"For" to "Fos" Obituaries

From Geneva Daily Times 9 December 1908

Mrs. Rebecca Forbes,
aged 82 years, died this morning, at 6 o'clock at the home of her son-in-law, Harry J. Loy, of Jefferson avenue. The deceased has made a home in this city for the past six years. She leaves one daughter, Mrs. Harry J. Loy, and one sister, Mrs. Adelaide Eddy of New York. The funeral will take place Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from Kennedy's undertaking rooms, and the remains will be taken later in the afternoon to La Mont, Wyoming county, her former home, for interment. Rev. D. H. Craver will officiate.

From Victor Herald 25 August 1894

Charles Force
died at his home in this village Thursday morning, after an illness of several months duration. He was born in Waterloo, N. Y., Jan 10th, 1816. Most of his life was passed in this town and the immediate vicinity. He was twice married, his first wife died several years ago, one son died in the army. In 1873 he married Mary Metzger, who with one daughter living in Wisconsin, survive him. Of his own family, two sisters remain, Mrs. Caroline Lusk of West Albion, Mich., and Mrs. Catherine Frost, of Victor. His funeral will be held this Saturday morning; the burial will be at Boughton Hill.

From Ontario County Journal 23 January 1885

A very sudden death from neuralgia of the heart occurred at Canadice Thursday of last week. Avery Ford, who was cutting wood near the above place, complained of illness and started for home in the middle of the afternoon. His wife being alarmed at his non-appearance in the evening, notified the neighbors of his absence and a party started out in search. Finding his tracks, they followed them a short distance and discovered his body lying in the snow. Mr. Ford was 69 years old. A wife and three children survive him.

From Ontario County Journal 13 January 1888

Fishers, N. Y. - Erastus Ford, an old and respected resident of this place, died last Friday, after a short illness. He was taken sick Wednesday morning with pneumonia, and gradually grew worse until Friday evening, when he very quietly passed away, after the ripe old age of eighty-five years. He leaves an invalid wife, one sister, a brother, and an adopted son. The funeral was held Monday afternoon. A service was held at the house for the benefit of his wife, and another service was held at the Baptist church of Mendon, Rev. Mr. Keller, pastor of the church, officiating.

From Ontario County Journal 26 October 1894

On Sunday morning occurred the death of John F. Ford at his home on lower Main street in this village, after a brief illness of typhoid fever. He leaves surviving a wife and three children. Mr. Ford, by his genial disposition, has made many friends, especially in the Canandaigua Band, of which organization he was business manager. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday morning by Rev. C. J. Clausen, and were attended by the band in a body, a quartette from which furnished the music.

From Geneva Daily Times 12 February 1907

Canandaigua, N. Y. - Martin Ford, a former Canandaiguan, died at Elmira on Sunday afternoon, and the remains will be brought here for interment. He was about 60 years of age, and leaves two sisters, Mrs. Katherine Brennan and Mrs. Bridget Lally, both of Canandaigua.

From Geneva Gazette 15 September 1871

An Irish woman named Mary Ford, wife of Patrick Ford, living near Gorham station, on the Pennsylvania Northern Central Railroad, was struck by a passing car, on the 5th inst., and so severely injured that she died within a quarter of an hour.

From Ontario County Times 1 January 1879

Michael Ford,
residing near Reed's Corners, committed suicide by hanging on Christmas day. He committed the rash deed in an outbuilding on the premises of Michael McNamara. He was a single man, about forty years of age, and is said to have been somewhat addicted to strong drink.

From Geneva Gazette 22 March 1889

A Fatal Accident -
On Wednesday morning last Thomas Ford, aged thirteen years, was instantly killed at the lumber yard of R. J. Rogers & Co.  The boy had been employed at the mill some time piling the boards as they came from the planer, and the accident was caused by the pile falling over upon him.  In falling Ford struck his head upon a stake sunk in the ground, crushing his skull.  In addition both legs and one wrist were broken, and he was injured internally.  Death was instantaneous.  Dr. Picot and Coroner Maynard were summoned but nothing could be done for the unfortunate lad.  The body was taken to Borgman's undertaking rooms.  The Coroner inquired into the facts and concluded that an inquest was unnecessary.  Ford was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Ford on Middle street.

