesday morning.
Burial was at Cheshire.
From Geneva Daily Times 28 November 1906
Stanley, N. Y. - The funeral of John Williams will
take place this afternoon at 2 o'clock from his residence here. Mr.
Williams was 82 years old and is survived by his wife and three sons,
William, Jackson and Richard, all of this place.
From Ontario County Journal 30 April 1915
The death of John Williams, aged 75 years, occurred at the
Canandaigua hospital last Friday. Death was due to general debility.
Besides his wife, he leaves a daughter, Mrs. Mary Madison, of East
Bloomfield; and a son, John Williams, of Ovid. Rev. Livingston L.
Taylor officiated at the funeral services held at Ahrens & Breen's
undertaking rooms on Monday. Interment was in West avenue cemetery. Mr.
Williams was born in the south, and was a slave on a large plantation.
When a young man, Williams made his escape, coming to Canandaigua by
the "Underground Railway," after encountering terrible hardships
enroute. While crossing the mountains, his feet were so badly frozen
that permanent lameness resulted. Reaching Canandaigua, Williams was
first employed in the family of the late Jared Willson.
From Geneva Daily Times 25 March 1915
Seneca Castle, N. Y. - Mrs. Martha Williams, widow of Charles
Williams, died at her home here yesterday noon, aged 70 years. Mrs.
Williams had been in poor health for several years but death was
unexpected. Death was due to arteriosclerosis. Mrs. Williams was born
in this section, being a member of the old Ottley family, and had
always lived here. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Edward Purdy
of White Plains, N. Y.; two sons, Howard and Edward, with whom she
lived, both of this place; one sister, Mrs. Emma Ridley of Phelps and
four grandchildren. Mrs. Williams was a lifelong member of the
Methodist church. The funeral will be held at the home Saturday at 2,
the Rev. E. J. Brooker of the Methodist church officiating, and burial
will be in the Whitney Cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 2 October 1896
Naples, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Mary Dunton Williams occurred
26. She was 68 years of age. Her husband,
Ira C. Williams, died in January last. They had a large, beautiful home
in the northern part of the village where they had lived for many
years. It is now occupied by their only child, Mrs. Chas. H. Young,
who, until recently, has resided in Bath. Mrs. Williams was one of
thirteen children of Mr. and Mrs. John Dunton, nine of whom are still
living. She was a sister of Lemuel Dunton of Canandaigua and of the
late Mrs. Deroy J. Harkness. Both she and her husband were members of
the Methodist church. Both had been invalids for several years.
From Montgomery Republican; published in Johnstown Fulton County NY
WILLIAMS, Hon., Nathan Sep 25, 1835; at Geneva.
From Geneva Gazette 29 January 1864
SUICIDE - The body of Nathan Williams of the town of
Manchester, was found on the 13th inst., suspended by a rope from the
rafters in the chamber of his own house, in a nude state.
Appearances indicated that it had been hanging several hours.
Coroner Persons was notified and an inquest held. From the
testimony taken before the Coroner's jury, the verdict was that he came
to his death by his own hands. As before stated, the body when
discovered was completely nude and his clothing could not be found.
A disturbed state of mind, brought on by his step-mother getting
married lately and leaving him alone, was supposed to be the cause of
the rash act. He attempted over a year ago to put an end to his
life by cutting himself on the throat and body with a knife, but the
attempt then was not successful. Canandaigua Times
From Ontario County Journal 9 September 1881
We chronicle this week another old man gone. Oliver S. Williams
died on Friday, Sept. 2, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs.
Peter VanOsdoll, and had he lived until the Monday following he would
have been 88 years old. Mr. Williams was one of the early settlers of
this vicinity, having come on from the east some 80 years ago, settling
in Middlesex, where for many years he was a prominent farmer.
Many of his relatives reside there at the present time. About 50
years ago he came to this town and has resided here ever since, with
the exception of a few years that he lived with his son, T. H.
Williams, in Canandaigua. He was the father of J. C. Williams, of this
village, at whose residence the funeral took place on Monday last. But
four of eight children were present, one of them, Mrs. Dr. Hagadorn, of
Michigan, being providentially here on a visit. Mr. Williams was in his
day quite a large property owner, and one of the leading
farmers of the town, a man eminently respected by everyone. He was
buried in the Italy cemetery, beside his first wife.
From Ontario County Journal 28 March 1902
Samuel E. Williams died at his home on Pleasant street on Wednesday
morning, aged 54 years. The deceased had been an invalid for two years,
having suffered from goitres of the neck and eyes. The family came here
from Stanley about four months ago. The funeral will be held this
morning at 11 o'clock, Rev. Dr. J. W. Webb officiating. The remains
will be interred in the Sand Hill cemetery at Seneca. A wife and two
From Geneva Daily Times 2 January 1902
Mrs. Sarah Williams died at the Church Home hospital at 11 o'clock
yesterday forenoon, aged 97 years. Mrs. Williams probably was the
oldest person in this city, if not in this section of the country.
