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Vital Records Extracted from the Yates County Chronicle

Editor: Stafford C. Cleveland

May - August 1870

5 May 1870

The venerable Mrs. Lee, consort of the late Hon. Gideon Lee, died in New York on Saturday last, of injuries sustained by a fall…. Her remains were brought to Geneva, and interred on Wednesday last, beside those of her well-remembered and honored husband—the spot marked by the most commanding monument which adorns Washington Street Cemetery. —Their former home near Geneva was at the “White Springs Farm,” now the residence of J. O. Sheldon, Esq. —Geneva Gazette

12 May 1870

Mrs. Mary J., wife of Edwin Lamport, Esq., died in the town of Benton, April 13th, 1870, aged 43 years….

Edwin Hough the founder of the Hornellsville Tribune, died in that village on the third inst., at the age of 61.

Mr. B.F. Beers whose death was noticed a short time since by a Louisville paper, was from Jerusalem, and a son of Ashbel Beers, an old and now deceased resident of that town.

19 May 1870

Died in Jerusalem, April 16th, of consumption, Mrs. Margaret Turner, aged 71 years, 11 months and 22 days. The deceased was born in Greenbush, Rensselaer county, N.Y., April 23, 1798, and was married to David Turner, who survives her, Nov. 22d, 1812. Early in 1815 they removed to Benton, where they remained 3 years. In April 1818 they removed to the western part of the town of Jerusalem, where they purchased a farm, which till her death was 52 years her home. The farm was a portion of what was and is still called “the Green Tract,” an estate of 4,000 acres purchased in 1816 by Messrs. Henry and Oren Green from the State of Connecticut; the land having been held by that State as a “School fund.” … She was the mother of seven children, of whom six survive her. Two were sons. The eldest, Reuben, and the youngest David H. are married and live near what was their mother’s home. Her eldest daughter Mrs. Marie Knapp, born in Benton, is now living in Dundee…. Mrs. Turner’s name was Margaret Passage….

Died May 3, 1870, in the town of Jerusalem, Ezekiel Clark, infant son of Ezekiel and Sarah Ann Perry, aged sixteen months….

Died in Benton on Tuesday morning the 17th inst., after a severe illness of typhoid fever, Mrs. Mary D., wife of James M. Lown, and only surviving daughter of John Merrifield, Esq., at the age of thirty-one years. …

26 May 1870


    On Wednesday evening, May 18, at the residence of Peter S. Oliver, by Rev. David Magie, George A. Hanford and Mary C. Brown, all of this place

    On Wednesday evening, May 18, by Dr. J. E. Latimer, William H. Page, printer, and Miss Ella, daughter of George B. Kinner, all of this village.


    At Detroit, Mich., on Wednesday, 18th ult., in the 35th year of his age, George Wilson Rose, son of Hon. Robert L. Rose of Ontario Co.

Mr. Daniel Van Allen, one of our oldest citizens, died at his residence on Columbia Street yesterday afternoon. He was nearly eighty-two years of age. --Elmira Advertiser, May 20.

Mr. Van Allen, we believe, was formerly a prominent citizen of Yates County.

2 June 1870

There is now living in the town of Sparta a lady who, if she survives until a week from tomorrow (the 19th inst.) will have reached the great age of one hundred years. She is the widow of Cornelius Masten, a soldier of the Revolution. The husband was born in 1765 and died in June, 1850. The old lady was born May 19, 1770. Mrs. Masten resides with her daughter, Mrs. Clemens, who is 77…. Mrs. Masten is a niece (by marriage) of the noted Colonel Ethan Allen, of Ticonderoga fame…. She was married in February 1792, (her maiden name was Rowley,) and had eleven children, all of whom, with two exceptions are still living. She came to this region with her husband 52 years ago…. —Livingston Republican

Mark Lemon, one of the founders and editor of the London Punch, died recently in that city at the age of sixty-one.

William Clawson, a former resident of Benton, died recently at Harrisburg, Texas, at the age of forty-nine.

Dr Benjamin Shattuck, a botanic physician, died at Altay, Schuyler co., on the 17th of May, aged ninety-four years. He had lived in that vicinity fifty years.

