"A" - "Ak" Obituaries

From Ontario County Journal 17 April 1896

Allen's Hill, N. Y. - Hiram Abbey, a lifelong resident of this town, died Sunday, April 5, aged 74 years. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Orelup of Bristol at the home of his son, Robert. Interment was at Baker Hill cemetery. Mr. Abbey left three children: Benton of this place; Elizabeth of Buffalo; Robert of Bristol.

From Ontario County Journal 26 February 1909

Honeoye, N. Y. - Again death has entered the town and another loving wife and mother has been called to eternal rest; another home is sad and desolate because the voice so loved, the heart and hand always ready in joy or sorrow are stilled forever. Mrs. Julia Plimpton Abbey died at her home on Monday after an illness of seven weeks. She was recovering from diphtheria when a complication of diseases arose which baffled medical skill and in her weakened condition she was unable to rally. Julia Plimpton was born in Stockbridge, Mass., 66 years ago and in 1872 she was united in marriage to John P. Abbey of Richmond, and here has been their home, a beautiful farm home about two miles from the village of Honeoye. Two children came of this union, Frank Abbey of Rochester, and Mrs. Philip H. Sisson of Canandaigua, who, with the husband, survive. Mrs. Abbey had been a faithful and active member of the Congregational church for many years and seldom was she absent from Sunday worship, rain or shine. Her work did not end here; in her home, in her neighborhood, in society, this beautiful christian character was ever manifested. Her everyday life was an influence for good. The funeral was held from her late home on Wednesday afternoon with Rev. Dr. Arthur C. Dill officiating. The interment was in Lakeview cemetery. The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the family in their sorrow.

From Geneva Gazette 3 February 1882

Mrs. Sanford Abbey died at her residence on Exchange st. Wednesday morning. This is the lady who met with an accident a few weeks ago, falling from the piazza of her residence, the first untoward result of which was a miscarriage. The internal injuries proved so severe as to have at length resulted fatally. Mrs. Abbey was aged only about 20 years.

From Ontario County Times 1 June 1887

Rushville, N. Y. - Died at her home in Rushville, Emaline Abbott, wife of John W. Abbott, after a lingering illness of consumption, aged 42 years. The funeral service was held from the residence May 30. The deceased leaves behind to mourn her loss a sorrowing husband and five children who deeply mourn the death of their mother.

From Ontario County Journal 19 May 1893

Rushville, N. Y. - Mrs. Garrett Abeel, who had been ill for some time, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Jerome Eldridge, on Wednesday. She was the grandmother of Mrs. M. E. Furner, the postmistress at this place. Mrs. Abeel had reached the advanced age of 80 years.

From Geneva Daily Times 10 May 1907

Canandaigua, N. Y. - Mrs. Sophia Marie Abel, wife of Carl Abel, died at the Memorial Hospital at an early hour yesterday morning after two weeks' illness, aged 63 years. Mrs. Abel was a native of Germany and came here with her husband in 1884. She leaves besides her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Robert J. Ranney, and three sons, Rudolph of Rochester, and Ernest and Carl of this place.

From Ontario County Journal 29 June 1894

Christian Aberle, an old and respected resident of this village, died at his home on West avenue last Thursday evening, after a long and painful illness from cancer of the stomach. He had for years been a carpenter here. He was sixty-three years of age.

From Ontario County Journal 11 February 1881

Bristol Springs, N. Y. - On Friday of last week a respectable number of the citizens of this town and Bristol were present at his late residence to pay their respects to the memory of Mr. Henry Acheson, deceased. Rev. Mr. Dewey, of Bristol, conducted the services, offering an excellent discourse founded upon a portion of the second verse of the fourteenth chapter of John. "In my father's house are many mansions." Mr. Acheson was of Irish birth, and was about 63 years of age. He had been an honest and very industrious citizen, a kind husband, an affectionate and indulgent father and as a neighbor generous to a fault. In the social circle he was genial, lively and hopeful. The blank caused by his departure from this life will not easily be supplied. His third wife mourns him.


