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From issues printed in 1850 (incomplete)

Tuesday, January 8, 1850

  In this village, on Monday evening, December 31st, by the Rev. D. B. Douglass, Mr. William Totten to Miss Sarah M. Buck, both of Orange, Steuben Co.
  In this village, on Tuesday morning, Jan. 1st, by Rev. D. B. Douglass, Mr. James Staunton to Miss Caroline A. Hall, all of Penn Yan.
  In Seneca, on Jan 1st, by Rev. Ira Fairbank, Mr. James Presler, of Benton, to Miss Fanny Boggs, of Gorham.
  In Barrington, on the 1st January, by Rev. D. B. Olney, Mr. Abram Kendall, of Tyrone, to Miss Cordelia Baker, of Barrington.
  In Rochester city, on the 1st inst., by Rev. G. W. Montgomery, Mr. George S. Kenyon, to Miss Lucretia A. Whitehorn, all of Penn Yan.
  In Rochester city, on the 1st inst., by Rev. G. W. Montgomery, Mr. John F. Green, to Miss Sarah Spangler, all of Penn Yan.

Tuesday, January 15, 1850

An Old Settler Gone.
    Died in Potter, January 5th, Francis Briggs, aged 87 years.
    Mr. Briggs was among the first settlers of Yates Co. having come into the country with Jemima Wilkinson. He had resided on the farm upon which he died sixty-five years, and ever bore a character for probity and worth.

Tuesday, February 12, 1850

Another Old Settler Gone.
   Died at his residence in Milo, on the 24th Jan., 1850, Richard Henderson, aged eighty-four years. Mr. Henderson was one of the oldest inhabitants in this section of country, having settled here when all around him was a wilderness, and when the savage and the wild beast held almost undisputed sway, in what is now our beautiful county. He was emphatically a pioneer, having the toil and danger of early settlements, and submitting cheerfully to the privation and hardships of a new country. Between fifty-seven and eight years he had lived upon the farm where he died. He was a man of industry - loved to work - was strictly temperate in all his habits, and enjoyed almost uninterrupted health, as the result. Almost every body knew Richard Henderson, and none knew him but to respect him; he was emphatically a Christian; he not only professed to follow, but did follow, in word and deed, as well as man can, his Saviour. He was a member of the Methodist Church, to whose faith, policy and people he was devotedly attached - always in his place in the Sanctuary, and ever ready in the discharge of duty - he will be long mourned by his brethren at Milo Centre. Mr. H. was the centre of a large family circle, embracing some of our most esteemed and respectable citizens, and who with their children make, we think, one of, if not the largest list of children and grand children belonging to one family in the county. As a man, Mr. H. was universally esteemed. In an acquaintance of twenty years we never heard ought said against him - he was a man of sound judgment, quiet and unobtrusive in his manners, lived at peace with God and man, and died rejoicing in the faith of the Gospel, and was we do not doubt carried by angels to rest and rejoice with God in Heaven.

    Married, in this village on the 9th inst., by Rev. A. Chase, Mr. Stephen W. Briggs and Miss Ellen A. Shoemaker, both of Potter.

    Died - Suddenly on the evening of Tuesday, the 5th inst., Consider Bordwell aged 66 years.
    By this afflicting dispensation of an all wise Providence, his family have been bereaved of a kind and affectionate husband and father, alike endeared to them by the strongest ties of parental affection. And alas, he has [              ] whence no traveler returns.
    Mr. Bordwell was one of the early settlers of the town of Potter, having resided in one neighborhood over forty years, during which, he has formed an extensive acquaintance, and it may be said of him, that he died without an enemy. Among his many visitors, his house was always open for the reception of the poor and destitute, he was ever ready to alleviate their wants by dealing out of his store with a liberal hand. As a neighbor, he was social, kind and obliging. As a citizen, he rendered himself [                     ] contributing liberally for every [                   ] and for the support of [                ]. [               ] his death will be lamented by all who knew him.

Tuesday, February 19, 1850

    Married on Bluff Point, Yates co., on the 4th inst. by the Rev. C. S. Davis, Mr. Martin H. Adsit to Miss Clarissa V., daughter of Sanford Bennett, all of Bluff Point.

Tuesday, February 26, 1850

    On the 11th inst. by E. Hotchkiss, Wm. H. Fiero to Miss Harriet E. Youngs, both of Milo.
    In Benton on the 14th inst., by Rev. D. W. Litchfield, Mr. Albert P. Randall to Miss Emeline McAlpin, all of Benton.

    Died - In this village, Friday evening, 15th inst., Frances Ann, only child of Shubil and Catharine Kniffin, aged 8 months and 22 days.

