"To" Obituaries

From Ontario County Journal 31 July 1874

Drowned -
Last Saturday evening, Mr. S. J. Wells, of Miller's Corners, in company with his son and a young man in his employ, named Stephen Toben, went to Snooks' Mill pond, some two miles southwest from the Corners to bathe. Mr. Toben entered the water, and had got but a short distance from the shore, when he was seen to fall back and then to sink. Mr. Wells gave the alarm, and soon there were a number of people present.  After some considerable search, the body was found by a son of Mr. Snooks, and raised.  The young man was a good swimmer, and as he had proceeded but a short distance from the shore, he must have been taken with cramps.  Toben had been in the employ of Mr. Wells for some three years; was a young man who was held in high estimation by all who knew him; his character was above reproach.  His untimely end will be a sad blow to his mother, who is a widow and depended upon her son for support.  The funeral services were held Monday afternoon.  The remains were taken to East Bloomfield for burial.

From Ontario County Journal 11 March 1881

Naples, N. Y. -
I have just learned of the sudden death, this morning (Monday), of Mrs. Elmira Tobey, the wife of our oldest merchant, Mr. Lyman Tobey. This is another crushing blow to our society. Mrs. Tobey was a most excellent woman and endeared to a large circle of relatives and friends. She had been complaining of a cold and had been somewhat sick, but no one had any apprehension of her death. Heart disease was doubtless the immediate cause. Her aged mother, Mrs. Byington, who has been sick for some time and whose demise was not unexpected, still lives, while her daughter has been taken, leaving her family who needed her presence and care in the deepest grief. Surely the ways of Providence are inscrutable.

From Neapolitan Record 17 March 1881
The relatives who were present from abroad to attend the funeral of Mrs. Tobey last Friday were: John Whiton, Ithaca; Will Byington, Auburn; John Maurice and wife of St. Louis, Mo.; Mrs. Bliven and Mrs. Ferrer of Dundee. These parties remained for a longer or shorter term for a visit.

Mrs. Emma Wiley was permitted to see her mother, on Friday last after the Funeral services at the house; Mr. Tobey sent Dr. Gallagher to examine her condition, and feeling it to be for the best, the remains of Mrs. Tobey were taken to her bedside. Mrs. Wiley is sick and is the only daughter of the late Mrs. Tobey. At this writing there is no reason for regret in allowing the daughter her singular request.

From Ontario County Journal 6 November 1908

East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Frederick B. Tobey,
a lifelong resident of this town, died at the Tobey homestead west of the village on Wednesday afternoon, aged 79 years. Mr. Tobey had been suffering from Bright's disease for four years, but for the past eight weeks had been much worse. For days his death had been expected. Mr. Tobey was a son of Lorenzo and Emeline Tobey Brooks. Upon the death of his mother, when he was quite young, he was adopted by his uncle, Frederick N. Tobey. He attended the East Bloomfield academy and the Collegiate Institute of Rochester. In June, 1873, he married Miss Sarah Hopkins, of Salem, who survives him, with three sons, Frederick H., Arthur Robert, and Charles H. Mr. Tobey was a lifelong Democrat and had been an assessor for many terms. He was a member of St. Peter's church and was a senior warden at the time of his death. He was a member of Milnor Lodge, No. 139, F. & A. M.

From Ontario County Journal 31 March 1905

Naples, N. Y. - 
The death of Mrs. Lyman Tobey, which occurred on March 22, leaves a sad home for her husband and children. Mrs. Tobey was a woman of exalted character, and one of her cardinal virtues was devotion to her home and family. There was absolutely nothing in the domain of domestic life which escaped her notice and her efficiency kept pace with her interest. It was this that makes her loss so deeply felt. She married in 1882. Of three children born to her, two, Miss Helena and Robert, survive her; also three stepchildren, Mrs. Alice Miller of Oneida, Mrs. T. J. Leahy of Sayre, and George Tobey, of Naples. The recent death of another loved stepson, William H. Tobey, was a shock to her and told upon her health. She was a faithful member of the Presbyterian church and her pastor, Rev. C. C. McLean, paid her deserved tribute. Her burial took place on Friday.

From Ontario County Journal 24 August 1894
Naples, N. Y. - We report this week the death of the oldest business man, save one, of the town, Lyman Tobey, who died on Saturday last, aged 82 years. He had been living with his son, Lyman, Jr., for some time, having lost his wife thirteen years ago. He had been in business here since 1841, except for the last three or four years, when his health would not permit. He was for thirty-five years a general merchant, of large acquaintance and of high standing in commercial circles. His wife was a sister of A. J. Byington of this village, and Tobey & Byington were formerly associated in the foundry business which Mr. Tobey helped to establish in 1841. He was the father of Messrs. Lyman and Charles Tobey of this town, Mrs. George Wiley, deceased, and William, a soldier, who died in the army. He united with the Presbyterian church in 1844, and maintained a good life throughout his long membership. In respect to his memory, all business places closed during the funeral services on Monday.

From Ontario County Journal 24 May 1889

East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Marana Tobey, widow of the late Frederick N. Tobey, died Monday, May 20th, aged 85 years. Funeral services were held at her late residence Wednesday at 3 p.m.

From Ontario County Journal 16 April 1897

Naples, N. Y. -
The death of Mrs. Minnie Buck Tobey on Saturday was exceedingly sad, and stirred the whole community. She was the wife of Wm. H. Tobey, and the mother of beautiful twin babies, about 18 months old. She was 30 years old, and had been married not quite four years. She was very much beloved in the town, a favorite with everyone. Mr. Tobey had just bought and fitted up a beautiful home, which they had occupied less than two weeks. She had taken great interest in the preparations, and had worked hard there up to two days before her death, to add to its delights, doubtless exerting herself beyond her strength. Her death is a terrible blow to her husband, whose sudden transition from extreme happiness to extreme sorrow is painful. Mrs. Tobey was the daughter of E. W. Buck of this village, and leaves besides her husband, and the little girls, her father, a brother, John Buck, and two sisters, Mrs. G. H. Watrous of Washington, and Miss Ida Buck of this village. She was an active member of the Presbyterian church nd the Millard Missionary society. Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon, during which all business places were closed.

Mrs. Alice Miller and Miss Lisle Tobey of Rome; W. J. Williams and daughter, Miss Mary, of Caledonia; Mrs. John Miller, Mrs. James Thomas and son, Charles, and Merton Williams of Bath; Moses Buck and Mrs. Fannie Williamson of Avoca, were in attendance at the funeral of Mrs. Minnie Tobey.

From Geneva Daily Times 29 August 1904

William H. Tobey
of Naples, nephew of Robert D. Peters of No. 128 Lafayette avenue, died Saturday in Syracuse, where he had gone to consult a throat specialist. He was thirty-nine years of age. The deceased was not only well-known throughout this section as a prosperous clothing merchant in Naples, but also as an active Odd Fellow and Mason. He is survived by his widow and three daughters. The funeral will take place at 1:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon from the Naples Presbyterian church. Burial will be in the Naples cemetery.

From Ontario County Journal 31 January 1919

East Bloomfield, N. Y. - 
On Saturday the community was shocked to learn of the death of Andrew Tobin. He had been ill with influenza, but seeming to be recovering alright and was up and around when double pneumonia developed and he lived only a few hours. The case is a particularly sad one as his wife was ill in bed with the same disease at the time of his death, as was also a sister of Mrs. Tobin's, who came to help care for them, the five small children having had the disease first. The funeral, which was private, was held on Monday morning from St. Bridget's church in East Bloomfield, with interment at Victor.

