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Philenzo Payne Jr.2 Bliss was born June 16, 1839.  Philenzo died February 26, 1923 Bristol, New York, at 83 years of age.


BLISS -  Philenzo P. Bliss of Bristol, died as the sequence of a fall on the ice on February 9, which broke his hip and caused a severe shock. Had he lived until June 16 of this year he would have reached the 84th year.

He was born in Kankake County, Ill. June 16, 1839, the son of Philenzo P. Bliss whose ancestors came to America from the Eastern part of England. The mother of Mr. Bliss was Caroline Andrews. James Gooding was the third male white child born in Bristol. Mr. Bliss was a farmer and lived for a considerable period in Ill. and Missouri.

He married Catherine L. Totman, born in Jefferson Co., a daughter of Ward Totman. She died October 29, 1921.

He leaves Mrs. William Andrews, Mrs. Winifred Flanders, Mrs. Alfred Hennish, L. P. Bliss, Gooding H. Bliss, and Mrs. John Wilder of Cleveland, Ohio. One son, Harry W. and one daughter, Edith S. Bliss died a few years ago. He also leaves 25 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren. He was a member of the Congregational church in Bristol, of which he was a deacon for many years and was also much interested in the welfare of the community in which he lived so long.

                 He married Catherine Louise Totman Orland, New York, October 04, 1860.  Catherine was born in Loraine, New York September 31, 1839.  Catherine was the daughter of Ward Totman and Irena Lester Joyner.  Catherine died October 29, 1921 Bristol, New York.

         ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL November 4, 1921  PAGE  5  COL 2

  DIED -   BLISS - At Vincent, October 29, 1921, Mrs. P. P. Bliss aged 82 years. Interment at Bristol.

                  SAME  PAPER      PAGE  8  COL  4    BRISTOL

On Saturday morning occurred the death of Mrs. P. P. Bliss at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Winifred Flanders after a serious illness of six months. Mrs. Bliss was the daughter of Ward and Irene Totman, of which family her sister, Mrs. Sophia Luther of California is the only survivor.

She was 82 years old and was married to Phelan P. Bliss when she was 21. Eight children were born to them, six of whom survive. She is also survived by her husband and 25 grandchildren. She was a member of the Congregational church and until her heart failed was an active worker.

The funeral was held from her old home, now occupied by her daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Hennish. C. A. Paile officiated at the services by her request and he read many passages of scripture eloquently expressing her life. Among the many beautiful floral tributes was one from the parish to which she belonged.

The children who survive her are, Mrs. William Andrews, Mrs. Winifred Flanders, Mrs. Alfred Hennish, of Bristol, Mrs. John Wilder of Cleveland, Ohio, Lester Bliss of Canandaigua, and Gooding Bliss of Rushville. The sympathy of the community is with the bereaved family, especially to the husband who has lost his companion of 61 years. Burial Evergreen Cemetery, Baptist Hill. Mrs. John Wilder of Cleveland has been with her people here the past week called here by the illness of her mother, Mrs. Bliss. 

Philenzo Payne Jr. Bliss and Catherine Louise Totman had the following children:

Irene Catherine3 Bliss was born July 30, 1861.  Irene died June 29, 1925 Bristol, New York, at 63 years of age.

ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  Wed. July 1, 1925  PAGE  8

  DEATH -  ANDREWS        At Bristol, June 29, 1925, Mrs. William Andrews, aged 63 years.


BRISTOL  VALLEY  - The funeral of Mrs. Irene Bliss Andrews, wife of William R. Andrews, was held from the home on Wednesday afternoon. Her death occurred the previous Monday after a long illness.   

She was the eldest daughter of Philenzo and Katherine Totman Bliss, born in Missouri 63 years ago. When a child she moved with them to this town where her life was spent. Two children were born to them, Maurice, who lives at home, and Malvina, wife of Irwin Hicks of Cheshire.  She is also survived by three sisters, Mrs. Winifred Flanders, Mrs. Alfred Henish of this place, and Mrs. John Wilder of Cleveland, two brothers, Gooding H. Bliss of Shortsville, and Lester Bliss of Canandaigua town.   

 There were many beautiful floral tributes.  Interment made in Andrews Cemetery. Her body was interred 1925 Bristol, New York, Andrews Cemetery.

