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Vital Records Extracted from the Yates County Chronicle

Editor: Stafford C. Cleveland

January - April 1874

1 January 1874



A sister of the late Judge Henry Wells, the widow of Gen. George McClure, died recently in Wyoming, Iowa, aged eighty-six years.

8 January 1874

There died in Brooklyn the other day one of the most remarkable men for genius of invention known during the present century. He died the last day, or about the last day of the old year. —His name was Jeptha A. Wilkinson. His father, Jeptha Wilkinson, was a brother of Jemima Wilkinson, the Universal Friend…. [He] was born in Cumberland, Rhode Island in 1791. He was a soldier in the war of 1812…. Afterwards he invented a remarkably ingenious machine for the manufacture of weaver’s reeds…. He married in Paris Sarah H. Gibson, daughter of John H. Gibson, a wealthy lawyer of London, who left them a handsome fortune at his death. They were the parents of fourteen children. … Jeptha Avery Wilkinson was a brother of Mrs. Nancy Johnson, the mother of our townsman Jeptha A. Potter….

Died at his residence in this village on Saturday morning, January 3, 1874, John D. Wolcott, at the age of forty-eight years, nine months and fifteen days. [He] was born March 19, 1825 at Eddytown, and was the fourth child of Dr. Walter Wolcott and Abigail Cornwell, his wife….He married in 1856 Carolina, daughter of Dr. William Cornwell. Their surviving children are Abigail, Walter and John….

Died in Rushville, December 25, 1873, Mrs. Sarah VanEpps, wife of Daniel VanEpps, aged sixty-seven years, four months and five days, Mrs. VanEpps has been ill for ten years with cancer of the eye, and during the last three or four years she has been a great sufferer. She was born in Amsterdam, N.Y., August 29th, 1806; her maiden name was Slover. She was married to Mr. Daniel VanEpps in Cayuga county, July 2, 1825. About forty years ago they came to and have since resided in this vicinity. She leaves a husband and seven children…. —Naples Record


Died in Barrington, Dec. 30th, of apoplexy, after an illness of three hours, Dillis Fish, aged 76 years. Mr. Fish was born near Bennington, Vt. When he was about four years of age his parents removed to Groton, Tompkins county, where he continued to reside until 1836, when with his family he removed to Barrington….

15 January 1874

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hoult of Geneva celebrated their Golden Wedding on Christmas eve. Among their guests was the couple that “stood up” with them fifty years ago, Mr. and Mrs. George Catchpole.

Mrs. Julia M. Hogarth, relict of Richard Hogarth, for many years a magistrate at Geneva, and mother of Rev. Dr. William Hogarth, pastor of the Second Presbyterian church of that place, died at her residence there on the 29th ult., aged nearly eighty-two years. She was a resident of Geneva more than sixty years.

James H. Woods, a former resident of Geneva, and more recently of New York, died in the latter place December 18th, at the age of seventy-three years….

Mrs. Deborah Anderson, widow of the late Elder Joseph G. Anderson, died in Barrington, January 4, 1874, at the age of seventy-three years.

Died in this village on Thursday the 8th instant, Neil J. Kelly, aged thirty-five years. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland, where his parents resided till after their children were born. The family emigrated to America and came to Penn Yan in 1846, and have since resided here. The oldest son, Charles Kelly, is the proprietor of the Central House. In August 1862 Neil J. Kelly enlisted in Company A, 126th Regiment N.Y.V. …Present at the funeral were the aged parents of both the deceased and his widowed wife. Mr. Neil Kelly, seventy-five years old; his wife, sixty-five; Daniel Russel, ninety-two and his wife, also an aged woman….

Died very suddenly at her home in this village, on Sunday morning, January 11, 1874, Sue Annett, wife of Oliver F. Reed, aged twenty-two years. …

One of those pleasing episodes in one’s life which comparatively few live to realize and participate in, occurred on New Year’s at the residence of F.P. Hurd, Esq., in Jerusalem. It was the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the marriage of A.A. French and wife. Mr. French came from New Jersey to the “Lake country” in an early day, and on Jan. 1, 1824, united in marriage with Sally Sears, and settled in Jerusalem, where he spent the greater part of his life. They have seven children living, five daughters and two sons. Of the daughters four reside in Steuben county, and one is the wife of Ferris P. Hurd of Jerusalem. Of the sons one lives in Steuben county, and the other, Johnson French, of the firm of French & St. John, resides in this village. Mrs. French has three brothers and one sister living. The sister is the wife of Mr. Francisco, and resides near Canandaigua. One of the brothers resides in Steuben county, one in Wisconsin, and the other, Mr. Robert French, resides in Benton….

Died in Italy Hollow after a protracted illness, on Thursday, January 9, 1874, Orrin Barker, aged fifty years….

Mrs. Beeman, wife of Chauncey Beeman, Italy Hill, died at the residence of her son, Charles Beeman in Hill Town on Wednesday morning… Mrs. Beeman came here for a visit and was taken sick;…. —Naples Record


22 January 1874

David Taylor, the aged shoemaker on Sheppard street, where he has been an invalid for several years, died on Monday night, Jan. 19th, aged seventy years.

James H. McNair, a pioneer of the Genesee valley, died at Mt. Morris January 8, aged eighty-six years. He had been a resident of Mt. Morris seventy-six years.

Died at Ossoway, Potter county, Pa., on Tuesday, January 20, 1874, Mrs. Harriet Wheeler, wife of Horace Wheeler of Jerusalem, at the age of thirty-one years and six months. The deceased was a daughter of John B. Harris of Jerusalem, and at the time of her death was on a visit to her sister, Mrs. John Brown, whose husband is a hotel keeper at Ossoway…. She leaves one child, a son of five years of age.

