"Po" Obituaries

From Geneva Daily Times 28 January 1909

Phelps, N. Y. - Edward Polee, a former resident of Phelps, met with a horrible death while repairing a windmill on a farm near Macedon, Tuesday. Mr. Polee was working at the top of the mill while it was in motion. His clothes became entangled in the machinery and before he could stop the mil or summon assistance, the unfortunate man was drawn into the machinery and mangled to death. The body was removed to the home of Mr. Polee's sister at Clifton Springs. Mr. Polee was about 60 years of age and leaves three sons and two daughters. While a resident of Phelps Mr. Polee worked the Gates farm now occupied by Mrs. John Riley, east of this village.

From Geneva Daily Times 1 August 1895

While attempting to cross the tracks of the Lehigh Valley railroad about a quarter of a mile west of the station at 6:30 o'clock yesterday morning, Antonio Polio, a Sicilian, forty years of age, was instantly killed by train No. 8, an eastbound passenger, as it was approaching the city. Polio, who is a newcomer at Del Papa's colony in Torrey Park, had been "down in the hole," as the long switch extends northerly from the station is termed, to make an early morning call on an acquaintance, who lived north of the colony proper. On making his return, instead of following the switch he went out on the main track. When he reached the track a westbound freight train was passing. He waited until it was out of the way and then started to cross the tracks. Just as he got out from behind the freight, the eastbound passenger dashed up. The engine, with its pilot lifted the Sicilian squarely off his feet, and hurled him backwards against the front of the engine. The back of his skull was crushed in, all of the bones of his back and shoulders were crushed and one arm was broken. The body was picked up and brought to the station. Coroner Weyburn was called and upon viewing the remains ordered the body moved to the city morgue. After making a careful inquiry into the circumstances the coroner said that the death was purely accidental. Some of the Italians who saw the accident say that the train neither whistled nor rang its bell. This is not surprising for Polio stepped directly in front of the engine, giving the engineer no chance to warn him of the approaching train.

The deceased had been in this city only four months. Since his arrival in this country he has been employed on a farm north of the city. He has a wife and daughter in the old country. Shortly after the accident yesterday, Coroner Weyburn notified Polis' only brother, who lives in Schenectady. As no answer had been received up to noon today, arrangements were made this afternoon for the burial of the body in St. Patrick's cemetery.

From Geneva Daily Times 3 November 1909

Jay K. Pollok,
aged 62 years, died last night at 9 o'clock. Besides his widow he leaves four daughters, Mrs. John Stratton, Mrs. Clinton Moore, Edith and Edna Pollok; and one son, Albert Pollok, all of this city. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock. Interment in Brookside Cemetery.

From Ontario County Journal 2 April 1915

The death of Mrs. Mary E. Pollok, aged 57 years, wife of William J. Pollok, occurred at her home on the Geneva-Canandaigua turnpike yesterday morning, following an illness of 10 months. There survive her husband; one son, Robert; her mother, Mrs. Martha J. Kipp of Buffalo; two sisters, Mrs. H. E. Long, of Buffalo, and Mrs. Jason B. Gates of Canandaigua; two brothers, Edmond G. Kipp of Gorham and C. A. Kipp of Buffalo. The funeral services will be held on Sunday afternoon. Interment will be at Sand Hill cemetery.

From Geneva Daily Times 25 January 1915

Phelps, N. Y. -
Arising at one o'clock Sunday morning to care for the fires, Mrs. Peter Pollot, residing four miles northeast of Phelps, suffered an attack of heart failure which resulted in her death ten minutes later. The deceased, who was 58 years of age, was born in Philadelphia and had lived in Lyons and in Phelps for the last thirty-one years. She is survived by her husband, seven sons, John, Peter, William, Ambrose, Edward, Frank and David Pollot, and one daughter, Miss Mary Pollot, all of Phelps; and a sister, Mrs. Peter Devalder of Manchester. The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at St. Francis Catholic church, the pastor, Rev. W. T. Madden, conducting the services. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery.

From Ontario County Journal 25 February 1898

Naples, N. Y. - Henry Polmanteer
died on Friday evening, aged 47 years. He had long been ill, and the cause was not well understood. An autopsy disclosed the fact that nearly every vital part of the body was diseased and that no medical skill could have much longer prolonged his life. He leaves seven children, whose mother died six years ago; also three brothers and two sisters. The Polmanteer family is one of the most numerous about here.

From Ontario County Journal 22 February 1895

Naples, N. Y. - John Polmanteer,
aged 67, died at his home in Hunt's Hollow on Monday night of consumption. He leaves only his wife and grandson, his children having all died before him. Two brothers are residents of this town, and many relatives reside in Ingleside.

From Ontario County Journal 9 September 1892

Naples, N. Y. - Lewis Polmanteer
died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. S. Rigby, on Saturday. He was one of the large family of that name residing in and around Ingleside, and had been until recently a resident there. He was a prominent member of the Christian church and a local preacher in this neighborhood.

From Ontario County Journal 27 March 1896

Naples, N. Y. - Martin V. Polmanteer
died Wednesday morning, March 18, aged 65 years. He was one of the large family of that name whose members are thickly settled in Naples and Ingleside. He leaves one adult son, Gardner, of this place.

From Geneva Daily Times 8 July 1907

Naples, N. Y. - The burial of Mrs. Mary Polmanteer, widow of John Polmanteer, of Hunt's Hollow, in this town, took place Saturday. She had lived 77 years in the town, and was a daughter of Seymour Gillette. Since the death of her husband, her son, John, has had charge of her property. She leaves, besides this son, two brothers in Naples, William and Joel Gillette, and many nephews and nieces. The burial, was in the Naples Cemetery, near the home of her childhood.

From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 22 December 1928

Naples, Dec. 21 - Wesley Polmanteer
, 71, died yesterday at his home in Hill street. He was the son of the late Joseph and Abigail Monz Polmanteer, and was born June 21, 1857, in Ingleside, where he spent his early life. He married Mrs. Hattie Semple Nov. 16, 1906, and they came to Naples village where they have since resided. Besides his widow, he is survived by a stepson, Harold Polmanteer of Naples. Funeral from the home of Mr. and Mrs. William McGrew in Cross street at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon.

From Geneva Daily Times 4 January 1907

Naples, N. Y. - William Polmanteer, an old resident of this vicinity, died Thursday at the home of a friend, Mrs. B. O. Smith, where he had called for a little visit, and was there taken ill. Mr. Polmanteer's early home was in Ingleside, where he had numerous relatives and where his only son, Albert, now lives. Recently he had made Naples his home. His age was over 80 years. He was well-known throughout this entire section.

From Ontario County Journal 1 December 1905

Naples, N. Y. -  William Polmanteer,
the last of the large family of his father, William Polmanteer, a sturdy pioneer, died on Nov. 23, aged 89 years, having spent this long life on the farm, or a portion thereof, of the extensive estate of his father in the south part of the town. He was an honest, hard working man and good citizen. His relatives are legion, for no name is more common in that section, and all are descendants of the William of the early part of last century. His son had three wives, all of whom he survived. Four sons are living, Wallace and Ordese of Steuben County, and Sydney and Grant of Naples.

From Geneva Daily Times 24 March 1904

Shortsville, N. Y. - Mrs. Amanda A. Pomeroy,
widow of the late David Pomeroy, died, from the effects of grip, at the home of her daughter, two miles north of Manchester, Tuesday. She was 86 years of age and had been in feeble health for some time. Mrs. Pomeroy was born in Cattaraugus county in 1818, but spent most of her life in this vicinity. She is survived by two daughters and one son, Miss Josephine Pomeroy of Farmington, Mrs. Horace Sheffer of New Salem and Theodore C. Pomeroy of Canandaigua. The funeral was held in the Manchester Baptist church this morning at eleven o'clock, conducted by Rev. S. Lane of Chapinville.

From Ontario County Chronicle 28 January 1903

Manchester, N. Y. - Daniel Pomeroy,
a highly respected farmer whose home is north of this village, was found dead in his bed Wednesday morning. He had been in feeble health for some time but his death was wholly unexpected and proved a great shock to his family. Mr. Pomeroy was a soldier of the civil war and was incarcerated for a long time in Andersonville prison, where he nearly lost his voice and ruined his health. Heart failure was the direct cause of his death. He is survived by a wife and daughter, besides a large circle of friends who mourn his death.

From Geneva Daily Times 18 April 1907

Canandaigua, N. Y. - Mrs. Elizabeth Pomeroy,
widow of Norton S. Pomeroy, died yesterday at her home in the town of Canandaigua, north of this village, after an attack of apoplexy. She leaves one son, Theodore M. Pomeroy of Canandaigua, and two daughters, Mrs. C. V. Newkirk of Canandaigua, and Mrs. William J. Invill of Rochester.

From Ontario County Times 13 January 1892

Bristol, N. Y. -  Luther Pomeroy,
a resident of the southern part of the town, died Monday morning at 1 o'clock. Funeral services to be held in the Universalist church, Thursday, at 2 p.m.

From Ontario County Journal 14 June 1889

Rushville, N. Y. - Mrs. Maria Pomeroy died in this village Sunday morning, June 9th, aged 57 years. The deceased was a most excellent Christian lady and leaves a large circle of friends and a son and daughter to mourn her loss. She was a sister of Mr. W. L. Case of this place, Mr. Ed. Case of Penn Yan, and Hon. Chas. R. Case. The remains were taken to Allen's Hill Tuesday for burial.

From Geneva Courier 14 May 1873

Mrs. Pomeroy, the wife of Peter Pomeroy,
of Gorham, who was present at the death of Mrs. Chapman and assisted to lay her out, was taken ill almost immediately after and died in just eight days after Mrs. Chapman.