From Geneva Gazette 28 October 1881

Death of John Ackley - This well-known citizen died last evening at about half past six o'clock, at his residence on Exchange st. He had been in rather poor health for several months past, occasionally requiring the attendance of a physician, but managing to attend to his large and prosperous saloon business with but temporary interruption for a day or two now and then. Only about a week ago he was taken down with typhoid fever which thus speedily ran its fatal course. Mr. Ackley was a native of Switzerland, and came to this country about eleven years ago, a stranger without relative or acquaintance on this side of the broad Atlantic. Brought up on a dairy farm amid the rugged scenery of the Alps, he intended to follow the same pursuit in this more productive and favored land. He did engage at such service for one or two seasons, his first employer being Mr. W. Scofield, a dairyman. Subsequently, he married Miss Rosa Leutz of the town of Waterloo and soon thereafter settled in the village and embarked in the saloon business, first with Isaac Baumann, and then by himself. For a year past he has been our immediate neighbor, and we learned to like him for his uniform courtesy and genial manners, and to respect him for his scrupulous conformity to law and the rigid terms of his license. His saloon was no place for brawlers and confirmed inebriates - such found there no congenial company. His patrons were among the best business men of Seneca and Exchange sts. and the sturdy farmers of the country around us, with whom pleasant greetings were the prevailing custom. Poor John ! how sudden, scarcely realized as yet, his taking off. His young widow survives him but he leaves no children. It was his intention to pay a visit to "fatherland" the ensuing season, and he talked of it with all the enthusiasm of a child in contemplating a visit "home." Instead of greeting long absent son and brother, parents and kin must be saddened by this message of his sudden and untimely death.

From the Christian Ambassador, Auburn NY, 10 Jul 1858

Death of Rev. Oliver Ackley

It becomes our painful duty to announce the death of our beloved father in the ministry, REV. OLIVER ACKLEY. He departed life in his residence in Orleans, Ontario co., N. Y., on the morning of the 30th ult., aged 70 years. We stated in the Ambassador of the 15th of May that Father Ackley had experienced a severe attack of paralysis, and that his recovery was quite doubtful.  The fears then cherished have proved too well founded.  He lingered for about eight weeks in utter prostration and helplessness, before his spirit took its final flight to its eternal rest.  His mind was materially affected by the blow that shattered his body.  There were brief periods, however, when his intellect would seem to revive to almost natural activity. At these moments, for some time after the commencement of his sickness, while he expressed his belief that he (w)ould recover, at the same time he evinced the utmost resignation to the Divine will…   His faith in the impartial grace of God and the salvation of the world remained firm to the last.  Two or three days before his death, becoming satisfied that his departure was near at hand, he took an affectionate leave of his family, and said to them in the confidence of a serene and well-founded hope, “I shall not die, but shall soon fall asleep!”

Father Ackley as a minister was diffident of his abilities and modest in his aspirations and claims; nevertheless he was an able and very acceptable and profitable preacher.  In prayer, we think we may say, he was unexcelled. We never listened to petitions more ladened with humble reverence, with confidence in the Father’s goodness, with love to God and to all mankind, with a moving, melting pathos, than those which we again and again heard flow from his lips. He sowed the seed of Gospel truth for more than a quarter of a century, in the county of Ontario and the adjoining counties, which has already sprung up to golden harvests, and which is destined yet to yield broader and richer fruits in years to come.

The moral character of the departed was without a stain.  He endeavored to practice himself the precepts he enforced on others.  Although like all dwellers in the flesh, he had his imperfections, yet it is exceedingly rare that anyone, clergyman or layman, succeeds in winning so large a share of the respect and confidence of the community, of all denominations, and in building up a character so high for integrity, honesty, and benevolence, as in his case.

Father Ackley entered the ministry in Madison county, some forty years since. His conversion and consecration to the work of the Gospel were among the fruits of a general revival which took place among the Universalists in Madison county in the year 1817.  In the Memoirs of Rev. Nathaniel Stacy (P. 302) we find a paragraph in relation to the deceased. Speaking of the revival to which we have above alluded, Father Stacy says:-