 She married William Royal Andrews Bristol, New York, July 17, 1895. 

   ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  Wed. July 24, 1895   PAGE  2

                           MARRIED     ANDREWSBLISS

  In Bristol, July 17, 1895, by Rev. Mr. Chatfield, William R. Andrews and Miss Irene C. Bliss, both of Bristol.


 Winifred Catherine Bliss   was born July 31, 1863.  Winifred died January 29, 1933 in Jamestown, New York, at 69 years of age.  


FLANDERS   Funeral services for Mrs. Winifred B. Flanders, formerly of Canandaigua, were held from the home of her sister, Mrs. Alfred Henish in Bristol, Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Flanders died at the home of her son, Rev. Myron E. Wilder in Jamestown, Friday.

Besides the son, Mrs. Flanders is survived by a daughter, Mrs. William Nudd of Canandaigua, two sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Henish and Mrs. John Wilder of Cleveland, Gooding Bliss of Shortsville, and Lester Bliss of Canandaigua, and four grandchildren. She married Charles H. Wilder Bristol, New York, July 08, 1886.  


 BRISTOL -    Charles H. Wilder and Winifred C. Bliss were married July 8, 1886, by Rev. R. A. Wheelock, all of Bristol


 Henry Ward Bliss was born September 04, 1865.  Henry died October 23, 1918 Canandaigua, New York, at 53 years of age.


WESTERN NEW YORK DEATHS -    Harry W. Bliss   Canandaigua Oct 23 - the death of Harry W. Bliss occurred at the Canandaigua Hospital this morning as a result of peculiar affections. He had been under treatment at the hospital for a month or more, and had been in ill health for a long time past. Mr. Bliss was 53 years of age and resided in Bristol. 

He is survived by his wife, three daughters, Mrs. Clarence Pierce of Holcomb, Miss Florence Bliss of Martisco, Miss Dorothy Bliss of Bristol, and two sons, Rolland Bliss and Leslie Bliss both of Bristol.

He also leaves his parents Mr. and Mrs. P. P. Bliss of Bristol, four sisters, Mrs. Irene Andrews of Bristol, Mrs. Winifred Flanders of White Plains, Mrs. Mabel Henish of Bristol, and Mrs. Alice Wilder of Cleveland, Ohio, and two brothers, Lester Bliss of Canandaigua, and Gooding H. Bliss of Shortsville.

The funeral services will be held privately from the home in Bristol with Rev. W Searles pastor of the Bristol Congregational Church officiating. Interment in Bristol.


Gooding Herbert Bliss was born December 25, 1878.  Gooding died November 08, 1956 Canandaigua, New York, at 77 years of age.  His body was interred 1956 Bristol, New York, Evergreen Cemetery.  He married Addie Hallock 1906.

Addie Hallock -   Addie was born Richmond, New York 1884.  Addie was the daughter of Frank Hallock and Margaret.  Addie died October 10, 1958 East Bloomfield, New York, at 74 years of age.  Mrs. Gooding H. Bliss.

EAST BLOOMFIELD - Funeral service for Mrs. Addie Hallock Bliss, 74, who died Friday, Oct 10, 1958, was held Sunday afternoon at the Wheeler Funeral Home in East Bloomfield, the Rev. Hardy Lumb of Canandaigua officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery, Baptist Hill.

 A native of the town of Richmond, she was the daughter of Frank and Margaret Hallock. For many years she and her husband, the late Gooding H. Bliss, resided in Shortsville. They were active members of the Shortsville Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include a son, Glen Bliss of Islip, LI, two daughters, Mrs. Albert Bishop of Gowanda, and Mrs. J. Charles Bennett of East Bloomfield, a brother, George Hallock of Bristol, a sister, Mrs. Ethel Fisher of Allen's Hill, seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Living in Shortsville when sister died in 1925. 


Lester Philenzo Bliss and Ada Fisher  had the following children:

  L. Kenneth Bliss      He married Elaine M. Johnson Victor, New York, January 22, 1949. 



 At Victor, January 22, 1949, L. Kenneth Bliss and Miss Elaine M. Johnson, both of Canandaigua.