The death of John A. Granger, a brother of Francis Granger, and long a leading citizen of Canandaigua, occurred on Wednesday of last week.

Daniel Van Allen, whose death occurred in Elmira a few days ago, was a resident of Starkey from 1832 to 1854, a period of twenty-two years. He died at the age of eighty-one. His wife died four years ago, after a married life of 58 years. Mr. Van Allen was fifty years a member of the Methodist Church.

9 June 1870

On Monday, May 23d, David Longcoy of Watkins, master of the boat Fred Davis, Jr., while navigating the canal, was struck and killed by lightning…. The body was taken on to Syracuse, and buried there. Mr. Longcoy owned a house and lot in this village and leaves we believe, several relatives still residents of this place…. —Watkins Express

Elder Jonathan Ketchum who was tenty-five years a minister of the Baptist faith, and most of the time pastor of the Barrington Church located at Wayne, was buried at that place the last Sunday in May. He was licensed to preach in 1820…. He was the father of Mrs. Sacket B. Wixom of Barrington.

Amos Perry, for forty years a resident of Jerusalem, died on the 4th inst. At the age of seventy years. He was a native of Massachusetts, and came to this county at the age of thirteen. He married, in 1823, Abigail, sister of Ezekiel Clark, and they settled in 1830 where they have since resided, north of the farm of Ezekiel Clark on lot 55…. His wife survives him at the age of seventy-three…. Their children are Samuel, Alma, Semantha, Mary Jane, Ezekiel C., and Elizabeth. Samuel married Mary, daughter of Peter J. Dinehart, and resides on a farm adjoining the homestead. Alma is the wife of George T. Millspaugh of Jerusalem. Samantha is the wife of Gardner Champlin of West Jerusalem. Mary Jane is the wife of Cyrenus Townsend of West Jerusalem. Ezekial C. married Sarah Ann, daughter of Isaac Adams of Jerusalem. They have one child, Anna Belt. Elizabeth is the wife of Daniel Playsted of Milo.—They have three children, Daniel, Frederic and Eva….

Died in this village on Friday morning, June 3, Mrs. Eliza McNair, relict of the late James McNair, at the age of seventy-eight years. She was born in Phildelphia in 1792. Her name was Eliza Kirk, and her parents were Quakers. She married James McNair in 1813, and they lived eighteen years in the county of Montgomery, Pa. From there they moved to Lodi, Seneca county, and removed to Penn Yan in 1856. Mr. McNair died here in 1867 at the age of eighty-one. They had six children. —The eldest was a daughter, Mary, who died at eighteen. Anna was the second wife of Joseph H. Beaumont and died in 1860 at the age of forty-five. Jane is the wife of William D. McNair of Sparta, Livingston Co. Elizabeth is the wife of William Stark, and Sarah is the wife of Lewis B. Graham of this village. A son died young….

16 June 1870

Died at Branchport on Friday, May 29th, 1870, Lydia L., wife of S.D. Weaver aged fifty-five years. Mrs. Weaver united with the Presbyterian church in 1833 at Hudson….

Mrs. Emily Gload, wie of John Gload, died in Pulteney, June 4th, at the age of nearly sixty-three years. She was a daughter of Benajah Andruss, formerly of Bluff Point. Two of her daughters married sons of Dr. Elisha Doubleday.

23 June 1870



30 June 1870

A man named Zimmerman, residing at Gorham, Ontario county, committed suicide a few days since by hanging himself to a rafter in the stairway of his own house. He was partially deranged, and at times morose and quarrelsome with his family.

Thomas Pugsley died at Little Falls, June 21st, at the age of 106, retaining his mental faculties to the last hour.

On Friday last distressing and fatal accident occured at Shortsville. The unfortunate victim was Michael O’Shaughnessy, a farmer residing in the town of Hopewell. As he was approaching the railroad near that village, his horse became frightened, running away and precipitating the occupant into the road, fracturing his skull and causing death almost instantly…. He was 65 years of age, of industrious habits, and generally respected. He leaves a wife and family to mourn his sudden demise. —Ontario Co. Times

The wife of Peter Laville of Clifton Springs was fatally burned by kerosene on Friday the 17th inst. A stand on which the lamp stood was accidentally upset by a little child.