Died at his home in the town of Wayne, Steuben county, on Tuesday, January 20, 1874, Joseph Roat, aged about seventy-three years. Mr. Roat was for many years a well known citizen of this village. His father, John Roat, came with his family to Benton as early as 1810 and lived for some time on a little place near the home of James Smith. Somewhat later the family moved to Jerusalem and lived a number of years near the present home of Isaac W. Hartshorn….

Died at the residence of his daughter in Wayne on Tuesday the 14th ult., of apoplexy, David Bishop, aged eighty-eight years. [He] was born on Long Island, August 5, 1785. He married in 1809 Charity Biggs, and they had ten children. They came to this section of country about 1816. In 1848 he emigrated with his family to Cook county, Illinois, where they continued about 20 years…. The last years of his life were passed at the homes of his daughters, Nancy wife of Wright Seymour of Wayne; and Mary, wife of Hiram Cornell of Dundee…. I.C.C.


29 January 1874

David Livingstone has died in the midst of his labors, leaving his greatest work unfinished. Before he set out on his last journey, it is said, he told Sir Bartle Frere that he intended to trace the boundaries of the east, west, and south sides of the great Nile basin….

Miss Elizabeth Black, a resident in Geneva since 1806, died in that village on the 14th inst., in her eighty-seventh year.

Died in this village January 22, 1874, Miss Emma B. Ellis, aged twenty-two years, ten months and three days….

Died in this village on Monday, Jan. 26th inst., Mrs. Ann E. Phillips, widow of the late John K. Phillips, aged 53 years. …

Died at Rock Stream on Monday the 19th inst., John Coon, of old age, at the age of eighty years. He was a native of Salem, N.Y….

Died in Eddytown, on Tuesday, the 20th of January, Mrs. R., wife of James C. Henderson, of heart disease. She was about sixty years of age….

Died at Avon, on the 16th instant, Floyd D. Torrance, aged forty-seven years. He was born at Starkey in 1827, and became a resident of Avon in 1837…. He was a brother of our respected townsman, Underhill Torrance, and a nephew of the venerable pioneer Floyd Dann…. A son survives him who lives with his uncle Charles E. Upton…. J.C.C., Avon, January 19, 1874. —Rochester Union

5 February 1874

Died at his house in this village on Saturday morning Jan. 31, 1874, Samuel J. Ackley, in the eightieth year of his age. [He] was born August 29, 1794, in the county of Delaware in this State, and was a son of Jacob Ackley, a soldier of the revolution. While he was quite young his family moved to Ovid, Seneca county where he grew up to manhood and became a cooper by trade. September 12, 1816 he married Elizabeth King of Genoa, Cayuga county. She was born in Monmouth county, New Jersey, March 9, 1800, and survives her husband…. After their marriage they lived about fifteen years at Goodwin’s Point, near Trumansburg on Cayuga lake, and eight years following in the village of Trumansburg. In the spring of 1839 they moved to Penn Yan where they have since resided. Their Golden Wedding was celebrated in 1866. Mr. Ackley…enlisted twice in the war of 1812…. It was always his pride that he was the pilot on the first steamboat launched on Cayuga lake…the Enterprise. Its first trip dates back to 1819. This aged pair were the parents of eleven children, nine of whom are still living. One, John M., died in 1839, three years old. William K., the oldest, married Emma Barrett, and is a resident of this village. Phebe Jane married John Bennett and resides in Allegany county. Sylvanus H. married and resides in Iowa. James Lawrence married Caroline Gould and lives in Wisconsin…. Julia Ann is the wife of Alfred J. Kerney of this village. Harriet M. married James VanBuren son of Hon. Evert VanBuren and died in 1864 at Chicago…. Catharine M. is the wife of William Stewart, now resident at Willard, Seneca county. Samuel Harvey married Adaline Lightner and resides in Penn Yan…. Charles M. married Sarah Jane Smith and is a resident of Penn Yan….



Our old friend Col. Samuel Allen of Benton reached the fiftieth anniversary of his wedding Jan. 22d, and would have celebrated the event but for sickness and death at that time in the family of his daughter. Benton has no more worthy citizen than Col. Allen, and we trust he may see many returns of the anniversary just passed. In the same neighborhood near Ferguson’s Corners is another couple, that of Smith Ferguson and wife, who have also passed their 50th bridal anniversary.

Died in Barrington on the 26th of December 1873 of apoplexy, Mr. Dillis Fish, at the age of nearly 70 years. He was born in Shelbourne, Chittenden county, Vt., March 18, 1798. In 1808 he came with his parents to Groton, then in Cayuga, now Tompkins county, where his father erected a grist mill and a wool carding and cloth dressing establishment. Here the subject of this notice learned the last named business; and continued it in the same place for many years. In 1821 he was married to Miss Rebecca Brown, a daughter of Mr. Ichabod Brown of Groton, with whom he lived twenty-two years. The fruits of this union were seven children, four sons and three daughters, two of whom have passed away, one son and one daughter. In 1836 he left Groton and came to Barrington, where he became a farmer, having exchanged his mill property for a farm then owned by his brother-in-law Rev. Ira Brown, late of Corning. Here the wife of his youth died in March 1843 leaving him in care of his family without a helpmate. In 1844 he was again married to Miss Emeline A. Huson, a maiden lady who still survives him and by whom he had one son. He resided upon the farm where he died about thirty-seven years and for several years was overseer of the poor of the town, which office he held at his death. —Corning Democrat

12 February 1874

David Frederick Strauss, the great German rationalist, noted for his “Life of Jesus” and other works not approved by the orthodox, died on Monday aged 66 years.

Judge Alfred Conkling, father of Senator Roscoe Conkling, died last week at the age of eighty-two years. He studied law with Daniel Cody, and was eminent as a jurist.

