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 Vincent Grant5 Barney was born in Goshen, New York July 31, 1795.  Vincent died 1866.  He married Nancy Connett February 1824.


 Vincent of Rushville, NY, and Nancy of Moravia.


Leonard H.2 Barry .  He married M. Loretta Keefe Victor, New York, June 15, 1927.

 THE  VICTOR  HERALD  June 17, 1927  


At St. Patrick's church, Wednesday morning at 8 took place the marriage of M. Loretta Keefe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Keefe, and Leonard H. Barry, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. V. Barry.  Rev. J. W. E. Kely performed the ceremony. 

 The bride wore beige georgette and lace over pink crepe with hat to match and carried bride roses.  Miss Helen Keefe, sister of the bride, wore nile green georgette with hat to match. She carried pink snapdragons. The groom was attended by his brother, Walter Barry. Fran Keefe, brother of the bride, and Clifford Barry, cousin of the groom, acted as ushers. The wedding marches were played by Mrs. Everett Turner.

After the ceremony a wedding breakfast was served at the home of the bride to the immediate families of the bride and groom. Mrs. Fred Higinbotham was the caterer. Pre nuptial events were a variety shower by Miss Gladys Turner, a variety shower by Mrs. J. V. Barry, and Mrs. W. Leary, a dinner by Miss Josephine Mooney of Canandaigua and a variety shower by the girls of the Charlotte branch of the Rochester Telephone Company.

After a short eastern trip Mr. and Mrs. Barry will reside in Victor. The bride is manager of the office of the Postal Telegraph Cable Co., in Victor.

Michael Barry was born 1868.  Michael died February 01, 1943 Victor, New York, at 74 years of age.

  THE  VICTOR  HERALD  February 5, 1943

  OBITUARY  -  BARRY -  Michael Barry, a lifelong resident of Victor township, died on Monday, February 1, 1943, aged 75 years. 

 He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Julia Keefe of Victor, a brother, James, of Shortsville, and several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services were conducted from the home of his sister and from St. Patrick's church, Thursday morning. Interment was in St. Patrick's Cemetery. His body was interred 1943 Victor, New York, St. Patrick's Cemetery. 

Julia Barry was born Victor, New York June 03, 1874.  Julia died September 08, 1951 Victor, New York, at 77 years of age.

 VICTOR  HERALD  September 13, 1951

   Mrs. Julia B. Keefe, 77, Dies

 Mrs. Julia Barry Keefe of Church Street, Victor, died Saturday morning, September 8, 1951, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clifford Barry, following a brief illness. She was 77. 

Mrs. Keefe was born June 3, 1874, Cherry Street, Victor, the daughter of Julia Donovan and William Barry. At an early age she married Pierce Keefe and came to Victor Village to reside.  She was a life member of St. Patrick's church, and an active member of the Altar and Rosary Society until recent years. She led a busy home life and enjoyed her family, being respected by her many friends.

 Her husband passed away eleven years ago and during the past eight years she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Clifford Barry and family.  Mrs. Keefe fell in her daughter's home three years ago, fracturing her hip from which she readily recovered and was able to be about the house. Ten days ago she was stricken with a slight shock followed by a more severe attack last Friday afternoon which caused her death Saturday morning.

 She is survived by two sons, Edmund of Rochester and Austin of Victor, one daughter, Mrs. Clifford Barry of Victor, four grandchildren. Services from St. Patrick's church. Interment will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery. Her body was interred 1951 Victor, New York, St. Patrick's Cemetery.

Oscar Bassett and Maud Lafler had the following child:

 Mildred F.2 Bassett    was born in Middlesex 1899.  She married Ira L. Tiffany, Canandaigua, New York, May 29, 1917. 



At Canandaigua, May 22, 1917, Ira L. Tiffany of Brighton, and Miss Mildred F. Bassett of  Canandaigua.

