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Vital Records Extracted from the Yates County Chronicle

Editor: Stafford C. Cleveland

June-July 1868

4 June 1868



Married in Watkins May 2, 1868, by Rev. Dennis English, Mr. John E. Neary and Miss Mary N. Lathrop, all of Penn Yan.

Our community has been startled by the sudden death of one of our most prominent citizens, Mr. W.W. Hartshorn. The deceased was born in Otsego county, New York, September 23, 1806. At the age of ten years he moved to Yates county, where he resided until the spring of 1855, when he removed to Michigan, where he resided until his death….—Wolverine (Genesee Co, MI) Citizen

11 June 1868

Died in Geneva on Sabbath morning last, Charlotte, wife of Wm. T. Scott, Esq., aged 51 years. The deceased was a daughter of the late Samuel Wise of this place….

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. C. Joy celebrated their tin wedding on Tuesday evening, June 2….

Died in this village on Friday the 5th instant, Mrs. Isabella Woodworth, wife of Gen. Abner Woodworth, aged 76 years. Mrs. Woodworth and her still more aged consort, who survives her, lived a wedded life of 52 years…. The General…is now 82 years old….

Rev. Ira Brown, whose death is announced in this paper, came here in the spring of 1854 and purchased half of the Sun printing office of “Brick” Pomeroy, which had been a few months established….—Corning Journal.

Mr. Brown, it seems, died on the 3rd instant. He will be remembered by many citizens of Penn Yan. It was here that he started the “Primitive Christian,” which was printed in our office for several months. He was 63 years old at the time of his death. His son, Frank B. Brown, is still the editor of the Corning Democrat….

One day the latter part of last week, Mr. L.C. Wisewell of Rushville was riding out with his wife near that village, and stopped at a watering trough by the roadside to water his horse. Passing the reins over the dashboard, he stepped out of the buggy, unchecked the horse, and stood near while the animal was drinking. A little dog carried in the buggy at this moment raised up and barked. This so frightened the horse and it sprang with such violence that before Mr. Wisewell could seize him he was beyond his reach. After running some distance with great fury, Mrs. Wisewell was thrown out and almost instantly killed by the dislocation of her neck. The horse was soon after stopped, and very little other damage was done. It is seldom that a more affecting casualty than this is heard of.

18 June 1868

Mr. Stephen B Cushing, whose sudden death we announced yesterday, was a member of the New York Legislature from Tompkins county, in 1852, and was elected Attorney General in 1855. After serving in that capacity for two years he settled in the practice of law.—The immediate cause of his death was inflammation of the brain. The remains will be sent to Ithaca this morning.—New York Sun, June 12.


We are pained to learn that a younger brother of Charles S. Baker, Esq., late of this village and now of New York, was suddenly killed last Sunday at Bergen, by being thrown out of a carriage by a runaway horse.

25 June 1868

2 July 1868

We are pained to learn of the death of a daughter of Mr. Fairchild, of the Ovid Bee, at Geneva on Monday of last week….

9 July 1868


A child of Robert Laughlin of Hammondsport, on Wednesday of last week, accidentally fell into a tub of water and was drowned. It was about two years of age.

Gen. Abner Woodworth died at his residence in this village on Friday last, at the advanced age of 83 years…. Gen. Woodworth was born in Connecticut and came with his father to what is now the town of Benton in the year 1800, at the age of 15 years. He afterwards owned a handsome farm in Benton, now the property of John Merrifield, Esq., and for 28 years in succession held the office of Justice of the Peace…. In the war of 1812 he served as a captain…. He served one term as County Clerk, being the first Whig elected to that office in Yates county….

16 July 1868

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. E. Pindar of Italy Hollow celebrate their 25th anniversary of married life on Monday evening, August 3.

23 July 1868

Mr. Ira Brown, a well to do farmer in the town of Romulus, committed suicide on Monday morning last, by hanging himself in a neighbor’s barn. He was a man about 52 years of age, and, it is stated, had of late exhibited symptoms of insanity. He leaves a wife and two children.—Seneca Falls Reveille

James Barry, an employe on the Erie Railroad living at Hornellsvile was killed at Cameron on the 16th instant. He fell from the car while in motion, and the wheels passed over his head, killing him instantly.

The death of Henry C. Welles, a prominent business man and respected citizen of Waterloo, is announced. It took place Thursday morning, 7th instant, after a brief illness, of inflammation of the brain. His age was 42 years.

Mr. David Bruner, of the Orleans American, and Mr. C.O. Beach of the Orleans Republican, died at their homes last week. Mr. Beach had suffered a long time from consumption, which caused his death. Mr. Bruner died from the same disease.

We learn of the death of a laboring man employed on the farm of Henry Rose near Branchport, from the effects of sunstroke, on Wednesday last. He had been engaged in the fields during the day, was taken violently ill and died the same day. We were unable to learn his name.

On Monday of last week, Sherman S., a little son of Olney J. Paddleford of Canandaigua, was drowned in a pit excavated for the clay, used for making tile, at the rear of his father’s tile yard. The pit was six feet deep and filled with water from the rain of the week previous.

Cornelius Sawyer, an old pioneer and soldier of 1812, died at his residence in Middlesex on the 8th instant. Mr. Sawyer had resided in the vicinity of his place of residence at the time of his death for upwards of seventy years. He had attained the advanced age of 79 years and 9 months.

D.H. Devoe, a lawyer in Lyons, Wayne county, committed suicide by shooting himself through the head with a pistol, in the presence of his family. He lived until 8 o’clock in the evening in an unconscious state. His age was about forty years. He leaves a wife and three children.

Chas. E. Hardy, an old citizen of Ithaca, and for many years cashier of the Merchants’ and Mechanics’ Bank in that town, died at his residence on the 7th instant, after a brief illness….

Our citizens were deeply pained Tuesday evening to learn of the decease of Mrs. Wilkinson, wife of Mr. John Wilkinson, one of the druggists of our town….

Mrs. Ludlow, relict of Daniel Ludlow, and mother of William, John, and our townsman Rho D. Ludlow, and for many years a resident of Milo Center, died at that place on Thursday morning last, from the effects of sun-stroke…. She was quite an aged lady, upwards of seventy years….

Anna Boyle of Canandaigua, an elderly lady, died suddenly on the 15th instant, from the effects of the excessive heat.

A female domestic named Maria Moran, in the employ of Mr. Albert Granger of Canandaigua, was drowned in Canandaigua Lake on the 15th instant, while bathing. A young man named E.A. Hall, son of Thomas Hall of West Bloomfield, lost his life in New York city on Saturday night last, by falling from the roof of a building while asleep.

C. M. Harmon died in this village on Wednesday of last week, aged fifty-four years. He was born in Oswego county, New York, in 1814, and moved to Hornellsville in 1836….—Canisteo Valley Times