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Vital Records Extracted from the Yates County Chronicle

Editor: Stafford C. Cleveland

August - October 1868

6 August 1868


13 August 1868


Mr. Philemon Prindle, formerly of this place, died at West Chazy, Jefferson Co., on the 26th ult., at the age of 62.

Mr. Robert Henry, one of the pioneers of the Seneca lake country…died at North Hector on Monday morning of last week, at the advanced age of 80 years….

Died in Dundee Tuesday morning, August 11th, Wm H. Sawyer, aged 44 years. Mr. Sawyer was a native of Starkey…. About 10 years since he married the eldest daughter of Hon. Jas. Huntington. He leaves but one child, an infant namesake of three months….

Amasa Holden, an old veteran of the war of 1812, died at his residence in this village on Monday, the 10th instant, at about 10 o’clock, at the advanced age of 93 years…. He served with honor as a fife major during the war of 1812…. He was born in Greenfield, Massachusetts the year before the Declaration of Independence, and was therefore born a subject of Great Britain. He was for fifty years a resident of Penn Yan, and during the later years of his life was an inmate of the family of his son, Charles Holden.

20 August 1868

Died in Waterloo, Iowa, August 6, 1868, Maggie A., daughter of Joseph and Susan A. Jones, aged six months.

John Corcoran, an old resident of Corning, was murdered in that village on Tuesday night last, by a German named Goodheart.

Benjamin Franklin, Esq., of Winona, Minnesota, formerly of Havana, Schuyler county, died on Tuesday, the 11th instant, at his home in Minnesota. He was a brother of Judge Franklin of Ovid….

Died in this village on Monday morning the 17th inst., Lydia A., daughter of Hon. Ezekiel Casner, in the 29th year of her age.

27 August 1868


J.M. Hamlin was found dead in his son’s garden at Almond, Allegany county.

We have just received the painful announcement of the death by drowning of little Willie Squier, only son of the late Wm. D. Squier, of this place. As we are informed, the deceased had been playing near the lake at Branchport Tuesday afternoon and in some way accidentally fell in and was drowned….

3 September 1868

Francis Granger, a distinguished citizen of Canandaigua, and one of the old politicians of the Whig school, died last Friday, the 28th of August, at the advanced age of nearly 82 years…. He served in the Legislature and in Congress, and was a prominent leader in the Whig party until the Anti-Slavery agitation divided its ranks….

10 September 1868


Mr. Wm. Westcott, youngest brother of the editor of the Dundee Record, died at Rochester on the morning of the 24th of August.

Simeon Benjamin, one of the oldest and best citizens of Elmira, died a few days since, at an advanced age. Mr. Benjamin was one of the most energetic supporters of the construction of the Canandaigua and Elmira Railroad.

17 September 1868

Our obituary notices recorded the death at an advanced age of Jarvis Raymond, who for about eight years past has lived quietly among our people…. Previous to his removal to Detroit he had spent some years at Ypsilanti, but the best portion of his life was spent at Lima, N.Y…. He leaves as the inheritors of his good name three sons, of whom the eldest is Henry J. Raymond of the New York Times. The other two are S.B. Raymond of Rochester N.Y., and James F. Raymond of this . All of them were with him when he died. His aged wife also survives. The remains will be removed to Rochester for interment. —Detroit Post


John S. Swarthout, residing in the first election district of the Town of Hector, Schuyler county, committed suicide by hanging himself in his own barn, between the hours of 10 and 11 a.m., on the 4th instant.

24 September 1868


Died in Syracuse on the 18th instant, Bertie, only child of Walter H. and Mary Booth, aged six months.

Mrs. Cooley died in the village on Thursday last, after a lingering illness of consumption. She was a sister of the late Eli Sheldon….

An old resident of Yates county, and the last member of the old Lee family, James Lee, died at Milo Center at the residence of Robert Roberts, on Monday morning last, about three o’clock….

Miss Mary Miller, daughter of Jefferson Miller of Milo, whom we mentioned in a previous issue as being seriously injured by a fall at Dresden while picking cherries in the latter part of July, was conveyed to her home on Friday last, where she goes to die, all hope of her recovery having been given up….

Mr. Luther Steward, of Howard, Steuben county, a young man twenty-six years of age who had been an invalid for some five years, arrived at Crystal Spring last evening (Sept 10)….This morning he arose and walked to the spring…remained there a short time and walked back to the hotel. He was seized with a fit of coughing…carried into the house…and died in a few minutes. His mother and aunt were present to witness the sad event. —Dundee Expositor

On Thursday of last week Capt. Jonathan Spencer, residing near Milo Center, while in the woods chopping, was stung by a bee at the back of his neck…. Medical assistance was procured, and we learn that Mr. Spencer has been rendered comfortable, although still in a critical condition.

1 October 1868

Wm. Hess of Bath committed suicide last week by taking morphine. He had lately been a patient in the Inebriate Asylum at Binghamton.

Capt. Spencer…whom we mentioned last week as having been stung by a bee, died on Sunday morning last at 8 o’clock, from the effects of the poison…. He was an old gentleman – 77 years of age – and much respected.



8 October 1868

The Des Moines (Iowa) papers mention the death, by consumption, of Mrs. Seneca C. Goodwin, formerly of Milo, residing for some years at the foot of Keuka lake.

We are pained to learn of the death of Miss Emily Spencer, sister of N.B. Spencer, late of the Penn Yan Democrat, which occurred in Galva, Illinois, on Saturday afternoon last…. She died at the home of her uncle, Mr. Ford….

Mrs. Potter, the wife of Samuel Potter, Esq., died at this place on Friday, about 12 o’clock m.,…

15 October 1868

Howell Cobb, who was Buchanan’s Secretary of the Treasury and a leading rebel, died very suddenly in New York last Friday.


Died In Penn Yan Oct. 2, 1868, Mrs. Mary A. Potter, wife of Samuel J. Potter, Esq., aged 59 years.

22 October 1868


At the residence of the bride’s father Oct. 13, by Rev A.C. Mallory, Mr. Geo. B. Barden of Seneca, and Miss Retta S. Johnson of Gorham

On Tuesday, Oct. 13th, at St Mary’s church, Keyport N.J. by the Rev. Telfair Hodgson, S.H. Slaught of Watkins N.Y., and Louise, daughter of the late Eli Botsford of Keyport.

At the residence of the officiating clergyman, by Rev. Mr. Hudson Oct. 5th, 1868, Mr. Henry L. Griswold of Naples, and Miss Nettie Durham of Branchport.


Mr. William H. Watson of this village was married on the 17th instant at Geneva, to Mrs. Rallie A. Van Tuyl, daughter of of W.F. Leaman, Esq., of Geneva.

Wm T. Reeder, formerly Sheriff of Chemung county and for many years proprietor of Haight’s Hotel, Elmira, died on Tuesday night of week before last.

The wife of our young friend A. Tiffany Norton, editor of the Livingston Republican, died at Geneseo on Friday last. She had been an invalid for two years past…. —Rochester Chronicle

Miss Mary Miller, who was not long since carried home in a helpless condition resulting from injuries received in a fall at Dresden, is, we are happy to learn, in a fair way to recover….D.

Died in Penn Yan, October 19, 1868, Daniel Sanford, aged 69 years and five days….The deceased was born in Newtown, Conn., and came to the town of Jerusalem in this county 44 years ago, and moved to Penn Yan 14 years later….

29 October 1868


Died in this village on Thursday evening, October 22d, Abner Bridgman, aged 68 years. Mr. Bridgman had been for about 50 years a resident of Penn Yan…. He was a native of Massachusetts….