From Ontario County Journal 4 May 1883

Chapinville, N. Y. - James Tobin
died very suddenly Saturday morning. It seems he had been complaining for some days, but was not willing to say that he was sick. His friends could not prevail on him to stay in the house and be careful, and when he did have to give up, it was impossible to help him. Other members of the family are sick, but with good care they may recover.

From Canandaigua Chronicle 30 January 1907

Shortsville, N. Y. -  Mrs. John Tobin,
a native of Shortsville, died at her home in East Rush on Saturday after a short illness, death being due to pneumonia, aged 34 years. She was formerly Miss Sarah Kinsella of this village. Her husband and two daughters survive. The funeral was held in St. Dominic's Catholic church, Shortsville, at 10 o'clock Monday morning and burial was in the Clifton Springs Catholic cemetery.

From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 18 December 1915

East Bloomfield, N. Y., Dec. 17 - Mrs. Mary E. Tobin
died yesterday in her home in East Bloomfield. She was the widow of Martin Tobin and was born in Ireland, the daughter of Timothy and Joanna Leary Toomey. Nearly sixty-three years of her life were spent in this locality. She leaves a son, Stephen Tobin; one sister, Mrs. P. O'Leary, Ionia; and several nieces and nephews. Her husband and daughter, Anna E. Tobin, died many years ago. The funeral will be held from St. Bridget's Church on Saturday at 10 o'clock, Rev. P. A. Neville officiating.

From Geneva Daily Times 14 January 1911

Clifton Springs, N. Y. -
This morning at 10 o'clock, at St. Felix church, in this village, was held the funeral services of Michael Tobin, Sr., who died on Wednesday evening at his home near the hamlet of Orleans, about three miles south of this village, after an illness of several weeks, at the advanced age of 86 years. Mr. Tobin had been a resident of this vicinity for the greater part of his life and was well and favorably known in this place and surroundings. He is survived by a family of three daughters and five sons. The interment was made in the family lot in St. Agnes cemetery, west of this village.

From Ontario County Times 29 July 1874

East Bloomfield, N. Y. -
Last Saturday, Stephen Tobin, a young man of twenty-one, residing at Miller's Corners, went with his employer to bathe in Snook's pond, when, getting beyond his depth and being unable to swim, he was drowned. The body was recovered, and the funeral was attended at the Catholic church in this place this afternoon.

From Ontario Republican Times 7 June 1861

Private James Todd, one of the volunteers in Capt. Fitzgerald's Company, died on Wednesday morning last at the quarters of his Company, near Albany. His disease was measles. He was from Rushville, and his remains were yesterday brought home for interment, accompanied by Capt. Fitzgerald and Corporal Quick. Other members of the Company all well.

From Geneva Gazette 29 March 1901

Mrs. John Tolan
died at the family residence, 37 Exchange street, Tuesday morning at 6:30 o'clock, aged 63 years. She had been in poor health for several years.  Mrs. Tolan was a resident of Geneva for over forty years and is survived by her husband and one brother, Patrick Enoch who resides in California.

From Geneva Daily Times 18 January 1937

Mrs. Annie Barco Tolhurst,
aged 87, widow of the late Robert Tolhurst, died at 31 Genesee street today after a long illness. Mrs. Tolhurst formerly resided at Oaks Corners. There are no near survivors. The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 9:30 from the Yells Funeral Home and 9 o'clock at St. Francis de Sales church. Interment will be in Resthaven Cemetery, Phelps.

From Shortsville Enterprise 3 December 1914

Mrs. Mary Tolner
died at her home in Manchester Center on Sunday afternoon at 5 o'clock, after an illness of three weeks of pneumonia, aged 83 years. Mrs. Tolner was born at Amsterdam, Holland, September 11, 1831, and early in life married Charles Tolner, who died twenty years ago. In the year 1880 she, with her husband and family, came to America and settled at Walworth, N. Y., but went to Manchester Center to reside over 25 years ago. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Carl Gillis, of Manchester, and Mrs. Edward Tanghe of Clifton Springs; one son, David Tolner of Manchester Center, and one half-brother in Holland; also 28 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. The funeral was held from St. Felix Church in Clifton Springs on Wednesday.

From Ontario County Journal 23 July 1909

Gorham, N. Y. -
On Tuesday morning, at her home near Gorham, occurred the death of Mrs. John Tomion, after a long and lingering illness. The deceased was about 60 years of age, and is survived by her husband and one daughter, Cora, of Gorham. The funeral was held from the church at Gorham yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

From Geneva Daily Times 11 July 1910

Clifton Springs, N. Y. - 
Yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock were held the funeral services of the late John Tomlinson, who had been a resident of Clifton Springs for the past forty years. Mr. Tomlinson died on Friday night at the home of his son, Frank Tomlinson, on Kendall street, where the funeral services were held. The burial was made in the River View Cemetery, Plainsville. Mr. Tomlinson had been in poor health for about three months. He was 70 years old and was born in Canada. He was a harness maker by trade. Mr. Tomlinson is survived by his wife, one son, Frank Tomlinson, and one grandson, Frank Tomlinson, Jr., all of Clifton Springs.

From Ontario County Journal 23 December 1892

Rushville, N. Y. - Ambrose G. Tompkins
died last Wednesday, aged 35 years. He was sick less than a week. He leaves a wife, two little girls, and a son, born Sunday of last week. The remains were taken to Clyde, accompanied by E. G. Chapman, Ira C. Foster, W. H. Stark, and W. H. Savage, members of Rushville Council, E. K. O. R., Mr. Tompkins being a member of the Penn Yan Council. He came here from Penn Yan about a year ago and opened a jewelry store.

From Geneva Advertiser 13 January 1903

An hour after this paper had gone to press last Tuesday, January 6th, at 11:30 o'clock in the forenoon, Mrs. Benjamin P. Tompkins passed away. She was one of our eldest citizens, was born in June, 1820, and had she lived until next June she would have been aged 83 years. She had some fever, but the machine was worn out. She was ready to go. She wanted no more medicine, and ejected the last spoonful given her. She is survived by two sons, David P. of Geneva and Spencer A. of Buffalo. Her remains were buried beside those of her husband, his being the first interment made in Glenwood Cemetery. The old lady died in her rooms over Nos. 21 and 23 Seneca street, the same where Major John E. Bean died February 13, 1897, an hour earlier in the morning. She lived a good life, was an affectionate mother, a kind neighbor, and will be remembered with deep respect.

From Geneva Daily Times 9 September 1907

David Prosser Tompkins, 65 years of age, died Saturday afternoon at 5 o'clock at his home, No. 51 William street. For the past fifteen years he has suffered from diabetes, but has been able to be about the city although he has lived a retired life. Ten days ago he was taken with a cold which in connection with his long standing ailment made him indisposed. He was able to be about every day, including Saturday morning. After dinner Saturday he laid down for a little rest and slept peacefully for three hours. Toward the latter part of the afternoon, his wife heard a little noise in his room and entering, found that he had experienced a sudden change. He sank rapidly and in a short time died peacefully. Mr. Tompkins was one of the best known residents of the city. He was born in Penn Yan, but came here with his parents as child four years of age. Upon reaching manhood, he engaged with his father and brother in the hardware business. He was connected with this trade until the death of his father when the business was closed out. He then became a traveling salesman for a tobacco house and for many years was on of the highest-salaried tobacco men on the road. His territory extended practically over the entire United States. He continued in this business until his retirement fifteen years ago. Since that time he has continued to take an active interest in public affairs and owing to the leisure of his life was frequently drawn for jury duty. His principal recreation was fishing and had the reputation of being able to take fish from Seneca Lake when many of the old fishermen were unsuccessful. During his life, Mr. Tompkins was twice married. His first wife was Miss Mary Sprague of this city and after her death he married Miss Hortense Probasco, also of Geneva, who now survives him. Besides his widow, the survivors are: two daughters, Mrs. Samuel H. Bear and Mrs. Grace Rose Power, both of Geneva, and one son, Roscoe Jay Tompkins of Atlantic City. The funeral will take place at 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon from the house, with Rev. Charles M. Sills, D. D., rector of Trinity church, officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.