 Elihu E. Briggs married Mary Ann Beach Johnson  

     ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  June 22, 1870

  MARRIED    -     Elihu E. Briggs and Mrs. Mary Ann Beach, Bristol 

Mary was born 1837.  Mary was the daughter of Phineas Johnson and Catherine Johnson .  She married Elihu E. Briggs Bristol, New York, June 13, 1870.


Burt Beach      He married Betsey Tiffany.  Betsey was born September 09, 1848.  Betsey was the daughter of Levi H. Tiffany and Betsy P. Childs .  Betsey died June 25, 1886 Bristol, New York, at approximately 37 years of age.

  ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Friday July 2, 1886

 Last Saturday was held the funeral of Mrs. Burt Beach at Allen's Hill. Mrs. Beach was the daughter of the late Levi Tiffany, and sister of the late George Tiffany, all former residents of this town, and among its most respected inhabitants.

Thus has her family of eight young children been bereft of a mother, her mother of an affectionate daughter, and one daughter only remains of Mrs. Tiffany's family. Kindly sympathies are tendered the friends in their great bereavement.


Maurice Lynn Benham   married Alice Liela Jones of Canandaigua, New York, March 28, 1917.

    ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  March 30, 1917


 At Canandaigua, March 28, 1917, Maurice Lynn Benham, of Seneca Falls, and Miss Alice Llela Jones, of Canandaigua.

                        SAME  PAPER

TWO  PRETTY  HOME  WEDDINGS    Took Place on Wednesday Same Minister Officiated - Yellow Predominated

A pretty home wedding took place at the home of Mrs. Inez Johnson, Dailey Avenue, on Wednesday evening, when her sister, Miss Alice Llela Jones, became the wife of Maurice Lynn Benham, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Benham, of Hopewell Center.  The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. Frank Jones, of Canandaigua, who have been spending the winter at Isle of Pines, Cuba. 

There were about 50 guests present at the ceremony, this number including the immediate families and a few intimate friends. Rev. Charles M. Eddy performed the ceremony, assisted by Rev. George E. Finley.  The double ring ceremony was used. Palms and ferns were massed at the eastern end of the living room, where the vows were read.

The bride wore a gown of white pussy willow taffeta, trimmed with tulle, and carried bride roses and lilies of the valley.  She was attended by Miss Mildred Scott Zavitz, of Honeoye Falls, who wore pink pussy willow taffeta and carried pink and white sweet peas. Miss Charrie Johnson, niece of the bride was ring bearer, and wore a dress of flowered marquisette. The groom's attendant was W. Wallace Jones, brother of the bride. Miss Lucy Housel of Rochester, played the wedding music, and Mrs. Charles A. Foley sang "I Love You Truly". Miss Housel was attired in a gown of robins egg blue crepe de meteor, and Mrs. Foley wore yellow taffeta.

A reception followed the ceremony, after which dinner was served. The tables were decorated so as to carry out the color scheme of pink and yellow. The relatives were seated at long tables, and 12 brothers and sisters were seated at one long table.

The couple left during the evening for a short trip, after which they will reside at Seneca Falls, where the groom has recently taken a position as manager of the Endicott Johnson and Co. store.  The bride's traveling suit was of gold colored velour and with it she wore a black hat.

The guests from away were, Levi A. Page and Miss Jessie Page, of Seneca Castle, Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Benham and son, Murray, Mr. and Mrs. John Benham, of Hopewell Center, S. Emory Budd and Miss Mary Garlock of Newark, Mr. and Mrs. Case Benham, of Hopewell Center, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Jobes, of Honeoye Falls, Dr. and Mrs. E. Case Jones, Mr. and Mrs. J. Jones, the Misses Elsie and Florence Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel M. Douglass and daughters Dorothy and Gladys, and Leon Benham, of Rochester, Miss Alice Cassidy and Irving Jones, of Watkins, Mr. and Mrs. J. Cleland of Gorham, F. J. Jones, Miss Helen Jones, Will Jones, Mr. and Mrs. William Blodgett, and Mr. and Mrs. Cassort Boardman and son Myron, of Rushville, Miss Ursula B. Jones, of Wellsville, and Dr. Charles Sumner Jones, of Buffalo.

