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David Clark and Sophia had the following children:

Mary E. Clark  was born in Monroe County, New York May 1850.  Mary died March 26, 1912 Canandaigua, New York, at 61 years of age.

   VICTOR  HERALD  March 29, 1912 Front Page

                    Victor Resident Dies In Canandaigua

The death of Mrs. Charles Clark VanVechten, who had been a resident of this town for her entire life, occurred at the Thompson Memorial Hospital in Canandaigua at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon.  Mrs. VanVechten was 62 years of age, and the daughter of the late David Clark, a well known resident of this town. 

Mr. VanVechten died here 6 months ago and shortly thereafter the widow broke up her home and had divided her time between the homes of her children and sisters.  Her health had been failing since the death of Mr. VanVechten, and during the winter she suffered a serious illness at the home of her son.  Since her recovery from that Mrs. VanVechten was thought to be better, and her illness was only 3 days duration.  She left the home of her son to go to Canandaigua to transact some business matters and visit at the home of her sister, and while there was suddenly seized with a diabetic coma, and was removed to the hospital last Saturday in an unconscious state. She did not regain consciousness.

Mrs. VanVechten was a woman of fine character. Unselfish in nature, she was always ready to do for others, and she had weakened her health caring for her husband during a long illness.  She had many friends in this vicinity who are saddened by the news of her death.

Two children survive, Ida, the wife of Dr. Clayton H. Snover of Randolph, NY, and George VanVechten of Rochester, also two sisters, Mrs. George D. Sidway of Canandaigua, and Mrs. George Simonds of this village.  The body was brought here Tuesday evening and taken to the Simonds home, on East Main St. where funeral services were held yesterday afternoon. Rev. Frank W. Hill of the Presbyterian Church officiated. The services were attended by many relatives and friends. She was a forty year member of the church.

      She married Charles Henry VanVechten Victor, New York, June 17, 1880. 

                                 ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL   June 25, 1880

Married at the residence of the bride, on Thursday evening, June 17th, Mr. Charles VanVechten and Miss Mary Clark, both of this village. The Victor Coronet band was present and played some very choice selections. There were also quite a number of guests in attendance, and a good many valuable presents were given. We wish them much joy.

                       ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES June 23, 1880

VICTOR-   A very pleasant company gathered at the residence of Mr. David Clark, on Thursday evening to witness the marriage of Mr. Charles Van Vechten to Miss Mary Clark. Nine o'clock was the hour set for the ceremony, but it was a little later than that hour when the bride and groom made their appearance. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Mr. Babb, assisted by Rev. Mr. Coe. 

After the ceremony was performed the happy couple received the congratulations of their friends, and soon after all resorted to the dining room where  there was a display that would tempt the appetite of an epicure.

After the refreshments had been served and the company were enjoying themselves in social converse, the Victor Coronet Band, of which the groom is a member, made their appearance, and entertained the company with some of their best selections, after which on the behalf of Mr. and Mrs. VanVechten, they were invited to partake of the refreshments, to which it is needless to say they did full justice.

 Many beautiful and useful presents were presented the bride and groom, testifying to the love and esteem which they are regarded by their many friends. It was about midnight when the party broke up with the best wishes for the further welfare of the happy couple.

          Charles Henry VanVechten was born New York November 16, 1849.  Charles was the son of Walter VanVechten and Sarah Jane Rowley.  Charles died September 01,1911 Victor, New York, at 61 years of age.[i]  [i]. Found in obituary in the Ontario County Journal.

          ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  Wed. September  6,  1911

                        DIED   -    VANVECHTEN

At Victor, Sept. 1, 1911, Charles VanVechten aged 61 years.

                      THE  VICTOR  HERALD September 8, 1911


                           DEATH  of  LIFELONG RESIDENT 


Charles VanVechten died at his home on East Main Street, just east of the village limits, last Friday afternoon. He had been in failing health for the past few years, having suffered several strokes, the last one coming the Monday before his death leaving him unconscious.

