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THE NAPLES RECORD (Naples, NY)
27 September 1893
Henry P. Covel, of Italy, brother of Samuel Covel, of this
place, died suddenly on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 20, aged about 60
years. He was assisting in laying pipe in a ditch on his premises and
suddenly fell, and was dead in a few minutes. He had not been well for
some time, being troubled with heart and stomach disease. He was well
known here and highly esteemed.
THE NAPLES NEWS (Naples, NY)
01 February 1900
Martha Dean Covel departed this life at the home of her son
Lester Covel in Italy, N.Y., Jan. 23, 1900. Funeral service were held
at the Italy and Naples church, Friday, Jan. 26 at 12 m. Interment in
cemetery near the church. The deceased was the youngest daughter of
Samuel and Martha Dean, and was born in Italy, Yates Co., N.Y., March
22, 1837. She was married to Samuel N. Covel July 3, 1856. Of the
immediate relatives who remain to mourn her loss are the husband, one
son and wife, with whom they lived, and who cared for her so tenderly in
the years of her infermity, one grandson, three brothers, Edwin and
Anna of Mich., and Dellis of Italy, besides many nephews, nieces and
friends who will deeply mourn her loss. She was a woman of noble
christian character, having been a member of the Italy and Naples Free
Baptist church for many years, and until health failed her was regular
in attendance, always ready to do her part, whether to minister to
sick, the dying, or the needy, her hands were always ready. The family
have the sympathy of the entire community in their loss of a loving
wife and mother.
The Naples News (Naples, NY)
02 March 1910
Waid B. Covel
Mr. Covel died Saturday Feb. 26th after an illness of nine days.
His age was 44 years, 11 months. No man in Italy was more honored or
beloved by every one. He was the son of the late Henry Covel and had
always lived in Italy. As boy or man, husband, father or citizen,
whatever trust was committed to him was sacredly and faithfully
discharged. He was marked for his great moral and christian influence,
a pillar of strength to the Italy-Naples Free Baptist church of which
he was ordained Deacon in 1900. He married Miss Maggie Kennedy who with
one daughter Florence, 9 years old are left desolate. One little son
had gone before, one sister Mrs. Irving Fox of Wellsville survives him,
together with many relatives in Naples and elsewhere. The funeral was
held March 1, at the church which was crowded. There was universal
grief. "Who can fill his place" was on all lips. Rev. W. H. Haines
officiated assisted by Rev. Jesse Mullett of the Methodist church. The
burial was in the church cemetery.
The Naples Record (Naples, NY) 29 March 1916
Samuel N. Covel
Died last night, March 27, 1916, at the home of his
son, Lester D. Covel, as a result of a shock last Friday night; he had
been quite feeble for some time. He was the last of nine children. His
wife, who was Miss Martha Dean, died sixteen years ago; and a daughter,
Alice, died in infancy.
Mr. Covel was born in Naples on March 15, 1834, and
had always lived here and in the town of Italy. He was a veteran of the
Civil War, having served from '61 to 65' and at the time of his death
was a member of Bingham Post, G. A. R.
He is survived by his son, Lester D. Covel, and a
grandson, Leo Covel.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday from the
home at 12 m. and from the Italy-Naples church at 2 p. m.; interment
will be in the Italy-Naples cemetery. Bingham Post will attend the
services at the home in a body.
The Naples News (Naples, NY) 05 April 1916
On March 28, occurred the death of Samuel N.
Covel at the home of his son Lester D. Covel, as a result of a
shock a few days previous. He had been quite feeble all winter. He was
the last of ten children of Eben and Sophia Covel. His wife, Martha
Dean died sixteen years ago, and a daughter Alice died in infancy. Mr.
Covel was born in Naples on March 15, 1833, and had always lived here
and in the adjoining town of Italy. He was a veteran of the Civil War,
having served three years and at the time of death was a member of
Bingham Post. We wish to express our thanks to members of Bingham Post,
Sons of Veterans, neighbors and friends who so kindly assisted us in
our bereavement, and also for the many beautiful flowers.
and Mrs. L. D. Covel,
The Naples Record 13 March 1940
LESTER D. COVEL
Lester D. Covel, 65, died of a heart
attack on Sunday evening, March 10, 1940, in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. Covel was a resident of the town of Italy for a
number of years. He moved to Naples village when he relinquished the
superintendency of the old Monier dairy farm, later known as the James
P. Long farm. Some years later he moved to Manchester, where he was
employed by the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company for many years. He
retired about a year ago and returned to Naples to reside with his
granddaughter, Mrs. Philander Shepard. Last fall Mr. and Mrs. Covel
went to Florida to spend the winter, and they had decided to make their
Besides his wife, Mrs. Mina Covel, he leaves a son,
Leo M. Covel, of Canandaigua, and three grandchildren. Funeral
arrangements are incomplete.