The aged woman bade fair to reach the century mark, but for the
fact that six weeks ago she fell in her room and sustained a severe
fracture of the right hip. The deceased had been an inmate of the
home since April, 1882. At that time she was found in a canal
boat in the harbor here. She was badly crippled with rheumatism
and would probably have died had it not been for the practical charity
of Rev. Dr. H. W. Nelson, now rector emeritus of Trinity church.
The latter had Mrs. Williams taken to church home, where she soon
got well. There she had resided ever since.
Mrs. Williams was of a kindly disposition. She was familiarly
known as "Auntie Williams." She could neither read nor write, but
was a fluent and intelligent talker. Mrs. Williams smoked a pipe
from the time she was 20 years
old to the time of her death. It was her wont to declare that she
owed her longevity to this fact. She was in full possession of
her faculties to the last. Mrs. Williams was well posted on historical
facts and her stock of stories never gave out.
The deceased is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Ramsey, of Jersey City,
N. J., and by grandchildren and great-grandchildren residing at Corning
and Elmira and in California. The funeral arrangements are not as
From Ontario County Journal 31 January 1913
Rushville, N. Y. - Mrs. Sophia Williams died at her home on Sunday
afternoon of cerebral hemorrhage, aged 54 years. She was born and had
always lived on the farm on which she died and which has been in the
Green family for several generations. Her grandfather, Captain Henry
Green, served through the Revolutionary war and was one of Major
Andre's guards the night before his execution. When but a girl, she
joined the Congregational church here and had always been a faithful
attendant at the services. For many years she was the church organist.
Thirty-five years ago she married Frank P. Williams, of Middlesex, whom
she survived by nearly six years. She leaves four children: Dr. H. B.
Williams of Mace, Ind.; Miss Margaret Williams of Syracuse; and Mrs.
Ward Hill and Frank Williams of this village. The funeral was held from
the residence on Wednesday morning, Rev. Rollo C. Speer officiating.
Burial at Rushville cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 5 October 1894
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - Mrs. Frank L. Williamson, aged about 29
years, died at her home on Broad street, Wednesday morning, at about
12:30 o'clock, of consumption. The funeral services will be held from
the house this afternoon. Mrs. Williamson leaves beside her husband,
two small children to mourn her loss.
From Ontario County Chronicle 9 September 1903
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - The funeral of Mrs. Henry Williamson,
who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dr. Turck, on Friday
morning, was held from that place on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock,
Rev. O.C. Houghton officiating. Mrs. Williamson had been a great
sufferer for several months with cancer of the liver and stomach. She
was 68 years of age and leaves a husband, four sons and one daughter,
all of this place. Interment was made in village cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 2 April 1923
Mrs. Mary Adeline Williamson, aged 62 years, widow of Joseph H.
Williamson, died Sunday afternoon at her home, 28 Kirkwood avenue,
after a long illness. She is survived by two sons, Frederick Williamson
of Buffalo, and Calvin Williamson of Genoa; two daughters, Mrs.
Elizabeth Doyle of New York and Mrs. Mary Nallos of Geneva. Funeral
services will be held from the residence at 2:30 o'clock Wednesday
afternoon. Rev. Fred T. Drewett of the First Baptist church will
officiate. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 19 December 1906
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Mary A. Willier is dead at the age of 81
years. Her death occurred at the home of her daughter in this town,
which had been her home for ten years. She came to Naples from
Uniontown, Pa., after the death of her second husband, Joseph Willier.
Her early life was spent in this vicinity. She was lovely in her person
and character. Her daughter, Mrs. Darwin A. Tyler, and a son in Avoca,
survive her, also several grandchildren. The burial will be at
Ingleside, once her home.
From Geneva Daily Times 26 March 1910
Phelps, N. Y. - The death of R. A. Willing, a well-known
manufacturing and prominent citizen of Phelps, occurred suddenly
yesterday afternoon. Mr. Willing was sitting by the window at his
residence on East Main street, reading a newspaper when he was seized
with a sudden attack of heart trouble. He expired before a physician
could be summoned. Thirty-five years ago Mr. Willing came to Phelps and
engaged in the milling business. He first built the Star flour mill,
half a mile north of Phelps, and then three years later purchased the
mill at Unionville. Both concerns he successfully conducted up to the
time of his death. About a month ago Mr. Willing gave up active work on
the advice of his physician in the hopes that rest and quiet would
restore him to health, it having become known that his heart was
affected. The deceased was a native of England, having been born at
Devonshire 54 years ago. He always took an active interest in the
welfare of the village of his adoption, was kind and generous to the
needy and a man whose death is a severe loss to this community. He was
a lifelong and active member of the Presbyterian church. Forty years
ago Mr. Willing was united in marriage to Miss Ormanta Watson, who
survives. He also leaves four sons, William A. of Des Moines, Ia.,
Adelbert and Robert of Phelps and Stuart of Williamson; also one
daughter, Miss Helen, who resides at home.