From Geneva Advertiser 18 November 1902

Miss Hannah Fordon
died at the home of her niece, Mrs. Mary Barnes, 11 Cortland street, November 13, 1902, aged 76 years.  The deceased had been in poor health for years and had been under the Doctor's care since last June, being confined to her bed.  She had been a resident of this city about 11 years. She was born in Yorkshire, England, coming to this country with her parents when only 6 years old. They took up their on a farm about three miles southwest of this city, where she lived until coming into the city.  Miss Fordon was a communicant of Trinity Church.  She is survived by one brother, George A. Fordon of this city, a nephew, George F. Fordon, and niece, Mrs. Mary Barnes.  The funeral took place from the house Saturday afternoon at three o'clock.  The Rev. Dr. Sills, rector of Trinity Church officiated.  Interment was in the family lot in Washington street cemetery.

From Geneva Daily Times 11 May 1908

Frederick Foreman,
aged 64 years, died Saturday night at 10:40 o'clock, at his home, No. 163 Lewis street, after an illness of about a year. He was born in Horsham, Sussex, England, and came to this country in 1872. In 1874 he accepted a position in the Locomotive department of the New York Central and Hudson River R. R.., at Syracuse. From there he went to Canandaigua, where he lived for about ten years and later moved to Rochester. In 1887 Mr. Foreman assumed the position as yard engineer for the N. Y. Central in this city and has resided here ever since. Mr. Foreman was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, of the F. and A. M., No. 33, of this city, and the Tribe of Ben Hur. Besides his widow he leaves four children: two sons, Charles L. and Walter F., and two daughters, Florence A. and Edith M., of this city; two brothers, Charles of Syracuse, and Luke of Cardiff, Wales; and one sister, Mrs. A. J. Vandebrooke of Canandaigua. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at Trinity church. Interment in Glenwood.

From Ontario County Journal 5 September 1890

Bristol Springs, N. Y. - We are sorry to announce the death, by spinal meningitis, of our townsman, James E. Forrest, aged 42 years. Mr. Forrest had for some years past been engaged in cutting lumber with a portable sawmill, near Bath, N. Y., and left home less than a month ago to start his mill, after a short vacation spent with his family, but came home again about two weeks since in very poor health, and his journey must have been too great an undertaking for him as he grew rapidly worse and died August 29th, in spite of the efforts of physicians and friends to save him. The deceased came from Michigan to this town about twelve years ago, and was universally esteemed among his neighbors as a genial, upright, industrious citizen, and his loss will be severely felt by his wife and daughter, by the band, of which he was an honored member, and by his neighbors and friends generally.

From Ontario County Journal 5 August 1892

Shortsville, N. Y. - Mrs. Abram Forshay
died at her home in this place, Wednesday night, of heart failure. Her age was 70 yrs. Funeral services were held at the house Friday morning at 10 o'clock, Rev. D. D. Davis of Chapinville, officiating. A husband and four children, two sons and two daughters, survive her.

From Geneva Daily Times 14 June 1905

Edward H. Forster,
seventy-three years of age, died at 1 o'clock this morning at his home at Halls Corners after a five-months illness. The deceased was born at Halls and has resided in that vicinity throughout his life. He is survived by his wife and three brothers, William D. Forster, of Stanley; John and Charles Forster, of Halls Corners. The funeral will take place at 10 o'clock Friday morning from the house, Rev. J. B. Temple, of the Seneca Presbyterian church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Union Church cemetery.

From Geneva Gazette 30 September 1881

Another Pioneer Gone -
Passed to his eternal rest on Friday morning, Sept. 23, 1881, at Hall's Corners, N. Y., Mr. William Forster, in the 90th year of his age.

The deceased was born in Northumberland county, England, April 7th, 1793, and in 1817 emigrated to America, landing at Boston, and remaining in Massachusetts about 15 months. From thence in 1818, he removed to Clyde and engaged in business at farming for one year and in a grist mill one year with Wm. Parker. About the year 1820 he moved to Hall's Corners, engaged at farming again for about two years with Mr. Edward Hall. On the 15th Sept., 1823, he married Mary, eldest daughter of the late Geo. Caward, who still survives, aged 84 years. To them were born nine children, of whom six survive, five sons and one daughter. Of the three deceased one died in infancy, the other two reached adult age. Soon after his marriage, deceased took a part of the Hall farm to cultivate and managed it profitably to himself and the owner for ten years. In 1833 he purchased the Davenport farm about half a mile east of the Corners, which has been his homestead ever since. This farm was considered at the time of Mr. Forster's purchase one of the poorest in the old town of Seneca; but by ditching and intelligent management according to the English system in which he was well-versed, Mr. Forster made it one of the most productive in that town.