Mrs. Polly Gillett, wife of the late Jabez Gillett, Esq., and well known throughout this section, died quite suddenly last Sunday afternoon. In the morning she seemed as well as usual, and requested her son Harmon M. Gillett, with whom she resided, to visit a sick friend after services at church were over. Two children remained with her…. [Her] maiden name was Polly Beebe. She was born in Homer, Cortland county, April 7th, 1795. She married at Canandaigua May 25th, 1815, Jabez Gillett, afterwards a prominent citizen of Italy Hollow. Soon after her marriage, her husband removed to Prattsburg, Steuben county, and resided there until 1834, when Mr. Gillett with his family settled in Yates county, on the farm now occupied by Harmon M. Gillett. Jabez Gillett died in May 1862. Their eldest child Maria, now dead, was the wife of Lewis B. Graham of Penn Yan. Three children still live, Jeremiah T., Elizabeth, wife of Wm. Fox, and Harmon M., all of Italy Hollow….

Benjamin Fellows, brother of the late Joseph Fellows of Corning, died in Scranton a few days ago at the age of eighty-two years.

Died in Jerusalem on Wednesday, February 11, 1874, Mrs. Harriet Hunt, wife of George Hunt, at a very advanced age. A further notice will appear hereafter.



19 February 1874

Died at his home in the town of Dix, Schuyler county, on Sunday Feb. 15, 1874, George R. Cleveland, youngest son of Noble Cleveland, at the age of twenty-four years, four months and twenty-six days. …

Giles Parker, Sr., father of S.H. Parker editor of the Geneva Gazette, died at his home in Geneva on the 7th inst., at the age of eighty years, six months and twenty days. He was a native of Lenox, Massachusetts. His parents moved to the town of Reading near the head of Seneca lake in 1807. He served as a soldier in the war of 1812…went back to his birthplace and married a wife who survives him, and finally made his permanent home in Geneva in 1823, where he has resided more than half a century… His children were seven sons and one daughter. Six surviving sons attended his funeral.


·   At the home of the bride in Torrey, Feb. 17th, 1874, by Rev. N.N. Beers, Mr. Henry C. Gelder, Jr., of the above place, and Miss Celia A. Prosser.


26 February 1874

Mr. George McFeggan, so long and so well known as station agent on the Central railroad at Geneva, died February 16, in the seventieth year of his age.

Sophia L. Downer, wife of John J. VanAlen, Esq., of Watkins, died at her home in that village of consumption on the 14th inst., aged forty-two years.

Constant Cook, one of the oldest, wealthiest and most respected citizens of Bath, died in that village on Tuesday, at the age of seventy-six years. He was a cousin of the late Charles Cook of Havana, and resembled him much in personal characteristics.

Married in Millport on Wednesday evening, February 11th, 1874, Mr. Theodore F. Holden of Starkey, to Miss Allie Hatch, adopted daughter of Mr. John S. Carr….

Died of consumption at his home in Barrington, on Friday February 13, 1874, Lewis Sunderlin, son of the late Delazon J. Sunderlin, aged thirty-four years….

Rushville—Our esteemed citizen Mr. Edward Perry, celebrated the seventieth anniversary of his birth day on Tuesday evening…. The entire affair was under the supervision of Mrs. Perry and her daughters Mrs. Sebnell and Mrs. Torrey…. Recently we called at the house of Mr. Harvey Fowler, and observing a very aged lady…we enquired of Mr. Fowler her name and age. He informed us that her name was Nancy Blair—she was Mrs. Fowler’s mother—and was ninety-one years old; but he remarked that his mother, Mrs. Sybil Fowler, who was at a neighboring house, was ninety-two years old.— Naples Record



5 March 1874

United States Judge Nathan K. Hall of Buffalo died on Tuesday in his sixty-fourth year. He was appointed to his office by President Fillmore and was regarded an upright and faithful judge.

Rushville—The melancholy news on Saturday morning of the death of Hiram Rapalee fell upon us with the shock of a sudden calamity. He died suddenly at his home near the village, Feb. 21st 1874, aged 65 years, 10 months and 27 days….[He] was born in the town of Milo, March 24, 1808. In 1831 he was married to Miss Phebe Ann Headly. In 1833 they came to Gorham, Ontario county, and settled on the farm where he resided at the time of his death. He leaves five children—daughters—and all married; four of them reside in and near this village, and one, Mrs. Lemuel Dwelle, at Green Lake, Mich…. —Naples Record


A.V. Masten celebrated the fifty-fourth anniversary of his birth on Monday by inviting his friends to drink eggnog with him.

Died March 3, 1874, Mrs. Eleanor Locke of Milo, widow of the late Henry M. Locke, daughter of the late Rev. Dr. Bassett and Anna Bassett, formerly of Milo, aged seventy-eight years….

Died at his residence near this village on Thursday the 27th of February, Major George A. Sheppard, aged seventy-one years. The deceased was the oldest son of the late Hon. Morris F. Sheppard and Rachel his wife… Within the past year and a half his home has been invaded three times by death, gathering from it a dearly beloved wife, his eldest daughter, and now the head of the family. He leaves three promising children, George (almost a young man), Anna and Walter…. F.

Married at Starkey on Wednesday evening, February 25, at the residence of L.G. Jones by Rev. Moses Livermore, Mr. John Beattie of Himrods and Miss Mary Frank of the same place.

Italy—Mrs. Keech, wife of Stephen Keech, died quite suddenly on Thursday night last….

12 March 1874

Elder Jacob Knapp, the celebrated revivalist, died at Rockford, Ill., on Monday, March 2, at the age of seventy-four years.