From Ontario County Times 14 October 1891
Caroline Willis, an aged colored woman who resided quite alone on
Phelps street in this village, was found dead in her room Monday
afternoon. Coroner Beahan was called, but after examining the body,
concluded that death had resulted from natural causes and therefore
decided that an inquest was unnecessary. Mrs. Willis was extremely old,
and had been cared for of late by the town authorities.
From Ontario County Journal 5 November 1897
On Sunday morning last, Daniel B. Willis, a colored
resident of Phelps street, was found dead in bed. He had been taken to
his home by friends the night previous in an almost helpless condition,
whether from the effects of drink or other causes, is not exactly
clear. The coroner who was called made a quiet investigation and
decided an inquest was unnecessary. Willis was a hard-working and
honest old man, but was known to indulge in liquor, and there was
evidence given the coroner that the old man had drank on Saturday
night, so the coroner granted a certificate of death from alcoholism.
Willis was aged 58. He is survived by several children.
From Ontario County Journal 26 August 1910
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - On Saturday occurred the death of John
an old and highly respected resident of this town, after
an illness of a few weeks, from heart trouble. Mr. Willison was born in
Hull, England, in 1831, coming to this country when three years of age.
He had resided in this vicinity since that time. In 1859 he was united
in marriage to Miss Sabra Gooding. Three children were born to them.
Their daughter, Ida, died some years before the death of her mother.
Two sons, Edward, with whom he lived, and William of Avon survive. A
brother, William of Conesus, died last week. His funeral was held from
the Congregational church Monday afternoon, the pastor, Rev. Mr.
Hamblin, assisted by Rev. N. W. Bates, officiating. Interment was made
in Rural Cemetery.
From Victor Herald 5 February 1904
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - The funeral of Mrs. John Willison, who
was held last Wednesday afternoon in the chapel of the
Congregational church, Rev. Newton Bates officiating. Interment was
made in the Rural cemetery. The deceased was about 70 years of age and
leaves besides her aged husband, two sons, William of Avon and Edward
of this place.
From Ontario County Journal 26 January 1894
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Benj. Willson, a highly respected
lady of this village, died at her home on Tuesday evening at 5 o'clock.
Mrs. Willson was about 45 years of age. She has been suffering from
consumption for a number of years, and although her friends had
expected her death for some time, yet it was a shock to them all when
the dread messenger came and took their loved one from them. She was
beloved by all who knew her and all extend their condolence to the
afflicted family. She leaves, beside her husband, two daughters, Phebe
and Nellie, also two sisters, Mrs. Andrews of Saginaw, Michigan, and
Mrs. Green, of Victor. Funeral on Wednesday at 2 o'clock. Rev. Mrs.
Eastman conducted the services.
From Ontario County Journal 23 April 1909
Honeoye, N. Y. - At his home in the western part of the town of
Richmond, on Sunday morning, occurred the death of Charles Willson,
aged about 80 years. Death was due to infirmities of old age. He
was born in Canada, but came to this town when a young man, and for the
past 40 years had lived on the farm where he died. About 60 years ago,
he was married to Miss Helen Sullivan and six children were born to
them, five of them surviving: two sons, John and William Willson of
Buffalo; three daughters, Mrs. Mary McGreevey, of North Bergen; Mrs.
Anna Costello and Mrs. Belle Peterson of this town. His wife died about
25 years ago, and since that time he had lived with his daughter, Mrs.
Peterson, who has tenderly cared for him during the long months of
feeble health. The funeral was held from St. Mary's church, Honeoye, on
Wednesday, with interment beside his wife in the Calvary cemetery in
From Ontario County Times 14 April 1880
We regret to announce the death of Mr. Gilbert Willson of
Allen's Hill. This sad event was the result of the injuries he received
some weeks ago in falling from his doorstep. It will be remembered that
his thigh bone was broken by this accident, and his extreme age
rendered recovery from the first very doubtful. He was in the
ninety-fifth year of his age.
From Ontario County Journal 24 October 1913
Mrs. Lizzie N. Rankine, wife of Robert Pierpont Willson, of Summit,
N. J., died at Clifton Springs sanitarium on Sunday. Deceased was born
in Canandaigua, and was a daughter of the late John and Julia Rankine.
Besides her husband, she leaves two sons, Kenneth and Marceus Willson.
The funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon in the
Congregational chapel, Rev. Guy L. Morrill officiating. Interment was
in West avenue cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 16 July 1904
Canandaigua, N. Y. -
Mrs. Sarah A. Willson, sixty years old, widow of
Robert Willson, died at her home here Tuesday of a complication of
diseases. She had been ill only a short time. Deceased was
married to Robert Willson, well-known in Canandaigua, in 1868. He
died in 1886. Two daughters survive, Miss Mary Willson, and Mrs. N. E.
Hutchens, of this village, and two brothers, John Lightfoote
of Penn Yan and William G. Lightfoote, of Canandaigua.