           SAME  PAPER   Front Page

 Picture of Elaine with the following caption, RECENT BRIDE, Mrs. L. Kenneth Bliss Jr., was the former Miss Elaine M. Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roger C. Johnson, East Lake Road. Mr. and Mrs. Bliss were married at the Victor Presbyterian church last Saturday. 

William H. Sr.2 Bostwick  was born April 23, 1825.  William  died April 01, 1899 at 73 years of age. 



William Bostwick, a lifelong resident of this town,  died on Saturday, April 1, after a lingering illness. A wife and five children, two sons and three daughters, survive him. The funeral was held from his late residence on Tuesday.


 DIED -  BOSTWICK  -   At West Bloomfield, April 1, 1899, William Bostwick, aged 71 years. His body was interred 1899 East Bloomfield, New York, Rice Cemetery.

                       He married Ann Wheatley   Ann was born 1831.  Her age was given as 44 years on her grave marker. Ann died January 28, 1875 East Bloomfield, New York, at 43 years of age.

ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL February 5, 1875   PAGE  2 COL  4

  BOSTWICK -   In East Bloomfield, January 28th 1875, Anne, wife of Wm. Bostwick, aged 42 years.


William H. Sr. Bostwick and Ann Wheatley had the following children:

 Herman C. Bostwick   was born West Bloomfield, New York 1867.  Herman died May 23, 1943 Rochester, New York, at 75 years of age. 


BOSTWICK  - Herman C. Bostwick, 76, native of West Bloomfield, died Sunday evening, May 23, 1943, in Genesee Hospital,

Rochester.  Born in the town of West Bloomfield, he was the son of William and Ann Wheatley Bostwick.


He spent his early life on a farm in the township, later being employed for many years at the Atlantic Stamping Co in Rochester. He retired four years ago.  Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Pitts Short, Ellensburg, Wash., and two nieces, Mrs. Clifford Hartford of Avon, and Mrs. Leonard Appleton of Rochester. Funeral services were conducted in the W E Wheeler Funeral Home, this village, Rev. Walter C. Shaeffer, pastor of the Congregational Church, officiating. Burial was in East Bloomfield Cemetery.

William H. Jr.3 Bostwick was born East Bloomfield, New York 1871.  He appears in the 1910 census at Canandaigua living with his daughter and her husband. His wife Jennie is not at the residence. William died April 21, 1926 Canandaigua, New York, at 54 years of age.

            ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  Page  8 Col  3  and Page  7  Col  4

 Death of William H. Bostwick at Canandaigua, April 21, 1926, of Holcomb, aged 55 years. 


The death of William H. Bostwick occurred at Memorial Hospital last Wednesday afternoon following an operation for appendicitis. He was born in E. Bloomfield 55 years ago and had always resided in this section.

He had been a mason foreman for the NY Central RR for the past 16 years. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Leonard Appleton of Holcomb, with whom he resided, and Mrs. Clifford Hartford of Avon, also by a brother and two sisters, Herman Bostwick of Rochester, Mrs. Ralph Short and Mrs. Pitts Short, both of Seattle Washington. Interment at East Bloomfield. His body was interred 1926 East Bloomfield, NY, East Bloomfield Cemetery. 

                     He married Jennie M. Pickett Canandaigua, NY, January 16, 1889.[i] Jennie was born Gorham, New York 1871.  Jennie was the daughter of David Pickett and Beatrice Fogarty .  Jennie died April 13, 1913 Willard, New York, at 41 years of age.  [i]. Canandaigua City Clerk office number 443.

    ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  Wed. April 23, 1913 PAGE  8  COL 4

The funeral of Mrs. Wm. Bostwick was held from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Leonard Appleton in the North Eastern part of the town Wednesday PM at 2 o'clock, being conducted by Rev. W. D. Robinson, and interment was made in the village cemetery.

 Mrs. Bostwick had been an invalid for many years and her death occurred at Willard,  Sunday April 13 at the age of 42 years. Survived by her husband and two daughters, Mrs. Leonard Appleton of this town, and Mrs. Ada Hartman of Lima.

                               Anna A. Bostwick    was born Bristol, New York 1893.  Anna died 1963 at 70 years of age.

ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  Wed. February 23, 1910


At Holcomb, February 16, 1910, Leonard J. Appleton and Miss Anna Bostwick, both of Holcomb.  

