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AGATE, William
Pittsford, Monroe Co., April 10, (1858) ae. 88. Mr. A. was a native of England. In 1795, after a boisterous voyage, he landed in New York, with his life-long friend, Rev. Thos. Billinghurst, one of the pioneer preachers of the Universalists. The friends, who had brought their families with them, first settled at Sparta, on the Hudson. Soon after, Mr. B. moved into the wilderness, where Pittsford now stands, and in 1798, Mr. A. joined him, taking an adjoining tract of land. Four hundred miles from New York city, with no road for a considerable part of the way, they suffered many long-continued privations. The two families continued closely united till death. In 1848, Mr. Billinghurst died, and soon after his wife, at the age of 79. In 1854, Mr. A. followed his own wife to the grave, after a companionship of 58 years, her age being 85. It is noteworthy that all these victims of so much hardship and privation enjoyed “length of days.” Mr. A. was temperate, industrious, cheerful, and active in every good word and work – a course of life that will help account for his continuance in the community he had helped to found for almost a score of years beyond the allotted three-score and ten. [Source: "Annual OBITUARY NOTICES OF EMINENT PERSONS who have died in the United States FOR 1858"; BY HON. NATHAN CROSBY; BOSTON: JOHN P. JEWETT AND COMPANY. 1859. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.]


ATKINSON -- Elizabeth S. and Mary Ann Atkinson
In Rochester, N. Y., on the 8th instant, Elizabeth S. Atkinson, aged 20. Also, on the 9th instant, Mary Ann Atkinson, aged 14, daughters of the late William Atkinson, formerly of this village. [Source: Bellows Falls Gazetter (Bellows Falls, VT) Saturday, 21 Oct. 1843; MZ, tr. by FoFG]



BACKUS, Dr. Frederick
Rochester, N.Y., Nov. 4, (1858) ae. 64. Dr. B. was a son of the Rev. Dr. Azel Backus, a distinguished divine of New England, and at his death, which occurred in 1817, the president of Hamilton College. He was born at Bethlem, Conn., June 15, 1794. Dr. B. was one of a family of eight children, of whom only one son, Theodore, survives. He graduated at Yale College, in 1814, in the same class with Prof. Olmsted, and a number of other distinguished men. In 1815, having obtained a license to practice medicine, Dr. B. took up his residence in Rochester, where he continued till his death. In 1818 he married Miss Fitzhugh, of Maryland, a sister of the wives of Gerrit Smith and James G. Birney. Mr. Smith’s first wife was also a sister of Dr. B. In 1842, Dr. B. was elected senator from the old eighth district, and served four years, with great ability. In 1846 he was a member of the convention which gave the present state constitution. These are the only elective offices he ever filled, though he was often called to trusts of great importance in the management of public institutions. As a physician, he had but few superiors, and he enjoyed for many years a large and lucrative practice. In the cholera seasons of 1832 and ’33, when general panic pervaded the city, Dr. B. was the efficient and calm health officer, from whose wise counsels the timid took courage, and whose prudent plans did much to check alarm and stay the progress of the scourge. As a man, he was possessed of a genial, happy temperament, which not only gave assurance to those whom he met professionally, but which made him a general favorite. His wit was quiet but keen, and he looked down upon life with a vision quick to discern and take advantage of that which was pleasant, and which ignored and avoided that which was repulsive. All who knew him bear testimony to his uniform good nature, and the ready and sympathetic kindness of heart which attached the poor and the sorrowing to him. In the Senate of New York he originated the movement in behalf of the education of idiots; and when, years after, that movement had taken shape, in the present Asylum at Syracuse, his name received no tardy or unwilling recognition of the fact, and the able report from his pen was quoted with approbation. In this institution, and the kindred one in Massachusetts, Dr. B. always took great interest. Thousands of unfortunates, the windows of whose soul are darkened, will have occasion to thank Dr. B. for his earnest and successful advocacy of their cause. [Source: "Annual OBITUARY NOTICES OF EMINENT PERSONS who have died in the United States FOR 1858"; BY HON. NATHAN CROSBY; BOSTON: JOHN P. JEWETT AND COMPANY. 1859. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.]