Millard Fillmore, the thirteenth President of the United States, died at his home in Buffalo late on Sunday evening last, the 8th inst., at the age of seventy-four years. [He] was a native of the town of Locke, now known as Summerville, Cayuga county, and was the second of a family of nine children…



Jacob H. Sabin, a well known mechanic of this village, died quite suddenly on Friday last, aged about fifty-three years.

John Anderson, an aged resident of this village, died last week. His age is reported at seventy-eight.

We copy from the Crown Point (Ind.) Register, the mournful account of the decease of Miss Loe R. Thomas, daughter of the late Ambrose S. Thomas, Esq., of Potter…. No member of her father’s family, that we are aware of, is now a resident of Yates county. Her brother, Mr. James G. Thomas, is a member of the firm of Ayres & Thomas, dry goods merchants of Geneva.

Died at the residence of  her son, Mr. Albert Bates in the town of Middlesex, Feb. 23rd, 1874, Mrs. Sarah Bates aged 86 years. She was born in Shaftsbury, Vt., in 1788. Her maiden name was Sarah Benham. She was married early in life to Mr. Thomas Bates and came with him over sixty years ago to the town of Middlesex and settled on the farm where she died…. About 24 years ago her husband died suddenly of heart disease, and a son sometime before was killed by the fall of a tree. Later in life she has buried two children, her eldest daughter and a son—her four surviving children deeply mourn her loss….

19 March 1874

Another illustrious son of the republic has finished his work. Charles Sumner died on Wednesday night, the 11th inst., in his sixty-fourth year….

Adam Crozier died at his house in Benton on Sunday evening, March 8, 1874, at the age of seventy-six years, eight months and fourteen days. [He] was born in Northumberland, England, June 24th, 1797, and at four years of age came to this country with the family of his father, Adam Crozier, Senior. They settled near Hall’s Corners in the town of Seneca…. [He] married in 1821 Amy, daughter of Joseph Southerland of Potter, and settled on lot 51 in Benton, a place purchased four years earlier by his father. There he resided through life, surviving his wife a little more than two years…. Two surviving sons, David S. Crozier and George E. Crozier, occupy the homestead….

Died at his home in Benton on Saturday, Feb. 28, 1874, Alva Taylor, at the age of sixty-nine years. [He] was born in Orange county, Feb. 17, 1805, and came to this county in 1816 at the age of eleven, ever since which time he has been a resident of the town of Benton. He remained through life a resident of the premises on which his father settled in 1821, on lot 112 in southwest Benton… He married Artelissa, daughter of William Genung of Jerusalem, who survives him. Their son William J. Taylor married Harriet, daughter of Elnathan R. Hunt, and occupies the homestead with his mother and his unmarried sister Mary E. Another daughter, Sarah J., is the wife of Myron Peckins of Benton….

Eleanor Locke died in Milo on the 3d of March 1874. She was the widow of the late Mr. Henry Locke, and elder daughter of the late Rev. Dr. John Bassett of Albany, aged seventy-seven years and eight months….

A terrible calamity occurred at Independence yesterday morning… About four o’clock a.m. the residence of George L. King caught fire and was burned to the ground, and all his family except himself perished in the flames. The family consisted of his wife, two children…and his wife’s mother (Mrs. Morris)….

The above item is taken from an Iowa paper of a recent date. Mrs. Morris therein mentioned is, we learn, the mother of William C. Morris, formerly of Penn Yan.

Mrs. Julia Bixby Milliken, mother of N.J. Milliken, Esq., Editor of the Ontario County Times, died at the residence of the latter in Canandaigua, on the 7th inst., in her ninety-second year.

Miss Mary Hoos, an estimable young lady residing in Milo, died at her home on Friday, and her funeral was held and largely attended on Sunday. —Democrat

Died in Barrington at the house of her son on the 8th inst., Mrs. Catharine Merritt, wife of Mr. Enos Merritt, in the fifty-third year of her age. She was a daughter of the late Levi C. Dean of Barrington, and was married to Mr. Merritt some thirty-two years since, and was the mother of three children, who are married and survive her…. —Dundee Record



26 March 1874

Died at the residence of her son-in-law Charles C. Miller in Penn Yan on Sunday morning, March 22, 1874, Mrs. Marilla Herrick, widow of Nathan Herrick, in the eightieth year of her age. [She] was born in Delaware county, February 11, 1795, and as a maiden was Marilla Carrol. She married there David Hill, a native of Vermont who was a soldier of the regular army in the war of 1812, and fought under General Jackson at the battle of New Orleans. In 1816 they moved to this county, living first on Bluff Point and afterwards in Penn Yan. He died January 23, 1834, aged fifty-five years; and she subsequently, September 21, 1847, married Nathan Herrick, and with him lived several years in Richmond, Ontario county, afterwards moving back to Bluff Point, where he died July 30, 1866, aged seventy-three years. By her first marriage she was the mother of eight children—Ransom, Sarah, Laura, Rebecca, Cynthia, Lucy Jackson and Mariette. Ransom has been twice married and is a farmer in Canandaigua. Sarah married John McConnell and lives in Kansas. Laura married Benjamin Wybert, a harness maker, and they reside in Waterloo, Seneca county. Rebecca is the wife of Charles C. Miller, postmaster of this village. Cynthia married John R. Green, who is now a farmer at Ridgway, Kansas, and was several years postmaster at that place. Lucy married Manley Canfield, and died in Penn Yan in 1857, leaving two children. Jackson married a wife in Olean and lives in Allegany county. Mariette married the present year, William Knapp of Carbondale, Kansas….