Mr. VanVechten was sixty three years of age, and had resided here for his entire life, where he was a most highly respected resident and had many friends.  He is survived by his wife, who before her marriage was Miss Mary Clark, two children, Ida, the wife of Dr. Clayton H. Snover, of Randolph, and George VanVechten, of Rochester, and by one sister, Mrs. Frank Henry, of East Rochester.

The funeral services were held at the home on Sunday afternoon and they were attended by a large gathering of relatives and friends and neighbors.  Rev. Frank W. Hill, of the Presbyterian church officiated and interment was made in the Boughton Hill Cemetery. 

Ebenezer1 Clark  -  He married Elizabeth Parker.  Ebenezer and Elizabeth became the parents of Phebe Clark Oxford, Mass., June 08, 1808. 

Phebe2 Clark    was born Oxford, Mass. June 08, 1808.  Phebe died March 23, 1880 at 71 years of age.  She married Alanson Whitcomb in Millbury, Mass., March 31, 1829. 

Henry1 Clark had the following child:

 William2 Clark   He married Margaret Drury Victor, New York, November 29, 1911. 

 VICTOR  HERALD  December 1, 1911   PAGE  1   COL  1


St. Patrick's Church was the scene of a pretty wedding at 4 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon, when Miss Marguerute Drury, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Drury, became the bride of William CLark.  The couple was unattended.  The Rev. John Donnelly performed the ceremony, in the presence of relatives and friends of the young couple. 

Following the ceremony a reception and dinner was given at 6 o'clock at the home of the bride's parents on Boughton Hill. Guests numbered sixty, and the event was most enjoyable, with music and dancing.  The bride received some handsome gifts. Both the bride and groom are well known here where they have made many friends who extend best wishes and congratulations.  The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Clark, who formerly resided South of this village, but now reside on a farm near Canandaigua. 

After a short honeymoon Mr. and Mrs. Clark will commence housekeeping in this town. A shower was given in honor of the Bride last Saturday evening by Misses Adeline Driscoll and Margaret Toomey.

James Bowdoin1 Clark  was born Albany, New York 1792.   He married Abigail. James died December 30, 1868 South Bristol, New York, at 76 years of age.  Their children were Abram W. and Polina E. Clark.

                ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES 

 James Clark died South Bristol, age 76, December 30, 1868. His body was interred 1868 Canandaigua, New York, Academy Cemetery.

Abram W.2 Clark    was born New York December 10, 1817.[i]  Abram died May 06, 1904 Santa Barbara, California, at 86 years of age.  He married Catherine DeWitt .   i]. 1890 Voter's Register stated he was 73 years of age. He was born in New York and was a carpenter.

              Catherine DeWitt  -  Catherine was born Tompkins County October 11, 1829.  Catherine was the daughter of Cornelius DeWitt and  Catherine Connover.  Catherine died August 30, 1922 Santa Barbara, California, at 92 years of age.


Polina Elizabeth Clark  was born Gorham, New York 1821.  Polina died March 13, 1901 Canandaigua, New York, at 79 years of age.  

     ONTARIO CHRONICLE  Page  3 March 20, 1905

Mrs. Polina E. Ingraham, aged 79 years, died at the home of her son, G. W. Ingraham, in this village, Wednesday of last week. Her husband died February 6th. She is survived by four children, George, Mary, Melvina, and Hiram Ingraham.

          ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  March 20, 1901  Page 3  Col  4

                       OBITUARY Polina E. Ingraham

Polina E. Ingraham died at the home of her son, George W. Ingraham, Garden St, on Wednesday morning of last week, at the age of 79 years, 5 months, and 5 days. Mrs. Ingraham was the widow of the late Chauncey F. Ingraham, whose death occurred five weeks prior to that of Mrs. Ingraham.