From Ontario County Journal 22 January 1897
On Saturday morning, occurred the death of David S. Willys, a
and long time resident. Deceased had been in
poor physical and mental health for some time past. He was aged 56
years. Survivors are his widow, one Section, John N. Willys, two
daughters, Misses Emily and Mary Willys. Deceased was a member of the
firm of Willys & Hollis, brick manufacturers. He was a prominent
Grand Army man, having served during the rebellion in the 27th N. Y.
Volunteer Infantry. There was a largely attended funeral at the family
residence on Pleasant street on Tuesday morning. The members of A. M.
Murray Post, G. A. R., were present in a body; Rev. J. J. Lawrence
conducted the services at the house, the Presbyterian church choir
From Geneva Courier March 4 1885
Last Saturday, Feb. 28, the death of Mrs. Marion W. Wilner, aged
She was a much respected lady in
this community, and was a member of St. Peter's church. She
leaves two daughters to mourn her untimely death. The funeral of
the deceased took place yesterday afternoon from St. Peter's church,
Rev. Dr. Rankine officiating. Her remains were taken to
Friendship, Allegany county, N. Y., for burial, and were accompanied by
From Geneva Daily Times 22 September 1910
Mrs. Amelia Louise Wilson, wife of John T. Wilson, of No. 18
Columbia Avenue, foreman at the plant of the United States Lens
Company, died yesterday while being taken to the Geneva City Hospital
for treatment. The deceased was 45 years of age and is survived by her
husband, and daughter, Miss Amelia Wilson; her mother, Mrs. Caroline
Seith of Rochester; and one brother, Fritz Seith, also of Rochester.
The remains were taken to Rochester on the 2:30 o'clock train this
afternoon and taken to the family home. The funeral will be held from
the family home at 2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Rev. Mr. Hyde,
pastor of the German Lutheran church of Rochester, will officiate.
Burial will be made in Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester. Mrs. Wilson
came to Geneva on April 17th last in company with her husband and
family from Southbridge, Mass., where Mr. Wilson was foreman in the
plant of the American Optical Company for 20 years. Since arriving in
Geneva, he has been connected with the plant of the United States
Lens Company, of which his brother, Charles E. Wilson, is the manager.
The employees of the Lens Company took action on the death of Mrs.
Wilson this morning and sent a number of floral pieces to the house.
From Geneva Gazette 1 July 1812
In this village, on Friday last, the Rev. ANDREW WILSON, in
the 40th year of his age, Pastor of the Associate Reformed church in
Seneca. He was a native of Ireland -- was educated in the
University of Glasgow, and removed to America in the year 1801. By this
dispensation of Providence, his amiable and affectionate widow, is
deprived of her greatest early consolation -- his children are bereaved
of a tender and exemplary parent -- and his church and congregation are
left destitute of the stated ordinances of the gospel. May the
Lord qualify and send forth new labors into his vineyard.
Advertiser 18 February 1902
Caroline Wilson, widow of the late John Wilson, died at Halls
February 8th. The funeral was held on Wednesday. Interment was at
Seneca church cemetery. Deceased was about 70 years of age.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilson were for many years prominent members of
Seneca Presbyterian church, and well-known in the town of Seneca.
They were formerly members of
the United Presbyterian (old Scotch) church of Geneva, and remained
with it until it was given up, became the foundation stone of
the North Presbyterian Church. The Y. M. C. A. occupies the site
of the old Scottish Church, and it is not a little singular that it
should be burned on the very day after the funeral of
this good old lady.
From Geneva Daily Times 13 February 1907
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - Mrs. Catherine C. Wilson died
at the home of her son, H. Clay Wilson, on La Du Avenue, Monday. She
was ill only a few days with pneumonia. She was 79 years old and
had been a resident of this village for twenty years. She leaves one
son, Clay, and one daughter, Mrs. Charles Wheaton, both of this
The funeral was held Wednesday, after which the remains were taken to
Italy Hill for burial.
From Ontario County Journal 1 February 1901
Naples, N. Y. - Charles Wilson, who resided in Naples for 20
years, and who for several years had been employed by R. F. Meyers,
died Thursday last, aged 68 years. He was a victim of the grip, which
induced pneumonia. Mr. Wilson leaves a wife and three children. A
half-brother, Fred Wilson, who was in business here as a butcher
recently, now resides in Bristol. James Spayton, of this place, married
a half sister. The funeral was held at the home of Mr. Meyer, Rev. W.
R. Pierce officiating.
From Geneva Gazette 3 September 1869
Charles Wilson of Canandaigua, a switch tender at Coal Point, was
run over by a locomotive and instantly killed.