The Naples News 13 March 1940
LESTER D. COVEL
The death of Lester Dean Covel,
65, occurred at his winter home in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Sunday
evening, March 10th., after a long illness. Formerly of Manchester, Mr.
and Mrs. Covel moved to Naples last summer where they resided with
their granddaughter, Mrs. Philander J. Shepard and husband, on West
Ave. They went to Florida last fall to spend the winter months there,
but due to Mr. Covel's illness decided to make their home there
Mr. and Mrs. Covel formerly lived in Italy Valley
and Naples before moving to Manchester where he worked for the Lehigh
Valley R. R., as station agent. He retired from this position about a
Besides his wife, Mrs. Mina Covel, he is survived by
a son, Leo Covel of Canandaigua, and three grandchildren and a great
Funeral services will be held at Manchester,
Saturday afternoon with burial in Rose Ridge cemetery.
The Naples Record (Naples, NY) 21 February 1934
MRS. MARGARET COVEL
Mrs. Margaret Covel, 60, died on
Tuesday morning, February 20th, 1934, at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. Lester Burgett, in Newark, N. Y., following an
illness of ten months.
She is survived by her daughter, two grandchildren,
two sisters, Mrs. Byron Showers, of Syracuse, and Mrs. Claude Wixom, of
Italy Valley, and three brothers, Grant M. Kennedy, of Canandaigua;
Fred Kennedy, of Gloversville, and Ralph Kennedy, of Stanley.
Mrs. Covel was born in the town of Italy on July 7,
1873, the oldest daughter of Frank and Lillian Kennedy. She attended
Naples Academy and Geneseo Normal school, and taught school for several
terms in the rural schools of Italy Valley.
On March 15, 1894, she was united in marriage with
Waid B. Covel. To them were born two children, one of whom, Elmer
Francis, died at the age of fourteen months.
They resided on their farm in the town of Italy
during their married life. Mr. Covel on February 26, 1910. In the fall
of 1912 Mrs. Covel moved to Naples where she lived until her last
illness. She was an active member of the Methodist Church, was
President of the Women's Home Missionary Society for fourteen years,
and had always been a worker in the Sunday School. She was a member of
Naples Grange for fourteen years, and served as chaplain in that
organization for a time.
Mrs. Covel was a devoted Christian, much loved and
respected, and will be greatly missed by the family and by the
Funeral services will be conducted from the
Methodist church in Naples at 2 p. m. on Thursday, February 22, by Rev.
F. C. House, preceded by a prayer service at 11:30 a. m. at the home of
her daughter in Newark by the Rev. Mr. Stearns.
Interment will be made in the Italy-Naples cemetery.
The Naples Record (Naples, NY) 22 November 1907
At the Memorial Hospital, in Canandaigua, on
Saturday, November 16, 1907, occurred the death of Charles Flint,
aged 66 years. The cause of death was heart failure. For a number of
years Mr. Flint was a resident of Naples. He was proprietor of the west
side stage line, and later R. F. D. Agent on Route No. 3. He visited
here only a few weeks ago. Deceased is survived by three sons: George,
of Geneva; Harry, of New York; and Edwin, of San Francisco; and three
daughters: Mrs. J. Van Brooker and Miss Eva Flint, of Canandaigua; and
Miss Ella Flint, of Prattsburgh. Funeral services were held on Monday
and interment in the West Avenue cemetery, Canandaigua.
The Naples Record (Naples, NY) 07 March 1956
MRS. HENRY LACEY
Mrs. Cora Wood Lacey, 76, died at the Smith
nursing home in Naples on Friday, March 2, 1956, after a long illness.
She was born in Italy Valley on December 21, 1879.
She was united in marriage with Henry Lacey in June, 1910, and lived at
Seneca Point, west side of Canandaigua Lake, for forty years.
After the death of her husband, about three years
ago, she made her home with her brother, Edgar A. Wood, and Mrs. Wood,
in the Valley. Last October 11, she suffered a stroke, and was taken to
Memorial Hospital in Canandaigua, and later to the Smith nursing home.
She is survived by two brothers, Edgar A. Wood, of
Italy Valley, and Orley Wood, of Berea, California; a sister, Mrs. Ora
Potter, of Italy Valley; five step-grandchildren; and several nieces
Services were held Monday at 2 p. m. from the Emory
funeral home, Rev. Darius M. Ratcliff, of the Naples Baptist Church,
officiating. Burial was made in Italy- Naples County Line cemetery.