From Ontario County Journal 3 May 1912

The death of Theodore E. Pomeroy occurred at his home on Jefferson avenue on Monday morning, aged 65 years. Deceased was a veteran of the Civil war. Besides his wife, he leaves three children, Philip, Mary and Nellie Pomeroy of Canandaigua; and three sisters, Mrs. Josephine Pomeroy of Mendon, and Mrs. John Latting and Mrs. Frank Sheffer of Farmington. Rev. J. L. Benton, pastor of the Wesleyan Methodist church, officiated at the funeral services on Wednesday afternoon. Interment was at Woodlawn.

From Ontario County Journal 15 January 1892

Luther Pomroy,
one of the leading citizens of the town of Bristol, died at his home near Baptist Hill, last Sunday evening. He was in his 69th year, and he had been a lifelong resident of the town. He was actively identified with the business interests of the town, and in all his dealings, courteous and upright. He was a man of public spirit, enterprise and energy. He was a member of the Methodist church at Bristol Centre. He leaves a widow and four children: Mrs. Jason Evans of Bristol, Mrs. S. Crouch of Rochester, Miss Frances Pomroy of Bristol, and Andrew Pomroy of East Bloomfield.

From Ontario County Journal 8 April 1887

Gorham, N. Y. - Peter Pomroy, who for a long time has been an invalid, and nearly helpless, died on Wednesday of this week. With him the end has at last come, and death seemed a blessing for it brought relief from those long sufferings, from which there was no hope of recovery.

From Canandaigua Chronicle 20 February 1907

South Bloomfield, N. Y. -
The old neighbors and friends of E. Byron Pool learned with sadness of his death on last Friday in Canandaigua. He had been living with his grandson, Roy, the past few years and has been failing in health for two years. Mr. Pool was nearly 76 years of age and was postmaster at South Bloomfield several years previous to his removal to Canandaigua. He was a lifelong resident in this community and was known as a kind father, a good neighbor and one who was ever ready to assist a fellow man in trouble. He leaves a wife, one son, William, of Canandaigua, and two daughters, Mrs. Roswell Shirley of Honeoye Falls; and Mrs. Orestes Fletcher of Bristol. The funeral was held at his late home Sunday, the Rev. L. T. Reed officiating. The remains were brought to Bristol for interment, and the Rev. L. D. Boynton officiated at the burial.

From Ontario County Journal 12 February 1909

The funeral of William Edward Pool, who died at his home on February 4, was held from the Universalist church at Bristol, on Monday at 1 p.m., Rev. George C. Babbitt officiating. Mr. Pool had been ill for six weeks with complications following the grip. He was 39 years of age and had resided at Bristol and East Bloomfield previous to coming to Canandaigua three years ago. Mr. Pool was a carpenter by trade and was universally respected and esteemed. He leaves his wife, three children, his mother, two sisters, Mrs. Rosewell Shirley and Mrs. Orestes Fletcher, and one brother, Roy E. Pool.

From Ontario County Times 2 February 1881

William J. Poor,
a printer of this village, died on Sunday, suddenly, of gravel with which he had been afflicted for years. A wife and three children mourn his death.

From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 29 March 1930

Holcomb, March 28 - Albert J. Pope,
74, died at his home Wednesday. He leaves his wife, Cora Eggleston Pope; two sons, William G. Pope of Utica and Frederick Pope of Rochester; and one daughter, Mrs. Frederick Buell of Holcomb. Funeral services tomorrow at 2 o'clock.

From Geneva Advertiser Gazette 25 October 1906

The body of Willard S. Pope who died Nov. 10th, 1895, and was buried in Detroit, was brought here yesterday for interment in Glenwood Cemetery. A monument erected in Detroit will also be brought here to mark his final resting place. Mrs. Pope has had a home here for several years, and here she will remain.

From Fairport Herald 27 October 1938

Mrs. Dora Popenhusen died at her home in Farmington, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 1938. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Louis Schrader, Mrs. Fred Pegelow and Miss Lucy Popenhusen; and one son Fred Popenhusen; also five grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. The funeral will be held at the home tomorrow, Friday at 2 o'clock, and at the Friends church, at 2:30, interment in North Farmington cemetery.

From Shortsville Enterprise 14 August 1913

Joseph Popenhusen
died at his late residence in the township of Farmington on Saturday morning, after an illness of several months, owing to strokes of paralysis, aged 65 years. He was born in Tiffin, Germany, on March 2, 1848, and came to this country thirty years ago. For the last twenty-eight years he had lived in the house where he died. He leaves, besides his wife, three daughters, Mrs. Lewis Schrader of Macedon, Mrs. Fred Pegelow, and Miss Lucy Popenhusen, who reside at home, and two sons, Frederick and Edward W., of Farmington. He was a member of the Lutheran church in that town, but for a number of years had been an attendant at the Friends' church. The funeral was held from the house on Tuesday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, and at the Friends' church at 3 p.m., Reuben Payne officiating. Interment was made in the North Farmington cemetery.

From Ontario County Times 10 December 1890

A. D. Porter,
of this village, suffered an attack of apoplexy early Sunday morning and died on Monday night. The deceased was 80 years of age and had been a resident of the village about 50 years. He leaves a wife and two sons. His funeral will take place from his late residence on Pearl street tomorrow afternoon at two o'clock.

From Ontario County Journal 15 December 1893

Mrs. Abbie S. Porter,
late of 66 Pearl street, Canandaigua, died at the resident of her sister, Mrs. E. H. Hopkins, at Penn Yan, Tuesday morning, aged 72 years, of pleurisy. Mrs. Porter went to Penn Yan several weeks ago to spend the winter with her sister, and was taken sick last Thursday night. Dr. Frank P. Warner, her physician, of this village, was called as counsel with her attending physician, Dr. Frank Sampson of Penn Yan. Owing to the serious illness of her brother-in-law, E. H. Hopkins, the funeral was held from the residence of her sister, Mrs. Rachael Chapin, on Liberty street in Penn Yan, Thursday. Interment at Lake View cemetery, Penn Yan.

From Ontario County Chronicle 9 March 1904

Naples, N. Y. -
On Saturday morning occurred the death of Augusta Griswold, wife of William Porter. About two years since Mrs. Porter was stricken with consumption and since then has been a constant yet patient sufferer. However her condition was somewhat improved last summer and hopes were then entertained, but this improvement was only temporary. A few weeks since she was seized with a heavy cold which resulted in her death. She leaves a husband and three small children besides an aged father and mother and two sisters, Mrs. Marvin Hatch and Mrs. Frank Cleveland. Universal sympathy is extended.

From Ontario County Journal 16 February 1900

Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Elizabeth Bills Porter,
wife of Frank Porter, of this town, died on Wednesday, Feb 7, aged about 58 years. She had suffered greatly for two years with a cancer. Her husband, two daughters, Mrs. George Seymour of Bristol and Mrs. Arthur String of Naples, survive.

From Ontario County Journal 15 December 1916

West Hollow, N. Y. -
At the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. L. Pierce, on Dec. 6, occurred the death of Mrs. Emily Porter, aged 88 years, widow of the late J. W. Porter. She is survived by five children, Mrs. Samuel Tozer of Ithaca; Mrs. William Patch of Prattsburgh; Mrs. Frank Dunton of Middlesex; Mrs. W. L. Pierce and F. B. Ingraham of this place; also several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mrs. Porter was a woman of sterling qualities and was loved and respected by all. The funeral was held from the Pierce home on Saturday, conducted by Rev. A. H. McKnight of Naples. Interment was at Rose Ridge, Naples.

From Ontario County Journal 9 June 1916

West Hollow, N. Y. -
On May 26, at her home in this place, occurred the death of Mrs. Frank Porter, aged 74 years. She leaves her husband, three sons, Bert and William, of Naples, and Merton of Arkport; and several sisters. The funeral was held at the home on May 29, Dr. J. H. France, of Naples, officiating, with burial in Rose Ridge cemetery.

From Ontario County Journal 28 February 1902

Clifton Springs, N. Y. -  James A. Porter
died at his home in Clifton Springs on Tuesday morning, aged 80 years. He was a veteran of the Civil war, having served in Company F, Ninth New York Artillery. The deceased is survived by his wife and two daughters. The funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock from his late residence.

From Geneva Daily Times 8 January 1910

Naples, N. Y. - James O. Porter,
a veteran of the Civil war, died at his home at Boswells Corners in South Bristol, Thursday night, aged 77 years. He was a member of Bingham Post, No. 74, G. A. R. of Naples, having served in Company K, 188th N. Y. V. I. He was born in Covington, Pa., but had lived most of his life in this section. He leaves five sons and three daughters, William Porter of Lima; John of Victory; Eric of Michigan; Benjamin of Bristol Center; Duane of Holcomb, Mrs. Seymour Case of Bristol Center; Mrs. Alice Nichols of East Bloomfield, and Mrs. William Tuttle, who, with her family, resides at the home of her father.

From Ontario County Journal 13 March 1903

South Bristol, N. Y. -  Mrs. James O. Porter
died at 10 o'clock on Tuesday night, after an illness of a few weeks. Mrs. Porter was born in West Bloomfield on June 22, 1843, and was married in 1860. Besides her husband, there survive eight children: William Porter of Avon, Duane Porter of Hunts Hollow, Erick Porter of Buffalo, John Porter of Bristol, Mrs. Seymour Case of Bristol Valley, and Benjamin, Alice and Daisy Porter, of this place. The funeral services were held yesterday morning with interment at Honeoye.

From Ontario County Journal 26 June 1885

Naples, N. Y. - Josiah Porter,
aged nearly 80, died on Sunday evening. He came here in 1828, and was one of our most honored citizens, much of the time having held a public trust. He had been gradually failing for eight weeks. He was postmaster here for eighteen consecutive years. He died in the Christian faith, quietly, as one who had gone to his rest. A very large number of relatives and friends gathered at his funeral on Tuesday.

From Ontario County Chronicle 11 February 1903

Rushville, N. Y. - Mrs. Julia Sutfing Porter
died quite suddenly at her residence in Rushville, Thursday, January 29, aged 58 years. She is survived by a husband, Philetus Porter; a son, Joseph; a sister and five brothers.