Deceased was a regular attendant at the Associate Reformed (now Presbyterian) Church in Seneca ever since it was established, and became a communicant therein in 1865. His life was ever one consistent with the walk and conversation of a Christian, although deferring so long actual Church membership. In the neighborhood, and wherever known, Mr. Forster was universally respected as a man of the highest honor, generous and obliging to a fault, of a most amiable disposition. We believe it can be truthfully said he never uttered a word to a human being that caused pain. Such a one, of course, made a most exemplary and loving husband and father. He was an intelligent, consistent Democrat from the hour he became an adopted citizen, and seldom, if ever, failed to vote a clean Democratic ticket at every election. His first vote for President was cast for Gen. Andrew Jackson in 1824, his last was as enthusiastically deposited for Gen. W. S. Hancock. The funeral of the deceased was held last Saturday afternoon, and was very largely attended. Rev. A. B. Temple officiated, and pronounced a fitting eulogium upon his life and character. The interment was made in the cemetery near the old Union Church west of Hall's Corners. In turning away after the last sad rites were performed, all present felt that a good man in all that the term can imply had entered upon a blessed reward.

From Victor Herald 18 September 1903

wife of Leander Forsyth, died at the family homestead in this town Monday evening, at 6 o'clock, in the 85th year of her life. Three and one-half years ago Mrs. Forsyth was taken with a stroke of apoplexy, and since that time, though at times able to be about, has been practically helpless. Mrs. Forsyth was born in Lyons, Wayne county, N. Y., and was one of a family of six sons and four sisters of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Quick. For fourteen years previous to her marriage to Mr. Forsyth, May 24, 1847, she lived at the old Eggleston Hotel, West Bloomfield. With her husband, who is now 83 years of age, Mrs. Forsyth has since lived in the town of East Bloomfield, for a greater part of the time in the hillside home where friends have always delighted to gather, and which has ever been the abode of an enviable spirit of mutual kindliness and hospitality. Mrs. Forsyth was a woman possessed of a quiet Christian grace and was truly beloved by the many who claimed her friendship.

Besides the widowed husband, two children remain of the immediate family, one daughter, Kate, who is at home, and Frank E. Forsyth, of this village. Two brothers, Frank Quick of Chesterton, Ind., and Charles of this town also survive. The funeral was held at the family residence this afternoon at three o'clock, Rev. William D. Robinson officiating. Interment was made in East Bloomfield cemetery.

From Ontario County Journal 30 September 1892


Rushville, N. Y. - Mrs. Foster,
relict of the late Alanson Foster, died from kidney disease on Tuesday morning, Sept. 26. Her age was about 73 years. The funeral on Thursday, was at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. George W. Cole, in Gorham. Arthur Foster of Canandaigua is one of the sons of the deceased.

From Geneva Daily Times 21 November 1904

Rushville, N. Y. -
The death of Mrs. Della Foster, aged about 70 years, occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. C. Williams, on the Middlesex road late Thursday night. Mrs. Foster had for many years been a great care, having lost her mind and much of that time she did not know her own children. She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. L. C. Williams, Mrs. Adelbert Ferguson of Middlesex, Mrs. Dr. Wixom of Atlanta and Mrs. R. Perry of Vine Valley. The funeral was held yesterday morning at the hour of service at the M. E. church, Middlesex.

From Geneva Daily Times, December 26, 1929, page 9

Mrs. Eliza Wisewell Foster, aged 76, of 76 William street, died at the Dixon Sanitarium yesterday morning following a long illness. She is survived by two sons, Lewis Foster of Elmira and Stewart Foster of Geneva; one sister, Mrs. Isabelle Bostwick of Geneva, and three grandchildren, Leon, Claude and Dorothy Foster of Geneva. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon from her late home, 76 William street, and will be private. Rev. Alexander Thompson of the North Presbyterian church will officiate and interment will be in Brookside Cemetery, town of Geneva. Thanks to Martha McGill for this contribution.