Naples Record (Naples, NY) 16 August 1944
MRS. HORACE SHEPARD
Mrs. Inez Viola Shepard, 55, died last Friday,
August 11, 1944, after a long illness. She was born in Naples on August
She leaves her husband, Horace Shepard, of Naples,
whom she married on September 19, 1907; five sons, Francis L.,
Philander, and Horace Shepard, of Naples, and Pvt. John Shepard, in
Camp Stewart, Georgia, and Cpl. Charles Shepard, at Scott Field,
Illinois; four daughters, Mrs. J. M. Clark, of Rushville, Mrs. James
Gookins and Mrs. Chester Janaik, of Buffalo, and Mrs. Walter Dandolph,
of Middlesex; her father, Philander Reamer, of Manchester; two sisters,
Mrs. Wendell Domm and Mrs. Cleon Longsdorf, of Naples; a half brother,
William Reamer, of Naples; ten grandchildren; one aunt, Mrs. Philip
Roach, of Vine Valley.
Services were held on Tuesday at 2:30 p. m. from the
Allen funeral home in Naples. Burial was made in Rose Ridge cemetery.
Rev. Guy L. Morrill, of South Bristol, conducted the services.
The Naples News (Naples, NY) 21 May, 1924
The body of Mrs. Jennie Shepard, widow of
Willard Shepard, who died in Clifton Springs was brought here for
burial in Rose Ridge cemetery last Saturday.
The Naples News (Naples, NY) 21 May, 1924
MRS. JENNIE SHEPARD
At the home of her daughter, Mrs. Roy Fox, in
Clifton Springs, occurred the death last Thursday of Mrs. Jennie
Shepard, aged 72 years. Deceased was the widow of the late Willard
Shepard, of Naples, and a good share of her life was spent in this
village. She is survived by one son, Horace Shepard, of South Bristol,
and one daughter, Mrs. Roy Fox, of Clifton Springs; also twelve
Funeral services were held from the Clifton Springs
Baptist church on Saturday at 10 o'clock, Rev. R. S. Chalmers
officiating. The body was then brought to Naples, where services were
held in Grange Hall, after which interment was made in Rose Ridge
From The Naples News - Naples, NY August 4, 1909
Willard G. Shepard
Died at his home in Vine street, this village, on Tuesday, August 3,
1909, after an illness of about two weeks. He was born in the town of
Canadice 59 years ago, and had been a resident of Naples about twenty
years. Besides his wife he is survived by two children, Horace, of
Naples, and Mrs. Elroy Fox, of Clifton Springs, and one brother,
William, all of whom were with him during his last days. In politics he
was a Republican and always took an active interest in that party. At
the time of his death he was one of the constables of the town and
truant officer of our school. He was a veteran of the Civil War, having
enlisted at the age of 14 years in Co. A, 94th N. Y. V. Infantry. At
the time of his death he was Senior Vice-Commander of Bingham Post,
under whose auspices, assisted by the Sons of Veterans, the funeral was
held yesterday. The sermon was by Rev. C. G. Roop. Burial in Rose Ridge
From The Naples Record - Naples, NY August 6, 1909
Willard G. Shepard
After two weeks of illness and of much suffering toward the last,
Mr. Shepard died Tuesday noon at the age of 59 years and six months. In
his death the town loses one of its well known citizens. He was also
widely known in the county by reason of his activity in Grand Army
circles and as a peace and court officer. Born in Canadice he moved to
Naples nearly 20 years ago, having been unfitted for his usual farm
work by reason of disabilities contracted in the service. He had
enlisted at the age of 14 in Co. A, 94 N. Y. V. I., and served in the
ranks with sturdy man, and it told upon him. He was probably at his
death the youngest soldier in the vicinity.
He joined Bingham Post here in 1893 and had ever since taken deep
interest in Grand Army matters and especially in his Post work. He had
served as Commander two years and was Senior Vice Commander at his
death and for several years previous. He was often delegate to state
and national encampments and had a large fraternal acquaintance which
he appreciated and enjoyed. He served the town well as constable,
truant officer, policeman, collector and showed unusual executive
ability in these duties. He will be much missed in the town, in the
Post and especially in the family. He leaves his wife, a son, Horace a
daughter, Mrs. Elroy Fox of Clifton Springs and two grandchildren, also
his brother, William a veteran, and a sister Mrs. Carrie Cox of
Canandaigua. One brother Horace, died in the service.
The funeral will be held to-morrow Thursday, at 2:30 p. m., at the
house, and will be in charge of his comrades and the Sons of Veterans,
Rev. C. G. Roop will officiate.
NOTICE. All members of Bingham Post and other veterans, also all
Sons of Veterans, are urged to be at the Post rooms at 2 p. m.,
Thursday to take part in the funeral service of Willard Shepard.
Edmund C. Clarke and John T. Huber.
The Naples Record (Naples, NY) 08 November 1911
William L. Shepard died at the home of his
sister-in-law, Mrs. W. G. Shepard, Vine street, on Sunday, November 5,
1911, aged 65 years. He was born in the town of Canadice, but since the
war had made his home with his brother, the late Willard Shepard,
moving to the village with him from Hunts Hollow. Deceased was a
veteran of the Civil War, having served three years in the 126th.