From Naples Record 1 May 1875

Mrs. Hannah Tompkins
died at the residence of her son, G. B. Tompkins, the 15th inst., in the 80th year of her age; funeral services were held at the M. E. Church the Sabbath following, at which a large concourse of people were in attendance. The Rev. F. G. Hibbard preached a very able sermon from Rev. seventh chapter and fourteenth verse, "These are they who came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the lamb." Mrs. Tompkins came to this country at an early day, and has resided in this and the adjoining town of Seneca many years. She leaves three sons and one daughter, as well as a large circle of friends to mourn her departure; Charles W. Tompkins of Ionia, Mich., Ransom H. Tompkins of Greenville, Michigan, Mrs. Elizabeth Scofield of Benton Centre, Yates county, and Geo. B. Tompkins, with whom she resided at the time of her death.

From Geneva Gazette 4 January 1889

Obituary - On December 29th, 1888, Ira G. Tompkins, one of the oldest residents of this village, died at the Tompkins House, (the hotel which he had owned and managed for forty-four years,) at the advanced age of 85 years, 10 months and 5 days.

Mr. Tompkins was born in Peekskill, N. Y., February 24, 1803.  His parents were born in England.  At an early age he went to New York city where he served a regular apprenticeship in the manufacture by hand and machinery of boots and shoes.  When he had become a skilled mechanic he left the metropolis to seek his fortune, and in 1825 he came to Geneva where he secured the position of foreman in the shop of A. P. Tillman.  He soon after secured a more lucrative offer and he removed to Canandaigua and assumed the management of Hemingway's shop.  He afterwards bought out Mr. Hemenway and conducted the business alone for a few years.  Not satisfied with his progress in the latter village he disposed of his business and removed to Gorham where he opened a shoe shop.  He was however destined for an altogether different walk in life, and after a short residence in the latter place he removed to Benton Centre and opened a hotel; then he went to Naples and assumed the management of a hotel in that village.

During all this time his thoughts were ever recurring to Geneva, the lovely village at the foot of Seneca Lake, and in 1844 he returned to this village and opened the Densmore House on the site of the present ' Chips Hotel.  Here he remained three years and six months and laid the foundation for his subsequent reputation as a host.  After living for a year a retired life in a dwelling on North Main street, about three doors north of Ben Bonnet's block, he purchased the property which has subsequently been known as the Tompkins House, and which for forty years has been renowned for the delicious and toothsome breakfasts, dinners and suppers, and the broad and genial hospitality of its proprietor.

On March 22, 1829, Mr. Tompkins married Miss Hannah Ludington, by whom he had eleven children, only three of whom survive Charles Tompkins of Flint, Mich., V. E. Tompkins and Mrs. Sarah Wilkinson of Geneva.  His wife died in 1884.

Mr. Tompkins was the last of five brothers, and was a cousin of Ex-Governor Tompkins, who in 1817 was elected Vice President of the United States when Monroe was elected President.

Mr. Tompkins was an earnest and consistent Christian gentleman of the Baptist faith, and a personal friend of Dr. Moore, former pastor of the Baptist church of this village.  In politics he was a lifelong, firm and earnest Democrat.  He was also an enthusiastic member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows by whom he had been repeatedly honored with offices in the lodge.  Popular with everyone, but unassuming with all, he enjoyed the confidence of the electors of this town and village, and was for several terms elected an assessor, the duties of which office he performed conscientiously and with marked ability.

About ten years ago he had the misfortune to lose the sight of one eye, but happily the other one was never affected.  Possessed of as vigorous a mind as healthy body he had been happy in the possession of all his faculties in an unimpaired state even up to the moment of his death, and it seemed that towards the last his powers of perception became even more keen.

Of him it was said that his "word was as good as his bond," for he always fulfilled all his obligations and kept all his promises with religious exactitude, and he did indeed bear an honored name among his fellow men.  As a father and husband he was loving, kind and indulgent; his greatest enjoyment seemed to lie in having his family around him.

The funeral services were held on Monday last, at which the Rev. Donald Grant officiated, assisted by his old pastor, the Rev. Dr. Moore.  There was a large attendance; his old friends, neighbors and acquaintances evincing by their presence their veneration and respect for the deceased.  The interment was at Gorham by the side of his departed wife.

From Ontario County Journal 24 March 1899

Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Minerva Tompkins,
widow of the late George H. Tompkins, a veteran soldier of the union, died on Friday last. She lived but a few minutes after having suffered a stroke of paralysis. Her home for two years past had been in South Bristol, having moved there from Naples. She was about 65 years old and leaves five children. The remains were taken to North Cohocton for burial.

From Ontario County Journal 11 June 1909

Naples, N. Y. - Philip Tompkins
died at his home in Garlinghouse on June 2, aged 41 years. He was a hard-working, honest farmer. His wife and five children are left. One half-sister, in Middlesex; one brother, Eugene, in Baltimore, and three married sisters survive him.

From Geneva Daily Times 2 July 1902

Vincent E. Tompkins
died at the family residence in Sherrill street at 2 o'clock this morning, aged 68 years.  The cause of death was a complication of disease from which the deceased had suffered all winter.  Mr. Tompkins was one of the most widely known horsemen and hotel men in Western New York.  The deceased was born in Naples and removed to this city when a small boy.  Mr. Tompkins assumed charge of the Tompkins House after his father's death and remained as the head of this well-known hostelry up to the time of its purchase by S. K. Nester two years ago.  The deceased is survived by one brother, Charles Tompkins, of Michigan, by three nieces, the Misses Bessie, Sallie and Sophia Wilkinson of this city, and one nephew, John Wilkinson of Philadelphia. The funeral arrangements are not yet completed.

From Ontario County Journal 6 July 1894

East Bloomfield, N. Y. -
The funeral of Mrs. Nancy Tompson, whose death occurred on Friday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Kauwfield, was held at the house Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock, the Rev. E. J. Gwynne officiating. The deceased was 67 years of age.

From Geneva Daily Times 15 October 1904

Canandaigua, N. Y. - Patrick Toned
died at his home in Farmington Thursday morning, aged eighty-three years. The funeral was held from St. Mary's church this morning at 10 o'clock.

From Ontario County Journal 18 June 1909

Bristol, N. Y. - Herbert Tones,
son of William Tones, Sr., 21 years of age, committed suicide by shooting himself through the breast with a shotgun on Friday afternoon. He left his home seemingly in good spirits to watch for crows and had only been gone a few minutes when the report of his gun was heard. As he said he might spend the night with his sister, Mrs. Roy Simmons, who lived a short distance from his home, his absence occasioned no uneasiness until morning. When he did not return, his mother became alarmed. She made inquiries and finding he had not been seen in the neighborhood, she and her husband went to search for him in a gully near by from whence the report seemed to come. There they found his body. Coroner McDowell was summoned and called it a case of suicide. Herbert was next to the youngest of a large and well-known family. He is survived by his parents, two sisters, Mrs. William Storer, of West Bloomfield, and Mrs. Roy Simmons, and five brothers, Frank, Fred, Ollie and Earl of Bristol, and William Tones, Jr., of Hopewell. He had been a great sufferer from asthma and this is the only cause that can be ascribed for his rash act. The funeral was held on Monday afternoon, Rev. Charles Hamblin officiating. The burial was at Bristol Center.