List of aged Persons
Ludlow E. Lapham, Esq., has handed us the following list of persons born as early as 1800 or previously:

Armstrong, John1794
Ackley, Samuel1794Died January 31, 1874
Anderson John1796Died March 7, 1874
Anderson, Hixon1794
Allen, Col. Samuel1800
Allen, Mrs. Samuel1799
Aspell, Widow William1800
Ackley, Mrs. Samuel1799
Adams, Chauncey----
Ayres, Mrs. Andrew1799

Brown, mother of Henry of Torrey,
died March 1 1779
Brown, Widow Peter1781
Bates, Mrs. Sarah (Rushville)1788Died March 6, 1874
Bates, Linus, Benton1794
Bennett, David J.1790
Barnes, Henry1789
Beeman, Chauncey (Italy)1797
Beers, Mrs. Ashbel1794
Bassett, Allen (Barrington)1796
Bates, Mrs. Mary1787
Burton, Mary1793
Brown, Alfred, Penn Yan1798
Benham, George1798
Barden, George, Benton1788
Barden, Mrs. George, Benton1789
Beard, Lewis N., Torrey1794
Beard, Mrs. Lewis1796
Buell, Samuel, Penn Yan1800
Benedict, Thomas, Jerusalem1785
Bush, Dr. Winans1799
Best, John1798

Chamberlain, Widow Henry1787
Card, Mrs. John1798
Conklin, Widow Samuel1797
Crosby, Celia1794
Critson, Anna, Jerusalem1789Died February 19, 1874
Cleveland, Dr. John L., Geneva1793
Chissom, Mrs. Moses1781
Coons, John A.1790
Carr, James R.1796
Coggins, James, Penn Yan1796
Crozier, Adam, Benton1797Died March 8, 1874
Corey, Joseph, Jerusalem1790
Cornwell, Widow Dr. William1800
Castner, Mrs. Adam, Torrey1784
Corey, Christopher, Penn Yan1799
Clark, Achsa, Torrey1790
Curtis, Mrs. Samuel F.1797
Cole, Warner, Potter1797
Crosby, Mrs. Abby, Benton1794
Cowing, Mrs. Caleb, Starkey1782
Christie, James, Middlesex----
Chapman, Widow Heman1795
Cowing, Caleb, Starkey1790
Crouch, Artemus, Italy1792
Chase, Mr. ---, Barrington1790
Cadmus, John, Potter1790
Cole, Mrs. Smith M.1795

Dikeman, Dorcas1793
Drake Philip1797
Decker, Widow ---, Benton1799
Dorman, Widow Gilbert1779
Dutton, Thomas, Benton1780
Dorman, John1800
Davis, John, Starkey1798
Dwelle, Jarvis----
Dyckman, John1799

Edmunds, Mrs. Aaron, Benton1798
Eldred, Beriah1796
Ellis, Widow Jacob1797
Evans, Mrs. ---, Jerusalem1795

Finton, Joseph S.1800
Fitzwater, Thomas1792
Francisco, Michael, Rushville1790
Fish, Dillis, Barrington1798Died in February, 1874
Frost Joseph1790

Goundry, Frank1799
Goundry, Cornelius1794
Gordon, David, Potter----
Gleason, J.H.1799
Gould, Mrs. Margarett1779

Hollett, Widow Lydia1789
Hall, John Jr.1787
Hall, Mrs. John1797
Henderson, David1798
Henderson, Isabel1796
Hatmaker, Dr. John1794
Harris, James1794
Heltibidal, George, never sick1792
Herrick, Widow Nathan1785Died March 22, 1874
Havens, Widow Joseph1781
Hyatt, James, Benton1783
Hatmaker, Mrs. John1800
Hobart, Baxter1794
Hobart, Walter1798
Hobart, Joseph L.1796
Huntington, Hon. James, Starkey1798
Hanford, Uriah1799
Harpending, Mrs. Samuel1779
Hazard, Jona. J.1799
Hunt, George1796
Hunt, Mrs. George1798Died February 11, 1874
Hopkins, Mrs. Elisha G.1798
Hewson, Mrs. Fisher W.1799
Hill, Mrs.---, Penn Yan1794
Hammond ----, Penn Yan1794
Higly, Mrs. Lydia1798
Hackett, Mrs. Jacob1789
Hobson, George1798

Jayne, Margarett1794
Jillett, Mrs. Samuel1800

Kearny, Elizabeth1799
Kingsly, Mrs. Elsie1791
Kelsey, Gillett1797
King Daniel1794
Ketchum, Mrs. Joseph S., Barrington1790
Ketchum, Mrs. Joseph, Benton1798
Kidder, Samuel1796
Kidder, Cyrus1794
Knox, Mrs. Judge1799

Long, Joseph1789
Lawrence, Widow Mary1788
Larzelere, Henry1796
Lewis, Anthony, Benton1794
Lewis, ----, Potter Center1794
Lane, Isaac1794
Lane, Abram1792
Lafler, William1796
Lunn, Joseph1799
Lewis, Samuel T.1784

Mittower, Mrs. Catharine1796
McAlpine, Andrew, Benton1798
Mosher, Davidson1794
McAuley, James1800
McDowell William1792
Mosher, Widow Rachel1788
Mellius, Teal1791
Mariner, Mrs. Buell1786
May, Mr., May’s Mill1797
McMaster, David J., Potter----
Munger, Delanson1799
Moon, ----, Sherman’s Hollow1794
McMaster, Mrs. James (col.)1790
Mitchell, William L.1797
Martin, Garrett1799

Norcott, John, Penn Yan1787
Norris, Thomas H.1795
Nutt, Henry, Torrey1794
Nutt, Mrs. Henry, Torrey1796

Orr, Mrs. ---1798
Ovenshire, Mrs. ---, Barrington1786

Perry, Amos1797
Payne, Mr. John1797
Purdy, Isaac S.1793
Perry, James, Himrods1779
Pulver, Henry S.1796
Peckins, Elipha1795
Payne, John, Potter1794
Pulver, Widow J.P.1791
Pratt, John1797
Pembroke, Mrs. John1795
Perkins, Simeon1798