Regt., N. Y. Inft. Beside his brother's family he is survived by one
sister, Mrs. Carrie Cox, of Canandaigua. He had not been in good health
for about two years. The funeral was held from the home at 10 a. m.
today and was in charge of Bingham Post, G. A. R., of which he was a
member, conducted by Dr. J. H. France. Interment in Rose Ridge
cemetery. Mr. Shepard was the fifth member of the Bingham Post who has
died this year.
The Naples News (Naples, NY) 08 November 1911
WILLIAM L. SHEPARD died Sunday night, November 5th at the Shepard
home on Vine Street, of a complication of heart trouble and paralysis
of the throat, having been ill many months. He was a civil war veteran
and the forth of members of Bingham Post, G. A. R., who have died this
year, three of them, including himself, members of Company D. 126, N.
Y. V. He was the second son of Bradley and Ellen Shepard, who lost
their oldest son in the service. He was born in Canadice, but Naples
had been his home for 20 years past. His age was 65. He was Junior Vice
Commander of the Post at the time of his death and for several years
previous. He was a loyal and faithful soldier and post officer. His
younger brother, Willard, died two years ago. He leaves a sister, Mrs.
Carrie Cox of Canandaigua, who has been caring for him for some weeks,
assisting his sister-in-law, Mrs. Jennie Shepard. He had the best of
care, but nothing could avail to restore him. He was never married.
The funeral held today at 10 a. m. was under the
auspices of Bingham Post. Rev. Dr. France officiating at the house and
the comrades at the cemetery.
The Naples News (Naples, NY) 15 November 1911
TRIBUTE TO W. L. SHEPARD BY BINGHAM POST.
(Respectfully submitted for record.)
The death of comrade Wm. L. Shepard on November 5th
removes from the ranks of Bingham Post a faithful and worthy member and
for many years a prominent office holder. He had been a good soldier in
the civil war. Though severely wounded at the very beginning of of his
term of service, he refused to be discharged and continued to serve as
best he could during his enlisted term of three years. He never
recovered from the effects of this wound and had been ever since more
or less crippled thereby. He scarcely ever mentioned it or complained
of his weakness and but few knew that he suffered so much. We approve
of what was so beautifully said of him by Dr. France at his funeral as
an answer to any who may have thought him unwilling to work.
He was always ready to serve in any capacity in the
Grand Army work, and without complaint and was always present at Post
meetings when physically able. He was kind of heart and never spoke
unkindly of his comrades, but rather in the true fraternal spirit,
labored to build up the order and to help any in distress. His love for
and attachment to his brother, W. G. Shepard while he lived, was
remarkable Though the older of the two, he was the follower
rather than the leader, and his brother's death told upon his own
health. He had never been quite the same since. His kindness to his
sister-in-law should not go unrecorded, neither her unstinting care of
him during his illness, also that of his sister Mrs. Cox. He wanted to
live but did not shrink from death and died as a soldier should, at
peace with all men and we trust with his God. We will cherish his
memory and imitate his virtues. Headquarters Bingham Post, No. 74, G.
A. R., Naples, N. Y.
Nov. 11, 1911
The Naples News (Naples, NY) 10 February 1904
Mrs. Sophia Wood of Italy Hollow, is ill
The Naples Record (Naples, NY) 12 February 1904
Mrs. Sophia Wood is quite seriously ill with
pneumonia. Her son, Charles Wood, walked to Naples and back Sunday
after medicine; the doctor could not get here, the roads were so bad.
The Naples Record (Naples, NY) 26 February 1904
The funeral services of Sophia Barker Wood
were held from the Italy-Naples church on Monday, the pastor, Mr. Bump,
officiating. Two weeks ago she was attacked with pneumonia and Dr.
Barringer was called, but gave them little hope from the first, as her
heart was in a weak condition and her age 77 years and 10 months he
thought her chances for recovery were slight.
The Naples Record (Naples, NY)
29 January 1930
The body of Mrs. Susie Wood, a former
resident of the Valley, but of late of Manchester, now deceased, was
brought to the old home church on Saturday, the occasion calling all
relatives and friends from many distant places, observing the last
funeral rites, Rev. L. L. Swarthout, her pastor, giving the address in
tribute of her Christian life and her fidelity to her Lord. At its
conclusion she was laid away in her tomb.
The Naples News (Naples, NY)
29 January 1930
Mrs. Susie Wood, a former resident of the
Valley, later of Manchester, was brought to the old home church, last
Saturday, having passed on the realm beyond, calling her many relatives
and friends to the occasion of observing the last rites, mortals can do
Rev. Swarthout her pastor, giving the message in tribute of her worthy
life as he knew her in the devoted life to her Lord.
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