From Geneva Daily Times 14 January 1907

Justin Smith Porter, Lehigh Valley tax agent for New York state, died this morning at 1:30 o'clock at his home, No. 80 Sherrill street. Mr. Porter was born in Mendon and was 59 years of age. He has resided in this city about four and a half years. The deceased has been connected with the Lehigh Valley for the past seventeen years. His first work was as real estate agent for the company and he was one of the principal men who secured the right of way for the road when it extended west from Geneva to Buffalo in 1891. He remained as real estate agent until three years ago, when he was made tax agent for New York state, a position he has since held. In this capacity, Mr. Porter's dealings with the public have been actuated by a spirit of exceptional fairness and by the tact with which he adjusted many knotty questions, he has made many friends both for himself and the company he represented. Besides his widow, he is survived by two sons, William Porter, of Mendon, and Gilbert S. Porter, of this city; and two daughters, Mrs. Meta L. Treat of Rochester and Miss Diana Porter of this city. A short prayer service will be held at the late residence at 8 o'clock Wednesday morning. Rev. G. C. Baner will officiate. The funeral service will be held at 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon from his residence in Mendon. Interment will be in Mendon.

From Geneva Daily Times 20 July 1910

Naples, N. Y. -
The death of Mrs. Mary J. Porter, widow of Robert W. Porter, occurred in Buffalo at the home of her daughter, Sunday. Mrs. Porter, before her marriage, was Miss Mary Dedrick of Naples. She was born here seventy-five years ago. In 1855 she was married to Robert W. Porter of this town, and this was their home until the death of Mr. Porter in 1904. Of their seven children, five are living. These are Mrs. W. H. Martin of Bluffton, Indiana; Mrs. W. J. Lewis, Mrs. Douglas and Mrs. Frenyear, all of Buffalo; and William G. Porter of Sayre, Pa. One daughter, Mrs. S. C. Jaqua of Naples died this year; and one son, George, several years ago. The body of Mrs. Porter was brought to Naples today and the funeral was held today from the house of her son-in-law, S. C. Jaqua.

From Geneva Daily Times 6 November 1906

Phelps, N. Y. - Nathan W. Porter,
aged 77 years, died yesterday at his home, two miles southwest of Phelps. He had been in failing health for the past two years. Mr. Porter was born in the Town of Phelps and lived here always with the exception of a short residence in Michigan. He was a veteran of the Civil War, being a member of the 38th N. Y. Vols. Besides his widow, he leaves one son, Ellsworth Porter, of Clifton Springs, one stepson, H. C. Flood, and two daughters, Mrs. Wallace Salisbury and Miss Olive Porter, of Phelps. The funeral will be held at the Phelps Methodist church tomorrow afternoon, Rev. W. E. Doughty officiating.

From Ontario County Journal 21 October 1904

Naples, N. Y. -  Robert T. Porter
died at his home on Lyon street early on Monday morning, aged nearly 70 years. He has been prostrate and helpless about 18 months, the probable result of a wound received at Gettysburg, shattering his left knee, eventually sapping his vitality. He was a member of Company D, 126 N. Y. Volunteers, and was a faithful and brave soldier. He was born in Naples and was the second son of Henry Porter, deceased. About 1856 he married Miss Mary Dedrick, of Naples, who, with six children, survives him. Mr. Porter was a builder, and notwithstanding his disability, undertook enterprises of considerable magnitude. The Presbyterian church, Naples; the Bryant house, Wayland; the Schulz block, Cohocton; and many other fine large buildings throughout the country were erected by him, but five years ago he was obliged to retire from all active work. He was an earnest patriot, a Republican from the organization of the party, and was honored and esteemed. He was a member of the Bingham Post, No. 74, under whose auspices the funeral was conducted on Wednesday afternoon. Rev. C. G. Roop assisted in the service. He leaves five daughters, Mrs. S. C. Jaqua and Ella Van Riper of Naples; Mrs. W. E. Lewis and Mrs. Walter Douglass, of Buffalo; and Mrs. George Frenyear of Hamilton, Ontario; and one son, William G. Porter, of Sayre, Pa. One son, George, recently died in Buffalo. One brother, Thomas, of the 85th Regiment, Company B., was also a martyr to his country, dying in the service.

From Ontario County Journal 29 March 1889

Naples, N. Y. - The remains of Mrs. Ruth Porter, one of the oldest residents of this town, were brought here for burial. She had been recently living with a son in Warsaw. She was the mother of Henry Porter, another family intimately connected with the growth of Naples. Thus rapidly are passing away the links which bind the present generation to the past.

From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 23 December 1928

Clifton Springs, N. Y., Dec. 22 - Ruth Eliza Porter,
88, who celebrated her birthday Thursday, died Friday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. O. Smith in West Main Street. She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. A. O. Smith, with whom she resided; and one son, Ellsworth Porter, also of Clifton Springs. Funeral from the home Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Burial in Resthaven Cemetery.

From Ontario County Journal 9 July 1897

Naples, N. Y. -
Naples oldest citizen has passed away, William M. Porter who died Sunday, July 4th, aged 93 years. This old patriot could not have chosen a more satisfactory day for his departure. He was a soldier born and always full of love for his country, yet his only service was in the ranks of the militia, of which he was captain for many years. All but 10 years has been spent in Naples, and the last 40 years on the farm where he died. At his request, soldiers bore him to his grave, four veterans of the late war, Edwin C. and Joel E. Yaw, James M. and Freeman French. He leaves three sons, John W., Frank and Dwight, all of Naples, and two daughters.

From Geneva Daily Times 29 August 1929


Abram A. Post, a well-known resident of the Canandaigua Road between this city and Flint, died at the Glen Springs Sanitarium in Watkins Glen this morning.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Margaret Burns Post, two sons, Abram A. and Thomas, and one daughter, Ann, twin of Thomas.

Mr. Post left Geneva about a month ago and went to Watkins, where he has been reported seriously ill.  He was born July 26, 1876, on the Post homestead then owned by his father.  He was educated in Geneva, Penn Yan and the New York Military Academy.  For a year and a half he was employed by the General Electric Company of Schenectady and later went to Cuba, where he engaged in business for five years.  Returning to Geneva, he engaged in agriculture on the homestead and the broad acres are well known among the horticulturists of the state for the wide expanse of orchards. Mr. Post travelled extensively winters, frequently spending the cold months in tropical climes, even going to Hawaii and the Philippines. He was a firm believer in scientific farming and frequently conducted experiments along his own ideas. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity, a Republican in politics and an attendant at the Episcopal church. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Jackie Humphrey has donated the following obituary for Dr. Abram Eugene Post Jr.:

Phelps Echo newspaper article found in Scrapbk  1981 - 17.6 for 1929 and 1930 years.

Word has been received of  the death of  Dr. Abram E. Post, father of Mrs. Helen Ridley of  Banta St., at the advanced age of  85 yrs.

He was born at Saugerties and moved with his parents to Seneca Castle during his boyhood.  He graduated from Long Island Medical College in 1872 and was located for years at Port Gibson and also at Geneva.  He was affiliated with the F. and A. M., taking his first work at Phelps in 1871.  A member of the Methodist Church at Geneva, he was very active in Sunday School work while there and assisted many worthy young men toward an education.

He leaves one daughter, Mrs. Ridley, two grandsons, Arthur and Floyd Ridley of Phelps, one great grandson Oliver C. Humphrey, one brother Dr. A. W. Post of  Tioga Center and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral was held at Curry and Corwin Funeral Home in Geneva on Tuesday P.M. with the Rev. Raymond Huse officiating.

The burial was in Washington St. Cemetery.  The bearers were Dr. J.A. Spangler and Messieurs Frank Fairfax, George Flint, Fred  Witter, George Henderson and William F. Durant.

Submitted by Jacqueline,  (Mrs. Oliver C. Humphrey). Note that Dr. Post's granddaughter,  Ethel Ridley, sister of Arthur and Floyd, married Maxwell Humphrey and was deceased when Dr. Post died.

From Clifton Springs Press 10 March 1910

On Monday occurred the death of Mrs. Ann Jeannette Post, at her home in Port Gibson. aged ninety-four years. Her illness was but of a few days' duration, death being due to pneumonia. Mrs Post was born in Rennselaerville, Jefferson County, N. Y., April 6, 1816. She was married to Henry Post, who died November 29, 1898. For many years she has resided in Port Gibson, where she was a highly esteemed woman by all who knew her. When fourteen years old, she experienced religion and became a member of the Baptist church at Gypsum. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Emma J. Bockoven, of Port Gibson, and three grandchildren, Miss Lillian I. King and Mrs. George W. Wilson of this village, and George H. Bockoven of Palmyra. Rev. Mr. Hamilton, of Port Gibson will officiate at the funeral this afternoon and interment will be made in Port Gibson cemetery.

From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 20 September 1918

Shortsville, N. Y., Sept. 19 - Mrs. Edward Post
of Manchester died early this morning at the home in State street. She was born near Shortsville and was formerly Miss Mary Aldridge. She leaves besides her husband, Edward Post, a daughter, Mrs. Mary Getman of Manchester; a sister, of Chapin; and a brother, who lives in Ohio. The funeral will be held from the home in State street Saturday afternoon.

From Canandaigua Chronicle 22 August 1906

Manchester, N. Y. -  Mrs. Eliza Wolvin Post,
widow of Peter Post, died at her home in State street, Saturday, at 5:30 p.m. Her death was not unexpected as she had been an invalid for the past three years. She was born in Scipio, Cayuga County. She was the daughter of Wm. and Elizabeth Hoffman Wolvin. She was married in Phelps in 1845 to Peter post; they made their home in Orleans, moving to this village in 1867, where her husband died in 1874. She is survived by five sons and their families: Frederick and Edgar Post of this village; Augustus Post of Phelps; William Post of Rochester; and Dr. Frank Post of Garden City, Kan.; and a grandson, Julian E. Fish of this village, son of her deceased daughter.