                          Leonard J. Appleton was born East Bloomfield, New York November 1881.  He is listed as 28 years of age at the time of his marriage. This would place his birth year around 1882. His grave marker has 1877. Leonard was the son of Robert Appleton and Frieda Beutler.   Leonard died September 07, 1960 Holcomb, New York, at 78 years of age.

HOLCOMB -   Leonard Appleton, 82, died in his home in Main Street yesterday, September 7, 1960, after several weeks illness. A native of the town of East Bloomfield, he was the son of the late Robert and Frieda Beutler Appleton, and always had resided in this community. For many years he was a cook for the maintenance crews of the New York Central Railroad and was a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Maintenance Men.

 He leaves his wife, Mrs. Anna Bostwick Appleton, two daughters, Mrs. Edward Rhode of Mantua, Ohio, and Mrs. Robert Hinds of Holcomb, a son William of Rochester, a sister, Mrs. Emmett Finagan of Canandaigua, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

 Friends may call at the Wheeler Funeral Home in East Bloomfield where a service will be conducted by the Rev. Alton Davis of the East Bloomfield Methodist Church. Burial in East Bloomfield Cemetery.


Daniel Bower and Dorothy Lobdell had the following child:

Mary Amelia2 Bower was born in Lansing, Thompkins Co., New York November 1847.  Mary died May 12, 1907 Canandaigua, New York, at 59 years of age.[i]   [i]. Canandaigua city clerk office record number 4098, shows that she was a domestic.

              ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  May 17, 1907

   WOLVERTON -     At Canandaigua, May 12, 1907, Mrs. Amelia Bower Wolverton, wife of Peter Wolverton, aged 59 years.

George Gary3 Braman  was born in Verona, Oneida Co., New York September 02, 1821.  George died December 01, 1865 in Perinton, Monroe Co., New York, at 44 years of age

He married Clarinda H. VanDenbergh January 01, 1855. Clarinda was born Rensselear County New York October 25, 1830.  Clarinda was the daughter of Peter VanDenbergh and Jennett Fonda.  Clarinda died September 29, 1898 East Bloomfield, New York, at 67 years of age. 


  DIED BRAMAN    At East Bloomfield, September 29, 1898, Mrs. Clara H. VanDenbergh Braman, aged 67 years.

                                                 SAME PAGE  

EAST BLOOMFIELD - On Saturday were held the funeral services of Mrs. Braman, who died on Thursday, after an illness of about two weeks. Mrs Braman has been a resident of this place for over twenty years, having moved here from Victor. She was an active member of the Congregational church, and a member of the Sunday School.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Lowell Smith, of Oshkosh, Wis., and Mrs. Frank Munson, of this place, with whom she lived at the time of her death. Mrs. Braman was 67 years old.  

  Her body was interred 1898 East Bloomfield, New York, East Bloomfield Cemetery. 

Isadore BRAMAN  was born in Farmington, Ontario Co., New York October 09, 1857.  Isadore died January 28, 1940 Canandaigua, New York, at 82 years of age.

 THE  VICTOR  HERALD   February 2, 1940  PAGE  7  COL  1

         EAST  BLOOMFIELD    -    MUNSON

Mrs. Isadore Braman Munson, 82, widow of Frank Munson, died suddenly Sunday afternoon at the Health Home in Canandaigua where she had been ill for the past six weeks with heart trouble. 

She was born in Farmington, October 7, 1857, and upon her marriage to Mr. Munson, came to this village where she has since resided.  For many years she was proprietress of Locust Lawn, a popular eating place. Two years ago she sold her home to SEEL, INC., who conduct the Holloway House, and moving several houses to the West, continued to conduct a tea room on a smaller scale known as the GRIDDLE CAKE HOUSE.

For many years she assisted her husband in their store, the TRADING POST, during the holiday season.  A great lover and authority on flowers, her gardens were admired by many.  She was a member of the First Congregational Church, and was a member of the choir for many years, member of the various church organizations, a charter member of the Fortnightly Club, and a former member of the bridge club.

For many years she taught boys classes in the Congregational Sunday school.  The only surviving relatives are nieces, Mrs. Sidney M. Hull of Western Springs, Il., and Miss Louise Munson of Brooklyn, and a nephew, Dr. Warren B. Smith of Danville, Il.  Interment in East Bloomfield Cemetery. 