Tuesday, April 2, 1850

    Died, in Potter, on the 20th inst., George W., son of Peter and Jemima Andrews, in the 23d year of his age.
    Death is ever unwelcome, but when the Angel enters the domestic circle, and lays his chilling hand upon the youthful and the loved, then is his presence more dread, and the heart’s anguish more intense. By a sad dispensation Death has thus entered the family circle, and taken from its band a fond heart, an affectionate Son and a loved Brother, and a bereaved circle are called to mourn the untimely death of a Dear Friend, and community the loss of a valuable member.
    In the fall of 1845, were seen the first symptoms of disease, and being naturally of a frail constitution, its advances were made the more easily, and its results were the more certain - Medical skill, and a resort to the bracing winds of the seashore, for a time hindered the progress of disease, and flatters his friends, that the destroyers hand had been stayed; but the elements of death were in active existence, and the found delusion was but a mockery of hope. At the commencement of the past winter, it was evident to all that his sojourn upon the earth was brief, but spring witnessing him still an inhabitant of earth and the deceptive flush of his cheeks encouraged his friends to hope that he would gladden their hearts by his presence till at last the winds of Autumn sighed a requiem over the faded glories of summer, but
         “Thou hast all seasons for thine oh! Death!”
         And with the changing blasts of March, that most fatal season to the invalid,
“His guardian angel in the skies, has gently called the spirit home, from this
bleak world of shade and sighs, to chant its songs around the throne.”

This loss will be deeply felt. Prompt in his business engagements, and ever living in accordance with the golden rule, he won the respect and affectionate friendship of all who knew him. As a Christian he was devoted and consistent, and his life exhibited no deviation from the rigid path of christian property. Death had no terror for him, but was regarded rather, as a bright messenger from the world above to draw aside the dark curtain of earth, and escort his released spirit to the realms of Eternal Glory.


    In Benton, on the 23d ult., by S. G. Gage, Esq., Mr. Samuel L. Cole and Miss Ann Church, all of the above place.
    On the 27th ult., in Barrington, by Rev. D. B. Olney, Mr. Gilbert Spencer and Miss Arminda Steadwell, both of Barrington.

Tuesday, April 16, 1850

    At Hammondsport, Steuben co., N. Y., on the 10th inst. by the Rev. Mr. Wilson, George W. Nichols, to Clarissa A. Hastings, daughter of William Hastings, Esq., all of Hammondsport.
    On the 11th inst. by the Rev. A. Wright, Mr. Loren Barnes, of Barrington, to Mrs. Henrietta F. Henderson, of Milo.
    On the 11th inst. by Rev. W. W. Robinson, George A. Huson, to Sabra S. Ellsworth.

Tuesday, April 23, 1850

    Married - In Benton, on the 14th inst. by S. G. Gage, Esq., Mr. John Vickery, of Seneca, to Miss Abigail Place, of the former place.

    Died - At Norwalk, Huron Co., Ohio, on the 9th inst. Sarah, wife of Col. Elias H. Ogden.

Tuesday, May 7, 1850

    Died, at the residence of his father in Jerusalem, on the 17th of April, M. D. L., son of Isaac and Anna Vantuyl. Aged 21 years and 8 days.

Tuesday, May 14, 1850

    In Rochester, on the 18th April, 1850, by Rev. P. Buck, Edward P. Potter, of Potter, Yates Co., to Miss Elizabeth A. Moore, of Hartford, Conn.
    On the 6th inst., at Pine Plains, Dutchess Co., N. Y., by Rev. J. T. Ellis, Fitz A. Stebbins, of Penn Yan, to Miss M. A. Allerton, of the former place.