From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 4 April 1927

Manchester, N. Y., April 3 - Mrs. Eunice A. Post,
74, wife of Fred H. Post, died today at the home of her son, Floyd Post, in Clifton street, as the result of a stroke suffered late Saturday. She was born in Manchester, daughter of David and Lucinda Lyke Bliss, and always lived here. She and Mr. Post married December 25, 1871. For the last thirty-five years she had been a practical nurse. She was a member of the Methodist church and Missionary Society and of the W. C. T. U. She leaves her husband, a daughter, Mrs. James Galbraith; a son, Floyd Post, both of Manchester; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral from the home at 2 o'clock, Tuesday, Rev. Howard G. Smith, minister of the Methodist church, officiating. Burial in Brookside cemetery.

From Ontario Repository & Messenger 7 December 1893

Port Gibson -
Henry Post, aged 79 years, who had lived in this vicinity many years, died at his home last Thursday. He was much respected on account of his sterling integrity and kindness as a friend and neighbor. A devoted wife and two daughters, Mrs. A. H. King, of Clifton Springs, and Mrs. Emma Bockoven, of Palmyra, mourn the loss of a dear companion and father. The obsequies were conducted Saturday by Rev. J. B. Sheerar.

From Geneva Gazette 2 October 1874

John Post, Esq.,
died at his residence in Geneva on Monday forenoon last, after a long illness of consumption.  The insidious disease fastened upon him several years ago, and but for extraordinary care of himself in his habits of life would doubtless have run its fatal course much sooner.  He spent the winter of '72-3 in the genial clime of Florida and returned feeling much better and encouraged.  But the seeds of the fatal malady it seems had become too deep-rooted to become entirely eradicated by medicine, climatic changes, or other means.  Twas only a question of time when the vital organs should yield to the destroyer who would not be shaken off.  Mr. Post was born in Seneca and spent his whole life up to the last three years on the farm and within sight of the house wherein he first saw light.  He was the second son of the late Hon. Abraham A. Post, and inherited his father's principles of honor and integrity as well as a share of his princely fortune.  The deceased was the last representative of the old town of Seneca in our Board of Supervisors, serving two successive years. In politics he was a consistent and conscientious republican.  When his venerable father died the son was chosen in his stead a director in the Geneva National Bank, which position he in turn held till his death.  Mr. Post leaves a wife and two children, who, although long expecting this separation by death, are nonetheless grief stricken over their bereavement.  The funeral took place yesterday from the house, Rev. Mr. Montgomery of the Universalist Church, Rochester, officiating, and the remains interred in the family burying ground in Seneca.

From Geneva Daily Times 10 March 1905

Clifton Springs, N. Y. -
Wednesday evening at 7 o'clock at his home on Kendall street, occurred the death of Nicholas Post, aged seventy-six years. He has been sick since the middle of December. His illness started with the grip, but the direct cause of his death was heart trouble. He is survived by one son, Mahlon Post of this village. The funeral services were held at his late home this afternoon, Rev. V. A. Sage officiating. Burial will be made in the Gypsum cemetery. Mr. Post has always resided in this vicinity.

From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 30 November 1892

Last Monday occurred the death from pneumonia of Sarah, wife of Charles B. Post, at her home in Seneca, at the age of 42 years.

From Geneva Daily Times 14 October 1910

Clifton Springs, N. Y. -  Mrs. Sarah A. Post,
for the past sixteen years a resident of this village, died yesterday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joseph Gowing. Mrs. Post was born in the Town of Manchester, December 25, 1830. About 61 years ago she united with the Baptist church. On May 22, 1850, she married Aaron Post. She leaves one sister, Mrs. Cairns, of Syracuse; one daughter, Mrs. Joseph Gowing of Clifton Springs. Rev. V. A. Sage of the Baptist church will conduct the funeral services Sunday afternoon.

From Shortsville Enterprise 25 May 1916

The death of William H. Post, a well-known resident of Manchester village, occurred at his home in State street on Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, following a long illness. His age was 59 years. William H. Post was a native of the township of Manchester, having been born on January 10, 1857. His parents were the late Peter and Eliza Wolven Post. When about 10 years of age, Mr. Post removed with his parents to reside in Manchester village, which place he had held as his residence, although for 23 years he was employed in Rochester. He resigned his Rochester position in 1910 owing to poor health. Mr. Post was married to Miss Flora B. Worden of Manchester, on June 24, 1886. Twelve years ago he joined Yonnondio Lodge, F. and A. M. of Rochester, and later became a member of Hamilton Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, of Rochester. He was a member of the Manchester M. E. church and had always taken deep interest in the work of the church. Besides his wife, he leaves four brothers, Fred H. Post and Edgar D. Post of Manchester; Augustus C. Post of Shortsville, and Dr. Frank A. Post of Delta, Col. The funeral services were held from the Manchester M. E. church on Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock, conducted by the pastor, the Rev. Edward Jarvis, while the sermon was preached by the Rev. C. E. Hamilton, president of Cazenovia Seminary. The interment was made in Brookside cemetery in this place.

From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 2 July 1938

Canandaigua, N. Y. -  Mrs. Cecilia Adelaide Potter,
88, widow of James Potter, died here Thursday night in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wallace A. Seaman, North Main Street. She was born in Gorham. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Seaman and Miss Henrietta Potter, Brooklyn; and seven sons, George, Canandaigua; Frank, Phoenix, Ariz; John, Jesse and Grover, Manchester; Edmund and Earle, Farmington; also 38 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Seaman home with burial in West Avenue Cemetery.

From Geneva Daily Times 16 February 1904

Edward B. Potter
died yesterday afternoon at his home on the McKane farm, on the Seneca Castle road, aged forty years. The deceased was born in Bellona and has lived in this vicinity throughout his life. For a number of years he had been in the employ of William Smith. He was a member of Oceola lodge, I. O. O. F. of Hall's Corners, and Seneca Rebekah lodge of this city. The survivors are his widow and one daughter. The funeral will take place at 11 o'clock Thursday from the house, and at 2 o'clock from the Bellona Presbyterian church. Burial will be in the Bellona cemetery.

From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 11 March 1926

Flint, March 10 - Florence Elizabeth Potter,
63 years old, wife of John B. Potter, died at her home here after a long illness. Besides her husband, she leaves two sons, Irvin and  Frank, both of Ithaca; three daughters, Mrs. Bertha Bliven and Mrs. Jessie Winburn of Phelps; and Mrs. Hattie Kransler of Flint; a sister, Mrs. Storey of Fairville; a brother, William Graves of Clifton Springs. Funeral services will take place from her home at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon with Rev. R. S. Chalmers of the Clifton Springs Baptist church officiating. Burial will be made in Sand Hill Cemetery.

From Ontario County Journal 26 September 1890

Frank Potter, of this village, a moulder, employed at the Ontario foundry on Ontario street, went to Bath with the excursionists Tuesday, and on the return trip fell from the rear platform of a car on the train between Bath and Hammondsport. William Orr and several other Canandaiguans were on the car and an attempt was made to stop the train. The bell cord was pulled but it was fastened to a brake instead of the bell in the engine, so their efforts were unavailing. The conductor was appealed to but he turned a deaf ear to the story of the accident and refused to stop the train. After the train reached Hammondsport, friends of Potter went back and found his dead body on the track where he fell. His neck had been broken and death had apparently been instantaneous. The remains were brought to this village Wednesday evening and it was decided to hold an inquest. The deceased was a steady and worthy young man, and his sudden and untimely death is peculiarly distressing from the fact that preparations were being made for his approaching marriage to an estimable young lady of Shortsville. He had purchased a portion of his household goods.

From "Drug Trade Weekly," January 14, 1922.

Obituary. Died in Geneva, NY, December 3d, Hazard Arnold Potter, M.D. He was born in Potter township, Gates (sic; Yates) County, December 21, 1811 ; graduated in medicine at Bowdoin College in 1835; practiced his profession a short time in Rhode, thence went to his native place, where he practiced till 1853, when he removed to Geneva. He was, during the war, surgeon to the 50th New York Volunteers. He was an energetic worker, attained reputation as a surgeon for his successful trephining of the vertebral column, operations for ovariotomy, and method of amputating at the hip-joint. During the last four years, he has been a prominent advocate of temperance, which cause he sustained with characteristic zeal. The immediate occasion of his death was inflammation of the lungs.- Buffalo Medical and Surgical Journal, December, 1869.

Thanks to Martha Magill for this contribution.

From Ontario County Journal 16 April 1909

At his home on the east lake shore on Tuesday evening occurred the death of James A. Potter, from blood poisoning, aged 60 years. He is survived by his wife and nine children, Frank of Syracuse, John, George, Jesse, Edward, Albert, Grover, Henrietta and Mrs. Wallace Seamans. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock, interment being in the West avenue cemetery.

From Shortsville Enterprise 29 November 1928

Rounding out the ripe old age of 83 years, James K. Potter, of Booth street, Shortsville, passed away at his home on Sunday evening, following only a short illness. With his demise the last surviving member of Herendeen Post, Grand Army of the Republic of Shortsville passes into history. Mr. Potter was a son of the late William and Julia Selover Potter and first saw the light of day at Machias, Cattaraugus county, on August 13, 1945. He had resided in Shortsville for the past 58 years. He was three times married, his first wife having been Mahala Stafford of Palmyra, to whom he was united in 1866.

Mr. Potter served throughout a large part of the Civil War, having enlisted in Syracuse in January, 1863, when only 17 years of age, and became a member of
the Eleventh New York Cavalry, Company D. His regiment for some time was quartered at Seventh Street Camp, Washington, D. C., and formed the guard doing duty at the White House. He frequently saw President Lincoln, his trioop being guard for the President. It is said that while attending school at Palmyra during his younger days, Mr. Potter was a schoolmate of Admiral Sampson of the Battle of Santiago fame. He was prominent in the activities of Herendeen Post and had held numerous offices in that organization.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Jennie Bradshaw Potter of Shortsville; two sons, Frank Potter of Buffalo and Charles Potter of Shortsville; also nine grandchildren. Funeral services were held from the Methodist church at 1 o'clock on Tuesday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. S. S. Pratt, pastor of Canandaigua Methodist church. The interment was in Brookside Cemetery. Members of American Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Legion attended in a body.