                      ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES JOURNAL

 THE DEATH RECORD -  MUNSON At Canandaigua, January 28, 1940, Mrs. Isadore Braman Munson, 82, of East Bloomfield.

Mrs.  Frank Munson -    Mrs. Isadore Braman Munson, 82, widow of Frank Munson of East Bloomfield, and well known in this town, died yesterday afternoon, January 28, 1940, in the Canandaigua Health Home, after a six week illness of the heart. 

She was born in Farmington, October 7, 1857, since her marriage has lived the village of East Bloomfield. In her home for many years she conducted Locust Lawn, a popular eating place, specializing in squab dinners, sold to Seel Inc., two years ago. Moving several doors west, on a smaller scale, she operated the Griddle Cake House until her illness. Her husband, who died 12 years ago, formerly operated the Trading Post general store, in which she assisted at holiday time.

Mrs. Munson was a lover of  and an authority on flowers, her gardens being admired by many. She was a member of the First Congregational church, both she and her husband singing in the choir for many years. She was a member of the church organizations and taught classes of boys in the Sunday school.

Two years ago on her 80th birthday, special invitations were sent to many of her pupils for a reunion, one returning from California, and others also from long distances. She was a charter member of the Fortnightly Club, and a former member of the Bridge Club.

Surviving are two nieces and a nephew, Mrs. Sidney M. Hull, Western Springs, Ill., Miss Louise Munson, Brooklyn, and Dr. Warren B. Smith, of Danville, Ill.

Funeral services will be tomorrow from the W. E. Wheeler funeral home, East Bloomfield, the Rev. W. Heber O'Hara of the Congregational Church there officiating. Interment will be in the East Bloomfield Cemetery. Her body was interred 1940 East Bloomfield, New York, East Bloomfield Cemetery. 

                    She married Frank Munson East Bloomfield, New York, September 17, 1879.  Frank was born June 1851.  According to his obituary this was his birth date. Frank was the son of Frederick Munson and Olive Buell.  Frank died March 25, 1928 East Bloomfield, New York, at 76 years of age.

ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  March 28, 1928  Wednesday  PAGE  8 COL  4

EAST  BLOOMFIELD -  The death of Frank Munson occurred suddenly at his home in this village Sunday morning. Mr. Munson was born in this village in June 1851, the son of Fredric and Olive Buell Munson, and had passed his entire life in this village with the exception of a few years spent in New York City. 

He was proprietor of F. Munson and Company's store in this village for 52 years, being associated with in the early part with William Higinbotham, now president of the Victor Bank. Mr. Munson was prominent in the Congregational church, having served as church treasurer for 353 years, also acted as deacon and trustee. He also served as treasurer of East Bloomfield high school for over 30 years.

Deceased is survived by his wife, Isadore B. Munson, one niece and two nephews, Miss Louise, Fred and Buell Munson, all of New York. Funeral services were held from his late home on Tuesday afternoon at 3 PM, Rev. Walter Bailey pastor of the Congregational church officiating. Burial was in the East Bloomfield Cemetery. 

Peter Holloway was the village blacksmith as early as 1804, but being ambitious, became a landlord and built a hotel. This hotel is mentioned in Early Settlers of Ontario Co., excerpted from the HISTORY OF ONTARIO COUNTY, compiled by Lewis Cass Aldrich, edited by George S. Conover, 1893.

Nina Belle Braman was born in Indiana July 1864.  State of birth is shown on East Bloomfield 1880 Census. Nina died September 30. 

SMITH - Mrs. Lowell C. Smith, a former resident of East Bloomfield, died September 30th, in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sidney M. Hull, in Western Springs, Ill., after a long period of failing health.

She leaves a sister, Mrs. Frank Munson of this village, the daughter, Mrs. Hull, and one son, Dr. Warren B. Smith of Danville, Ill., and four grandchildren.

Burial was at Wankesha, Wisc, her former home. She married Lowell C. Rev. Smith East Bloomfield, NY, April 29, 1886.  Ontario County Journal  Friday May 7, 1886  PAGE  3  COL  7

 ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  May 5, 1886                    

          MARRIED       SMITH - BRAMAN

 In East Bloomfield, on Thursday, April 29, 1886 by Rev. George R. Smith, the Rev. Lowell C. Smith and Miss Nina Braman. 


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