BERLE -- Death of Mrs. Regina Berle
On the 3rd inst., at her home in Churchville, N.Y., occurred the death of Mrs. Regina Berle, at the age of 76 years. The deceased was a native of Alsace-Loraine. When twenty-three, she was married to Mr. J. Hines. Coming to America with her husband fifty years ago, they settled in Rochester, but later moved to Churchville, where the family has ever since resided. By the death of Mr. Hines the care of a young family devolved upon the mother. By a second marriage to Mr. Berle, the family grew to number ten children, eight of whom live to mourn the death of Mrs. Berle, the loss of a worthy and devoted mother. Mr. Berle died in 1882.
Mrs. Berle is survived by two sons, John F. and Joseph Hines, (two, Michael and Frederick having within recent years preceded their mother to the grave); and six daughters, namely: Sister Agnes, Superior General of the congregation of St. Joseph of this diocese, Mrs. Margaret Desmond, Mrs. Philip Reynolds, Sister M. Irene of Auburn, Mrs. Charles Holmes of East Syracuse, and Miss Caroline Berle of Churchville. Eleven grandchildren also survive.
The funeral services were held in St. Vincent's church, of Churchville. Rev. George Eisler of Caledonia, a kinsman of the deceased, officiated, assisted by Rev. Frederick Rauber of St. Boniface church, as deacon, and Rev. T. Ryan of Bergen, as sub-deacon, the pastor, Rev. D. Curran, being master of ceremonies. Present in the sanctuary were also Rev. T. F. Hickey, rector of the Cathedral, and Rev. Emil Gefell. The Churchville choir was assisted by the Bergen choir, in rendering the mass of requiem. Interment took place in St. Vincent's cemetery.
The family have the sincere sympathy of a wide circle of friends who unite in according the deceased the praise given by the wise man in holy writ to the valiant woman, 'Favor is deceitful and beauty is vain; the woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Ecc. XXXI, 30.
[unknown newspaper, undated - Submitted by Nan Starjak who adds: Regina died November 3, 1898]


BILLINGS, Dr. John
Rochester, N.Y., June 29, (1858) ae. 75. [Source: "Annual OBITUARY NOTICES OF EMINENT PERSONS who have died in the United States FOR 1858"; BY HON. NATHAN CROSBY; BOSTON: JOHN P. JEWETT AND COMPANY. 1859. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.]

BISSELL
- Josiah Bissell, Jr., of Rochester, died lately.
[Source: Apr. 16, 1831, National Intelligencer, as pub. in the NGSQ, vol 55, No. 1, March 1967, sub. by K. T.]

BREWSTER
- Died, At Rochester, Monroe county, on Thursday the 26th ult., Mrs. Parmelia Bosworth, in the 40th year of her age, daughter of Mr. Ira Stephens, of this village. (Northern Journal (Lowville, NY) – Thursday, May 3, 1838; JD, Sub by FoFG )

The following is a correction inserted later.

At Rochester, Monroe county, on Thursday the 26th ult., Mrs. Parmelia Brewster, in the 40th year of her age, daughter of Mr. Ira Stephens, of this village. (An error in the above notice was not observed till a portion of our edition was worked off last week. - we therefore give it another insertion.) (Northern Journal (Lowville, NY) – Thursday, May 10, 1838; JD, Sub by FoFG )


BROOKS - John Brooks, committed suicide in Rochester, N.Y., June 2
[Source: June 6, National Intelligencer, as pub. in the NGSQ, vol 55, No. 1, March 1967, sub. by K. T.]

BROWN -- Mather Brown, an officer of the Revolution, died a few days ago in Rochester, age 88. He was in the campaign of 1777 at Saratoga, and commanded a Company under Gen. Starke at Bennington. [Source: April 14, 1831, National Intelligencer, as pub. in the NGSQ, vol 55, No. 1, March 1967, sub. by K. T.]


Hugh Bulger and James Sullivan deaths



CARD, Rev. Nathan
Rochester, N.Y., Feb. 27, (1858) ae. 74, at the residence of his son. He was born in Pownall, Vt., and removed at an early age to Madison Co., N.Y. He united with that “nursery of ministers,” the Baptist church at Woodstock, under the pastoral care of Rev. John Peck, and was ordained to the ministry in July, 1826. His first pastorate was that of the church at Otselic and Lincklaen, Chenango Co., and his last at Newark, Ill., having removed to the latter state in 1846. He went to reside with a son, a few months since, and has now peacefully passed away, yielding to the accumulated infirmities of age. His aged consort still survives.
[Source: "Annual OBITUARY NOTICES OF EMINENT PERSONS who have died in the United States FOR 1858"; BY HON. NATHAN CROSBY; BOSTON: JOHN P. JEWETT AND COMPANY. 1859. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.]