From Ontario County Times 11 July 1888

Allen's Hill, N. Y. - 
On Wednesday night, July 2, Mrs. Lucy Tongate, of Allen's Hill, unintentionally took her own life. She retired that night in her usual good health, but before morning she was aroused by sudden pains. Going downstairs she went to a cupboard where she kept medicines, for the purpose of taking a dose of Jamaica ginger. Feeling sure that she could distinguish the bottles by touch, she took the medicine without lighting a lamp and then retired to bed. A strange feeling soon came over her, when she realized that instead of taking the ginger she had swallowed a large dose of aconite. The medicine seemed to paralyze her vocal organs, but by pulling the hair of her little granddaughter, who was sleeping with her, she managed to arouse the little girl, who ran downstairs and called her father. Hastening to the bedside of his mother, Mr. Tongate found her in an unconscious condition, but learned from a note which she had written about what had transpired. A physician was summoned, but all efforts to save her life proved in vain, and she died in a short time. Just before she died, however, she rallied sufficiently to relate the circumstances attending her terrible mistake were as we have stated above. Mrs. Tongate was forty-nine years of age, and leaves two children, a son and a daughter, to mourn her loss. Her youngest son, Arthur Tongate, was drowned in the canal at Rochester last summer.

From Ontario County Journal 14 May 1909

East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Charles Tonneson,
a prosperous farmer, 23 years old, living a little south of Bristol, committed suicide Monday night by shooting himself with a rifle. He was found by his mother in the morning, dead, sitting in a low chair with the gun still gripped in his hand. The bullet passed through his head from temple to temple and lodged in the ceiling. He had prepared himself by putting on new underclothes and then fastening four handkerchiefs about his neck to protect them from blood. His clothes, dress shirt and tie were laid on the bed ready to be used. A letter, presumably from Mrs. Minnie Heins, said to have been his fiance, was found torn to shreds on the bureau. Mrs. Heins, who is a nurse employed in Canandaigua, says there had been no trouble between them. He called on her at Canandaigua and seemed in his usual jolly spirits. Mr. Tonneson was for some time an attendant at Brigham Hall, and was a member of the Bristol Center lodge of Maccabees. His parents, one brother, Arthur, and a grandfather, Daniel Phillips, survive. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon. The Maccabees attended in a body.

From Geneva Daily Times 8 April 1909

Edward M. Toole,
age 44 years, died yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock, at the family residence, No. 26 Rose street, after an illness of ten days with pneumonia. The deceased was born in this city and has always made it his home. He was a conductor on the Lehigh Valley R. R. for the past 17 years. He was a member of the Order of Railway Conductors of the C. M. B. A., and of the Golden Seal. He is survived by his widow, six daughters, Florence, Mary, Helen, Loretta, Margaret, and Agnes; and one son, Thomas Toole; his mother, Mrs. Thomas Toole; and two brothers, John and Thomas Toole, all of this city. The funeral will take place tomorrow morning at 9:45 o'clock from the house, and at 10:30 o'clock from St. Francis DeSales church. Burial in St. Patrick's Cemetery.

From Geneva Daily Times 31 January 1902

John Toole, Jr.
died at the City hospital at 12:30 o'clock this morning, aged 15 years.  The cause of death was . hemophilia The deceased is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Toole; by two sisters, Mary and Margaret Toole, and by one brother, Francis Toole, all of this city.  The funeral will take place from St. Francis de Sales church at 9 o'clock Monday morning.  Interment will be in St. Patrick's cemetery.

From Geneva Daily Times 19 August 1940

John A. Toole
of 306 Washington street, well-known Geneva grocer, died this morning at his home after a long illness. He was 53 years of age. Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth B. Toole; three children, John M., Frederick M. and Mary Elizabeth, all of Geneva; one sister, Mrs. A. J. Tyo of Ogdensburg, and a brother, Edward J. of Geneva; also two nieces and one nephew. A native of this city, Mr. Toole was associated with his brother in one of the oldest business firms of the city. He was a member of Geneva Council, Knights of Columbus, the Holy Name Society of St. Stephen's Church and the Rod and Gun Club. He had held the office of treasurer of the Nester Hose Co. for twenty-six years.

From Geneva Gazette 22 February 1901

Miss Margaret E. Toole, a teacher in the High street public school, died at the City Hospital this morning after undergoing an operation for appendicitis.  She was a very bright teacher in her grade and very popular with associate teachers and pupils. It is a very sad taking off of her young life.

From Geneva Daily Times 12 June 1902

Mrs. Patrick Toole
died at 4:40 o'clock yesterday afternoon, at her late home, corner of Wadsworth and Middle streets, aged 25 years.  The deceased is survived by a husband, her mother, Mrs. Thomas Murphy; one sister, Mrs. Henry King, and four brothers, Frederick, Charles, Frank and George Murphy.  The funeral will take place from St. Francis de Sales church at 9 o'clock Saturday morning.  Interment will be at St. Patrick's cemetery.

From Geneva Daily Times 14 June 1902

The funeral of Mrs. Patrick Toole took place from St. Francis de Sales church this morning at 9 o'clock. The honorary bearers were twelve young women, friends of the deceased.  They were Misses Maud Hair, Mary Dolman, Catherine Crooning, Mary Murray, Devaney and Toole, Mrs. Joseph Duffy, Mrs. John Leonard, Mrs. Martin Judo and the Misses Sweeney. The active bearers were Joseph Duffy, Frederick Mensch, John Murray, James Brennan, Thomas Corcoran, Dennis Murphy, George Hair, Patrick Nearby, John ,Nearby Hugh Toole, Frederick VanArsdale and Charles Hickey.  The requiem mass was said by Very Rev. Dean W. A. McDonald.  A particularly sad fact in connection with the obsequies is that the husband, Patrick Toole, is ill with typhoid fever.  The floral offerings were in great profusion.

From Geneva Daily Times 23 March 1904

Patrick Toole,
a well-known resident of this city, died yesterday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frederick L. ,Munch No. 50 Middle street, aged seventy-seven. The deceased was born in Mayo county, Ireland, and came to this country and city forty-five years ago. For a number of years he had charge of St. Patrick's cemetery, but for the last ten years he lived a retired life. He is survived by three daughters:  Mrs. Marcus Mahoney, Mrs. Timothy F. Ninland and Mrs. F. L. Munch all of this city. The funeral will take place at 9:30 o'clock Friday morning. Burial in St. Patrick's cemetery.

From Ontario County Journal 21 March 1919

East Bloomfield, N. Y. -  Mrs. Catherine Toomey
passed away at the home of her son, Walter, on Tuesday morning. She was born in Ireland on June 10, 1844, and came to this country when seven years of age. She is survived by five children, William S. of Tocomo, Ind., Mrs. Edward Neenan, Walter Toomey, Mrs. Timothy Sullivan and Miss Belle Toomey; one sister, Mrs. Mary Cavanaugh of Ionia. Funeral services were conducted at St. Bridget's church yesterday morning, Rev. P. A. Neville officiating. The deceased was a woman beloved by many friends.

From Ontario County Journal 14 December 1906

Ionia, N. Y. - Mrs. Joanna Toomey,
widow of the late Timothy Toomey, died on Dec. 4, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Patrick O'Leary, at Ionia, aged 93 years and 11 months. She was born in Ireland and with her family came to East Bloomfield 54 years ago. She was the mother of six children: Ellen A. and Jeremiah, deceased; Mrs. M. E. Tobin, Mrs. Dennis Santry, John W. Toomey of East Bloomfield; and Mrs. Patrick O'Leary of Ionia. There were 31 grandchildren, of whom 22 are living, and 12 great-grandchildren. The funeral was held from St. Bridget's Church at East Bloomfield on Friday, Rev. P. A. Neville officiating. Six grandsons acted as pall bearers.