From the Havana (Chemung Co.) Journal.
Dreadful Affray - Two Men Shot,
    An affray, which in its results is deeply to be regretted, came off about half a mile north of this village on Thursday last. The facts as near as we could learn them up to the time of going to press, are substantially these:
    Horace Bailey, a young man about 17 years of age, a brother of Dr. G. D. Bailey, of this place, was engaged, under the direction of the Doctor, in taking down one of the shanties on his premises which had been abandoned by the men employed on the railroad. While thus employed, as we understand, he found an auger under the floor which was claimed by several men who were near at hand. Out of this there arose some dispute, and three men, Andrew Sullivan, and Sinan Hickey being two of them, made demonstrations of attacking him.
    He warned them to let him alone, and retreated backwards, at the same time drawing a revolver. But they being strongly under the influence of liquor, and as is supposed, stimulated by an old grudge, continued to advance, when Sullivan clinched and struck him, an operation which was quickly followed up by Hickey. While in the act of falling under the influence of this combined assault, Bailey discharged one barrel, shooting Hickey directly through the heart. Sullivan continued the attack, and was in the act of striking a blow when a second barrel was discharged, this time under Bailey’s arm, which took effect in Sullivan’s breast, a little below the heart, who staggered back and fell dead. A third man immediately followed up, but was restrained by a couple of our citizens who were near by, and reached the spot at that moment.
    Dr. Bailey has suffered severely from the depredations of the men employed on the public works, who have destroyed his fences, cut down several acres of his timber, and on several occasions armed with weapons, have chased him and his brother off from his own premises. There was therefore an old grudge existing, and Bailey was armed in consequence of these demonstrations. We learn that a boat captain who passed shortly before the affray took place, heard Hickey and Sullivan threaten to take the life of Bailey, if they had an opportunity. Of these threats however, he was not at the time aware. Hickey was a very powerful man; indeed all the men engaged were above the average size; and being under the influence of liquor they would undoubtedly have taken Bailey’s life had he not been armed, or assistance not arrived.
    We cannot but regard the shooting under the circumstances, as an act purely of self defence; yet at the same time the result was so fearfully fatal that we can hardly refer to it without shuddering.
    Sullivan had resided here for several years and was formerly a young man of fair promise; but of late he has hardly been sober a day. He has left a wife and a young child. Hickey had a wife and three children.
    Bailey has delivered himself up for examination and the matter is now (Friday afternoon) in the hands of a Coroner’s jury.

Tuesday, May 21, 1850

    Died - In Jerusalem, on the 11th inst., Elnathan Botsford, in the 82d year of his age.
    Mr. Botsford, was one of the earliest settlers of the Genesee country. He came into the country about the year 1805, nearly, or at the time of Jemima Wilkinson and her followers, but he was not her follower or friend - but for a considerable space of time, rather hostile on account of her repeated injuries. For about thirty years, Mr. B. has been a consistent member of the Christian Church, although he has been severely afflicted with the Rheumatism, from, which complaint he has been infirm, for a number of years. But, he bore his sufferings with Christian fortitude, and self resignation to the will of God. He has left time at a good old age, and has gone to hold communion with his Savior, who died a suffering death, that through his merits, he might be redeemed from a lost world, and we trust, ever to dwell, in the precincts of eternal glory.
                                                            C. W. H.

    Died - In Franklin Tp., in Kosciusko Co., Ind., on the 11th ult., Mrs. Martha Goldsmith, wife of Festus A. Goldsmith, Printer, formerly of Penn Yan.

Tuesday, May 28, 1850

    Married, in Potter, on the 25th inst. by the Rev. L. D. Litchfield, Mr. Peter Bush, of Benton, to Miss Julina Hall, of Potter.

Tuesday, June 4, 1850

    In the Baptist Church in this village, on Sunday last, by the Rev. H. Smith, Mr. John Lynn, and Miss Susan Ann Sutherland, all of Penn Yan.
    In Benton, May 9th, by Rev. D. W. Litchfield, Mr. Aaron Swartwout and Miss Jemima Trimmer, both of Benton.
    By the same, May 25th, Mr. Peter Bush, of Benton, and Miss Julia Hall, of Potter.

Tuesday, June 11, 1850

    Died, at his residence in Jerusalem, on the 27th May, John Merritt, in the 69th year of his age.

Tuesday, June 18, 1850

    Died, in Benton, on the 3d inst., after a painful and protracted illness, Mrs. Nancy, wife of Henry Kelsey, in the 58th year of her age.

Tuesday, June 25, 1850

    Married, in this village, on the 19th inst. by Rev. D. B. Douglass, Mr. Peter Finger and Miss Mary Ann Barnes, daughter of S. Barnes, Esq., all of Jerusalem.

    Died - At his residence in Milo, on the 10th inst., Thomas Bennett, aged 49 years. Mr. B. had long suffered from a pulmonary complaint and his death was not unexpected, and yet, when it did come it found many a mourning heart. Mr. B. was connected with a very large circle of friends and beloved and esteemed by them all. He was a man of great worth, upright in his conduct and honest in his intercourse in deal with his neighbors. He was universally esteemed and his loss will be sincerely felt. He died a Christian, was a member of the Baptist Church and lived day by day in the practice of the faith he professed.

    Died - Suddenly, in Italy June 15, Roxana, wife of Rosell R. Lee, and daughter of Charles and Vesta Clark, aged 30 years 2 months and 24 days.