From Ontario County Times 27 June 1888
Mrs. Charles Wilson, of Honeoye, died very suddenly on the 16th instant. She had just finished getting dinner and died without a moment's warning.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 1 January 1914
Clifton Springs, Dec. 31 - The death of Edward Wilson occurred
at his home in Pearl street yesterday. Mr. Wilson had been ill for a
long time, but he only gave up his work at the Sanitarium about six
weeks ago. He was confined to his bed for about one week. Mr. Wilson
was an expert florist and gardener, and a great lover of nature. He was
a member of the Rochester Lodge of Independent Order of Foresters. He
was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England, on March 3, 1843, and came
to Buffalo in 1885. In 1900 he removed from Buffalo to this village and
had since resided here. He was twice married, his first wife being Miss
Mary Herendeen of Geneva; his second Miss Annettie L. Robinson. Besides
his wife, he leaves seven children, Mrs. Miles Little of Pittsburgh,
Pa.; Albert E. Wilson of Williamsville; Mrs. Charles Hunt of Alexandria
Bay; Thomas W. Wilson of Buffalo; Mrs. A. O. Chrysler of Manchester;
Miss Katherine O. Wilson and Edward H. Wilson of this village. The
funeral will be held at 2 o'clock on New Year's afternoon, from the
family home, Rev. Y. A. Sage, pastor of the local Baptist church
officiating. Burial will be made in River View cemetery at Gypsum.
From Ontario County Journal 21 January 1898
Naples, N. Y. - The remains of Elijah Wilson were buried
in Rose Ridge cemetery on Tuesday. Mr. Wilson was a native of Naples,
which was his home till a few years ago. He was a soldier, enlisting
when 16 years of age, and served three years. He died on Saturday in
Bath, where he was being treated, his home being in Geneva. He was 52
years old, son of Eliza Wilson, of this place, who survives him. He
leaves also a wife and son, one brother and three sisters, all
residents of this vicinity.
From Geneva Daily Times 24 November 1906
Gorham, N. Y. - The funeral of Mrs. Elizabeth Wilson, mother
Wilson, was held at the home of the
latter at 1 o'clock on Wednesday. Burial was in the Little Church
From Geneva Gazette 15 October 1886
Frank Wilson, employed at Siscoes' Market, East Bloomfield,
while pulling in ice Saturday afternoon, slipped and fell, a cake of
ice following him and crushing his head against the flooring. He
died almost instantly. He was a member of Co. H, Eighth N. Y.
Cavalry and was buried Tuesday afternoon under the auspices of Sheridan
Crandall Post, G. A.
From Ontario County Journal 12 February 1909
Honeoye, N. Y. - The remains of Fred Wilson, a young
colored man about 25 years of age, were brought from a Rochester
hospital, where his death occurred after an operation for appendicitis,
to the undertaking rooms of John F. Burton, on Feb. 4, and the funeral
was held from the Congregational church on Friday afternoon, Rev. Dr.
Arthur C. Dill officiating. He was the son of George Wilson, of this
town, who with two sisters and one brother, survive him. His mother
died on Feb. 2 of last year, and his death occurred on Feb. 3. He was a
young man of good repute and left many friends to mourn his early
death. The sympathy of the community goes out the family thus twice
bereaved in so short a time.
From Ontario County Journal 15 May 1903
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Frederick Wilson, a former resident
of this place, died at the home of his son, George Wilson, in Attica,
on Wednesday, May 6, and the remains were brought here for interment on
Friday. The deceased was 92 years of age. He is survived by two sons,
George Wilson, of Attica, and Frederick Wilson of Buffalo; and three
daughters, Mrs. Ellen Mallory and Mrs. LeRoy Pratt of Oneonta, and Mrs.
Jabez Metcalf of Washington, D. C.
From Ontario County Journal 16 June 1893
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Fredrick Wilson occurred
in this village Wednesday evening of last week. The funeral
was held in the Methodist church last Saturday afternoon, the Rev. E.
J. Gwynne officiating. Mrs. Wilson had been ill for some time but her
death came unexpectedly.
From Ontario County Journal 15 October 1909
George V. Wilson died at his lake shore home at Red Dock on
Friday, following a brief illness. The remains were taken to Pittsburg
for interment. Deceased was born in Manchester 55 years ago. When 20
years of age he went to Pittsburg, where he secured employment with the
firm of Hussey, Binns & Co., and advanced until he became a member
of the firm. Several years ago he purchased the Red Dock farm and came
back to the scenes of youth to spend his summers. Mr. Wilson was a son
of the late W. A. Wilson, of Manchester, and grandson of Jared Wilson,
one of the early prominent residents of the county. Besides his wife,
he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. William Tripp and Miss Julia
Wilson; two sons, Frank and Norman; two brothers, William A., of
Redlands, Cal., John, of Shortsville; a half-brother, Fred Wilson of
New Mexico, and three half-sisters, the Misses Mary, Julia and
Elizabeth Wilson of Niagara Falls.