From Ontario County Journal 24 April 1903

East Bloomfield, N. Y. - 
The death of John Toomey occurred at his home, south of this village, on Saturday night. The deceased had been a resident of this town for many years, and by his thrift and honesty had acquired a nice farm property. Mr. Toomey was esteemed and respected by the community. He is survived by his wife, four daughters, Mrs. Michael McInerney and Mrs. William Pool of this town; Mrs. Stephen Hogan of Buffalo, and Mrs. Mary Riordan of West Bloomfield; and three sons, Timothy and William Toomey of this town, and John Toomey of Buffalo. The funeral was held from St. Bridget's church on Wednesday morning, Rev. P. A. Neville officiating.

From Ontario County Journal 29 May 1914

East Bloomfield, N. Y. - 
The death of John W. Toomey occurred in this village on Tuesday evening at 10 o'clock, after an illness of 12 years. The deceased was born in Ireland, Aug. 9, 1842, and came to this country with his parents at the age of 8 yrs. On May 6, 1870, he was united in marriage with Miss Katherine Kiley of West Bloomfield, who survives him, with five children, William E. Toomey of Kokomo, Ind., Walter E. Toomey, of East Bloomfield; M. Belle Toomey, Mrs. Edward Neenan and Timothy Sullivan. He is also survived by 3 sisters, Mrs. Mary Tobin and Mrs. Dennis Santry, of East Bloomfield, and Mrs. P. O'Leary of Ionia. The funeral will be held from St. Bridget's church this morning at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. P. A. Neville, and interment will be made in the Catholic cemetery.

From Ontario Repository & Messenger 5 May 1869

Last Thursday, a woman named Mary Toomey, from East Bloomfield, committed suicide at the St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, by throwing herself from one of the the third story windows of that building, killing herself almost instantly. Both wrists and her back were broken, and she received internal injuries which caused her death in a very few minutes. The deceased was about thirty-five years of age and leaves a husband and five children at Bloomfield.

From Geneva Daily Times 13 October 1916

Mrs. Mary Toomey
of 11 Center Street, died at 5:30 o'clock this morning at her home, following a stroke of apoplexy on Wednesday noon last. She is survived by two daughters, the Misses Mary and Catherine Toomey, and one son, John Toomey, all of this city.

From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 21 January 1918

Victor, N. Y., Jan. 20 - William Toomey,
a lifelong resident of this vicinity, died at his home, one mile southwest of this village, Thursday night, aged 63 years. He had been in declining health for the past year, although he was able to be about and had for several months been employed as watchman at the Locke Insulator factory, working up to two weeks ago. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Matilda Saitrr Toomey; a daughter, Miss Marie Toomey, of Victor, a son, Henry Toomey of Geneva; two brothers, Patrick Toomey of Rochester, and John Toomey of Victor. The funeral services will be held at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Victor, at 10 o'clock Monday morning, in charge of the pastor, Rev. J. W. E. Kelly, and interment will take place in St. Patrick's cemetery.

From Ontario County Journal 22 October 1915

East Bloomfield, N. Y. -
The death of Mrs. W. S. Toomey occurred at her home west of this village on Monday night, and the sudden death of one in the prime of life so greatly needed by her children cast a gloom over the entire community. Winifred Monahan Toomey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Monahan, was born in East Bloomfield 31 years ago and spent all her life here. Eight years ago she was united in marriage with Walter S. Toomey, who survives, with three children, Mary, John and Isabelle. She is also survived by her parent, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Monahan; two sisters, Mary and Margaret Monahan; and three brothers, William, Frank and John Monahan, all of Rochester. The funeral was held from St. Bridget's church yesterday morning, conducted by Rev. P. A. Nelville, and interment was made in the Catholic cemetery.

From Ontario County Journal 28 April 1911

West Bloomfield, N. Y. - 
Last Sunday evening occurred the death of Mrs. Margaret Toomy, aged 86 years, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Riorden. Mrs. Toomy was the widow of the late John Toomy of East Bloomfield, who died eight years ago, after which Mrs. came to reside with her daughter. She is survived by seven children, three sons, Timothy, John and William of East Bloomfield; and four daughters, Mrs. M. McInerny of Holcomb, Mrs. Anna Poole of Canandaigua, Mrs. Stephen Hogan of Buffalo, and Mrs. Henry Riorden of this village. One brother, Thomas FitzsMorris of East Bloomfield, who is 96, also survives. Funeral was held from the Riorden home Wednesday morning, at 9 o'clock, and from St. Bridget's church in East Bloomfield at 10 o'clock, with interment there. Rev. P. A. Neville officiated.

From Ontario County Journal 2 June 1911

The death of Mrs. Sarah Torans occurred last Friday morning at the home of her son, Lafayette Goodnow, West Gibson street, aged 75 years. Besides her son, she is survived by one sister, Mrs. W. R. Cooper of Hyde Park, Conn. The funeral was held on Saturday evening at 7 o'clock, Rev. Arthur Copeland officiating. Interment was at Ontario.

From Geneva Gazette 15 July 1898

Miss Clara Torrey,
of Rushville, met with a very sad accident last Thursday afternoon going to Vine Valley on her wheel. While going down one of the hills she ran off the embankment, demolishing her wheel and breaking her leg between the knee and ankle twice.  She was removed to her home where Dr. Wilkins attended her. Miss Torrey was terribly injured. Besides broken limbs she received a fractured skull.  The unfortunate young lady lingered until Friday night when death put an end to her suffering.  The deceased was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel H. Torrey of Rushville and was 19 years of age. Miss Torrey formerly resided in Canandaigua and leaves a large circle of acquaintances in that village and at Rushville to mourn her sad end. Miss Torrey is a cousin or otherwise related to Mr. H. A. Torrey and Mrs. C. E. Young of this city.

From Ontario County Journal 10 January 1890

Naples, N. Y. - On Saturday evening, Mrs. Delia Torrey, wife of Henry H. Torrey, passed suddenly away, with heart disease. Mrs. Torrey was one of the leading women of the town. She was the daughter of William Tyler, deceased, and was born in Naples. She married for her first husband Hiram Metcalf of Canandaigua. She was an active member of the Methodist Church. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, her pastor, Rev. Ward Platt, officiating.

From Geneva Daily Times 27 February 1908

Rushville, N. Y. - Frederick Borden Torrey,
who had been sick for the last year, died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Holden Torrey, in Geneva last Saturday, it being one day past the anniversary of his birth, he having been born on the 20th day of February, 1884. He spent a few of his earliest years in East Bloomfield, where he was born, moving then to Canandaigua and thence to Rushville where he lived most of his boyhood and young manhood. He was a great, but very patient sufferer. The funeral took place from his old home, owned by his cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Headley, at 2 o'clock in the afternoon., Rev. E. A. Hazeltine officiating and the burial taking place in the Rushville Cemetery. There was a rich profusion of floral offerings given by friends in Rushville, Geneva, and Rochester. George Eberts, Edward Howley, Vernon Squier, George Foster, Benjamin Dusenbery, and Casort Boardman, six intimate friends, bore the casket to its resting place. Sunday evening at the Geneva home, Rev. W. K. Towner, pastor of the Baptist church, held a brief service. Among the friends attending the funeral from out-of-town were: Miss Nellie Hines, Rochester; Mrs. Phillip Peters, Geneva; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Slick and daughter, Helen, Naples; Fred Headley, Avoca; Miss Harriet Chamberlain, Canandaigua; Rice McCauley, William Moon, Morion Sheppard, Stanley.