Mr. Ackley was quite a youth when I removed to Hamilton, and usually attended my meetings; but made no pretentions to religion until the time of this revival: he, too, was an early convert, and one of the first individuals who had received baptism by immersion.  He had an uncommon talent of natural eloquence, and improved it successfully in our conferences.  At length he was invited and urgently requested to hold meetings abroad in the neighboring towns, which after repeated solicitations, together with my influence, he with great modesty and manifest reluctance consented to do.   And so edifying were his improvements, so confident were the people of his great usefulness as a preacher of the everlasting Gospel, the he was persuaded, eventually, to take upon himself the solemn responsibilities of an evangelist.   And how well he has sustained the dignity and the sacredness of that high and holy vocation, I need not say; for he is well and extensively known to the denomination as a devoted Christian, and an able advocate for the truth, and enjoys the undivided confidence of his acquaintance, and is greatly beloved by all who know him.
The funeral of Br. Ackley took place in the Baptist church in Orleans on Thursday afternoon, the 1st inst. Providentially Father Stacy, the early friend and instructor of the deceased, was visiting his daughter in Geneva, who is the wife of John Ackley, Esq., a son of the departed father in Israel.  Br. Stacy officiated at the funeral, and gave a very interesting and moving discourse from 2 Cor.:1.  He was assisted in the services by Brs. A[sa] Saxe and J[ohn] M. Austin, and also by the pastor of the Baptist church in Orleans.  A large audience crowded the church in every part, and their fixed attention and tearful eyes bore striking evidence of the affection they bore for the memory of the departed servant of Christ.

We have received a brief biography of the deceased from the pen of Rev. N. Stacy. It was too late for this week, but it shall appear in our next.

Death of Rev. Oliver Ackley

From the Christian Ambassador, Auburn NY, 17 Jul 1858

Departed this life on the morning of the 30th ult., at 3 o'clock, at his residence in the village of Orleans, Ontario co., N. Y., Rev. O. Ackley, in the 70th year of his age.  Between seven and eight weeks since, he arose one morning apparently out of the usual state of his health; but having some business abroad, in accordance with his habits of industry and his benevolent perseverance in the discharge of every duty to his family and society, and contrary to the earnest remonstrance of his wife, he harnessed his horse and drove to the appointed place.  His physical condition was immediately discovered—he was seized with a paralysis which gradually rendered his left limbs wholly helpless, in a moderate degree affected his speech, and apparently produced an intellectual stupor, but by no means depriving him of reason.  In this condition he was conveyed home, and placed upon his bed from which he never afterwards arose!  Everything was done for his relief that the skill of the physician, conjugal affection, and filial piety could suggest, and that his numerous sympathizing friends could perform; all of which was evidently appreciated by him, and very thankfully received but all proved of no avail to arrest that sentence against mortal man—“Dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return.”  The writer of this, though for many years residing in a distant part of the country, in the State of Pennsylvania, was providentially thrown in this section a few weeks after the attack, and enjoyed the privilege of visiting him several times.  I found him suffering very considerably, but patient and resigned—his faith lively and his hope strong. Although from my imperfection of hearing I could not understand all he wished to say, yet there were seasons when his voice was sufficiently strong for me to hear, and he could always give me the assurance of his faith, hope, charity, and patient resignation. I remarked that he could adopt the language of the Apostle—“I have fought a good fight; I have finished my course; I have kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness.” He shook his head, but remarked, or gave me to understand, that he could “wait all the days of his appointed time, till his change came.”

A little before his departure he took an affectionate leave of his family, and the time soon arrived when He who holds the keys of death unlocked the prison door and bade the freed spirit rise to the enjoyment of immortal life.

His funeral obsequies were attended Thursday, July 1st.  The services were performed in the Baptist church in the village. The writer, Br. J[ohn] M. Austin, Br. A[sa] Saxe, and Rev. Mr. Wader, pastor of the Baptist church, were present, and each took part in the solemnization of the occasion.  The house was crowded to its fullest capacity, and the deep interest manifested, the profound and solemn attention given by the crowded audience bore ample testimony to their respect for the deceased and their sympathy with the bereaved family.

Brief Biographical Sketch

Mr. Ackley, it appears by record, was born in the State of Connecticut, in January 1789. At an early day his father removed from that State into Hamilton, Madison Co., N. Y., where Oliver grew up to manhood, and where he received all the literary education he ever obtained.  The country was new.  No laws existed in the State of New York for the establishment and regulation of common schools, and no literary institution was then established in that section of the country. But such was his industry and perseverance, that before his majority he obtained a sufficient education to become a common school teacher.  And such was the integrity of his character, and his known qualifications for the transaction of business, that he was chosen to civil office in society, and promoted to military office in society, and he served a short campaign as a military officer in the service of his country at Sackett’s Harbor, in the fall of 1814.]