From Ontario Republican Times 15 July 1863
Died on the battlefield of Gettysburg, Friday, July 3, 1863, in
the 35th years of his age, Henry W. Wilson of Co. D., in the
126th Reg. N.Y.S.V. The tidings of his death among other like messages
rumors from the scene of the late fearful strife, awakened tender
memories in many hearts in this community where he was born and reared,
and where he was beloved not only by his numerous relatives, but by
many associates and friends. He had his temptation, errors and
struggles, which are best appreciated
by that Lord to whom he has often addressed himself in sincerity and
tears, but he is remembered for his rare personal qualities that made
many friends and kept them to the last. His bright perceptions, lively
fancy and inexhaustible humor and still more his warm and generous
affections, ever at the service of the sick, the needy or the
him to all who know him. When he enlisted last autumn, at the time his
regiment was formed, it was with something like a presentiment of the
issue. In the action at Harper's Ferry, he exposed himself fearlessly
to danger, and now has fallen in a victorious conflict, doing his duty
gallantly and winning the honors of those who died for their country.
"Honor to the brave; tears for the fallen."
From Geneva Daily Times 15 August 1910
The death of Ida Evelyn Wilson, aged 55 years, wife of
William B. Wilson, occurred yesterday morning at 2 o'clock at her home
on Sherrill street. She has been in ill health for about a year and a
half. Mrs. Wilson was the daughter of the late Rev. George Dennison of
this city. She is survived by her husband, one daughter, Olive, and
three sons, William, Harold and Reginald, all of this city. The funeral
will be held Tuesday at 2 o'clock from the house and at 2:30 from
Trinity church. Rev. John B. Hubbs, D. D., will officiate, assisted by
Rev. Malcom Johnston. Interment will be in Glenwood.
From Ontario County Chronicle 1 April 1903
Jacob Wilson, an aged resident of this village, was found dead in
his bed Thursday, by his daughter, Mrs. M. E. Pierson, on Coach street.
He had been in feeble health for some time, and infirmities incident to
old age are said to have been the cause of death. He was in his 89th
year. Besides his daughter, Mrs. Pierson, one son, who lives in the
west, survive. Deceased had at one time been a prominent resident of
Seneca county, and had lived most of the latter part of his life in
Michigan and the West. The remains were taken to Michigan for interment.
From Geneva Daily Times 17 March 1908
Oaks Corners, N. Y. - After an illness of several weeks, Mrs.
Jennie Wilson died yesterday. Mrs. Wilson was 67 years old, and
leaves 6 sons, Curtis of Geneva, Howard of Phelps, Frank of Billsboro,
Lewis, Oliver and Myron of Oaks Corners. Funeral Thursday at 1 o'clock
at the church.
From Geneva Daily Times 8 May 1908
John Wilson, aged 82 years, died last night at 10:30 o'clock at
his home, No. 100 North Main street. He had lived in this city
for sixty years and for fifty years had lived in the house where he
died. He leaves three children: two sons, John
R. Wilson of Chicago, and Robert J. Wilson of Syracuse; and one
daughter, Mrs. Stuart F. Dey of this city. About fifteen years
ago the deceased was connected with the State Experiment Station here
as gardener. The funeral announcements will be made later.
From Geneva Daily Times 9 May 1908
The funeral of John Wilson will take place Monday morning at 10:30
o'clock from his late residence, No. 100 North Main street. Rev.
J. B. Hubbs, D. D., will officiate and burial will
be made in Glenwood Cemetery.
If you have an interest in this family, please
From Geneva Gazette 19 August 1892
Died at Willard State Hospital, July 19th, John M. Wilson, formerly
49 years, 11 mos., 26 days. The deceased was a member
F, 126th Reg't, N. Y. Vol. He was buried in the cemetery at No. 9
Church in Seneca with Grand Army honors.
From Geneva Gazette 30 March 1900
Mrs. John Wilson whose death is chronicled today was an English
lady by birth. She is survived by her aged husband and three
children, two of the latter residents of this city, :viz. Mrs.
Stewart F. Dey and Robert J. Wilson. The latter with his recently
wedded wife live at the old homestead. Mrs. Wilson, deceased, was
a member of St. Peter's Church, whose rector officiated at her funeral
From Geneva Daily Times 3 October 1908
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Kearney Wilson, aged 43 years, died at the
Memorial Hospital Thursday. Mr. Wilson was taken ill a week ago Sunday
and was removed to the hospital, where an operation for appendicitis
was found necessary. He was born at Ferguson's Corners, Yates County,
and had resided in Canandaigua for the past 33 years. He is survived by
his wife, one daughter, Ruth; two sisters, Mrs. Fred Grimble and Mrs.
E. Benson, and one brother, L. Stanley, Jr., all of this village, and
his father, L. Stanley, Sr., of Los Angeles, Cal.
From Ontario County Journal 30 September 1892
Rushville, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. M. J. Wilson, on
Wednesday morning of last week, was a great shock to the family and
many friends. She had been unwell for several months, gradually failing
under the action of disease. Many years ago she united with the M. E.