Raymond, Stephen1796
Rector, William, Benton1783
Raplee, Mrs. Amarillis1787
Raplee, Mr. Nehemiah1799
Rose, Mrs. ----1795
Rugar, Moses L.1799
Ryal, Anthony B.1798
Reynolds, Joseph1798
Remer, Joseph, Dresden1792
Raplee, Mrs. Daniel1799
Rice, John, with B. Sherman1797
Root, William1799

Sloan, John1796
Sloan, Mrs. John1795
Squier, Nathaniel1800
Snyder, Mrs. Peter I.1787
Stanton, Widow Mary1799
Spink, George1790
Swartz, Peter1797
Stoddard, Benjamin1798
Sherman, Bartleson1797
Schofield, Aaron1797
Smith, John1799
Squires, Mrs., with James Smith1794
Southerland, Mrs. Alexander1790
Sands, Nathaniel1797
Shutts, Mrs. ----1794
Smith, widow of Daniel, Italy1794
Stout, John1799
Swarthout, Widow Ezekiel1786

Tuell, Melzer, Penn Yan1796
Tinklepaugh, John1796
Tinklepaugh, Anna1800
Townsend, Manchester1798
Turner, Phebe, Potter1798
Taylor, Mrs. William1798
Turner, William1794

Voak, Mrs. James1784
Voak, Abram1793
Voak, James1787Died March, 1874

Wells, George1798
Weaver, Solomon D.1797
Winants, Mrs. Luther1793
Wolcott, Dr. Walter1792
Wixom, Joel1798
Wyman, Mrs. Samuel1786
Weare, Mrs. Gilbert1784
Warren, Caleb, Barrington1797
Wheeler, Ephraim1797
Wixom, Mrs. Sarah1799

Yost, Mrs. Patience1794
Youngs, Mrs. Russel1781
Youngs, Benjamin1794
Youngs, Mrs. Benjamin1798
Youngs, Mrs. George1797

Died at Gaylordsville, Conn., March 11, 1874, David Ritton, youngest brother of the late Mrs. Ephraim Merritt, aged seventy-four years. This gentleman was uncle to the Merritt brothers of Chubb Hollow, and of Mrs. H.M. Lewis of Milo. ---N.A. DePew, Milo center, March 23, 1874

We deeply regret to learn of the death on Saturday last of Capt. George W. Nares of Geneva. Captain Nares was a young man of worth, and his death is a serious public loss.

The Lyons Republican records the death of a pioneer citizen of that village, Michael F. Vanderbilt, at the age of eighty-eight years.

Daniel L. Lum, a long abiding resident of Geneva, died in that place last Thursday, aged seventy-six years. He was an honorable merchant and a good man.

Married March 18th, by the Rev. M. Livermore, at the Second Baptist Church in Milo, Mr. James M. Clark of Torrey, to Miss Nannie A. Swarthout of the former place….

Died in Cleveland, Ohio, on Monday, March 18, 1874, Kate Almy, wife of Martin Mosher, aged twenty-six years. The body of the deceased was brought to Penn Yan for burial, and the funeral took place on Saturday last.

2 April 1874

On Thursday evening of last week, Mrs. Polly Torrey, mother of S.H. and R.S. Torrey, Esqs., widow of Hiram Torrey, deceased, died at the residence of her son, Hon. S.H. Torrey, Esq., in the seventy-fifth 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. —Geneva Courier

The wife of Mr. Michael Patterson, residing on Phelps street in this village, gave birth to three children—two girls and a boy—on Wednesday morning last…. The trio were christened on Wednesday. Their names are Anna, Mary and Charles. —Ontario Co. (Canandaigua) Journal.


Died in this village on Monday evening last, Mrs. Almira Glann, in the 66th year of her age. Funeral took place yesterday morning at 11 o’clock at her late residence at the head of Main st. The deceased was born at Ballston, Saratoga county, in 1808. She was married to John Mather and resided at Albany some time, but for the last forty-two years in this county. Her husband died in Benton a few years ago, and deceased again married Mr. John Glann of said town, and removed to this village. Last May, Mr. Glann died and now his wife has followed him. Mr. and Mrs. Glann were highly respected by all that knew them.

9 April 1874

Died at his home in Potter on Friday, February 20th, 1874, James Voak, at the age of eighty-three years, one month and four days. This aged citizen came with his parents at the age of five years in 1796 to the place where he subsequently lived more than three-fourths of a century…. [He] was a son of John Voak and Rachel Dyer his wife, …the second of three children and was born January 16, 1791, in the town of Hardwick, Sussex county, N.J. His parents settled in the midst of the dense forest at the place since known as the Voak settlement in 1796, locating on west lot 9 in what is now Potter, then the District of Canandaigua; the town of Augusta not having yet been organized… In 1817 he married Rebecca Hall, daughter of James Hall, another pioneer of that locality. She was born near the same place, March 15, 1800, and survives her venerable consort…. He and his worthy wife had four children—Ellen, Huldah D., Isaac D., and John. The latter born in 1827 is an esteemed citizen residing on the paternal homestead. Ellen, born in 1819, married Harmon Stiles of Potter and resides at Fredonia. Huldah D. born in 1820, married Hiram U. Reynolds of Benton and resides at Foreston, Ill. Isaac D., born in 1822, married Margaret Scott of the town of Seneca, who died leaving three children. Loren D., the oldest, holds an important railway position at Toledo, Ohio. John Voak the pioneer and his wife were natives of New Jersey. Both reached the age of eighty-one, she dying in 1845, and he in 1849. Abraham Voak his brother preceded him two years in his settlement, locating on lot 94 in Benton where Jeremiah Slaughter now resides. …John Voak’s nearest neighbors were Abraham Voak and David Southerland, each a mile and a half distant…. The children of John Voak were Lydia, James (the subject of this notice), Abraham, Isaac, Sarah, Samuel, Joseph, Mary, John and Josiah. Mary and John died young. Lydia born in 1789 married Rev. Peregrine Hollet of Potter, settled on a part of the homestead and survives, a widow at eighty-five. Abraham, born in 1793, married Patty Payne of Potter, and they had six children, all of whom are scattered in the west. Isaac, born in 1795, married Beersheba Payne of Potter. He died in 1834, leaving four children. His widow married Benjamin Hollet. Sarah, born in 1797, married John Payne of Potter. He was a merchant at Prattsburg, afterwards a farmer near the old homestead in Potter. They had four children. Joseph, born in 1800, married first Abigail Walling of Potter, and second Martha Owen of Rushville. Two children were born of each marriage. Josiah, born in 1809, married Lucretia, daughter of Stephen Wyman of Potter. They reside in Benton. They had five children.