    Died - In this village, on Sunday, the 16th inst., Mrs. Mary Chidsey, in the fiftieth year of her age.
    She departed this life, “having the testimony of a good conscience, and the communion of the catholic Church - in the confidence of a certain faith - in the comfort of a reasonable, religious, and holy hope - in favor with God, and in perfect charity with the world.”

Tuesday, July 2, 1850

    In Milo, June 27th by Rev. Howell Smith, of Penn Yan, Mr. S. J. Raymond, of Jerusalem, to Miss Mariette Freeman, of the former place.
    By the same, in Jerusalem, June 28th, Mr. Theadore Freeman, to Miss Ama Maria Raymond, both of Jerusalem.

    Died, in Potter, on Sunday last at the residence of her son-in-law H. J. Briggs, Mrs. Hannah Briggs, aged 84 years.

Tuesday, July 9, 1850

    Married, on the 4th inst., by Rev. D. B. Olney, Mr. Daniel Tuttle to Miss Amelia Campbell, both of Barrington.

Tuesday, July 23, 1850

    Died - In this village, on Thursday, the 18th inst., Erastus Page, Esq., in the 63d year of his age.
    A Sermon relative to the death of this departed brother, will be preached in St. Mark’s Church, on Sunday next, July 28th, at 10 ˝ o’clock A. M. The subject of the above notice was known to most of our citizens and was as universally respected as known. He had long lived in our midst - long mingled in the society of our village and for aught we know, he died without an enemy. He was a man of peculiarly placid temper, kindness was a law of his nature. As a citizen, he was esteemed and as a man respected, and his loss to the community will be severely felt. In all the relations of life Erastus Page discharged his duties and responsibilities faithfully - as a husband and father he was affectionate and devoted - as a friend, faithful and trusty and was as the poet has it, “the noblest work of God, an honest man.” Higher praise we could not bestow upon any man and this much we can say of a truth in regard to our departed friend. We add in the language of his spiritual advisor and minister.

Tuesday, August 6, 1850

    Married - On the 4th inst. in Jerusalem, by Rev. D. B. Douglass, Mr. Hiram B. Morrison, of Penn Yan, to Miss Lydia Caroline Shepard, daughter of John Shepard, Esq. of the former place.

Tuesday, August 27, 1850

    Married - At Benton Centre, on the 24th inst., by S. G. Gage, Esq., Mr. Isaac Hall of Potter, to Miss Catharine Wheeler of Benton.

    Died - At Dresden on Sunday 25th inst., Deborah, wife of Geo. W. Simmons, aged 39 years.

Tuesday, September 3, 1850

    Married, on Monday morning, September 2d, by the Rev. Mr. Clark, Mr. M. James Chapman, merchant, and Miss Mary C. Huntington, daughter of E. H. Huntington, Esq., all of this village.

    Died, in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, the 13th of August, of Consumption, after a long and severe illness, Horace B. Miller, in the 48th year of his age.

Tuesday, September 17, 1850

(From the Geneva Gazette)
Accident - Mr. Charles Lybolt, employed on the steamer Canandesaga to oil and clean the machinery, met with a serious accident on Wednesday last. He was pointing out and explaining the operation of some portion of the machinery to a bystander, when his arm was caught between the shaft and the supporting beam, and so horribly mangled as to render amputation necessary - which was done between the elbow and waist. The sufferer is doing as well as can be expected.

Another! - Mr. Archibald Black, a worthy farmer residing about 1 ˝ miles north of this village, had his leg dreadfully lacerated in a threshing machine, on Wednesday of this week. We have not been furnished with any of the particulars, but learn that there is a hope of his recovery without the loss of the limb.

Tuesday, September 17, 1850

    September 3d by the Rev. E. Latimer, Oliver P. Guthrie, of Benton Center, to Mary P., daughter of Naham Rugg, of Potter.
    On the 12th inst., by the Rev. P. M. Stryker, Geo. D. Wells, Esq., merchant of this village, and Miss Mary C. Tomlinson, of the same place.

Tuesday, September 24, 1850

    Died, at the residence of Hon. William M. Oliver, in this village, on Friday last, the 20th inst., Mrs. Julia Seelye, relict of the late Isaac Seelye, Esq. Counsellor at Law, of Cherry Valley, and mother of Mrs. William M. Oliver, aged 65 years.
    Although this excellent and amiable lady was not a permanent resident amongst us, yet she had secured an attached circle of friends amongst those who had the pleasure of her acquaintance. Possessed of that attractive charm of manners which give delight to the social and domestic circle, and which made her an agreeable companion to the youthful and aged; with conversational powers which made her society pleasant and desirable; and with an intelligence which marked an accomplished woman, she was the ornament of the society in which she mingled. - Above all things, she had that cheerful and attractive piety which denoted the full assurance of hope, and which wins respect, while it promotes confidence. It is hardly necessary to say that her death was happy and peaceful, for she knew in whom she believed; and to add, that it has left a vacancy in the midst of her sorrowing friends, which cannot easily be supplied.