In June, 1805, I first visited that section of country and commenced preaching in Hamilton. And on that or the following year at farthest, I noticed Oliver Ackley, then a young man in his minority, a very constant attendant at my meetings. I marked his serious attention and the manifestly deep interest he felt in the doctrine of God’s Universal grace. God had given him an understanding to receive and a heart to feel and appreciate the glorious truths of the Gospel. I soon formed a familiar acquaintance with him, and a bond of sympathy and union was soon contracted which never knew intermission nor abatement until the shaft of death has separated us for a short season.  I was called to solemnize his marriage with his first wife [Polly Gardner]—an excellent woman, with whom he happily lived until she was removed from him by the messenger of death, about seven years ago, and raised a large family of very respectable children, most of whom survive, and have had the melancholy pleasure of seeing a beloved father finish his course with joy, and beholding his mortal remains deposited in their last resting place.

Although Mr. Ackley’s understanding was thoroughly convinced of the truth of the doctrine, and he gave his support and all his influence to its propagation, his heart was never imbued with its living spirit until the extraordinary awakening in our Society and vicinity in the year 1817—a circumstantial account of which may be found in the Memoirs of my Life… He now made a public profession, received baptism under my hand, and united with the church.

He had a natural talent for public speaking, and he was faithful to improve it at our Conferences, and was soon solicited to visit different neighborhoods and adjacent towns, and hold meetings; and he was soon under regular engagements. I have no data at hand by which I can determine the date of his letter of fellowship, but it was probably about 1819. And shortly afterwards, a meeting and a council were called in the town of Eaton, Madison co., where he was employing part of his time, for his ordination; and if memory well serves me, Br. S[tephen] R. Smith preached on the occasion.

Mr. Ackley continued to itinerate and preach in that section of country with universal acceptance and great success, until somewhere around the year 1825, when he removed his family into what we then called the Genesee country, and settled for a season in the town of Hopewell.  Since that time he has traveled much in Western N. Y., and zealously, faithfully and successfully devoted his time and talents to the promulgation of that truth which constituted the ground of his hope, the sun of his life and the joy of his soul, until the infirmities of age admonished him to moderate his zeal, and circumscribe the field of his labor to narrower limits.

But his benevolent soul has forbidden him to be indifferent to the needs of humanity—the sufferings of the poor, the groans of the sick and distressed, the tears of the bereaved and afflicted, have always excited his warmest sympathy. He has ever been the uniform friend of the indigent, the sympathizing companion of the sick bed, and the comforter of the mourner; and he has continued to hold himself in readiness to attend the calls of the suffering within the compass of his ability, either to administer material aid or spiritual consolation.  He has been, for many years, extensively known in this section of the country; and his humility, his honesty and integrity, his benevolence and charity have become almost proverbial.  He has conspicuously illustrated the practical influence of the religion he professed in his daily life and conversation.

After the departure of his first wife, and remaining in widowed loneliness for a few years, he married a second wife; and she has truly proved a companion in faith, in hope, in zeal—a partner of his cares, his labors, his joys and his sorrows.  She married him with all the tenderness of conjugal affection, bathed his fevered brow, smoothed his pillow, and cheered and comforted him to the close of his passage to his final goal.

It is the second time she has been left in widowhood, but she is not without a stay and a comforter. She enjoys the presence of that God who has promised to be the husband of the widow.  May God sanctify this bereavement, and fit and prepare her for all her further duties and trials of life.

N[athaniel] Stacy
Geneva, July 2d.

This contribution was kindly donated by Karen Dau, Rochester NY
Archivist, NY State Convention of Universalists

From Ontario County Journal 18 June 1886

East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Allie Adams died last Tuesday morning, aged 26. Deceased leaves beside her husband and two children, a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her loss. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at five o'clock.

From Ontario County Journal 16 April 1880

East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mr. Alvin Adams died last Monday at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. L. Andrews, of West Bloomfield, aged 84 years. His remains were brought to this place for interment Wednesday afternoon.

From Victor Herald 2 November 1900

News was received here, Wednesday, of the death, at his home in Canandaigua, of Ansel L. Adams, a recent resident of this town. The announcement was a great shock and surprise to Mr. Adam's many friends for, while it was known that he was by no means rugged or good health, his death was entirely unexpected. Only a few days ago he was upon our streets greeting old friends with his accustomed geniality and Victor people visiting Canandaigua, recently, have been pleased to greet their former townsman as he stood near the depot, perhaps on the watch for them. Ansel L. Adams was born in Connecticut in 1825, and celebrated his seventy-fifth birthday last August. When quite young he moved to Rochester and thence to Ohio. For many years he was employed on various railroads, a part of the time as baggageman between Buffalo and Chicago and also as express messenger between New York and Buffalo. About thirty-nine years ago he came to Victor and purchased a farm upon which he resided until last April, when he moved to Canandaigua. He was a cabinet-maker by trade but had not worked at it for many years. Mr. Adams married three times, the last wife dying about nine years ago. Two children were born from the last marriage; one a son, who died at an early age and the other a daughter, Cora, who has cared for her father in his declining years.