From Shortsville Enterprise 20 January 1916

Mrs. James K. Potter
died at her home in Booth street at about 4:30 o'clock on Wednesday morning. She had been in poor health for the past twenty years and for the last week had been in a critical condition. Heart failure is given as the cause of demise. Her age was 71 years. Mrs. Potter was formerly Miss Mehala Stafford and was born in the town of Manchester on April 27, 1844. Her parents were the late Permela and Nelson Stafford. With the exception of two or three years spent in Palmyra, when a young girl, her entire life had been spent in the township of Manchester. Shortsville had been her home since 1906, although living on a farm near here for many years. She was united in marriage with Mr. Potter on June 23, 1866. Besides her husband, she leaves two sons, Frank Potter of Buffalo, and Charles Potter of Hebron avenue; two brothers, Nelson Stafford of Rochester, and William Stafford of Akron, Ohio; also six grandchildren. The funeral services will be held from her late home on Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. C. C. Reynolds of Waterloo. The burial will be in the family plot at Brookside cemetery.

From Shortsville Enterprise 26 June 1940

Jesse Potter,
51, of Manchester was fatally injured when his car struck a tree in front of the home of William Marshall in State street, Manchester, about 2:30 o'clock Monday morning. Potter, alone in the car, was headed east and apparently had fallen asleep at the wheel since the tracks of his car on the wet pavement showed that it had suddenly swerved across the street and crashed into a tree. Noise of the crash awakened neighbors, among them Deputy Sheriff Victor Compbell. When they arrived on the scene, Potter was gasping for breath, and Dr. Ludwig Mayer was called, but death came before the Doctor arrived. Coroner Samuel F. Kutz of Clifton Spa later performed an autopsy and it was established that death had been caused by a crushed chest.

Mr. Potter, a lifelong resident of Manchester and Canandaigua, is survived by his wife, Mrs. Clara Potter of Newark; three sons, Clarence and Raymond Potter of Newark; one daughter, Miss Florence Potter of Manchester; two sisters, Mrs. Wallace Seaman of Canandaigua and Miss Henrietta Potter of New York City; six brothers, John and Grover Potter of Manchester, Earl Potter of Canandaigua, Frank Potter of Phoenix, Grover Potter of Buffalo and Edward Potter of Farmington. Funeral services will be held this Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home of John W. Potter in State street, Manchester, conducted by Rev. E. L. Kinner of the Methodist church. Burial will be made in West Avenue Cemetery in Canandaigua.

From Shortsville Enterprise 20 January 1916

Shortsville residents are deeply affected over the death of one of its best-known and best-liked citizens, John Wesley Potter, which occurred at his home in West Main street at 8:15 o'clock on Monday morning. He had been ill for several weeks with bronchitis and la grippe, but he later developed pneumonia. His age was 65 years. John Wesley Potter was born in Machias, Cattaraugus County, on September 29, 1850, the second son of the late William and Julia Potter. He received his education in the public schools of Machias and spent his early life assisting his father on the farm. He removed with his parents to Palmyra and later to Manchester. Mr. Potter located at Holland, this State, about 30 years ago and for many years made his home at that place. He owned a farm there, but engaged a man to conduct the same, his time being occupied in traveling for a large commercial house. From Holland he removed to the Parlor Village and engaged in the coal business with his brother, James K. Potter, they conducting the coal yards now owned by the firm of M. E. & R. V. Hixson in Booth street. After dissolving this partnership, Mr. Potter still continued in that line of business, storing his coal at the Hosey yards in Manchester. Mr. Potter was twice married, his first wife being Miss Ella Burlingham, of Holland. After her death, he was united in marriage on June 29, 1910, with Miss Winifred Stevens, of Cherry Creek, N. Y., who survives him. He was a member of the local lodge of Odd Fellows, which organization attended the funeral services in a body and took charge of the remains at the grave. Besides his wife, he leaves to mourn his loss, two brothers, James K. Potter of Booth street, and Eben Potter of Seneca Castle; two nephews, Frank Potter of Buffalo and Charles Potter of Hebron avenue, and one niece, Mrs. Edwin Bounds of Rochester. The funeral obsequies were held from his late home on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, the burial following in Brookside cemetery in this place.

From Shortsville Enterprise 1 December 1937

Mrs. Lena Elizabeth Potter
died at her home in the township of Farmington on Monday, at the age of 56 years. She is survived by her husband, Earl Potter; one daughter, Miss Gladys Potter of Farmington; three sons, Elton and Stewart Potter of Canandaigua; two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Demhler of Pittsford and Mrs. Rose Nussbaumer of Palmyra; and five brothers, Bernard Romeiser of Canandaigua, Peter Romeiser of Niagara Falls, Jacob and Conrad Romeiser of Manchester, and Henry Romeiser of Kansas. Funeral services will be held from her late home this Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock with interment in the South Farmington cemetery.

From Shortsville Enterprise 30 August 1923

On Wednesday morning at 8:30 o'clock, from the home of Seldon Aldrich in Railroad avenue, was held the funeral of Mrs. Margaret McGarry Potter, conducted by Rev. John J. Ganey, pastor of St. Dominic's church. The remains were interred in St. Rose's cemetery, west of Shortsville. Mrs. Potter died at the Homeopathic hospital in Rochester at 1:25 o'clock on Monday morning. She had been confined to the hospital since last April, at which time she fell and broke her hip. Her age was 84 years. Mrs. Potter was born in Ireland on October 11m 1839, and came to this country with her parents when but a small child. They located in the township of Farmington and the larger part of her life had been spent therein. During the past few years, she had lived with relatives at Canandaigua and Rochester. She was twice married, her first husband being Edward Laver of Victor, with whom she was united in 1858. He was killed in action in the Civil War in 1861. She also lost her second husband, Alfred Potter, in the same manner, his death occurring in 1865, the year of their marriage. The survivors are two daughter, Mrs. Louis Ebert, of Shortsville, and Mrs. Cora Johnson of Rochester; also six grandchildren ; and seven great-grandchildren; and one brother, Thomas McGarry of Canandaigua.

From Canandaigua Chronicle 1 March 1905

Honeoye, N. Y. - Mary E. Potter,
wife of John Potter, died at the home of her father, J. J. Norgate, Saturday, Feb. 25, aged 37 years. Mrs. Potter was born in the town of Richmond and was the daughter of John J. Norgate and Mary Steel Norgate. In 1892 she married John Potter. One daughter, May, was born to them. Mrs. Potter was a member of the First Congregational church at Honeoye, and her beautiful Christian life endeared her to all. Besides her husband and daughter, she leaves a father and mother and two sisters, Mrs. Charles White and Mrs. Fayette Huff, to mourn her loss. The family have the sympathy of their neighbors and friends in their great sorrow.

From Ontario Repository & Messenger 23 February 1870

Last Thursday, Mrs. Orilla Potter, wife of James G. Potter, was deposited in her final resting place. Her age was 82 years. She was the mother of Dr. John W. Potter, Caleb B. Potter, James D. Potter, Nancy Barnes, residing in Pike, Allegany co.; Julia Ann, wife of John Sisco of Middlesex, and Parmelia Salisbury of this village. Mr. James G. Potter is now in his 87th year and is still hale and hearty.

From Ontario County Journal 27 February 1914

Stanley, N. Y. -
The death of Robert Potter occurred at his home near Flint on Saturday morning, after a brief illness from pneumonia, at the advanced age of 92 years. Mr. Potter had been a resident in the vicinity of Flint for a number of years. He was a successful farmer, a kind and obliging neighbor and a man respected by all. There survive three sons and four daughters, John and Frank, of Flint, and Walter, of Hopewell; Mrs. T. D. Whitney of Flint; Mrs. William Miller of Victor; Mrs. Alice Jewett of Stanley, and Miss Bessie Potter, who lived with her father on the home farm. Funeral services were held on Monday with burial at Sand Hill.

The Shortsville Enterprise 1 June 1916

The death of Walter R. Potter, a former well-known resident of the Parlor Village, occurred at his home in the township of Hopewell on Saturday noon last. His age was 61 years. Mr. Potter was born in the town of Seneca on April 2, 1855, a son of the late Robert and Zilah Potter. With the exception of one year passed in the State of Michigan, the deceased had always made his home in Ontario county. He was a resident of Shortsville for several years and possessed many friends here. He removed to Hopewell to reside on a farm about a year ago. The survivors are his wife, Mrs. Julia Potter, one son, Arthur Potter, of Buffalo; two daughters, Miss Mabel Potter of Hopewell, and Mrs. William Brown of Shortsville; also seven grandchildren. The funeral services were held from his late home in Hopewell Center on Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. Mr. Williams of Seneca Castle, pastor of the Hopewell Center M. E. church. The burial followed in Brookside cemetery in this village.

From Geneva Gazette 13 August 1897

Sad Drowning Accident -
Last Friday evening, Watson G. Potter, Jr., the 15-year-old son of Geneva's well known marble dealer, was drowned in Flint Creek, near Seneca Castle.  He made the trip to that place on his wheel that same afternoon, and went to the creek to bathe.  That was the last seen of him while alive.  He was the guest of Mr. Cyrus Bray. As he had not returned at 7 o'clock search for him was instituted and prosecuted all night long.  Not until next morning was his lifeless body found.  It was discovered face downward in water scarcely six inches deep.  Evidently he was prostrated in an epileptic fit to which he was subject and fell in the water while unconscious.  The body was embalmed and brought to the saddened home from whence the funeral took place last Monday afternoon.  Coroner Wright took cognizance of the case in so far only as to decide that a jury inquest was unnecessary.