Prenuptial events were a chafing dish shower by Miss Mildred S. Zavitz at Honeoye Falls, and a personal shower by Mrs. Warner Ellis. Miss Maud Franklin entertained at a St. Patrick's party for Miss Jones and Mr. Benham, and Mr. and Mrs. Hyland Shattuck and Miss Agnes Murphy. 


Warren Case2 Benham was born Hopewell, New York December 12, 1891.  Hopewell birth record number 85. Warren died September 26, 1943 at 51 years of age.

 VICTOR  HERALD  October 01, 1943


Warren Case Benham, a native of Hopewell, who had been a feed and produce dealer in Canandaigua for many years, died, Sunday, September 26, 1943, after a brief heart illness. 

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nellie Wood Benham, two daughters, Miss Ruth Benham, Canandaigua, and Mrs. Roy Spearen, Elkhart, Ind., one son, Walter C. Benham, Canandaigua, three brothers, Supervisor, John H. Benham , and E. Murray Benham, both of Hopewell, and Maurice L. Benham, Canandaigua, two sisters, Miss Ruth Benham, Victor, and Mrs. James Edwards, Canandaigua.  Burial made in Woodlawn Cemetery.

           He married Nellie Anna Wood Hopewell, New York, June 18, 1914.

                 ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  June 19, 1914

    WEDDING  AT  WOOD  HOME    Abundance of Roses and Daisies Decorated the Rooms


Amid a profusion of June roses, peonies, daisies and ferns, the marriage of Warren Case Benham and Miss Nellie Anna Wood, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wood, Spangle Street, was solemnized at five o'clock yesterday afternoon.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. E. J. Brooker, of Seneca Castle, in the presence of 60 relatives and friends of the bride and groom. They were unattended.

The bride wore a gown of white crepe de chine with shadow lace trimmings and carried white roses. Following the ceremony the guests were served at the wedding dinner. The bride's table of 12 covers was centered with white carnations. The smaller tables were centered with white peonies, daisies and ferns to carry out the color scheme of green and white.

 The wedding music was played by Miss Ruth Benham, sister of the groom. After a short trip Mr. and Mrs. Benham will reside with the bride's parents. Guests were present from Mount Vernon, Rochester, Victor and Canandaigua. Among the prenuptial events was a variety shower by Mrs. Anson Gage, on Saturday.

 Ruth Mary Benham was born 1923.  She married James T. Finnick Canandaigua, New York, March 20, 1946. 



Miss Ruth Mary Benham, daughter of Mrs. W. Case Benham, North Main St., and the late Mr. Benham, and James T. Finnick, son of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Finnick, South Main St., were married in St. Mary's church, Wednesday afternoon, the Rev. M. C. Wall performing the ceremony.

 The bride was given in marriage by her brother, Walter C. Benham, and was attended by her sister, Mrs. C. L. Spearen, as matron of honor.  Francis J. Finnick was best man for his brother, and Charles L. Spearen and Frank McWilliams, a brother-in-law of the bridegroom, were ushers.

A reception to about 75 guests was held in the home of the bride's mother. Mrs. John E. Graham presided at the serving table assisted by Mrs. Edmund I. Harroun.

 After a wedding trip to New York City and the New England states, Mr. and Mrs. Finnick will live temporarily with the bride's mother.  The bridegroom was recently discharged from the Army after three years service, including two and a half years in the European Theater.  He is a graduate of Canandaigua Academy, 1940. His bride was a member of the 1941 class.

E. Murray2 Benham was born Hopewell, New York December 16, 1901.  E. died January 09, 1996 in Avon, New York, at 94 years of age.


 CANANDAIGUA -    E. Murray Benham, 94, died January 9th at the Avon Nursing Home.  Mr. Benham was born Dec 16, 1901, in the town of Hopewell, and was the son of Ebenezer and Emma Case Benham.

 He owned and operated the former West Avenue Ford Garage in Canandaigua for many years, retiring in 1950. He had been a member of the Kiwanis Club and the Clifton Springs Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution in Phoenix, Ariz.