George Champlin, formerly a resident of Tioga Co., Pa., and still earlier of Yates county, went west in May 1868, and was last heard from at Topeka, Kansas in May 1869. Letters directed to him at that place by his daughter Emma, residing in the family of John Dains in Jerusalem, come back to her through the dead letter office. She is extremely anxious to hear from him, and papers at the west are desired to copy this notice or its substance, so that he may, if living, be apprised that his eastern friends are extremely anxious concerning him.

7 July 1870

Gen. John M. Oliver, who was yesterday nominated by the President to be one of  the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia, has resided in Washington for a year past. He is a native of Michigan, and during the war, served in all the campaigns of the Army of the Tennessee. His appointment was urged by Gens. Sherman, Logan and Clark, the Michigan and Arkansas Senators, and others. —Tribune

Gen. John M. Oliver is not a native of Michigan, though for some time a resident there. He is a son of the late Hon. Wm. M. Oliver, of this village, and a brother of Hon. Andrew Oliver of Torrey.

Pomeroy Tucker, long a Democratic editor, died in his native village of Palmyra, a few days ago at the age of sixty-eight years. He learned the trade of printer in the first newspaper office in Palmyra, was a journeyman in the Messenger office at Canandaigua, when it was edited by Major M. M. Nash. He established the Wayne Sentinel at Palmyra in 1824 and edited that paper nearly forty years.

A brief announcement of the death of Nelson Tunnicliff of this village appeared in last week’s Democrat, but it does seem eminently fitting that a more extended notice of the deceased penned by a friend should be presented to the public. Mr. T. died on the morning of the 30th of June, after a protracted and painful illness, aged fifty eight years. He was one of the sons of John Tunnicliff, a substantial farmer of Herkimer county, N.Y. He came to Penn Yan at the age of 19 years, and entered the store of Mr. Eben Smith as a clerk…. He at length embarked in trade with Mr. John D. Stewart…. For many years the House of “Stewart and Tunnicliff” were the largest dealers in general merchandise at the old corner store….They had ware houses and a line of canal boats, and agencies all around Keuka lake…. His son Mr. George Tunnicliff arrived from his post at Albany on Wednesday, just in time to receive from his dying parent his cordial greeting and kind welcome. The other son, J.J. Tunnicliff, attorney at law at Galesburg, Illinois, came home on Friday, but his father had passed to his rest….. In addition to his two sons Mr. T. leaves a widow…. With his wife he had passed happily thirty-two years of his life. Of all her father’s family but one sister survives; the deceased also leaves a sister in Penn Yan….

Mr. Joseph McCain died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Bullock, in this village, on Sunday morning, July 3d, inst., aged 75 years…. He became a resident of the town of Barrington (then Wayne), more than fifty years ago, and there he spent the largest part of his life…. For a time he resided in Penn Yan, and was the keeper of the well known American Hotel…. After remaining here for three or four years, he returned to Barrington…. He was buried on Tuesday last in our cemetery…. COM.

Died in Jerusalem, on Monday, June 20th, Mrs. Rebecca Shattuck, widow of the late Sewall Shattuck of Jerusalem. She was a native of Berkshire county, Pa., and her maiden name was Updegraff. She was married in Jerusalem in 1820, at the age of twenty-eight. Two of her sisters, Rachel, the wife of Jonathan Davis, and Nancy, the wife of John Ingraham, came from Pennsylvania with the Friends in 1789. She and her sister Eleanor came together in a gig a few years later by themselves, while the road was still almost an unbroken wilderness, by way of Capt. Williamson’s road to Painted Post. Her father was Jacob Updegraff (or Updegrove) who was buried very early in the Friend’s burying ground in Jerusalem. She was the mother of three children, Darwin, Sewall E., and Sarah Mahala. Darwin is still a citizen of Jerusalem. Sewall E. is a prosperous physician at Hornellsville, and Sarah Mahala is the wife of John Townsend of Jerusalem….