    Died - In Milo, August 27, 1850, Alfred Capell, aged 23 years and 3 days.
    The deceased was called to pass through a season of protracted suffering. Few have suffered more acute pain - the disease which terminated in his death being one of the most painful character; yet in all his suffering was he an example of patience, and not a murmuring word escaped his lips. Being satisfied for months previous to his death that he could not get well, he applied himself to the great work of preparation for that hour. Possessing a mind of superior strength, and under the guidance of the Divine Spirit, he was directed to the Cross of Christ, and renouncing the world, he was enabled to “cast all his care on Him who cared for him.” As he approximated the hour of his dissolution, his mind gained an ascendancy over all intervening clouds of darkness; his sky was cloudless; his faith was fixed; his hope was firm. Heaven possessed such attractions he was often heard to express his desire “to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.” True, there were earthly objects that were dear to him; perhaps few sons had stronger affections for a widowed mother than he. He was often heard to say that it was his only wish to live that he might be a comfort to his aged mother in her declining years. His was the death of the Christian, though he had fallen in early life; yet we feel that he has left an influence behind him that comforts his afflicted friends. There loss was his gain. In his death society has lost one of its brightest ornaments, and the family circle an affectionate brother and dutiful son. May his death be sanctified to the good of the living.

    Married, September 7th, 1850, at Canandaigua, Ont. Co., by the Rev. M. Whitney, Mr. John Talbot Rugg, to Miss Emily Jane McCoy, both of Penn Yan.

    In Ripon, Wisconsin, on Thursday the 5th of September, after a severe illness, Samuel Pedrick, in the 60th year of his age.
    At Battle Creek, Michigan, September 10th, Hiram H. Harwood, Esq., late of Rushville in this county, and more recently of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, aged 32 years.

Tuesday, October 15, 1850

    In Barrington, on the 9th inst., by Rev. Mr. Olney, Mr. Lewis McConnell and Miss Harriet Ketcham, all of the former place.
    On the 10th inst., in the aforesaid place, and by the same, Mr. George Gardner and Miss Agnes Welker.

Tuesday, November 26, 1850

    Married, in Milo, on the 19th inst. by Peter Youngs, Esq., David D. Devenport, of Starkey, to Susan Ann Coon of Barrington.

    Died - At the residence of Hon. H. Welles, in this place, November 10th, of malignant sore throat, Henry Welles Hamilton, son of Theodore B. and Emily Hamilton, of the city of Rochester, aged 6 years, 5 months and 6 days.
The deceased had been spending several months with his grandparents and was making preparation to return home, intending to start the day that he was taken sick. He was a child of uncommon intelligence and activity for his age, and by his manliness of department, sprightly, pleasant manners, and amiable disposition, had made many friends beyond the circle of his relatives, and had endeared himself to all with whom he associated. He had been the subject of much religious instruction and prayer, was very fond of attending Sunday school, and seemed to appreciate the importance of the lessons there learned. His afflicted parents and relatives have the consolation of believing that their loss has been his gain, and that he has been taken from a world of temptation and trial to a home of purity and glory.

    Died - In this village, on the 14th inst., Rev. W. W. Robinson, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, aged 31 years.
    The death of Mr. Robinson has cast a deep gloom over our village. He came among us three years ago, to enter for the first time upon the high responsible duties of Pastor. Called and installed in that religion over the Presbyterian Church of this village, he has during his whole residence with us, most arduously and faithfully applied himself to the work of a Gospel Minister. None ever labored more faithfully in the vineyard of his Master. His talents were of a high order, and his close application brought forth increasing developments of his able mind. He was ever kind, watchful and faithful to his people. As a Preacher, few very few, of his years excelled him. His subjects were always well chosen and none were too abstruse or difficult for the comprehension of his strong intellect. He was a promising man, and if God had spared his life he would soon have stood among the ablest Divines in the State. He was endeared to all of us, and his loss to the community is a great one. It seems mysterious to us why one so loved, so useful, should in the spring time of life be taken away; but it does not become us to scrutinize the way of Him who “doeth all things well”. He is gone to a brighter and better world; a world for which he strove to prepare others. His amiable and lovely family, so unexpectedly bereaved, so severely afflicted, have the warmest sympathies of all who knew their departed father and husband.