From Ontario County Journal 16 October 1903

Naples, N. Y. - 
The death of John M. Torrey, a long time Naples resident, occurred on Monday at the home of his son, Albert Torrey, on the lake shore. Mr. Torrey was born in Middlesex, was in business in Naples as a young man, went west, served four years in the civil war and came east a few years ago to enter into the large property left him by his brother, Henry H. Torrey, late of Naples. He was largely related in this section.

From Geneva Daily Times 6 February 1931

Mrs. Margaret B. Torrey,
aged 81, widow of the last Samuel Torrey, died last night at the home of Mrs. Herman Reed after a short illness. She is survived by three sons, Samuel Holden Torrey of Cleveland, O., Hiram Maxfield Torrey of Chaumont, N. Y., and Lawrence A. Torrey of Geneva; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

From Geneva Courier 25 March 1874

On Thursday evening of last week Mrs. Polly Torrey, mother of S. H. & R. S. Torrey, Esq.., widow of Hiram Torrey deceased, died at the residence of her son Hon. S. H. Torrey, Esq., in the 75th year of her age.  Mrs. Torrey lived for many years in Rushville, and was well known in that locality.  For a few years past she has lived with her children in Geneva.  Her funeral took place on Monday.  Her remains were taken to Penn Yan for burial.

From Ontario County Journal 10 August 1877

Mr. Reuben S. Torrey,
an old and respected citizen of Geneva, died on Saturday afternoon, August 4, aged 54 years. Mr. Torrey has long been known as an enterprising and popular business man, and he will be greatly missed in our community. He came originally from Rushville.  He afterwards resided at Penn Yan, Newark and Brooklyn. Coming to Geneva about eleven years ago, he purchased the Sherrill mansion at the head of Genesee street, where he has since lived. Of a kind and courteous disposition, Mr. Torrey was universally liked.  His wife died on June 15, and the sorrow of this bereavement did much to shorten his days. He leaves three sons and two daughters.

From Geneva Daily Times 1 October 1926

Samuel H. Torrey,
aged 73 years, died at Geneva General Hospital this morning after a long illness. Mr. Torrey was a lifelong resident of this city. He was a stockholder in the Hawkins Hardware Company on Castle street, where he was also employed up until the time he was taken ill. He was a member of of the Geneva Lodge of Royal Arch Masons, and the Excelsior chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canandaigua. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Margaret Torrey, and three sons, Samuel H. Torrey of Cleveland, Ohio, H. Max Torrey of Chaumont, N. Y. and L. A. Torrey of Geneva.

From Ontario County Journal 5 July 1895

At his home on Howell street, Monday forenoon, occurred the death of Samuel Holden Torrey, aged 78 years. About four weeks ago Mr. Torrey suffered a stroke of paralysis, and since that time has gradually failed until his death on Monday. The deceased was born in the town of Italy, Yates county, in 1817. There he spent his boyhood days. He was educated for the bar, and in 1841 began the practice of law in Rushville. He remained in Rushville about 10 years, when he removed to Naples. In 1859 he was elected justice of sessions and served one term. In 1865 he was elected supervisor on the Republican ticket to represent Naples in the county legislature. He was reelected in 1866. Mr. Torrey was an ardent adherent to the principles of the Republican, and in 1867 was chosen to represent the county in the assembly. He was reelected in 1868, and shortly after the close of his second term removed to Canandaigua. He was engaged in the practice of his profession here some years, being associated with Hon. Edwin Hicks. He later entered the coal business in partnership with his son, Hiram, but did not relinquish the practice of law altogether.

Mr. Torrey has been a resident of Canandaigua 25 years, and had been actively engaged in business nearly to the time of his death. His first wife was Elizabeth Maxfield of Naples, by whom he had three children, Samuel H. of Rushville; Hiram M., now deceased, and Katherine, now Mrs. Henry Schlick of Shortsville. His second wife was Mary Perry of Rushville, who, with a daughter, Elizabeth Torrey, cared for him during his last illness. The funeral services were held from his late residence Wednesday at 2 p.m., Rev. C. H. Dickinson officiating.

From Ontario County Journal 3 May 1889

East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mr. A. C. Totman, a veteran of the late war, died last Thursday night, aged 69 years. Funeral services were held at his late residence Thursday at 3 p.m.

From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 6 March 1900

Ira Totman
died at West Bloomfield Saturday, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. U. Jerome Reed, aged 89 years. The remains will be taken to Bristol for interment when the roads become passable again. He leaves surviving him, besides Mrs. Reed, another daughter, Mrs. Irene Bell of Berkley, California.

From Ontario County Chronicle 30 November 1904

Bristol Center, N. Y. -
Last Monday morning, Mrs. Julia Woodworth Totman died from blood poisoning caused by injuries received in a runaway accident two weeks ago. Mrs. Totman has lived here since her marriage to Levi Totman 20 years ago. She was born near Waterbury, Jefferson County, 58 years ago, and had just returned from a two weeks' visit there. In early life she joined the Methodist church and has always been an active member. She leaves a large circle of friends who mourn her sad death. The funeral was held Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock from the residence and at 11 from the M. E. church. Rev. C. Farnum of East Bloomfield, with the assistance of Rev. William C. Walton of Bristol Center, officiated. Interment was at Bristol Center. Mrs. Totman is survived by her husband, one stepson, Joel, of Allen's Hill, three stepdaughters, Mrs. Benjamin Case, and Mrs. Spencer Corser of Bristol; Miss Florence Totman of Brooklyn, and one sister, Mrs. Alma Hickox from Watertown.

From Ontario County Times 25 May 1887

Bristol Center, N. Y. - Mrs. Totman, wife of Ward Totman,
died a few days ago after an illness of a few days. She suffered a shock of paralysis and became insensible, and remained so until she died. We sympathize with the friends in this hour of trouble.

From Ontario County Journal 1 April 1892

Bristol Center, N. Y. -
The funeral of Ward Totman was held on Saturday at the M. E. Church, Rev. Mr. Kerr officiating. He was nearly 89 years old, having spent about fifty years in this town. He leaves three daughters and one son to mourn his loss, Mrs. Reed of Illinois, Mrs. Luther of Luther, Mich., Mrs. Bliss and Levi Totman of this town.

From Ontario County Journal 15 May 1896

Honeoye, N. Y. -
The funeral of Mrs. Jane E. Touset, who died at her home in Rushville, Yates county, on Friday evening, May 8, aged 67 years, was held from St. Peter's Episcopal church at East Bloomfield, last Sunday, Rev. Charles W. Hayes, a cousin, of Phelps, officiating. Mrs. Touset was a daughter of the late Mumford Hayes of East Bloomfield, and had made her home in that place until her marriage about 19 years ago. Since then she had lived in Cohocton, Hemlock Lake, Honeoye and for the last two years in Rushville. She had been in poor health for several months and her friends in Honeoye had visited and cared for her as they could be spared from their own homes. But the Rushville people had been more than kind and soothed her dying hours. The interment was in the Hayes lot in the cemetery at East Bloomfield.

From Ontario County Times 13 January 1864

The far-famed "Children's Minister," Mr. Lorin B. Tousley, died at his residence in this village, on Saturday night last, at 12 o'clock. His death, though no unexpected, fills many hearts with grief. An extended obituary is in course of preparation by an intimate friend of the deceased, which will appear in this paper next week. The Rochester Democrat of Tuesday accompanies an announcement of his death with the following remarks: "Intelligence of the sad event was received yesterday by Mr. George W. Parsons, and though so long anticipated by those familiar with Mr. T's condition, the announcement will carry unfeigned sorrow to many hearts. The deceased was almost universally known in Western New York, where in the capacity of a Children's Missionary, employed by the American S. S. Union, he has labored for twenty-five years. About five years ago Mr. Tousley met with a severe injury, caused by the falling of a heavy timber upon him from a building in process of removal. It is believed that his back was broken; the lower portions of his body were completely paralyzed, and since that period he has been a constant sufferer. During the last few weeks, his health has rapidly declined, and his death been daily anticipated."