Bright's disease, which affected the heart, was the cause of death. The funeral is to be held this afternoon and interment will be had in Woodlawn Cemetery, Canandaigua. The services are to be under the auspices of Milnor Lodge, F. & A. M., of this village, of which Mr. Adams was a member. Besides the daughter, Mr. Adams leaves two brothers, Myron O. of Adams Basin and George H. of Canandaigua; and three sisters, Mrs. Hannah Horton of Honeoye Falls, Mrs. Henry Bement and Mrs. Andrew Lane, of this village.

From Ontario County Journal 2 April 1897

East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Benjamin Franklin Adams, a prominent farmer of this place, died shortly after midnight on Tuesday morning, at the age of 73 years. Mr. Adams had been ailing for some months, but, while his friends were anxious as to the condition of his health, few thought that he was in any imminent danger, and the end came suddenly. Mr. Adams died as many would wish to die, when the time came, he lay down and went to sleep. He was born in the town of Richmond, Sep. 19, 1823. At the age of 20 years, he removed to this town and entered the store of Porter & Hough, where he was employed as clerk for seven years. In 1851, he formed a partnership in the brick store with Isaac Mitchell, which business he continued for about two years. At the retirement of Mr. Mitchell, he formed a partnership with Frederick Munson, remaining until the year 1855, when he purchased the farm of L. S. Beach, where he lived until the time of his death. Mr. Adams life had been a happy one, and there are few men in the community to whom the ties of the family were more dear. In 1853, Mr. Adams was united in marriage to Lucinda Gauss; to them have been born five children: Mrs. Darwin Gibbs of Litchfield, Mich.; Mrs. E. L. Pardee of New York city; Mrs. Charles Stoddard of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Mrs. Heber E. Wheeler of East Bloomfield; one son, Frank M. Adams, who resides on the farm; and two brothers, James B. Adams of Geneseo; and S. M. Adams of Hillsdale, Mich. Mr. Adams' second marriage was in 1874, to Miss Helen Pardee Seymour, who survives him. His former wife died in 1872. The funeral services were held at his late residence on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and were largely attended by people from all parts of the town to pay their last respects to the deceased. The Rev. M. Luther Stimson, pastor of the Congregational church, officiated.

From Ontario County Times 17 January 1872

Shortsville, N. Y. - Mrs. Carrie Adams, wife of J. T. Adams, died at her father's residence in Littleville, on New Year's morning. She was a loved and respected member of our community, and the whole village feel her loss deeply. Mr. Adams possesses the sympathy of all who knew her, and is not alone in mourning her early death. She was a true and earnest christian, and it is a consoling thought to us to know that, though she has left us to pursue life's journey, she commenced, with the new year, a brighter, happier and more blissful existence in the home prepared for God's children beyond the river of death.

From Ontario County Journal 2 December 1910

Word was received here on Wednesday of the sudden death of Mrs. Charlotte Lapham Adams at Lakewood, N. J. where she was spending the winter, aged 65 years. The deceased is survived by two sons, Lewis H., of Canaan, and Elbridge L., of New York City; one sister, Mrs. A. B. Field of San Francisco, Cal.; and two brothers, Henry W. Lapham of Naples, and E. Gerry Lapham of Rochester. The body will be brought to her late home on Howell street this morning. The funeral will be held from St. John's church at 3 o'clock this afternoon, Rev. Herbert L. Gaylord officiating. Interment will be at Woodlawn.

From Geneva Daily Times 9 January 1908

The death of Corwin L. Adams of this city occurred last evening at the family residence, 141 Washington street, after an illness of two weeks, at the age of 60 years. Mr. Adams was the youngest son of the late Rodney L. Adams, formerly owner and publisher of the Geneva Courier. He was at one time editor and publisher of the Trumansburg Sentinel. He returned to Geneva in 1898 where he has since resided. He is survived by his widow, one daughter, Carrie J. Adams, one son, Rodney B. Adams, and one brother, Oliver S. Adams of Rochester. Burial Washington Street Cemetery.