Church in this place, and has been ever active and earnest in all good
works in church and society. The funeral was largely attended at the
residence on Friday. The afflicted family has the sympathy of a large
circle of friends.
From Ontario County Journal 18 December 1903
Naples, N. Y. - The death of Marcus Wilson on South
hill, near the head of the lake, occurred on Sunday. He was suddenly
stricken down with apoplexy and lived but a short time. He was past 70
years of age. Mr. Wilson was a well-to-do farmer and well-known in
Naples. He leaves a wife and a daughter, Mrs. Bowman, of Shortsville.
From Geneva Daily Times 19 March 1915
Mrs. Martha Wilson, aged 63 years, died at the Geneva City
Hospital last night at 5:30 o'clock. Cause of death, pneumonia. Mrs.
Wilson has resided at 72 Wadsworth street. She is survived by three
daughters, Mrs. Simsonby, of Corning; Mrs. D. W. Wolcott of Manchester;
Mrs. Pole of Ithaca; three sons, Harry, Clarence and George Wilson, of
Geneva. Burial Glenwood Cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 9 March 1909
Mrs. Martha Burdus Wilson, 88 years of age, died this morning at
her home in the town of Geneva, three miles south of the city on the
Lake Road. The deceased has resided in the house where her death
occurred for 54 years. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. H.
A. Clark and Miss Margaret Wilson of the Town of Geneva, and one
brother, Thomas Burdus of Seneca. The funeral will take place at 2
o'clock Thursday afternoon from the house, with Rev. A. B. Temple,
pastor of the Number Nine Presbyterian church, officiating. Burial will
be in Seneca.
From Ontario County Journal 16 December 1910
Mrs. Mary A. McGregor, wife of William Wilson, died at
her home on Buffalo road on Sunday noon following a general breakdown
due to cancer. Mrs. Wilson was 67 years, six months of age and besides
her husband, she is survived by one son, William J. Wilson. Rev. H. L.
Gaylord conducted the funeral services on Tuesday afternoon.
From Geneva Daily Times 10 August 1908
Matthew Wilson, one of the oldest business men of the city died
this morning at 6:13 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. D. J.
VanAuken, of No. 772 Main street. The deceased was in his 88th year.
While Mr. Wilson has been in feeble health for some time, he had been
able to be about until ten days ago when he began to fail rapidly and
since had been confined to the home of his daughter, growing steadily
more feeble until his death this morning. The deceased was born in
Longford County, Ireland, on August 18th, 1819. In June 1839, he landed
in New York and secured a position as clerk in the office of William K.
Strong & Co., a large wool buying concern. He held this position
for three years and then came to Geneva, where he became the local
representative of his New York employer, buying wool for the firm
throughout Western New York. While he was thus engaged the firm
purchased the Swan farm, now known as the Martin Smith place on the
east side of the lake, and for a year or two he managed the farm for
the company. Later he moved into the city and became engaged as a
painter and paper hanger. After following the trade for a time, he
opened a paint and paper store of his own in 1852. This business he
conducted until his retirement in 1902, although during the later years
of his business career he was assisted by his two sons. Outside of
business, Mr. Wilson had few interests or affiliations. In the
seventies he became interested in public affairs and after serving for
a time as a village trustee, he was elected president of the village of
Geneva in 1875 and served in this capacity for two years. The deceased
is survived by two sons, William D. and Frank J. Wilson, and one
daughter, Mrs. D. J. VanAuken, all of this city. Burial Glenwood
From Geneva Gazette 23 July 1897
OBITUARY - MRS. MATTHEW WILSON - Died at her home, South Main
street, on Friday evening, July 16, after confinement to her room
several weeks of paralysis. The deceased was a native Genevan,
born in 1829. One brother, Dr. E. Dorchester of Florida, and
three children -- Mrs. D. J. Van Auken, Frank J. and Wm. D. Wilson,
survive her, as does her venerable and sorrowing husband. Her
married life has been a peculiarly happy one. She was always
surrounded by her family -- that is, all resided and still reside in
our village. It is a melancholy coincidence that only ten days
previously Mr. Van Auken, the son-in-law, lost by death his mother and
last surviving parent. Her home was at Hannibal, Oswego Co.
Mrs. Wilson was buried in Glenwood cemetery.
From Ontario County Chronicle 6 April 1904
Shortsville, N. Y. - The funeral of Norman Wilson, who
died in Redlands, Cal., on Wednesday, March 23rd, was held at the
family home in Manchester at 2 o'clock last Thursday afternoon, the
Rev. Charles Eddy of Manchester conducting the service. Burial was in
Brookside Cemetery, Shortsville.
From Ontario County Journal 6 April 1900
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Ruth Pierce Wilson, widow of William Wilson,
died on Monday evening, aged 77 years. She was one of five daughters of
Parley Pierce, deceased, of whom only one, Mrs. N. R. Holcomb,
survives. One daughter, Mrs. Effie Adams, resided with her, and a
grandson, Lindsley Adams.