Died at his home in Jerusalem on Thursday morning, April 2, John Dorman, aged nearly sixty-eight years. [His] grandfather was John Dorman one of the first residents of Penn Yan… His wife was Sybil Gilbert… His oldest son Aaron Gilbert Dorman married Experience, daughter of Isaiah Youngs of Milo and sister of the late George Youngs… They lived a few years in Livingston county, afterwards some time at Dresden and finally moved to Jerusalem where he died many years ago, leaving nine children, among whom was John Dorman, the subject of this notice. The widow is still living, having for many years resided with her son John, just deceased. She was ninety-six years old in January last, and is perhaps the oldest person in the county… She was probably a native of New Jersey, from whence her father Isaiah Youngs moved in 1802 when he settled in this town. John Dorman her son married Aurilla, daughter of Edward Briggs of Jerusalem, and resided through life on the homestead farm in Jerusalem… He had eight children, several of whom still reside in Jerusalem. His daughter Mary is the wife of Wm. C. Davis of Jerusalem, and his son George has resided in the past four years on the homestead, and the youngest son Adelbert resides there at the present time.

The body of a drowned man was found in the river at Seneca Falls on the 28th ult., which upon identification proved to be that of John Felber who suddenly disappeared from Waterloo on the 22d of Jan. last. He was a German of the age of thirty-three.

Chillion Headley, a citizen of Dundee, died early on Sunday morning last, aged seventy-four years, four months and seven days…

Married at the home of the bride in Benton on Thursday, April 2, by Rev. A.C. Mallory, Mr. Perry Dains of Penn Yan and Mrs. Frances Hoos of Benton.

Branchport—We have had considerable sickness during the latter part of the winter, and two deaths of young children. An infant child of Simeon Wagener, and the only son and child of Clark Benedict, have departed to the better land.

Mrs. Filetta Crisfield was buried from the church here last Sabbath…. The very sudden death of her son Charles about a year ago was a severe shock…


16 April 1874

Keziah Drake, aged 81 years, died in Palmyra recently.

The Prattsburg News records the death of Mr. Dan Edson of that town who had resided there since 1806. He was in his ninetieth year.

John Dorman, whose decease we noticed last week, was born June 16, 1806, the day of a great total eclipse of the sun. The people who remember that eclipse are becoming few and scattering. A few years ago they were quite numerous.

Married at the residence of the bride in Penn Yan, April 8th, by Rev. O.M. Peters, Mark H. Dunham and Mrs. Louise Shearer….

Died at his home in Jerusalem on Saturday, April 11, 1874, James Peckens, aged seventy-three years. …He was one of the children of David Peckens and Experience Pierce his wife, who emigrated in 1810 from Massachusetts to this county, settling on what was then known as the Seeley farm in Jerusalem. Of the eleven children of these parents, Elipha Peckens still remains a resident of Benton, now nearly eighty years of age. James Peckens, the subject of this notice, married Matilda Briggs of Marcellus. They settled in Jerusalem near Sabintown where they have ever resided.— They had nine children, of whom seven survive.

Recently married at the home of the bride, by Rev. Moses Livermore, Tilden Semans to Mary Matthews, all of Starkey.

Died in Pulteney April 8th, 1874, Abigail wife of John Waterous in her sixty-first year. [She] was a daughter of Samuel Barnes of Jerusalem… Her brothers and sisters were Daniel, James, George, Mary Ann, Rosetta, Almira. Samuel Barnes died Nov. 8th, 1861. His relict died at the house of a daughter living in Benton in the year 1868, as we are informed. Abigail Barnes was married to Lewis Finch on Feb. 22d, 1832. Their children were Daniel W., Almira, Samuel Leander and Rachel Ann. Lewis Finch died April 2d, 1842 aged thirty-one years. Abigail his widow, at the age of nearly thirty-nine years, was thus left with four children the eldest of scarcely nine years and the youngest less than two years old. She remained a widow thirteen years—on May 28th 1855 she was united in wedlock to John Waterous who had also lost the companion of his youth a number of years before. They have since resided in the towns of Jerusalem and Pulteney. Mr. John Waterous will be seventy-five years old on the twenty-ninth of July next. Almira daughter of Lewis and Abigail Finch is the wife of Roswell Clark, residing in Pulteney. Ward Finch married Alice, daughter of Jas. DeKay in 1867, and they also live in Pulteney. …

Mrs. Hannah Cleveland, relict of  E.W. Cleveland, died Friday morning April 10th…She had reached the ripe age of 79 years… --Naples Record

We learn that a very sad affair happened in Tyrone on the 2d inst. Mr. Abel Halleck, who resided on the road leading from this village to Wayne, was found dead in his barn about one o’clock p.m. of that day… He is reported to us to have been about 51 years old, a farmer well to do in life, pleasantly situated and respected. His wife was the widow of the late Charles Bodine, and she is left in widowhood again with the care of five children, two as the fruit of her first marriage, and three by her late husband…. —Dundee Record