From Ontario County Journal 11 May 1900

Shortsville, N. Y. -
The citizens of this village were startled on Friday of last week to hear that William Potter had committed suicide at the home of his daughter, Mrs. S. A. Burton, with whom he had been living for some time. He was about 80 years of age, and had been in poor health for some time. It is supposed that during temporary insanity, he committed the rash act. The funeral was held on Sunday from Mr. Burton's home, Rev. A. W. Greene officiating.

From Geneva Daily Times 23 August 1907

William A. Potter, age 56 years, died yesterday at the home of his father near Flint. He is survived by one brother and three sisters. The funeral will take place Saturday afternoon at two o'clock from the house. Rev. Byron C. Showers, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church at Flint will officiate and interment will be at Sand Hill.

From Ontario County Journal 20 April 1894

Shortsville, N. Y. -
The death of Mrs. Wm. Potter occurred at her home in this village on Friday, April 13, after an illness of two days. She leaves an aged husband, two sons and one daughter, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, besides a large number of friends, to mourn her loss. The funeral services were held from the resident on Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. E. J. Lavis officiating.

From Ontario County Journal 17 April 1896

Naples, N. Y. -
After a protracted illness, Mrs. Catharine S. Pottle, widow of the late Hon. Emory B. Pottle, died on Monday evening, aged 68 years. The deceased was the daughter of Michael Maxfield and sister of Hiram Maxfield, of this place. Another sister was the first wife of Samuel H. Torrey, deceased. Mrs. Pottle had been most devotedly cared for during the years of invalidism by her only daughter, Miss Elizabeth, assisted of late by her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Margaret Pottle of Buffalo. Her illness was attended with great suffering. Three sons survive her, W. L. and Frank M. of Naples, and Harry of Buffalo. One son, Fred M., recently died in Buffalo. Funeral services were held on Thursday.

From Ontario County Journal 24 April 1891

Naples, N. Y. -
In the death of Hon. Emory B. Pottle, on April 18th, Naples suffers the loss of one who has been more thoroughly identified with the town, in what pertains to its best good, than any other citizen of that place. Others have done well, but, taking into account Mr. Pottle's long life spent here, his strong intellect, good judgment and untiring industry, there is no doubt but that he has had more to do in molding the minds of his fellow townsmen than any other one man. A brief sketch of his life will doubtless be read by most of the Journal readers with interest.

Mr. Pottle was born in Naples, on the farm which has always been in the family, July 4, 1816, an only child of Loring and Betsey Pottle. His mother was daughter of Capt. Edward Kibbe, a noted pioneer of Naples. Patriotic blood flowed in the veins of both families, and Mr. Pottle inherited a love a country which has made him of national reputation. He was ambitious for an education and made the most of the schools of his town, and was also privileged to attend the Penn Yan Academy two years. When twenty years old he studied law with Robert Flint, in Penn Yan, and a short time in Canandaigua with Sibley & Worden. At 22 he began his law practice in Springfield, Ill., with Judge Logan, but failing health compelled his return to Naples, and he soon decided to make this town his permanent home. He had already won his spurs as an orator in his maiden speech on July 4th, 1836, at the old church on the square; and now, taking an active part in politics as a Whig, he was soon known to the country around as a keen debater, a sarcastic opponent and a captivating orator. He was honored in his own town with nearly all of its higher offices, and in 1847 was sent to the assembly. He married that year Catherine, daughter of Judge Maxfield, and bought a fine place in the village and settled there. He was prominent in the organization of the Republican party, and had now become so popular that in 1856 he was elected to congress by a large majority, and re-elected in 1858 from the counties of Ontario, Yates and Seneca. There he made his impress as a determined opponent of slavery and secession, and was one of the mighty little band that stood firm against the encroachments of the South, thus incurring the hatred of that section and putting his life in danger.

Mr. Pottle, all of this time, was gaining a reputation as a lawyer, and was also managing a large farm. He had become much interested in fine sheep, and in 1867 was made secretary of the National Wool Growers' and Woolen Manufactures Convention, held in New York city, and he was one of three who framed a tariff bill, acceptable to both producers and manufacturers, which became a law. He was president of the Ontario Agricultural Society for one or two years, and of the State Grape Growers' Association for several years. He was the first extensive grape grower in Naples, realizing at one time $3000 for the product of six acres of Isabella grapes. He was always intensely interested in agriculture, and a friend of the laboring man. Mr. Pottle was not only a popular and able speaker on national subjects; he had a strong literary taste and was fond of poetry and science, and later he gave some interesting lectures and readings before the Academy students of Naples on Byron and Shakespeare, and some of a historical character.

He was interested too in all educational, church and reform matters, and his voice has been heard many times in earnest advocacy of temperance and morality. He was the pride of the town as a speaker, and could be relied upon in any emergency, and in social gatherings his varied information and superior conversational powers made him the center of attraction. His last public appearance as a speaker was on our centennial anniversary, July 4, 1889, when he delivered the admirable address reviewing the history of the town.

Mr. Pottle's home life was delightful. In 1852 he bought the place where he died and made it one of the most complete residences in the county. There he resided with dignity, yet with exceeding kindness, holding the affection of his family in an unusual degree. His wife, four sons and one daughter survive him. At the funeral on Monday all business ceased and schools were closed. He died in the calmness of the Christian faith, which he had professed for many years.

From Geneva Daily Times 11 January 1910

Naples, N. Y. - William L. Pottle
died at his home Saturday night at 10 o'clock, aged 63 years. He was born in Naples and had lived nearly all his life here. He held a clerkship at Albany while Cleveland was Governor and was custodian of the dies at Washington  under Cleveland's first administration. Mr. Pottle was a gentleman of pleasing address and had many friends. He is survived by his wife and one son, Emory B. Pottle, the author, now in Italy; also one brother, Henry Pottle of Buffalo, and a sister, Elizabeth Pottle of Naples. Burial Rose Ridge Cemetery

From Phelps Citizen 12 March 1925

Arthur Pound
of Geneva died suddenly last Wednesday morning at the Summit Stove Works at the age of 49 years. He was formerly of Phelps. Besides his wife, he leaves three daughters and two sons, Mrs. William Peterson of Oneida, S. D., Olive E. and Leona M. Pound, all of Geneva; and two sisters, Mrs. Nathan Marr of Port Byron and Mrs. William Blainsdell of Albany. Burial was in Rest Haven cemetery on Sunday.

From Ontario County Journal 4 September 1885

Victor, N. Y. -
At his residence near this village, last Friday morning, unexpectedly passed away Mark W. Powel, in the seventieth year of his age. Mr. Powel came from Penn Yan to Victor fifteen years ago and engaged in an extensive manufacturing industry requiring the expenditure of large means in perfecting the necessary plant and sagacious capabilities in successfully conducting the business. He was a man of extensive information, good legal knowledge and practically learned in civil engineering. Making no denominational professions, he strictly followed and strenuously advocated the golden rule in life -- do as you would that others do to you. Politically a Republican, he fearlessly advanced the principles he believed to be right. As a friend never furthering dissension, but always counseling harmony, he accomplished much good, and in kind and generous ways succored many people. Monday afternoon brief services were held at the house, Rev. Albert S. Bacon officiating, the interment taking place in the village cemetery. His wife and sons, Mark T. Powel of Canandaigua, and Frank H. Powel of Victor, comprise the remaining family.

From Geneva Daily Times 29 February 1924

Canandaigua -
The death of Mrs. Agnes M. Powell, wife of George W. Powell, of 93 Gorham street, this city, occurred yesterday afternoon. She leaves one daughter, Mrs. R. D. Kean of Geneva, and one sister, Mrs. W. J. Reid of New York City. The funeral will be held from the home tomorrow afternoon and will be private.

From Ontario County Journal 8 February 1918

Rushville, N. Y. -   Mrs. Ann Powell,
wife of George Powell, died at the home in Gorham on Monday, after an illness of nine weeks. She was born in England on March 18, 1847, coming to America 49 years ago. She is survived by her husband and three daughter, Mrs. Loren Pulver, of Gorham; Mrs. Harry Swartout of Hall, and Mrs. Joseph Patchett of Geneva.

From Geneva Daily Times 30 November 1895

Canandaigua, N. Y. -
Coroner Hallenbeck was summoned to Reed's Corners Wednesday to investigate the sudden death of Mr. Augustus Powell, an aged resident of that place. He decided that death resulted from natural causes. Deceased is survived by eight children.

From Canandaigua Chronicle 11 July 1906

Reed's Corners, N. Y. -  Mrs. Ellen Powell
died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Myron Jones, on Wednesday evening, July 4, after a prolonged illness. She leaves eight children, besides grandchildren, great-grandchildren and two aged sisters. The children are: Mrs. Olive Yerkes, Mrs. Myron Jones, Mrs. Lotta Nicket and Mrs. Dora Sherman, of Syracuse, Mrs. Susie Brink of Italy; and John, Norton and Alonzo Powell of this place. The funeral was held in the Congregational church Friday afternoon and interment was in the Reed's Corners cemetery beside her husband, Augustus Powell, who died about ten years ago.

Evangelical Magazine & Gospel Advocate, Utica NY, Sat. 13 Dec 1834
[a Universalist newspaper]

DEATHS.  In Victor, on the 15th ult., EUNICE POWELL, consort James Powell, aged 60 years.  The deceased, according to a verdict of a jury of inquest, in a state of mental derangement, terminated her existence by suicide, and was found suspended by a handkerchief on the morning of the 16th.  She had for some weeks previous been laboring under severe indisposition, and had through life sustained an unblemished reputation.  A very large concourse of people assembled on the Sabbath, the 16th ult., at the Universalist church, where the funeral was attended and a discourse delivered by the writer from Ezek. xxxvii:3.  May God in his infinite mercy abundantly bless all who have under this extraordinary calamity been called to mourn, and especially remember the aged companion and the sorrowing children of the deceased.