Mr. Benham had operated a farm on Canandaigua's West Lake Road, where he raised Suffolk sheep, and was a well known livestock judge throughout the Northeastern US. He was an active member of the Farm Bureau.

 He is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Ellan and Robert Mallory of Canandaigua, and Elaine B. Taylor of Leesburg, Fla., six grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Millicent Hicks Benham. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.

                                He married Millicent Lillian Hicks Cheshire, New York, December 28, 1921.

ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  Wed. January 4, 1922  PAGE  7  COL 3

The marriage of Miss Millicent Lillian Hicks, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert N. Hicks of Middle Cheshire Road, and E. Murray Benham of Canandaigua took place at the home of the bride's parents on Wednesday PM at four thirty. Rev. Stephen S Pratt of Methodist church of this city performed the ceremony in the presence of about 90 relatives and friends.

Mr. Hicks gave his daughter in marriage. She was attended by Miss Ruth Benham, sister of the groom, of Victor. Irwin Hicks of Canandaigua, brother of the bride attended the groom

 Elaine H. Benham     She married Albert Frederiksen Canandaigua, New York, June 28, 1947. 


 BENHAM SISTERS To Be Brides in Double Ceremony on June 28

 Mr. and Mrs. E. Murray Benham, 249 South Pearl Street, announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughters, Miss Ellan M. Benham, and Miss Elaine H. Benham. 

  Miss Ellan Benham will become the bride of Robert Mallory, son of Mr. and Mrs. Merritt Mallory, route five, Canandaigua. 

 Miss Elaine Benham will marry Albert Frederiksen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Frederiksen of Penn Yan. 

The double ring ceremony will take place at 4 Saturday afternoon, June 28, at the First Methodist Church. Rev. Lloyd V. Moffett, pastor of the church, and Rev. Stephen S. Pratt, former pastor, will officiate.                       

          ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES JOURNAL Friday  July 4, 1947


 In a double wedding ceremony in the Methodist church Saturday afternoon, Miss Ellan M. Benham became the bride of Robert M. Mallory of Cheshire, and Miss Elaine H. Benham was married to Albert Frederiksen of Syracuse. 

The brides are daughters of Mr. and Mrs. E. Murray Benham, South Pearl St. Mr. Mallory is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Merritt L. Mallory, and Mr. Frederiksen is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Frederiksen of Penn Yan.  The Rev. Lloyd V. Moffett and the Rev. Stephen S. Pratt performed the ceremony. Both brides were given in marriage by their father.

 Miss Ellan Benham escorted by her father, was attended by Miss Elsie Mason, of Canandaigua as bridesmaid.  Floyd M. Barnes, Canandaigua, cousin of the bridegroom was best man for Mr. Mallory, and his ushers were Thomas Dixon and Wilfred Moranda, Canandaigua, and Donald Dilmore, Rochester.

Escorted by her grandfather, Herbert N. Hicks, Miss Elaine Benham was attended by her sister, Mrs. Mallory as matron of honor and by Miss Dorothy Armitage as bridesmaid.  Helmar Frederiksen, Penn Yan, brother of the bridegroom, was best man, and ushers were Alvin Frederiksen, twin brother of the bridegroom, John W. Carpenter, Canandaigua, and Donald Betts of Penn Yan.  A reception for about 200 guests was held at Lake View Inn, East Lake Road.

After a short wedding trip to Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, Mr. and Mrs. Mallory will live at 118 West Lake Road, Canandaigua. The bridegroom is a graduate of Canandaigua Academy, 1943, and served with the Army in the Pacific theater. His bride also graduated Canandaigua Academy, 1943, and Kueka College, 1947.

Following a wedding trip through the New England states, Mr. and Mrs. Frederiksen will live at 822 South Avenue, Syracuse. The bridegroom is a graduate of Penn Yan Academy, and of Yale University. Navy ROTC.  His bride was graduated from Canandaigua Academy, 1944, and attended Keuka College and Rochester Institute of Technology. 



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