George W. Horton for about forty years a citizen of Italy, and an industrious blacksmith, died very suddenly on Tuesday morning the 5th inst.

George R. Winants of Potter died very suddenly of heart disease at his residence near Rushville, June 30th, at the age of about seventy five years. His father, Jacob Winants, settled in East Benton, now Torrey, in 1800. He was from Dutchess county, and his wife was an aunt of Nathaniel P. Talmadge, at one time a U.S. Senator from New York. —There were eleven children in the family of Jacob Winants, of whom one was the late Luther Winants of this village. —Another was Asenath, wife of Col. Thomas Lee. George R. married Mary Swarthout of Barrington, daughter of Anthony Swarthout, Jr., who survives him. Their children are Mariette, wife of Timothy Blodgett of Potter, Martha J., wife of Henry Chesebro of Potter, and Edward J., who married Bell Noble of Detroit, a grand daughter of Col. Thomas Lee….

14 July 1870



Justus Ellis, proprietor of the Ellis House at Dundee died on Tuesday after a brief illness, at the age of sixty one….

Isaac Lane, born February 23, 1795, in the town of Potter, (then Augusta), claims to be the oldest man in Yates County, native to the County itself. —Can anybody dispute his claim? He was a soldier in the war of 1812, being just eighteen years old in 1813.

Rev. Father Hopkins, Catholic Priest at Elmira, died last Saturday in that city at the age of thirty-one. …

Mr. George Knapp brother of Oliver C. and William C. Knapp of this village was accidentally killed at Little Valley in Cattaraugus County, on Tuesday, July 5th…. His body was brought home by his brother Oliver, and buried in the Penn Yan Cemetery. The deceased was fifty-one years old, and the oldest son of James A. Knapp. His death is the first in a family on nine children. He was a native of this town and married Laney Rosekrans for his wife, and her sister Betsy for his second who survives him. He leaves one son by his first marriage, now about twenty years old….

21 July 1870

Mr. Pomeroy Tucker, whose death was recently announced, was the publisher of the first book of Mormonism thirty years ago, in Palmyra, where Mormonism first took root.


Mrs. Euphias Halsey, relict of the late [  ]coll Halsey, died at Ithaca, July 7th, in the 87th year of her age. She was the last of a little colony of men and women who left the Wyoming Valley, Pa., and Kingston, N.Y., in 1790 and settled in the midst of an unbroken wilderness where Ithaca now stands.

Jonathan Taylor, a prominent citizen of Barrington, died at his residence in that town on Monday the 18th inst., after a brief illness…at the age of sixty-seven or sixty-eight years. The father of Mr. Taylor was an early settler of the town of Milo, and he married in his youth a sister of Wm. McDowell, one of the oldest settlers in Jerusalem, afterwards residing in Milo. … He was the father of several children and leaves a widow, his second wife.

28 July 1870

The Seneca Falls Reveille says Mrs. Lucy Nichols, mother of Comptroller Nichols, died on Friday the 15th .inst., at Rushville, Yates county, at the age of eighty-six years.

Matthew Knapp, long a citizen of Barrington, and one of its early settlers, was buried we learn on Tuesday. His age we believe was eighty-eight years. He was one of the most prominent founders of a Free-Will Baptist church that formerly existed in Barrington, and was a highly esteemed citizen. Jesse C. Knapp of Barrington and Levi C. Knapp late of Barrington and now of Dundee are his sons.

David Longwell an aged citizen of Milo and the father of Mr. James C. Longwell of this village, while driving into this village on Tuesday morning, had the sad experience of a disastrous runaway. His horse took fright at the top of the hill near the residence of Deacon George W. Shannon, in consequence of some break in the harness. Running down the hill the buggy struck a tree by the road-side near the residence of Mr. Casner, and Mr. Longwell was thrown some distance out of the buggy and badly injured. One wrist was broken and his hip badly bruised. He was much stunned, and at last accounts was not likely to recover. Mr. Longwell is about ninety years old and the father of a numerous, prosperous and highly respected family. He is a native of Dutchess county, formerly resided in Urbana, Steuben county, and for the last ten or twelve years in this town.