From Phelps Citizen 27 March 1913

William C. Tout, one of the oldest and best-known business men of this village, died at his home on East Main Street shortly before five o'clock yesterday afternoon. Deceased was stricken with paralysis last night Friday night and lapsed into unconsciousness in which condition he remained until the end. Deceased was born in England 65 years ago and came to this country when 20 years of age. He first located at Skaneateles, remaining there but a short time, going from there to Geneva and coming to this village about 40 years ago and entered the employ of Nelson & Bowker, trimming carriages and caskets. After working for this firm about a year, he decided to enter the harness business and opened a shop on Church Street which business he conducted up to the time of his last illness. He was a member of the Presbyterian church and Sincerity Lodge No. 200, F. & A. M. Deceased was twice married, his first wife being Miss Sarah Brown, who died 19 years ago. Seventeen years ago he again united in marriage with Mrs. Laura Fisher, who, besides one daughter, Mrs. Henry Tuttle of Buchanan; one son, William; and one brother, John Tout of Lansing, Mich.; and one sister, Mrs. Thomas Roman, who resides in England, survives. The funeral which will be in charge of the Masonic fraternity, will be held at house Saturday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. C. C. MacLean officiating, and interment will be made in Joslyn Cemetery at Oaks Corners.

From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 24 May 1894

Mrs. William G. Tout,
of Phelps, who has been confined to her bed for many months with nervous prostration, died at her home Tuesday evening, aged 54 years. A husband and one daughter survive. The funeral will be held at the residence this afternoon and interment will be made in the Joslyn cemetery at Oaks Corners.

From Naples Record 3 February 1892

Mrs. Emily A. Town
died on Friday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Hatch, in South Bristol. She was about 55 years old and was not ill long, being a quick victim to an attack of the grip. Mrs. Town was for many years a resident of this village and had many friends. Her death is a severe blow to her daughter, Mrs. Hatch, and to the little grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Monday, Rev. Mr. Sanborn officiating, and the burial was at Rose Ridge cemetery.

From Geneva Daily Times 5 December 1906

Mrs. Eliza Townsend,
wife of Hiram Townsend, of No. 24 Elmwood avenue, died this morning at six o'clock at the City Hospital. Death resulted from an operation performed yesterday. Mrs. Townsend was 66 years of age and was well-known in this city, having resided in this section all her life. Besides her husband, she is survived by one sister, Mrs. Harriet Pulver of Manville, Mich., and two sons, Eugene and Clarion. The funeral will take place Friday afternoon at two o'clock from the family residence, No. 24 Elmwood avenue, and interment will be at Sand Hill. Rev. William K. Tower, pastor of the First Baptist church, will officiate.

From Victor Herald 28 August 1903

wife of W. K. Townsend, died Friday night at Fishers, aged 36 years. Unusual sadness surrounds the death of Mrs. Townsend because of the fact that six little children, the youngest only a baby, are left motherless and the widowed husband must feel deeply the burden of his heavy sorrow and care. Sunday afternoon the funeral services were held and interment was made at Boughton Hill Cemetery. Rev. I. Stiles officiated. Pall bearers were chosen from among the employees of Locke's Insulator Manufacturing Company, whose sympathy for the bereaved husband was manifested in many ways.

From Ontario County Journal 5 January 1917

The death of Mrs. Helen I. Townsend, aged 65 years, occurred at her home on Chapin street on Saturday. She had been ill for some time with a complication of diseases. There survive four daughters, Mrs. H. Seymour Cooley of Niagara Falls; Mrs. W. J. Allen of Detroit, Mich.; Mrs. George L. Perrin of Seattle, Wash; Miss Maude Townsend; and two sons, F. E. Townsend of Spencerport, and W. H. Townsend of Canandaigua, Rev. George E. Finlay officiated at the funeral services held on Tuesday. Interment was in Woodlawn.

From Geneva Daily Times 2 January 1908

Hiram Townsend,
aged 80 years, died last evening at 7 o'clock at his late residence, No. 24 Elmwood avenue. For fifteen years the deceased was janitor of the First Baptist church, but two years ago was obliged to resign owing to ill health. He is survived by two sons, Eugene and Clarendon, both of this city. The funeral will be held from the house Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. W. K. Towner will officiate and burial will be at Sand Hill.

From Ontario County Chronicle 4 February 1903

Mrs. James Townsend
died on Sunday at the home of Mrs. George Dougan, in Mason street, in this village, aged 80 years. She spent most of her life in the town of Geneva, but removed to Canandaigua to make her home with her daughter. Death was due to dropsy. She was born in England and came to America in 1835, and in 1844 was united in marriage to James Townsend of the town of Geneva, where she lived with him till his death about ten years ago on the farm formerly occupied by her parents. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Dougan, of this village, Mrs. C. M. Grove of Grand Rapids, Mich., Mrs. Jeffries of Lockport, and a son, J. B. Townsend of Newark. Two sisters who also survive are Mrs. S. A. Erwin of Rushville and Mrs. J. G. Ferguson of Newark. The funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m., from the home of Mrs. Dougan, and the interment will be at Stanley.

From Geneva Gazette 24 March 1893

Jeremiah Townsend,
one of the oldest residents of Phelps, died last Friday, aged 88 years.  His funeral was held Monday last, Rev. Mr. Bates officiating.

From Ontario County Chronicle 10 February 1904

Clifton Springs, N. Y. - Mrs. Lucy Carr Townsend
died suddenly at her home in Broad street of paralysis on Friday, Feb. 5, aged 58 years. She is survived by her husband, D. H. Townsend, and one brother, N. S. Carr, of Rushville, besides several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at the house on Monday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. Mr. Boyd, pastor of the Methodist church. Interment in Rushville Tuesday.

From Geneva Gazette 9 September 1892

SUICIDE BY DROWNING - Probably Another Case of Disappointed Love.

A dispatch to the World under date of Sept. 2d gives the following sad incidents in the case of a suicide:

The body of Miss Marion Townsend was recovered from the harbor at Canandaigua Lake Friday evening. Miss Townsend had been missing since last Tuesday evening, and in the interval had committed suicide. It was about seven o'clock on Tuesday evening when Miss Townsend left the residence of her brother-in-law, Frank Twist, in Canandaigua, in company with a little niece, to go shopping.  She went first to a bookstore, bought a postage stamp, affixed it to an envelope and dropped the envelope into a nearby letter-box.  Then she went down Main street, and on reaching the corner of Bristol street she sent the little one home and started for the lake. Next morning's mail brought to Mrs. Frank Twist the letter mailed the night before, on the  bulletined paper of which was written with a lead pencil, in a wavering hand, the following:

DUNE:  If you ever find my body bury me with the chain and locket round my neck and both of Jack's pictures.  Tell him I loved him, and would have written him if I had time.  Burn all letters unread, and try to forgive me if I have been unkind.  
MARION        I am going to drown myself.

"Dune" was the endearing name by which she usually addressed her sister.

Searching parties were at once sent out along the dock and the lake shores and finally Marion's hat was found.  Soon afterwards the dredge drew to the surface, from a depth of only a few feet, the body of the unhappy girl.

Miss Townsend was nineteen years old and the daughter of William Townsend of Hartford, Conn., a travelling man.  The motive that impelled her to kill herself is unknown.  The "Jack" referred to in the notice is said to be a young man residing near Canandaigua.