CHESEBROUGH, Henry H.
Webster, N.Y., Nov. 8, (1858) ae. 52, principal of the academy at that place. He was an exemplary Christian, a sincere and upright citizen, and a valuable educator of youth.
[Source: "Annual OBITUARY NOTICES OF EMINENT PERSONS who have died in the United States FOR 1858"; BY HON. NATHAN CROSBY; BOSTON: JOHN P. JEWETT AND COMPANY. 1859. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.]


COOK, MR. VAN RENSSELAER
Died-- On the 17th inst., of consumption, at the residence of his father, in this town, Mr. Van Rensselaer Cook, Primer of Rochester, Monroe county, aged twenty-six, of the former place. (Northern Journal (Lowville, NY) – Thursday, June 27, 1839; JD, Sub by FoFG)


DESMOND - Entered into rest at his home, 1387 South Ave., Feb. 28, 1941, Frederick J. Desmond. He is survived by his wife, Veronica, and four daughters, Mrs. Hartley Pope, Mrs. Henry Krupnick, Mrs. Clifford Smith, and Miss Ethel Desmond. Funeral from his late home Tuesday morning at 8:30 o'clock and 9 o'clock at St. Ann's Church. Interment in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Elmira and Auburn papers please copy. [Rochester NY Democrat & Chronicle, March 2, 1941 - Sub. by Nan Starjak]

DESMOND - Entered into rest, Mrs. Margaret M. Desmond, wife of the late James P. Desmond and sister of the late Reverend Mother Agnes, Friday evening at the home of her son, Fred J. Desmond, 1387 South Avenue. She is survived by one son, Fred J., four sisters, Sister M. Irene of the Order of St. Joseph, Lina Berl and Louise McShean of Bergen, Mrs. Charles Holmes, of Fairport; one brother, John Hines of Egypt, NY, and four grandchildren. Funeral services Monday morning at 10 o'clock at St. Boniface Church. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Elmira papers copy. [Rochester NY Democrat & Chronicle, Sunday, May 22, 1932]

DUPHY - DIED At Fort Dalles, Oregon, May 17th, 1863, First Sergeant, J. C. Duphy, of "D" Company, 1st Oregon Cavalry, aged 27 years. Sargeant Duphy was born in Monroe county, New York. He enlisted in his company and regiment in Jackson county, Oregon, on the 2d day of December, 1861, and had been constantly on duty up to the time of his death. When the late Lieut. Watson was promoted, he succeeded him as First Sergeant, and re-enlisted as a veteran volunteer, February 2d, 1864.
He was a good soldier, and a faithful and efficient non-commissioned officer. His company, with others, had left this post in the morning, under Lieut. Charles Hobart, en-route to Fort Boise. On the evening of the same day he was thrown from, and kicked by his horse at Fort Dalles, and died a few hours afterwards. His remains were sent back to this post to-day, and will be buried with military honors to-morrow, by the side of others of his regiment, who have gone before him.
F. B. White, 1st Lieut. and Adjuant, Ft. Vancouver, W. T., May 18th, 1865.

[Oregon Sentinel (Jacksonville, Oregon) May 27, 1865 - Sub. by Kathy Bass]


EMERY
Rochester, New York -- The body of J. B. Emery, the army clerk who took his own life in a local hotel Tuesday morning, was shipped Wednesday to the former home of the deceased at Rochester, N. Y., where his two young children and a sister, Mrs. J. P. Dykins, reside.
["El Paso Herald", El Paso, Texas, May 10, 1917 - Submitted by Dale Donlon]

FERRIS
Class of 1856 - LEONARD ZENAS FERRIS. B. July, 1834, Ogden, N.Y. Minister. D. 26 Dec., 1910, Gorham, Me.
[Source: "Dartmouth College Necrology, 1910-1911, Hanover, N.H. Transcribed by Kim Mohler]


HINES - Entered into rest, John HINES of Egypt, N. Y., June 20, 1938. He is survived by his wife, Lillian; one daughter, Mrs. Herbert HARE of Worcester, Mass.; one son, John G. of Brooklyn, N. Y.; four grandchildren; one sister, Sister M. Irene of Elmira, N. Y.; several nieces and nephews.
-Friends may call at the Van Horn Funeral Home, Fairport, where services will be held Friday, 2:30 p.m. Interment in Greenvale Cemetery.
[Rochester, Monroe, NY Democrat & Chronicle, Wed June 22, 1938 - Sub. by Nan Starjak]


HOUSE - Died, At his residence in Rochester, August 1[5?], of chronic nearalgia, Anson House, Esq., formerly of Lewis county, aged 75 years. (The Journal And Republican (Lowville, NY) – Wednesday, August 24, 1864)



HOUSE-- Monroe Co., NY - Died - At the residence of his uncle, in Rochester, on Sunday, the 20th of Nov., 1853, Edwin E. House, son of Mr. Joseph House, of Houseville, in the 24th year of his age.
[Source: The Lewis County Republican (Martinsburgh, NY - Wednesday, November 30, 1853.]
Transcribed and submitted by Jim Dezotell.