4 August 1870

We hear…of the decease of William Ovenshire. One of the primitive settlers of Barrington, and the patriarch of the Methodist church in that town. He was born eighty-seven years ago in the State of Delaware. At the age of twenty he married Mary Cole about four miles below Newtown, and in the spring of 1806 settled in Barrington (then Wayne), and bought a farm now owned by Erasmus Wright. An Indian trail was then the only road along Big Stream. … Mr. Ovenshire married a second wife, Elizabeth Gibbs, in 1816, who survives him. He was the father of fifteen children by the two marriages….

Gen. John De Mott, of Lodi, Seneca county, died August 1st, in that place, aged eighty years. Gen. De Mott has filled a large space in the history of Seneca county. In former years and throughout most of his life, he was a merchant and produce dealer doing a very extensive business. In 1844 he was elected to Congress and served one term. He married in early life a daughter of Silas Halsey and sister of Jehiel H. Halsey of Lodi.

L.G. Townsend, for many years a leading and prominent business man at Big Stream, in Starkey, died a few days ago at the age of about seventy years. He has recently resided in Geneva and was buried there, although his death occurred at Paoli, Ill., about twenty-five miles from Chicago. He was from Connecticut and came to this section about 1829. He was a member of the Episcopal church.

11 August 1870


Jarvis Langdon, the great coal dealer of Elmira, was buried last Monday. He had been an active business man in Elmira at thirty-five years….

18 August 1870

David G. Farragut, Admiral of the U.S. Navy, died at Portsmouth, New Hampshire on Friday. He was sixty-nine years old and had been in the naval service since he was eleven or twelve….


Mr. Henry Struble, a citizen of Milo residing near Himrods, died on Tuesday at the age of about sixty years. He was a native of the town, a member of the Methodist church, and a good citizen. He was an uncle of Hanford Struble, Esq., the District Attorney of Yates county.

Mr. Edwin Knapp, son of Jesse C. Knapp of Barrington, died on Sunday the 7th inst., at the age of twenty-six, of Consumption. He was a soldier of the 126th Regiment and afterwards of the 179th.

The Rushville correspondent of the Rochester Chronicle says:-- “The venerable Job Pierce, the Christian patriarch of our town, is dead. At the close of a history which was contemporaneous with the wild deer and wolf that formerly roamed these hills, he has died amidst the surroundings of the highest social and agricultural advancement.

Dr. George A. Hewson died very suddenly at his residence in this village on Sunday morning, the 14th inst., at the age of forty-three years. He was a native of this village, and a son of the late Fisher W. Hewson. He studied medicine with Dr. Andrew F. Oliver, and received his diploma at the Geneva Medical College. He married Sabra, oldest daughter of the late John Ellsworth, who survives him.

25 August 1870

Rev. Terrence Keenan, Pastor of the Catholic Church at Seneca Falls, died very suddenly on Tuesday of last week. He was ill but a few hours….

Mr. John K. Phillips died very suddenly at his residence in this village on Monday last, at the age of 58 years. He had been somewhat unwell, but no immediately fatal results were feared. … Mr. Phillips was a native of Philipsburg, New Jersey, and was for many years a merchant in New Orleans. For several years past he has been a partner of Nathaniel R. Long, in this place, in the hardware trade. He leaves several children.

John M. Riley, former publisher of the Seneca County Sentinel, at Ovid, was killed at Chicago on the 4th instant. —In attempting to get on the platform of a car he slipped and fell. Two cars passed over his body by which he was so badly injured that he died in a few hours. He leaves a wife and a young son.

Mr. Robert Lockerby, of Alpine, aged 86 years, is a constant reader of the Express…. His wife, with whom he has lived nearly 62 years, is 84…. They were married by Elijah S. Hinman, father of Dr. Hinman, of Havana, in January 1809, on the premises now occupied by Charles Swartwood, and have ever since lived in that section. They have a worthy son in the person of Mr. Gabriel Lockerby, a bachelor…. —Watkins Express