K. T. [Rev. Kneeland Townsend]

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

From Geneva Daily Times 3 July 1906

Mrs. Harriet M. Powell, aged 84 years, died last night at 10:00 o'clock at her home about five miles south of this city. She is survived by her husband, William Powell, and one nephew, W. F. Black, of the town of Geneva. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 o'clock. The Rev. A. B. Temple, of Number Nine Presbyterian Church, will officiate and burial will be at Bellona.

From Shortsville Enterprise 12 April 1912

Farmington, N. Y. - Hiram B. Powell,
for many years a highly respected member of this town, died at the home of his daughter at Victor on Friday morning last. His demise was occasioned by Bright's disease from which he had suffered for many months. His age was 79 years.

From Geneva Daily Times 15 November 1907

Rushville, N. Y. - Joseph Powell,
73 years old, who was taken to the Memorial Hospital, Canandaigua, last Monday, was operated on for appendicitis and died at 8 o'clock Tuesday morning. M. W. Fisher brought the body back to his old home, which he had just sold, that he might take life more easy. The funeral services were held today, the burial taking place at No. 9 Church, Seneca, where his father and mother are buried. He leaves three daughters and four sons: George of Dundee, Charles and Wesley, living in California, Frank at home; Mary and Lizzie at home, and one daughter, Mrs. Theodore Knapp at Potter Center. He also leaves two brothers, George at Gorham, and Charles at Bellona.

From Ontario County Journal 16 December 1904

Rushville, N. Y. -  The oldest person in this community died on Friday night, aged 101 yrs. He was Joseph Powell, who had been living with his son, Joseph Powell, Jr., some three miles south of here, for the past three months. He was born in England. His wife, aged 97 years; and three sons, survive him. The funeral was held on Monday at 11 o'clock at the Little Church near Gorham.

From Ontario County Journal 26 February 1909

Reed's Corners, N. Y. -
The sudden death of Mrs. Mary A. Wilson Powell occurred at her home near Reed Corners on Friday morning of heart failure. She was one of the oldest residents of the town of Gorham, being born on the Wilson homestead, one mile east of Wilson Corners, on January 28, 1828, and was one of the ten children of James and Hannah Wilson. Only one survives, John R. Wilson of Gorham. In 1854 her marriage to William Powell took place and to them three children were born, one dying in infancy. Mr. Powell died in 1862. Mrs. Powell's death occurred one week later than that of her sister, Mrs. Edith Underhill. She is survived by two sons, Delbert W. and George W. Powell of Reed's Corners, and nine grandchildren; one brother, John R. Wilson of Gorham; one nephew, James Lewis of Gorham, and a niece, Mrs. Theoria Bain of Seneca Castle. The funeral was held from the Congregational church on Sunday afternoon, Rev. Dr. John McColl officiating. The burial was in the Reed cemetery.

From Geneva Gazette 27 September 1878

Gorham, N. Y. -
We hear that Mr. Phillip Powell, a farmer in the western part of this town, went out to work after dinner last Saturday, without having complained of feeling unwell, and dropped dead in his field.  Mr. Powell was about sixty-five years old.

From Ontario County Journal 10 May 1889

Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Sarah G. Powell, wife of Hon. Shotwell Powell, of South Bristol, died Thursday morning, the 2d inst. of pneumonia, after a week's illness.

From Ontario County Journal 26 June 1896

Naples, N. Y. -
Ontario has lost another honored and valuable citizen in the person of Hon. Shotwell Powell, who died at his old home now owned by his son, Israel, in South Bristol, on Friday, June 19, at the age of nearly 88 years. Until stricken with paralysis in March last, Mr. Powell was apparently in full possession of his faculties, appearing like a well kept man of 75. He was of the Society of Friends, and was a true type of integrity and gentleness peculiar to that sect. He was born in Dutchess county, coming to Ontario about 1844, and assuming from the first a prominent position in society and politics. He was one of the founders of the of the Republican party and was sent once to the assembly by them in 1858 and '59. He was a pronounced anti-slavery and temperance advocate. He invested $16,000 in Virginia lands, in order to found a colony free from the blight of intemperance and kindred souls. He was a good and true man and has gone to receive his reward. Two sons, Thomas J. and I. M. Powell, and a daughter, Mrs. W. E. Lincoln, survive him. Rev. Cornell of Macedon, an eminent preacher of the Friends, officiated at the funeral, Monday, which was largely attended.

From Geneva Advertiser Gazette 6 July 1906

Mrs. William Powell
died at her home on the lake road south of Geneva last Monday, July 2d, aged 84 years. She and Mr. Powell had been married 54 years, and all that time was passed on that farm. He was ever an industrious, hard-working farmer and his wife was indeed a helpmeet in every sense. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon. Mrs. Powell was a sister of Mrs. Black, mother of W. F. Black. Mr. Powell is now left entirely alone in his old age, being past the age of 85 years. We believe he had disposed of the farm some time ago, being no longer able to do the work upon it.

From Ontario County Journal 1 February 1918

The death of Mrs. Alida M. Power occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles A. Rowley, in Victor, on Monday morning, following a long illness. She was one of four daughters of Gideon and Sara VanDenberg Shaw and was born August 27, 1838. On Jan. 22, 1862, she was united in marriage to M. H. Sibley Power of Farmington. Fourteen years ago Mr. and Mrs. Power retired from farm life and had since resided in Victor. Ten years ago Mrs. Power became totally blind. Besides her husband, she leaves two daughters, Mrs. Rowley of Victor, and Mrs. A. B. Parmele of Canandaigua, also two granddaughters, Miss Gladys Rowley and Miss Margaret Parmele; and one sister, Mrs. S. W. Seavey, of Mamaroneck. The funeral services were held yesterday. Rev. Frank W. Hill, pastor of the Presbyterian church at Victor, officiated. Interment was at the village cemetery.

From Ontario County Chronicle 23 July 1902

Shortsville, N. Y. -
People here were shocked to hear of the sudden death of Allen Power which occurred at the home of James Gillis last Tuesday noon. He had been in his usual good health until the hour of his death which was due to heart disease. His son, Allen, was on the lake shore at the time, he being the only immediate member of the family left. He is also survived by two brothers and two sisters. He was an upright, honorable, industrious man, and respected by all. He had been a resident of the village for 18 years. He was aged about 47 years.

From Ontario County Times 23 April 1890

Shortsville, N. Y. - 
Our community was startled last Thursday morning by the news of the sudden death of Mrs. Allen Power. She had been complaining somewhat all winter, but her health was such as not to seriously alarm her physician or friends, and up to the day preceding her death, she was engaged as usual about her household duties. In the evening, she was taken suddenly ill and Dr. J. R. Pratt was summoned and stayed until after the birth of a child, when he left about midnight thinking her as comfortable as could be expected. In a few hours, however, she was taken with a chill and spasms, followed one after another until they ended in her death as above stated. The sad event comes all too sudden upon her immediate family and neighborhood, where she was best known and appreciated. Mrs. Power's mother, who resides at Groton, N. Y., was summoned and she arrived on the noon train, accompanied by a younger daughter. A short service was held at the house Saturday morning, when the husband and friends accompanied the remains back to her childhood home. Mr. Power has the sympathy of our community in this time of severe affliction. With his little two-years-old son, he is left to struggle on under what now seems like an insupportable burden of grief. His mother died only a few months since.

From Geneva Daily Times 8 November 1907

On Nov. 4th occurred the death of Andrew T. Power at his home in Farmington. He was the father-in-law of Mrs. Grace Rose Power of this city. The deceased was 90 years old and was a pioneer, and formerly one of the largest land owners of this town, where he spent his entire life. He died in the house in which he was born. His survivors are two sons and one daughter.

From Ontario County Journal 17 November 1916

Mrs. Esther Foster Power,
aged 84 years, widow of William Power, passed away at the home of her sister, Mrs. John Johnson, Gorham street, yesterday morning, following a long illness. There survive one daughter, Mrs. Jesse Barnes, of the Seneca Point road; one son, Fred P. Power, of Dubois, Pa., and two sisters, Mrs. John Johnson and Mrs. Martha Parmele, Gorham street. The funeral services will be held at the late home on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Livingston L. Taylor will officiate. Interment will be at South Farmington cemetery.

From Ontario County Chronicle 16 September 1903

Wednesday night at her home on Prospect street occurred the death of Mrs. Hester L. Power, wife of Morey Power, aged about 67 years. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. John M. Stokoe of this place, and Mrs. Lewis H. Herendeen of Farmington, and Mrs. Herbert Wiley, of Victor; and one son, Luke Power of New York; her husband, Morey E. Power of this place; and three brothers, John Berry of Bristol, and Joseph and William Berry of this place; one sister, Mrs. O. M. Hitchcock of this place.

From Ontario County Journal 8 October 1915

The death of Morey A. Power occurred Friday morning after a long illness, aged 78 years. Deceased had been a residence of Canandaigua for 25 years. He is survived by his wife, one son, Luke W. Power, of New York City; by three daughters, Mrs. L. D. Herendeen of Farmington, Mrs. Herbert Wiley, and Mrs. John M. Stokoe of this city; and by two brothers and two sisters, Mrs. Ralph Wisner and Dewitt Power, of Canandaigua, Mrs. Gillam of Oregon and Sibley Power of Victor. Rev. Guy L. Morrill officiated at the funeral services on Monday. Interment was at Woodlawn.

From Ontario County Journal 16 August 1901

Morey E. Power
died at his home in Buffalo on Monday and his remains were brought to this village for burial. The funeral services were held at the home of his father, M. A. Power, Prospect street, on Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Fred T. Galpin officiating. Deceased was formerly a resident of this village and removed to Buffalo about seven years ago. He had been poor health for some years past and death was due to consumption. Besides his wife and four-year-old son, he is survived by his parents, one brother, Luke, and three sisters, Mrs. John Stokoe, Mrs. Herbert Wiley and Mrs. L. D. Herendeen of Canandaigua and vicinity. Deceased was nearly 40 years of age.

From Ontario County Chronicle 27 March 1901

Farmington, N. Y. - Truman C. Power, a lifelong resident of this town, died at his home at an early hour Monday morning, after a lingering illness, aged 55 years. He is survived by a wife, a father, Andrew P. Power, a sister, Miss Metta Power, and two brothers, George P. Power and William C. Power, all of Farmington.