From Ontario County Journal 7 September 1917

Cheshire, N. Y. -
At her home on Tuesday, Mrs. Martin Townsend, aged 62 years, passed away. She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Mrs. Dan Donovan, and several brothers and sisters. Mrs. Townsend had been ill for a number of years, but when in health was an active worker in church and all good works. She had resided here for nearly 40 years and had made many friends. The funeral was held from the home yesterday afternoon with interment at Pine Bank cemetery.

From Geneva Daily Times 30 July 1908

Phelps, N. Y. - Mrs. Sara Bellamy Townsend,
widow of George B. Townsend, a former resident of Rochester, died Wednesday morning, at an early hour at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter S. Root on East Main street, Phelps. The deceased was 76 years of age and ailments due to advanced age are assigned as the cause of her death. Since the death of her husband, Mrs. Townsend has made her home in New York. She came here several weeks ago for her annual visit with Phelps relatives. Two sisters survive, Mrs. S. S. Partridge, Sr., of Phelps and Mrs. Emma P. Wilkinson of New York City. The remains will be taken to Rochester tomorrow and interred in Mt. Hope Cemetery.

From Ontario County Chronicle 3 September 1902

On Thursday last Mrs. Sophronia Van Waggener Townsend died at the home of her son, Thomas C. Townsend, aged 95 years and 3 months. Death was due to old age and a general breaking down of her health. Mrs. Townsend was a native of New Jersey, having been born in Passaic county in May 1807. She was married in 1823, and is survived by three children, Mrs. Rebecca Cook, of Newark, N. J., Charles Townsend of Bloomingdale, N. J., and Thomas C. Townsend of  this village. The funeral was largely attended from her late home Sunday afternoon.

From Ontario County Journal 4 November 1898

Yesterday at noon occurred the death of Walter Hicks Townsend, after a lingering illness. In January, 1897, Mr. Townsend fell from a straw stack and received injuries which rendered him a great sufferer. The deceased was 33 years of age. He is survived by his father, T. C. Townsend, and three children, two sons and one daughter. Funeral at 2 o'clock Sunday.

From Ontario County Journal 2 October 1908

On Sunday morning the lifeless body of William Townsend was found near the Humphrey farm on Boughton Hill by a man employed on the farm. Death had come from his own hand. An empty bottle marked carbolic acid nearby told the story. It was sometime after Coroner F. F. Warner had ordered the body removed to the undertaking rooms of E. B. Case that it was recognized as that of Townsend. He had at one time been employed as engineer at the Locke Insulator plant and his family resided at Victor. Since then his wife had died and the children were placed for a time in the Ontario Orphan asylum and later found homes with families at Shortsville and Fishers. It is said he had married again but was not living with his wife. He had worked in this village at the brick works and also at the Lisk plant. Of late he had been employed at Geneva and Seneca Falls. The fact that his first wife was buried in the Boughton Hill cemetery, it is thought, led him to take his life in a nearby spot. The remains were interred beside his wife on Tuesday.

From Geneva Daily Times 3 August 1928

William H. Townsend,
40, of Pre-emption Road, died this morning at the home of his sister, Mrs. George F. Bruzzee of 84 Optical street. He is survived by seven children, Harold, Vernon, Herbert, Frank, Gladys and Richard, all of this city, and Wynena of Rochester; one sister, Mrs. George F. Bruzzee of this city; and two brothers, Charles of Scranton, Pa., and Covert of this city. He was a member of Old Castle Lodge, I. O. O. F., of the Modern Woodsmen of America and of the Royal Neighbors. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from his home on Pre-emption Road. Interment will be in Brookside Cemetery. The Odd Fellows will have charge of the services at the grave.

From Ontario County Journal 15 July 1898

Bristol Springs, N. Y. - Arthur Tozer,
who had spent 40 years or more of a busy life on his farm two miles south of this place, died at his home on Tuesday night of last week after a brief illness of about a week. Mr. Tozer was a native of England, had always led a consistent, Christian life, was a pillar of the Baptist society at Naples, and never allowed himself to act in a spirit of revenge. He was always on the side of right on questions that concern us as a nation or neighborhood affairs. His age was 69, and he leaves a widow, a son and two daughters.

From Ontario County Journal 21 July 1882

Naples, N. Y. -
On Monday, Chas. H. Tozer, a veteran of the regular army, died at the home of his brother, Arthur Tozer, in South Bristol. Mr. Tozer had served nearly twenty-five years in the regular army. He was an educated man, conversing in several languages, a fine penman, and a great reader, but he was erratic in his mental and moral nature, and was considered to some degree insane. He left his home on Tuesday morning of last week, and was not found until Wednesday night. He was in the woods, and was in a perishing condition from the effects of poison which he had taken. He lived, however, until Monday last. His age was 54, and he had never married. Rev. Mr. Cummins of this village, officiated at his funeral on Tuesday, and he was buried in Rose Ridge cemetery.

From Geneva Daily Times 14 December 1910

Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Tozer,
widow of Arthur Tozer, aged 82 years, died in South Bristol on Sunday night. Mrs. Tozer's maiden name was Elinor Gardiner. She was born in Greenfield, Saratoga county, N. Y. In 1861 she was married and came to live in the home where she died. Mrs. Tozer was a member of the Baptist church in Naples and very much interested in all departments of Christian work. She is survived by a son, Howard Tozer; a daughter, Alice Tozer, and an adopted daughter, Mrs. Marshall Lincoln. The funeral was held yesterday, Rev. S. J. Harding conducting the services.

From Geneva Daily Times 17 January 1914

Naples, N. Y. - 
Yesterday morning occurred the death of James R. Tozer at his home in Main street north. He was born in England seventy-five years ago, the son of John and Jane Tozer and came to Bristol, Ontario county, when 12 years old. He married Miss Sarah Moore. He leaves his wife, two sons, John H. and George E., of Bristol, and one daughter, Susan, of Naples. One brother, Rev. Robert Tozer, was with him at the time of his death.

From Ontario County Journal 23 January 1914

Naples, N. Y. -  James R. Tozer
was born Oct. 7, 1838, at Abegavenny, Monmouthshire, South Wales, England, and died on Jan. 16, 1914. He came to this country when two and one-half years old and lived with his parents in Brooklyn. At the age of 12, he came to South Bristol to live with uncle, Arthur Tozer. He spent most of his life in Naples and South Bristol. On Feb. 25, 1860, he married Sarah E. Moore of Waterloo. He is survived by his wife and three children, John H. Tozer, George E. Tozer and Susie C. Tozer. His youngest son, Willie Tozer, died in 1899. A brother, Rev. Robert B. Tozer, of Hoosick Falls, was with him in his last hours. Funeral services were held on Sunday at the Baptist church, of which he was a member for 57 years and sang in the choir for 40 years, Rev. A. R. Mills, of Nunda, officiating. The bearers were his two sons, John Tozer and George E. Tozer, his grandson, Lyman J., his nephew, Howard H. Tozer, his brother, Rev. Robert B. Tozer, and Hiram C. Sherman. His father was John K. Tozer and his mother was Jane Rollings Tozer.

From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 12 February 1918

Naples, N. Y., 
Feb. 11 - Mrs. Sarah Moore Tozer, widow of the late James R. Tozer, died at her home in Main street Saturday. Mrs. Tozer was born in Waterloo, December 25, 1837, but had lived most of her life in Naples. She leaves two sons, George, of Cheshire, and John, of Naples; a daughter, Susan, who is a teacher in the schools at Bath. Funeral service was held in the Baptist Church at 11 o'clock Sunday morning. The pastor of that church, Rev. A. H. Knight officiated.

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