HUGHES -- Brian G. HUGHES, bank president and practical joker, in Monroe, N. Y. Once he entered a ten cent tomcat in a national show, won a blue ribbon. [Monday, Dec. 15, 1924, Time Magazine - Sub. by K.T.]

LAMBERT -- Rochester, N.Y., July 21 -- Hon. Wm. H. Lambert, who was a member of the Forty-Second and Forty-Third Congresses died today at Canandaigua, aged 75. [Idaho Statesman, July 22, 1891]


LAWRENCE -- At Rochester, on the 7th inst. Maria Lawrence, aged 22, a colored woman, wife of Exium Lawrence and daughter of Jacob Brown of Greenbush, N.Y. The deceased, previous to her removing to Rochester, was an exemplary member of Rev. Mr. Paul's church in Albany. She died in a happy state of mind, arising from a firm trust in the all-sufficient merits of a crucified Redeemer. [The Liberator Oct 27,1832, - Sub by FoFG]


LINDSAY -- Death of G. LINDSAY an Old Settler.
Mr. George LINDSAY, was born in Lima, Monroe County, N. Y., July 22, 1822.
He came to Illinois in 1843, and settled in Warrenville, [Dupage County, Illinois] and moved to Batavia (Kane County, IL) in 1853, where he resided until his death, which occurred Friday, March 27, 1896. Three children are left to mourn his death. Funeral services were held, Sunday, from his late home, conducted by Rev. J. E. Bissell. The remains were laid to rest in the West Side Cemetery.
[Batavia Herald, Kane County IL, Apr. 2, 1896, Sub. by K.T.]

MADARA -- RITES HELD FOR MRS. MADARA: Mrs. Sally Moore Madara, 60, wife of Frederick Madara, formerly of Charlotte Court House, died in Rochester, N.Y. Saturday. Surviving also are a daughter, Mrs. Charles Boothe of Stockton, Calif.; five sisters, Mrs. Paul Bossart of Richmond, Mrs. J.F. Epperson of Clarkton, Mrs. J.D. Ramsey and Mrs. N.L. Ramsey of Madisonville and Mrs. D.W. Anderson of Nathalie; five brothers, C.D. Moore of South Boston, W.W. and I.C. Moore of Halifax, J.W. Moore of Crewe and Edward Moore of Staunton, and two grandchildren.
A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Village Presbyterian Church, Charlotte Court House, with burial in the church cemetery.
[The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, January 10, 1963 Submitted by: Bea. Adams King]


MALLORY – Laura Edmons was born in Rochester, NY, 24 Oct 1804. At the age of 19 years she was married to JT Mallory, who has preceded her to the tomb several years. In the year 1820 she removed with her husband to Fulton co, Ill. She joined the MECS in Canton and lived a consistent member of the same until her death, 28 Dec 1877. – JY Busbey (Source: The St. Louis Christian Advocate; by Mrs. Howard W. Woodruff, C.G.R.S.; Obituaries, July 1877 – Dec. 1879; 16 Jan. 1878; transcribed by K. Mohler)

PHILLIPS - Class of 1849 - HARVEY THOMAS PHILLIPS. Born, Feb. 22, 1824, Henrietta, N.Y. Fitted at Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, Lima, N.Y. After graduation he taught one year in Granada, Miss., then removing to Chattanooga, Tenn., engaged in journalism, but soon relinquished this work to accept a position as postmaster during the administrations of Pierce and Buchanan. He was also in the postal service of the Confederate States. In 1865 he went to Atlanta, Ga., and engaged in business. At the time of his death he was president of the leading music house in that city.
Died, Nov. 3, 1899, Atlanta, Ga., of typhoid fever.
Married, in 1854, Bettie Bruckner of Ga. Children: Harvey T., Nellie, and James B.
[Source: "Dartmouth College Necrology, 1899-1900, Hanover, N.H., Dartmouth Press, 1899. Transcribed by Kim Mohler]