From Victor Herald 5 September 1902

East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Francis Sophia Adams, widow of the late Gaius Adams, and one of our oldest residents, died Sunday evening, after a long illness, at the age of eighty-seven years and six months. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. O. R. Wilmarth, of Ludington, Mich., and Mrs. Edward Brown of Pembroke, N. Y. Funeral service were held at her late home Tuesday forenoon, Rev. W. D. Robinson officiating.

From Canandaigua Chronicle 28 August 1907

Victor, N. Y. - This community was saddened on Wednesday to learn of the death of Mrs. Freeman E. Adams, which occurred at an early hour that morning, at her home two miles southeast of this village. Pernicious anemia was the cause of death. she was born in this town 60 years ago. She is survived by her husband and four daughters: the Misses Viola, Florence, and Anna, of this town, and Mrs. Leona Adams Hornberger, Phoenix, Arizona. One sister also survives, Mrs. Martin Snyder, who resides west of this village, but is now with her husband in Washington state on an extended Western trip. Owing to the telegraph operators' strike it was impossible to get a message through to the daughter at Phoenix, and she could not be notified until after the funeral. Mrs. Adams joined the Presbyterian church in 1880 and was always, while her health permitted, a faithful attendant. She was an earnest Christian woman, lovable and kind of nature and possessed many sincere friends. The funeral was held at the home on Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock and burial was in the Boughton Hill Cemetery. Rev. Frank W. Hill of the Presbyterian church officiated.

From Ontario County Journal 18 August 1876

Mr. Gabriel Adams of Canadice met with a severe accident a few days since.  He was in his barn pitching hay with a horse fork, and when the fork was directly over his head, the chain broke and the fork dropped upon him, one of the tines entering his head and penetrating to the brain.  There was but little hope at the time that his life could be saved, but at a later date there was thought to be a possibility of recovery.  By a line from a friend in Canadice we learn that Mr. Adams died from his injuries on the 7th inst.

From Ontario County Journal 29 October 1875

Died - In Victor, Oct. 20th, 1875, Geo. A. Adams, aged 73 years.  Another pioneer has passed away; one by one they are falling.  Mr. Adams was born in Barkhemsted, Conn., Jan. 4, 1802.  From Barkhemsted he emigrated to Western New York, near the vicinity of Rochester.  He has been a resident of this town about 26 years.  His occupation was that of a farmer while living here. Until within the last few years, he owned one of the best farms in this township, but as old age advanced he sold his farm and moved near the village.  He was a good citizen and a kind neighbor.  In politics he was a democrat.  His health has been failing slowly for the past year and for the last four weeks he has been confined to his house. The funeral was held at the M. E. Church on Friday the 22d inst.  He was followed to his grave by a large concourse of friends and relatives, who thus testified to the love they bore him.

From Geneva Gazette 15 October 1875

A very sudden death occurred early Tuesday morning on Colt street.  Deceased is Mrs. H. E. Adams, wife of the sexton of the M. E. Church.  About half-past three A. M., she awakened her husband, complaining of faintness and weakness of respiration.  At her suggestion he called in two neighbor ladies and then hurried for and returned with a physician.  The latter at once pronounced the patient in a dying condition, and in a few moments she breathed her last.  For some weeks past Mrs. Adams had complained of pain in the spinal column below her neck, and consulted two physicians in regard thereto. Independently of the diagnosis of each other, both pronounced her affected with congestion of the spine which threatened to reach and produce apoplexy of the heart.  Such therefore is believed to be the cause of her sudden death.  Deceased is a native of Wolcott, aged 42 years, and second wife of Mr. Adams.  She was an attendant and devout member of the M. E. Church, and zealously devoted to the temperance cause -- in her humble way doing all in her power to advance the precepts of Christianity and reform.  Though death came suddenly "as a thief in the night," it is believed the grim visitor found her not wholly unprepared.