From Geneva Gazette 1 October 1880
Suicide - Last Saturday night, Samuel Wilson of Reed's
Corners, this county, died in our Lock-up, where he had been placed by
an officer on the supposition that he was drunk. Subsequent
developments proved that when arrested he was suffering from the
effects of poison. Eleven years ago, deceased married Mrs. Jane Eaton,
a widow of this place. Wilson and his wife lived
together continuously about five years, when the former went into
the country at farming, the latter remaining and keeping house in
Geneva, two sons living with her. Wilson's visits to his wife have
meantime been frequent, but not pleasant. Since he settled at Reed's
Corners, he had with him his own mother, a sister and niece. Of late
Wilson had shown strange conduct, and it is now evident, although
unsuspected at the time, that his mind was affected. Last week Tuesday
he came to town and stayed over that day. In the night he left the
and paraded before it for two hours robed in but a single garment. On
leaving Reed's Corners the last time, he remarked to several
acquaintances that he was going to Geneva to die. Saturday afternoon he
was at the
house of his wife, and acting so badly that the latter sent for her son
to come home and protect her. Wilson acted like a drunken man. The son,
with the aid of an officer, ejected him from the house. In a moment,
took a small paper from his pocket, unfolded it and swallowed a white
powder. Subsequently he took two or three more powders, believed to
be arsenic. He also partook of a dark substance which afterward was
to be opium. About 6 o'clock he was found in a stupid condition on
the corner of Main and Castle sts. Supposing him to be drunk, an
officer arrested him and took him to the Lock-up. At 7 o'clock J. F.
Eaton called to see him, and found him in such a deathly stupor that he
a physician. Dr. Frantz came and endeavored to force down an antidote.
Wilson persistently shut his teeth and refused to take medicine saying
he wanted to "go to the bone yard." He continued to sink, and breathed
his last about 3 o'clock in the morning. On his person were found about
$225 in money and a gold watch. These were taken possession of by
Coroner Clark. Wilson was about 53 years old. The verdict was "suicide
by taking poison while of unsound mind." His remains were taken to
Reed's Corners for interment last Wednesday.
From Ontario County Journal 21 September 1906
Naples, N. Y. - On Sept. 12, Mrs. Sarah F. Wilson, wife of
Irving B. Wilson, of South Bristol, passed away, after many months of
suffering at the age of 65 years. She was a noble woman and devoted to
duty, living a strenuous life of self-denying toil and in work for the
Master. She was born at Seneca Castle, and her maiden name was Atchley.
For a score of years she had lived at the home where she died, and took
great interest in the large, fertile farm. The burial was in Rose Ridge
cemetery, Rev. C. C. MacLean officiating. She leaves one son, Ulysses,
of Lodi, and one daughter, Mrs. George Trickey of Bristol.
From Ontario County Times 28 April 1875
Town of Seneca, N. Y. - On Wednesday, again this community was
called upon to pay their last respect to a very aged and estimable
woman, the widow of Mr. Thomas Wilson, who, also, had reached
her eighty-third year. They were amongst our earliest settlers, and
have left behind them children who are following their footsteps, and
are an honor to the community at large.
From Ontario County Journal 24 April 1896
Canandaigua lost another aged resident in the death of William
Wilson, which occurred at the home of his son-in-law, Frederick
Maggs, on Gibson street, Saturday evening. The deceased was born at
Aberdeen, Scotland, over 93 years ago. He came to this country at an
early age and had resided in this village ever since. Three children
survive, Mrs. Frederick Maggs and Mrs. James McFeggan of Canandaigua,
and Mrs. Henderson of Corning.
From Ontario County Journal 9 April 1897
Naples, N. Y. - William Wilson, an old resident, died on Thursday,
April 1, aged 77 years. He was born in Ohio, lived in Canada some
years, coming to Naples about 58 years ago. He married one of the
daughters of Parley Pierce 56 years ago, and is survived by her and one
daughter, Mrs. Effie Adams.
From Geneva Gazette 24 June 1881
William E. Wilson - This well-known, life-long resident and farmer
of this town, died on Sunday last of a lung disease which had disabled
him for several years. He was a brother of the late James Wilson of
Seneca, who fell a victim to the same disease. The deceased was a man
of the highest probity of character, which won for him the marked
esteem of all acquaintances. His age was about 75 years. In his demise
we mourn the loss of an old, faithful and valued friend and subscriber.
His funeral took place last Tuesday p.m.
From Geneva Daily Times 20 November 1907
Manchester, N. Y. - The Lehigh Valley Railroad yards in this
village was the scene of another fatal accident yesterday, the victim
being William E. Wilson, who was employed on what is known as
the "air force," whose duty it is to connect the cars of each train
that is being made up, by the air pipes. While engaged in this work, an
engine or a shunted car struck the ones that Wilson was connecting by
the air pipes, crushing him in such a manner that he died shortly after
being taken to his home. He was about 40 years of age, and is survived
by a wife and two sons of this village. Burial
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