SAUNDERS - HENRY HARRISON SAUNDERS. Born, Jan. 20, 1836, in Sweden, Monroe county, N.Y. Son of Isaac V. and Rosanna Avery Saunders. Educated at Lima Seminary, N.Y., Rochester University and Dartmouth C.S.D. He was surveyor of Tulare county, Cal., 1873-4; of Calaveras county, 1882-92. He was a lieutenant of engineers, 1864-5, serving in Colorado. He planned and successfully completed the dam, headgates and canals of the Woodbridge Canal and Irrigation Company at Woodbridge, Cal. Died, June 20, 1897, in Tuttletown, Cal.
Married, in Buffalo, N.Y., Harriet Newell Hamilton, who survives with one son.
[Source: "Dartmouth College Necrology, 1898-1899, Hanover, N.H., Dartmouth Press, 1899. Transcribed by Kim Mohler]

SHAFER - Manley S. SHAFER, aged 65 years, of Brockport died at Brigham Hall Sunday. He had been at the institution several months. The remains were taken to Brockport for internment. [The Daily Messenger, Canandaigua, New York, Tuesday, 03 Jan 1922]


TOWNSEND - Died at Rochester, N.Y., Feb. 20 of dropsy, William K. Townsend, 58 years 5 months, brother of Mayor J. C. Townsend of this city. [Unknown newspaper, March 9, 1882, Sub. by Nancy Piper]

WEBSTER -- EDWARD WEBSTER. Born, 1818, West Bloomfield, N.Y. Son of Uri and Mercy Ashley. Fitted at Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, Lima, N.Y. Studied law with Daniel Blaisdell, Hanover, N.H., and was admitted to the bar at Rochester, N.Y., in 1850. For several years he followed editorial work in the offices of the Boston Journal and of Moore’s Rural New Yorker, then taught in the public schools, also the Rochester Free Academy, of which he was principal, 1859-64. He practiced law continually for the remainder of his life. He was an active contributor to various periodicals, and published a volume of selections from his writings under the title: Heart and Home.
Died, May 15, 1900, Rochester, N.Y.
Married (1) 1850, Polly Ann Andrews; (2) 1866, Rochester, Mrs. Eliza Jane Fitch, who survives. Children by first marriage: Edward A., Anna M., and Roy C., of whom the last only is living.
[Source: "Dartmouth College Necrology, 1899-1900", Hanover, N.H., Dartmouth Press, 1899. Transcribed by Kim Mohler]



WEBSTER- Lowville, Feb 19 - The funeral of MRS. CHARLES WEBSTER, who died at her home in Naumburg Monday, was held from the home this afternoon at 3. Rev. Mr. Fox of Beaver officiated. Interment will be made at Rochester. Mrs. Webster arose Monday morning, doing her usual duties, but complained of a headache. She died suddenly at 10. She leaves her husband; two daughters, Miss Mable Ireland of Rochester, Miss Lydia Webster of Naumburg; and three sons, Ray Simmons of Syracuse, Arthur Simmons of Utica and Harry Simmons of Detroit, Mich.
[Source: Watertown Daily Times (Watertown, NY) - Thursday, February 19, 1920. Transcribed by Jim Dezotell]


WOOD - Class of 1832 – GEORGE WARREN WOOD. Born, Feb. 24, 1814, Bradford, Mass. Son of Samuel and Mehitabel (Peabody) Wood. He taught at Elizabethtown, N.J., until 1836; studied divinity privately, and at Princeton Theological Seminary. He was ordained a Presbyterian missionary, at Morristown, N.J., in 1837; sailed for Singapore, 1838; went to Smyrna in 1842 for the Armenian Mission. He spent eight years at Constantinople, associated with the Rev. Cyrus Hamlin in the Bebek Seminary. In 1852 he became Corresponding Secretary of the American Board of Foreign Missions, and continued in this position until 1871. His entire life was devoted to religious work. Hamilton College conferred the degree of D.D. upon him in 1859.
Died, July 18, 1901, at Genesee, N.Y.
Married (1) Martha M. Johnson, of Morristown, N.J., 1838; (2) Martha Briggs, of Boston, Mass., 1841; (3) Mary C. Hastings, of New York, 1855.

[Source: "Dartmouth College Necrology, 1901-1902", Hanover, N.H. Transcribed by Kim Mohler]


WOODBURY -- Orson Eli Woodbury.  Born at East Mendon, N.Y., November 27, 1827. Came to Wisconsin before 1854. Died at Madison, December 9, 1904.[Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin (1906) Wisconsin Necrology, page 142;  MZ, tr. by FoFG]

 



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