From Ontario County Chronicle 10 October 1900

East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The death of Helen Pardee Adams occurred last week Tuesday at the residence of Heber E. Wheeler. She was born in Sharon, Conn., February 26, 1829. Some years after the family moved here and she had lived here ever since. She was married to Charles Seymour June 5, 1855. Mr. Seymour died in 1876. Later she was married to B. F. Adams, who died March 29, 1897. She is survived by four brothers and two sisters, Frederick Pardee of California; Walter of New York; Albert of Palmyra, N. Y.; Dr. E. L. Pardee of this town, and Mrs. James Boughton, of Battle Creek, Mich., and Mrs. Enos Pomeroy, of Ann Arbor, Mich. The funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

From Geneva Daily Times 4 January 1908

Clifton Springs, N. Y. - At the home of her daughter, Mrs. Nat. Squier, on Kendall street in this village, occurred the death of Mrs. Jane A. Adams, on Thursday evening. Mrs. Adams was born in the town of Benton, Yates county, and was seventy-six years old. She has been a resident of this village off and on, for the past three years. Mrs. Adams is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Squier of Clifton Springs, and three sons, Isaac M. Adams, Edward S. Adams and David D. Adams, of Penn Yan. The funeral services will be held at the home of Mrs. Squier on Monday morning and the remains will be taken to Penn Yan for burial, where services will be held at the grave.

From Ontario County Chronicle 28 January 1903

Mrs. Jessie D. Adams died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Crofut, Upper Main street, Saturday, aged 51 years. Death was due to a complication of diseases. The funeral was held from her late home Monday afternoon.

From Ontario County Journal 5 December 1884

East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mr. John Adams died at the residence of his son, A. T. Adams, Wednesday morning, aged 90 years, 1 month and 14 days. He came to this town 89 years ago from Massachusetts with his parents; was a pensioner of the war of 1812. Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:30 p.m., at the residence of A. T. Adams.

From Shortsville Enterprise 21 October 1915

The death of John Quincy Adams, one of the best-known farmers in Manchester township, occurred at his home, northeast of this place, last Friday morning. His age was 73 years. John Quincy Adams was born on August 27, 1842, in the township of Manchester and his entire life had been spent therein. He was a son of the late Charles and Phoebe Tibbitts Adams. His grandfather was one of the original settlers of the township. He was married on December 23, 1868, to Miss Ella Lawrence of Manchester, by the Rev. Benjamin Swyck, also of Manchester. He was formerly a school teacher, having taught in the townships of Manchester, Hopewell and Farmington. He joined the Baptist church at Manchester 44 years ago and was one of the oldest living members. For more than 30 years he was a deacon in this church. He was also a member of Manchester Grange and for 10 years was its chaplain. The survivors are his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Elsie Pentz of DuBois, Pa.; Mrs. Jennie Olick of Rome, N. Y., and Mrs. Charles Sweet of Manchester; five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a brother, Henry T. Adams of Montana, and a cousin, Adelbert Adams of Farmington. The funeral services were held from his late home on the Howland road on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock and from the Manchester Baptist church at 2:30 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. W. D. St. John, pastor of the church. The bearers were Henry Howland, A. J. Latting, George Warner, John Dewey, Roy Macumber and C. G. McLouth. The interment was made in Brookside Cemetery in this place.

From Ontario County Journal 4 June 1909

East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Mariette McKinney Adams, widow of Edson Adams, occurred at her home in this village on Friday morning, May 28. Mrs. Adams, who was 83 years of age at the time of her death, was for 60 years a resident of this town. She was a member, and, as long as health permitted, a regular attendant of the Congregational church. Since her husband's death 17 years ago, she had been gradually failing in health and had for the past nine weeks been confined to her bed. Mrs. Adams is survived by one daughter, Mrs. W. E. Babcock, of Middletown, Conn.; three sons, Charles of Mt. Morris, John of Morency, Mich., and Frank Adams of Gorham, and one grandson, William E. Adams, of this place. The funeral which was private was held from the late residence on Sunday afternoon, Rev. W. D. Robinson officiating.

From Geneva Daily Times 12 October 1909

Mrs. Mary E. Adams, widow of the late Corwin L. Adams, died this morning at 8:30 o'clock at the family residence, No. 141 Washington street. Her death comes as a shock for she was ill but a short time. Although she had not been in her usual health, she was not confined to the house and was out yesterday. This morning about 5 o'clock she was taken seriously ill and rapidly grew worse until the end. She was 61 years old, was born in Canandaigua; but with the exception of a few years, she had resided in this city almost her entire life. She was an active worker in the First Presbyterian church and was a member of the Woman's Bible Class. She leaves one daughter, Miss Carrie J. Adams; one son, Rodney B. Adams; one brother, Joseph C. Burrill, and one sister, Mrs. S. Friedlander of Minneapolis, Minn., who has been visiting her sister for the past two weeks. The funeral will take place Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the house. Rev. W. W. Weller, pastor of the First Presbyterian church will officiate and interment will be in Washington Street Cemetery.