From Victor Herald 1 March 1907

While talking with a man at his barn at about noon on Friday of last week, William E. Power of Farmington was suddenly stricken with heart disease and died with a few moments. The deceased was a lifelong resident of Farmington and about seventy years of age. He was highly esteemed by his townsmen. Mr. Power leaves his wife, a son, Fred, of Canandaigua, and
daughter, Mrs. Ida Barnes. Two brothers, Edward of Canandaigua, and Andrew of Farmington, also survive.

From Victor Herald 3 July 1903

The death of Carrie Redfield Powers of Farmington, a woman well-known and respected in this region, occurred at her late home Tuesday afternoon. Mrs. Powers had reached the age of 42 years and 9 months when the end came from diabetes. Besides her husband, George P. Powers, she leaves her invalid father, Henry Redfield, two step-children, Frank D., who is at home, and Mrs. John A. Graham, residing in Rochester. The funeral was today at 2 p.m. from the house. Interment in Friend's cemetery, South Farmington.

From Ontario County Journal 23 April 1897

Naples, N. Y. - Edward Powers
died on Thursday, April 15, aged 62 years. Mr. Powers had been for many years the keeper of Rose Ridge cemetery, and was the well-known grave digger of the town. He had been a strong, hardy man. He was born in Ireland, and had lived in Naples a quarter of a century or more. He leaves a widow and seven children.

From Rochester Democrat and Chronicle 14 November 1929

Naples, Nov. 13 - Mrs. Julia Daly Powers
, 85, died at the home of her daughter in North Main Street last evening. She was born in Currabegh, County Cork, Ireland, Aug. 5, 1844. She was married to Edward Powers in 1862 and came to the United States a year later. The family resided in New York City, Saratoga, Clayville and Lowsville until about 1875 when they settled in Naples and have since resided here. She leaves these children, Mrs. Claude Lafler, with whom she resided; Mrs. Dan Pfenning, Mrs. Frank Eckrick, Mrs. Edward Schlinker and John R. Powers of Rochester; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Ellis of Utica and Mrs. Markareta Trainor of Hartford, Conn. Funeral at St. Januarius Church at 10 o'clock Friday.

From Ontario Repository & Messenger 27 January 1869

Another horrible accident occurred at the Depot in this village last Monday afternoon. Patrick Powers, an employee of the New York Central Road, in attempting to jump from a platform car while in motion, slipped and fell immediately in front of the baggage room, his head striking just outside the iron rail but so near that the outer edge of the car wheel struck and crushed his skull, killing him instantly. He had been in the employ of the company for many years, and was a sober and industrious man. He was about forty-five years of age, and leaves a wife and several small children.

From Geneva Daily Times 26 December 1908

Rushville, N. Y. - Mrs. Phoebe Powers,
aged 90 years, passed away Wednesday at the residence of her son, S. L. Powers. She was born at Newfane, Niagara County, September 9, 1818, being the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Levi Stratton. When 22 years of age she married John Wesley Powers, and the greater part of her life had been spent in Middlesex and this vicinity.

From Ontario County Journal 5 February 1909

Rushville, N. Y. - Mrs. Susie Karnes Powers,
wife of Guy Powers, died at the City Hospital at Rochester, on the night of Jan. 28, death resulting from an operation which she underwent on the preceding day. The deceased was 31 years of age and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Taylor Karnes of Middlesex. Her remains were brought to the home of her parents and the funeral services held there on Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Andrews of the M. E. Church, officiating. Besides her husband and parents she leaves one brother, William.

From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 18 November 1931

Thomas Powers
of West Bloomfield entered into rest at the Genesee Hospital Monday, November 18. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Rollins Powers and five children: Mary of Buffalo, Margaret of Rochester, William of Canandaigua, John and Thomas of West Bloomfield; one brother, William Powers of East Bloomfield; one sister, Mrs. McWhorte of Rochester; one grandson, Robert. Funeral services Thursday at 3 p.m. from St. Joseph's Church, West Bloomfield. Burial in St. Rose's cemetery, Parma NY.

From Ontario County Journal 20 November 1914

Rushville, N. Y. -  Thompson S. Powers,
a veteran of the Civil war, died on Sunday night in this village, after a brief illness of apoplexy. He was the oldest son of John and Phoebe Stratton Powers, and was born 72 years ago last February, on the farm now owned by Oscar Taylor. Forty-four years ago last October he married Maria Horton and four children were born to this union. He enlisted in the Civil war in 1861, going to the front with Company C, Eighth New York Cavalry, and was wounded in battle. He served three years and three months, engaging in some of the bloodiest battles of the war. He was in the Battle of Gettysburg reunion a year ago. He was a member of Hayes Post, G. A. R., in Middlesex. Mr. Powers was a lifelong resident of this community and since he had retired from farming, he and his wife had resided in this village. He was a member of the Rushville M. E. church and a member of its official board. He is survived by his wife of this village; three sons and one daughter, Guy Powers of Sault Ste. Marie, Canada; John of Middlesex, Earl of Rushville, and Mrs. George Duell of Cheshire; also two brothers, Samuel L. and J. Wesley Powers, both of Rushville. The funeral services were held from the home on Wednesday, Rev. J. J. Edwards officiating. Interment was in Rushville cemetery.

From Geneva Advertiser 26 May 1903

Dr. Wm. Fred Powers
died at his home in Stanley last Tuesday evening, May 19th, after a long and painful illness, from which he knew and told his friends at the outset that there was no hope. His age was about thirty years. He studied medicine in the Buffalo College from which he was graduated about three years ago. Shortly afterwards he married an estimable young woman of Wiscoy, Allegany County, and he settled down to practice and a reputation, and was doing well, bought a nice home and settled down to it. One child was born to them. He had before marriage been operated on twice for abscess, and when he was seized with illness again, and was confined to his bed, some four months ago, he told his friends he knew it was his last sickness, and so it proved. He was a son of A. G. Powers of the town of Geneva and grandson of the late W. G. Powers, who paid the expense of his college education. The funeral was held last Thursday afternoon, and the remains were taken to his wife's home for interment. A bright promise was before him, but Death ends it all. Besides his wife and child, he is survived by his father and mother, two sisters, Mrs. Bartholomew of Geneva and Mrs. Lawrence of Sayre, Pa., and one brother, Harry T. Powers of South Dakota.

From Geneva Daily Times 6 May 1910

Canandaigua, N. Y. -  Thomas Powles,
a full-blooded Oneida Indian and a veteran of the Civil War, died Wednesday afternoon at his home on the "Point." He was 79 years of age. Death was due to a complication of heart disease and kidney trouble with which he had been afflicted for several years. Powles was born on the Onondaga Reservation, south of Syracuse, and was the son of a chieftain. In 1862 he enlisted with 21st Regiment, New York Volunteers, and served as a member of that company until the close of the war. He was a resident of Canandaigua for over 25 years, during which time he followed the occupation of basket maker. He is survived by his wife, two sons, Vine Powles of this place and Howard of Chicago, and four grandchildren.

From Geneva Daily Times 22 January 1904

Mrs. Sarah Poyneer - Maria,
widow of William N. Poyneer, died at 4 o'clock this morning at her home, 320 Main street; aged eighty. The deceased, who had been in feeble health since August, had been confined to her bed for two weeks. Bright's disease was the cause of death. Mrs. Poyneer was born at Dresden, in which place she resided until she came to this city thirteen years ago. She is survived by one daughter, Miss M. Belle Poyneer. The funeral will take place at 2 o'clock Sunday from her late home. Burial will follow in Greenwood cemetery. Rev. C. E. Jewell of First Methodist church will officiate.
(Burials of A. Maria, William, and Belle are listed in Index to Glenwood cemetery, Geneva NY under name of Poysner.)

From Geneva Advertiser 20 March 1894

Suicide in Geneva -
That was a ghastly find made by Mrs. William Poyneer on Sunday afternoon at a little after five o'clock, and one that threw her neighborhood into most intense excitement.  The Poyneers' home is the west half of the double brick house on Colt street, a few rods east of Main.  Going to the outhouse at that hour, Mrs. Poyneer was horrified to see the body of her husband suspended by a rope, the knees bent, for there was not height enough in the outhouse for him to commit the act standing upright.  He had taken a small clothesline and thrust it through a sort of half-moon ventilator, fastening it so that it would not give way, made a noose in one end, adjusted about his neck, and then bent forward and thus strangled himself.  She quickly gave the alarm, and sent for Chief Kane who was the first man on the ground.  The body was still warm and Dr. Blaine was hastily called, but when he arrived the man was stone dead.

William Poyneer was aged about 65 years, and leaves a wife, son and daughter, the latter of his children only being at home. He was formerly employed at the Steam Bending Works, but when the business depression struck there last summer he lost his place.  Then for a few weeks he found employment at the Experiment Station which lasted until November, since which time he has had no employment.  The only source of income was the wages of his daughter, employed at Fowle & Klopfer's bakery. Added to these troubles, the family had the grip last fall.  All these ills led to extreme despondency, and there is no doubt that he was so worn upon that rather than be longer out of work, he preferred eternal rest, and took it in the manner described.

We have often thought that rather than reserve pity and sympathy for persons after they are dead, it would be better to show some of it while they are alive. There are many odd jobs about every rich man's home through which a laboring man can earn a few shillings or a few dollars, and this would be a God-send to certain poor but worthy families. We don't happen to know how Mr. Poyneer voted in 1892 or at any other time, but we should like to see the man who can look down into that poor dead face with grim satisfaction and remark, "Possibly he wanted a change!". There has been too much of that, and the next man who uses the expression is entitled more to a rope than was poor Mr. Poyneer. These are tough times -- hundreds of people are out of employment -- one man told us yesterday that he had not earned a pipe full of tobacco in four months -- and their condition should be ameliorated rather than gloated over.

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