[Vital records] [Extracts]

Vital Records Extracted from the Yates County Chronicle

Editor: Stafford C. Cleveland

November - December 1869

4 November 1869

A man by the name of Darius Allen, it is reported, was found dead in Auburn, from exposure. Does any one know whether it was Darius Allen, late of this village.

Married on Wednesday, Oct. 27th, at the residence of the bride’s father, by Rev. Philip Cowles of Branchport, Mr. Thomas Ellis of Unionville, N.Y., and Miss Florence H., daughter of Mr. Homer W. Dunn of Himrods.

11 November 1869

Zimri Griswold, an aged citizen of Jerusalem, was buried at Dresden on Monday last.

Died at Helena, Sept. 25th, 1869, Mrs. Abigail Northrop, sister of Benj. W. Dake, of Nunda, aged 75. At Nunda Oct 9th, Benj. W. Dake, aged 72. At Penn Yan, Oct. 21, Charles Dake, formerly of Nunda, and brother of B.W. Dake and Abigail Northrop, aged 85.

Aaron Hanley, a prominent citizen of Peach Orchard, in the town of Hector, Schuyler County, died at his residence in that place on Thursday the 4th inst., at the age of 66 years…. His parents were early settlers in Hector, commencing at Perry, near Trumansburg, in 1790, and on the Lake road, about two miles south of Peach Orchard, in 1810. Samuel Hanley, the father of the deceased, was a man of great energy of character and a leading man in his day. He was the father of a large family. Two sons of Otis Barden of Benton married daughters of Samuel Hanley, both of whom are now deceased. Samuel Hanley died in 1847 at the age of 72 years. Aaron Hanley, his son, whose death we record, leaves seven children who occupy a highly creditable position in the world. One son perished in the Union service during the late war, another is a physician at Tabor, Fremont Co., Iowa….

Married at the residence of the bride’s father, Nov 3, 1869, by Rev. Samuel Smith of Niagara county, Mr. Frank M. Gifford of Toledo, Ohio, to Miss Libbie Dains, only daughter of Francis Dains of Penn Yan. …

18 November 1869


The wife of Col. Gilbert Sherer was stricken down with paralysis on Saturday evening last, and died yesterday….

Capt. Samuel Wilson, formerly well known as a shoemaker in this village, was buried in the Penn Yan Cemetery on Tuesday. He was a faithful soldier in the war and captain of a colored company. He had resided for the past few years at Seneca Falls.

Sanford Coats, the father of Wm. L. and Minor Coats, died in Jerusalem on Monday, November 1st, in the ninety-first year of his age. He was a native of Connecticut, and has been a resident of Jerusalem over fifty years. He was the father of six sons and three daughters. His trade was that of a tailor, and he was a consistent Christian and a good man.

Mrs. Sarah Spink, relict of the late William Spink, departed this life at the residence of her son-in-law, David Hatmaker, in Milo, on Tuesday the 9th instant, aged 79 years and upwards. Mrs. Spink was born in the town of Wickford, Rhode Island, January 15th, 1790, and came to the “Lake Country,” with her late husband about fifty years ago, and soon after their arrival settled on the farm now occupied by David Hatmaker, which Uncle Billy (as he was commonly called) bought of the late Richard Henderson. This farm was part of a tract of land purchased by Benedict Robinson of Charles Williamson at quite an early period in the county’s history. Here Mr. Spink resided until his death, which occurred about nine years ago. Mrs. Spink, whose decease we now record, made an early profession of Christianity, and was for some time a member of the Free Will Baptist Society…. The close of her life was solaced and cheered by her only child and daughter Mrs. Elizabeth Hatmaker, who with an only son, William Spink Hatmaker and an infant son of the latter, comprise all the lineal descendants of William and Sarah Spink.

25 November 1869

2 December 1869

Darius Allen, who, it was rumored was dead, is said to be still in the land of the living, and was lately at Buffalo.

9 December 1869

We very much regret to learn that Dr Hazard A Potter, a Surgeon, probably inferior to none of his age, died at his residence in Geneva, on Thursday evening, the 2d inst., at the age of fifty-nine years. Dr. Potter was one of the most distinguished sons of Yates County. He was born in the town of Potter, Dec. 21, 1810, and was a great-grandson of Judge William Potter, who, with James Parker and Thomas Hathaway, made the first purchase of land for the Friend’s Society on the west bank of  Seneca Lake, in what is now Yates County. His grandfather, Thomas Hazard Potter married Patience Wilkinson, a sister of the Universal Friend, and they had a family, of whom John Potter, their son, married Nancy Wilkinson, a daughter of Jepthah Wilkinson, the youngest brother of the Friend. They had a family of nine children, of whom Jepthah A. Potter and Dr. Hazard A. Potter are two of the sons. It will be seen that the family of John and Nancy Potter had Wilkinson blood in their veins from both heads of the family, with its bold and vigorous characteristics. Dr. Potter when a boy had the advantages of a district school in his neighborhood, and afterwards attended school at the Penn Yan Academy, under Gookins, and Richard Taylor. He studied medicine under Dr. Francis M. Potter, a cousin of his father’s, and Dr. Barnet N. Wisner, one year each….



The Havana Journal states that Mahlon Dickinson, a son of Hon. Andrew B. Dickinson, was killed by the Indians near Fort Laramie, on the 13th of last month.

Frederick Starr, a prominent citizen of Rochester, died in that a few days ago. He was the father of Rev. Frederick Starr, Jr., the distinguished Clergyman who preached in this village a few years ago.

We learn that the wife of Geo. Wells, of Italy, Yates county, presented her husband with three boys at one birth, on Wednesday afternoon last, and at last accounts all were doing well.—Prattsburgh Advertiser

Died in Syracuse on the 24th ult., Jerry H. Barnes, only surviving son of Jerry F. and Samantha Barnes, aged 22 years, 11 months and 26 days. The deceased was a young man of rare promise, a grandson of Anne Cornwell Barnes, who is a sister of Dr. Wm. Cornwell, late of Penn Yan, deceased, and widow of John Barnes, late of Oswego county. The funeral services of Jerry H. Barnes were held at the family residence of his parents, 337 Carbon St., on the 26th ult….

16 December 1869


John Pulver, a thrifty and enterprising citizen of Italy, died on the 8th instant, at the age of 55.

Nathaniel Kenyon, a native of Rhode Island, and for forty years a resident of Barrington, died in that town on the 5th inst., at the age of 70.

Mrs. Agnes Ayers, widow of the late Wilson G. Ayres, and mother of Garrett Ayers, died at Himrods on the 5th inst., in the 89th year of her age.

The Des Moines, Iowa, State Register of Dec. 2, gives an account of the Obsequies of Jehiel S. Cook…. [He] will be remembered by many in this community, where he resided for many years and was largely engaged in business.—His death occurred in Colorado, while residing on the Denver Coach near Idaho. He was riding with the driver and by some strange fatality fell from his seat on a pile of rocks and fractured his skull….

23 December 1869


30 December 1869

Nicholas H. Kipp, an early resident of Geneva, died in Elmira on the 17th inst., at the age of 78 years.

Mrs. Margaret Roberts, the widow of John Roberts, one of the oldest settlers of the town of Reading, died in that town on the 4th inst., at the age of 83 years.

Mrs. Chloe Foster of Prattsburgh died in that town, Nov. 27th, at the age of 101 years and two months. She was Chloe Davis of Milford Conn., and married Erastus Foster. They settled in Prattsburgh in 1820. So says the Advertiser.

Franklin J. Green, a citizen of Middlesex, committed suicide on Saturday last by hanging himself in his barn.…