From Geneva Daily Times 24 June 1908

At 7:30 o'clock last evening, Mrs. Fanny Eleanor Foster, wife of William M. Foster, passed away after a lingering illness. She was the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George C. McLaughlin of Lewis street. she was born in Hamilton, Canada, in 1880, but came to Geneva when a child and has since resided here. Mrs. Foster has been a faithful member of the North Presbyterian church for fourteen years, engaging earnestly and acceptably in the various activities of the church. She served the Christian Endeavor Society for two years as its president, and taught in the Sunday School as long as her health would permit. Besides her husband she is survived by her parents and one sister, Miss May C. McLaughlin of this city. The funeral service will take place Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from her late residence, No. 24 North Genesee street. Rev. David H. Craver will officiate and burial will be made in Glenwood Cemetery.

From Geneva Advertiser 30 January 1894

George Foster
died at his home, a mile or two east of Orleans, last Thursday, of a complication of diseases brought on by the grip.  He was the only son of John Foster, who died some fifteen years or more ago, and Mrs. Foster died only a few months later, leaving this only son, George, and a large and excellent farm, one of the best in the county.  Mrs. Geo. Foster survives, but we believe has no children.

From Ontario County Times 17 February 1869

The Geneva Gazette announces the sudden demise of H. T. E. Foster, Esq., a prominent farmer of that vicinity, and well-known throughout this and adjoining counties. On the 27th of last month, he received a fracture on the left knee by being struck with a piece of ice, while filling his ice house, but nothing serious was anticipated. On Wednesday morning, whilst reading a newspaper, he was taken with a pain in his side, and he expired in twenty minutes after. Hemorrhage of the lungs was the cause of death. His decease will be mourned by a large circle of friends and relations, by whom he was held in profound esteem.

From Geneva Daily Times 1 March 1909

Mrs. Harriet B. Foster, widow of the late William Foster, died yesterday at 1:45 o'clock at the City Hospital. Last Wednesday the deceased suffered a severe stroke of apoplexy and was removed to the hospital Saturday. She was 77 years old, was born in this city and has always made it her home. She was an active member of the First Presbyterian church. One son, George Foster, survives. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon from her late residence, No. 63 St. Clair street and at 3 o'clock at the First Presbyterian chapel. Interment in Glenwood.

From Ontario County Chronicle 15 January 1902

Harvey Clark Foster,
one of the best known residents of Canandaigua lake shore, died Tuesday evening of last week at Victoria Glen, on the west shore of the lake, aged 78 years. Mr. Clark had been a sufferer from rheumatism all his life. On the Saturday before his death he suffered a stroke of paralysis, which caused his death. In younger life, Mr. Foster bought books in various parts of the country and sold them at auction in Washington, New York, Boston, Chicago, and other large cities. He finally settled down to grape and fruit culture, living where he died over a quarter of a century. He was married twice, his first wife being Miss Helen Gasper of Fulton, N. Y., and his second wife, who survives him, was Miss Lillian I. Sharpe, also of Fulton. He is also survived by two daughters, Mrs. William Livingston, of New York, and Mrs. William Ives Ford, of Fairfield; two sons, Albert J. Foster, of this town, and Frank C. Foster, of Brooklyn, and an aged brother, Dr. Charles A. Foster of this village. The funeral was largely attended from the home of his nephew, William L. Foster, upper Main street, on Friday morning, the Rev. Freeborn G. Jewett, officiating.

From Geneva Daily Times 11 February 1907

Shortsville, N. Y. - The funeral of Jay Foster was held yesterday at his home north of this village. The deceased had been to Palmyra to do some trading and had just unharnessed his horse and was on his way to the house with his arms full of groceries when he was prostrated with heart trouble. He never regained consciousness. He lived but a few hours. Interment in Brookside Cemetery.

From Canandaigua Chronicle 13 February 1907

Manchester, N. Y. - 
Wednesday, Feb. 6, occurred the death of Jay Foster, aged 36 years. He suffered a stroke of apoplexy Tuesday about 4 o'clock and died the next morning at his home in Farmington. He was a man held in high esteem by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife, formerly Miss Nellie Corrigan of Fairport, and one son, Howard, aged 8 years. Funeral services were held at his late home Saturday morning, his remains were then taken to Fairport, his former home, where a second service was held at the home of his sister, Mrs. Jackson.