Died in Reading on the 1st inst., …Mrs. Lorinda Skiff, wife of Mr. Russell Skiff aged 72 years 1 month and 22 days. Her maiden name was Noteware. She was born in Great Barrington, Mass., Feb. 9, 1802. In the early part of the year 1823 she was married to Mr. Abner Skiff, and in June of that year they emigrated to this country and first settled in what was then Wayne, now Barrington, on the farm now owned by the family of the late Robert Robson. The following winter they removed to Reading now Starkey, and purchased the farm now occupied by Mr. Theodore F. Holden…They became the parents of seven children, three sons and four daughters… In 1853 Mr. Skiff departed this life…She remained a widow one year when she married Mr. Russel Skiff of Reading Center, a brother of her first husband and a widower… --Dundee Record



23 April 1874

The Schuyler county papers record the death of Judge John Crawford of the town of Dix, in his seventy-ninth year. The Judge was a noted pioneer in his town and long one of its foremost men.

Died in Benton on Sunday April 19, 1874, Mrs. Anna Youngs, widow of Russel Youngs, aged ninety-two years and four months…. She was one of the little colony of Coles, Hulls and Buells who came to settle in the forests of No. Eight in 1792. She was a daughter of Samuel Buell, Sr., and a half sister of Cyrus Buell, father of the late David H. Buell. She was eleven years old when her family came to Benton… At the age of twenty, in 1801, she married Russel Youngs. The marriage ceremony was performed by James Parker… Her husband died in 1832 leaving six children. One of them is Mrs. Ezekiel Clark of Jerusalem, and another is Mrs. Samuel H. Chapman, with whom she has made her home for many years….

William Y. Hulse a well known citizen of Jerusalem, died on Friday last, April 17th, at the age of sixty-five years. Mr. Hulse has been about twenty-five years a citizen of Jerusalem and was for several years Keeper of the County Poor House, in which position he was capable and efficient.

Mr. Manchester Townsend, an aged citizen residing near Milo Centre died on Wednesday, April 15th, 1874. His father Hezekiah Townsend was one of the pioneers of the Friend’s Settlement and long a Justice of the Peace during the early years of the present century.

Died in Sardinia, Erie County, March 19, 1874, Mr. Bela Colegrove aged nearly seventy-seven years… His widow is well known in this vicinity, formerly Mrs. Adelaide G. Sprague and a daughter of Abraham H. Bennett.

Mrs. Sarah Morehouse, the first white person in the village of Geneva—Nov. 27, 1793—died at her home in that village on the 10th inst. —Seneca Falls Reveille

As Geneva had been a trading post quite a number of years when this lady was born, and for more than four years had been a point of importance for the settlers of the Phelps and Gorham purchase, quite a place indeed; it is hardly probable that she was the first white child born there.

Died in this village on the evening of the 11th inst. of Bright’s disease of the kidneys, Mr. Chester Andrews, son of Mr. Allen Andrews, aged 45 years. He was unmarried and leaves but few relatives in this part of the country. —Dundee Record

Died at Avon, April 11th, 1874, aged 48 years and months [sic], Hannah wife of Clayton Whitmore, a worthy citizen of Avon. The deceased was born at Middlesex in 1825, and was a daughter of the old pioneer, Deacon William Search, still hale and hearty. —Rochester Union

Died in Reading on the 4th inst., Mrs. Nancy Skinner, aged about 54 years. We are informed she was a daughter of Col. John Starkey, who was an early merchant here when this town was a part of Reading. He was a Justice of the Peace in this town and it was from him the town was named. The remains were brought here and deposited in Hillside cemetery, thus coming home to her native town to find her final resting place. —Dundee Record.


30 April 1874

Died in Italy Hollow on Friday night, April 17th, Mrs. Cornelia Williamson, aged 75 years, 2 months and 15 days. Mrs. Williamson, whose maiden name was Cornelia Kip, was born in Mindon, Montgomery Co., February 2, 1799. She married James G. Williamson at Johnstown, February 12, 1820, and they removed to Italy Hollow about 1828. Her husband died in this place April 4, 1842, aged 49 years. Of the family seven children are now living—Julia Ann wife of Alfred Decker of Gorham; Catharine E., wife of W.R. Webster; Elizabeth, wife of Joseph Robson; Henry K. and Cornelia of Italy Hollow; Esther M. wife of Charles Robson; and R. Frank Williamson now residing in Illinois….

Died in Orange, Schuyler county, Helen, only daughter of Rev. J.T. Otis, formerly of Starkey, aged three years. This is a second loss by these parents of a lovely child.

Died in Barrington on the 18 inst., of cancer, Miss Samantha Porter, eldest daughter of the late Thomas Porter, aged 59 years. …For several years she has resided in Penn Yan with her uncle Martin Holmes, whose invalid wife she attended till her decease. Since then she has resided with or in the family of Farley Holmes…. —Dundee Record

Rushville — died in this village April 19th, 1874, Mrs. Sarah Ann Hobart aged 89 years. [She] was born in Lynn, Connecticut, April 19th, 1785; her maiden name was Chadwick. She came to Dresden, Yates county, about 70 years ago, to visit two elder married sisters named Brown… While teaching a school in Potter, she became acquainted with her future husband, Mr. John Hobart, and was married to him November 17th, 1810 in Rushville…Mr. Hobart died at their residence near this village October 15th, 1860. They had ten children, eight are living; two daughters—Mrs. Beerman and Mrs. Verselius—reside in this village, another daughter in Pennsylvania, and four sons and a daughter in the western states. Her son, Mr. Orville Hobart, of Grass Lake, Mich., and her two daughters here, were with her during her last illness…. —Naples Record