From Ontario County Times 29 June 1864

We are pained to hear that Lieut. Oscar M. Adams, of Co. K, 148th Regiment, N. Y. S. V., who was mentioned in a former issued of this paper, has since died. His wounds were not at first considered dangerous, and his friends were in no degree prepared to hear that they had proved fatal. Indeed, the last that was heard from him prior to the receipt of the telegraphic dispatch announcing his death was to the effect that he was able to walk about the Hospital, and would soon be well again. Lieut. Adams, before entering the military service, was a resident of East Bloomfield. He was a young man of excellent character, highly respected among his many townsmen, and in the army earned for himself the reputation of a brave and accomplished officer, while his ardent patriotism and genial disposition earned him the warm friendship of all with whom he was associated.

From Geneva Daily Times 20 April 1909

Naples, N. Y. - M. Tip Adams died at his home Sunday of pneumonia, aged 69 years.

From Ontario County Journal 7 February 1890

Captain W. W. Adams, an old and respected citizen of Victor, died there last Monday, aged 84 years. He had an attack of the grip, which resulted in congestion of the lungs. He was formerly a seafaring man, but had lived in Victor the past 50 years. He leaves a widow and five children.

From Geneva Advertiser Gazette 11 May 1905

Died, in Rochester, May 4, 1905, Mrs. Carrie Adriance, nee Crittenden, formerly of Phelps, aged 63 years, daughter of the late Israel Crittenden. The remains were brought to Phelps for interment. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Marshall of Medina and Mrs. Gregory of Rochester. Two brothers and three sisters remain of her own family, one of whom is Mrs. R. C. Boyd of Oaks Corners.

From Ontario Repository and Messenger 26 March 1873

We learn that on Sunday last, between the hours of one and two p.m., Horace Adsit, aged about 38 years, son of George H. Adsit, an old resident and respectable farmer on the road leading from Gypsum to Phelps village, about one and a half miles northeast of Clifton Springs, was found suspended by the neck, by means of a rope attached to the timbers in the upper story of his father's barn. When discovered and cut down, Adsit was quite dead. No particular cause is assigned as the reason for his self destruction, but the presumption is that he was slightly deranged at the time of committing the rash deed.

From Geneva Daily Times 4 August 1906

Mrs. Bridget Ahern, aged 79 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Thomas Kirby, No. 48 Middle street, at 1:45 o'clock yesterday afternoon. The cause of death was general debility. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Peter Skinner of Phelps, Mrs. James Guinan and Mrs. Thomas Kirby of Geneva, and one son, Michael Ahern of Lyons, and one sister, Mrs. Thomas Kennedy of Buffalo. The funeral will be held Monday morning at 8:45 from the home and 9:15 from St. Francis de Sales church. Interment will be in St. Patrick's cemetery.

From Ontario County Journal 19 July 1889

Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Lydia Aiken, the last of a large family closely identified with the Naples history, died last week. She was also the last 1812 pensioner in this vicinity. The whole family of nine children now lie together in the Hunt's Hollow cemetery of this town. Her name, when a girl, was Lydia French.

From Geneva Daily Times 4 October 1905

Canandaigua, N. Y. - Relatives and friends learned yesterday of the death at Rochester State Hospital Monday night of John P. Aikens, aged 58 years, a well-known resident of this village, who had been at that institution for several months. The remains were brought here yesterday and the funeral services were held at the home on Center street this afternoon under Masonic auspices, he having been a long time member and officer of the local lodge. He was also a veteran of the Civil War -- one of the youngest to go out from this section. He was a member of the 16th Heavy Artillery, and was connected with the local G. A. R. post. Besides his wife, two sisters, Mrs. Libbie Bailey and Mrs. Mary Bartliff, both of this village, survive.

From Victor Herald 30 September 1893

Hon. Stephen H. Ainsworth, a well-known citizen of West Bloomfield, died on the 20th inst., at the age of 84 years. He was one of the wealthiest and most respected men in that town. He began life as a poor boy and made a success of whatever he undertook. For many years he was an extensive grower of nursery stock, and it was here that he accumulated a considerable property. He was a friend and companion of the late Seth Green, who is known as the father of fish culture in this country. Mr. Ainsworth took a great interest in all public improvements in his town. In 1860 he was sent to the legislature from the western district of this county, and always took a lively interest in the welfare of the Republican party. Besides his wife, he leaves one daughter, Mrs. R. M. Peck, of West Bloomfield.

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