From Ontario County Chronicle 14 January 1903

Naples, N. Y. - Jay Foster,
an old soldier living in the south part of Naples, was found dead in his Saturday. He came from South Bristol to Naples two years ago. His sudden death is attributable to heart disease consequent upon age and debility. His wife survives him.

From Ontario County Journal 8 March 1895

Last Sunday about noon, at her home on upper Main street, occurred the death of Mrs. Mary Foster, widow of William K. Foster, in the 79th year of her age. Mrs. Foster was born in the county of Kent, England; her husband was also a native of England, and was extensively engaged in the boot and shoe business here. He died in 1854 in the old Foster house, lower Main street, which still stands and is the oldest building in Canandaigua. Mrs. Foster had been an invalid for many years preceding her death, but she bore her sufferings bravely to the end. Her death was due to disease of the lungs. Five children survive her: W. L. Foster, Mrs. Harriet Lee, Mrs. Sarah J. Thompson, Mrs. A. Eugene Cooley, and Mrs. Sherman Reed. Mrs. Foster had long been a member of the Methodist church. The funeral services Wednesday afternoon were conducted by Rev. D. D. Campbell, D. D.

From Geneva Gazette 25 April 1890

A Young Woman Suicides -  
Canandaigua, April 21.  Saturday afternoon the body of a young woman about 25 years old was found in the outlet here.  Those who found the body summoned Coroner Benham, who ordered the remains removed to Crane's undertaking rooms and impaneled a jury.  They body was recognized as that of Miss Minnie Foster of Canandaigua, who had resided here with an uncle for several years and whose parents live in Rushville.

Some years since Miss Foster fell in love with a young man to whom her parents objected and brought about a separation between the young couple.  His sad death probably deranged her mind to such an extent that she committed suicide.  Several days ago she left her home in the village leaving a note, in which she said she was tired of life and intended to drown herself.

From Ontario County Chronicle 18 June 1902

Owen Foster,
a well-known resident of this village, died at his home on Tuesday, aged 65 years. Death was die to a complication of diseases contracted in the War of the Rebellion. He is survived by a widow, daughter, Mrs. Frank E. Howe, and son, Herbert Foster, of Canandaigua.

From Ontario County Journal 16 October 1885

Richard S. Foster,
of this village, died at the residence of his son, William H., on Friday morning last, aged 59 years. The deceased was an old and esteemed resident of Canandaigua and had a large circle of friends and acquaintances. He was a faithful soldier in the Union army, being a member of the 148th Regiment. The funeral Sunday afternoon was largely attended, Rev. Mr. Eastman conducting the services.

From Geneva Gazette 9 October 1891

Samuel Foster
of Rushville was found dead in bed last Saturday morning.  The evening before he was about town, apparently enjoying his usual good health.  In the night, he complained of rheumatic or neuralgic pains but soon found relief and fell asleep, from which he never awakened.  His age was 66 years.

From Ontario County Journal 30 December 1881

The death of Wm. Foster, of Clifton Springs, at Los Vegas, New Mexico, was announced by telegraph on Tuesday last. Mr. Foster went to the southwest several weeks ago with the hope of benefiting his impaired health. News of improvement was followed a few days after by the sad and startling announcement of his death. Mr. Foster was an old resident of Clifton Springs, and had done much for the public interests of that village. He was universally respected and esteemed. Two brothers survive him, Dr. Henry Foster of Clifton Springs, and Dr. Hubbard Foster of Buffalo. The deceased was about sixty-three years of age.

From Ontario County Journal 18 February 1910

Stanley, N. Y. -
The death of Mrs. William Foster occurred at her home one and one-half miles east of this village on Thursday morning, after an illness of nearly a year. Funeral services were held at the home on Saturday, Rev. A. B. Temple officiating. Mrs. Foster had been a faithful member of the Seneca Presbyterian church for several years and was loved and respected by all all who knew her. Her husband, three children, two sons, William and George, and one daughter, Lizzie, survive.

From Ontario County Chronicle 1 July 1903

Mrs. William H. Foster
died yesterday at the family home in West Gibson street after a long, lingering illness, aged 43 years. Mrs. Foster had suffered for several years from a complication of diseases, and although everything known to medical science was done to relieve her, she merely lingered between life and death until the end came. She is survived by her husband and three daughters, Misses Jessie, Florence and Edith Foster, all of this place.

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