The deceased was the only daughter of the late James and Abigail Clark, and was born in the town of Gorham, in the year 1821. In 1846 she was married to Chauncey F. Ingraham and together they spent more than 55 years, in this and adjoining towns.

Mrs. Ingraham is survived by her only brother, Abram W. Clark, of Santa Barbara, Cal., and by four children, two daughters and two sons, also by thirteen grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Burial at Academy.

                                     ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Friday March 15, 1901

                                                 Obituary -   Ingraham 

At the home of her son on Garden street on Wednesday, occurred the death of Mrs. Polina E. Ingraham, aged 79 years.  Mrs. Ingraham's death follows closely upon that of her husband, who died on February 6. 

She is survived by four children, Miss Mary Ingraham, George W. Ingraham, Melvina C. Ingraham, and Hiram C. Ingraham. The funeral will be held from the Garden street residence this afternoon, Rev. A. L. Freeman will officiate. Her body was interred 1901 Canandaigua, New York, Academy Cemetery

                      She married Chauncy Fathergill Ingraham Ontario County, NY, October 29, 1845.

                 ONTARIO REPOSITORY  November 05, 1845

Chauncy was born Menteith Point, Ontario County September 04, 1815.  Chauncy [i] was the son of Benjamin Ingraham and Johannah Tremain .  Chauncy died February 06, 1901 Canandaigua, New York, at 85 years of age.  [i]. Chauncey F. Ingraham shows up in Canandaigua City Directory 1867 in South Bristol as a carpenter and farmer.  

                    Ontario Repository Messenger Thursday February 14, 1901 

                                             More Aged People Taken

The funeral of Chauncey Ingraham who died here last Wednesday was held at his son's on Garden Street, burial at Academy.

   ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL Friday February 8, 1901 PAGE 3 COL 4 and COL 5

                                       OBITUARY     INGRAHAM

At the home of his son on Garden Street occurred the death on Wednesday morning of Chauncey F. Ingraham, aged 85 years, 5 months and two days. Mr. Ingraham suffered an attack of the grip, which, a few days before his death developed into hiccoughs, from which he died.

Deceased was about the last of the old landmarks of the Southern part of the town. He was born on Menteth's Point, September 4, 1815, and his father and mother, Benjamin and Johanna Truman, came with their parents from Massachusetts before the settlement of Canandaigua, making the trip up the outlet in boats. 

Mr. Ingraham was a millwright, and the stream which now trickles down off the hills at Menteth's was then of sufficient size to turn the mill wheels. Deceased engaged in farming during the latter years of his life.

He is survived by his wife and four children, Miss Mary C. Ingraham, George W., Melvina C. and Hiram C. Ingraham. Funeral services at the Garden St. address and burial at Academy.         

Jessie Margaret Clark  was born Victor, New York June 25, 1856.  Jessie died October 30, 1919 Victor, New York, at 63 years of age.

   THE  VICTOR  HERALD  October 31, 1919


Mrs. Jessie Margaret Simonds, widow of the late George Simonds, passed away at her home on East Main Street, at 7 o'clock on Thursday morning, October 30th.  Mrs. Simonds had been in poor health for about a year past. On Tuesday, October 21st, she returned from the General Hospital in Rochester, where she had been for about five weeks for an operation and treatment. Her condition allowed for no improvement and she felt that she had but a short time to live.  Jessie Margaret Clark was born in Victor, on June 25, 1856, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Clark.

On February 15,1877, she was united in marriage with George Simonds of Victor, who passed away on March 10, 1918. Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Simonds, David Clark who died in 1894, Marguerite, who is a teacher in Niagara Falls schools, and Helen  of this village.

Mrs. Simonds was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Victor and of the Unity Club. She was quiet in her tastes and found her greatest enjoyment in the home circle. Interment will be made at Boughton Hill Cemetery.

                                    She married George Simonds Victor, New York, February 15, 1877.

George was born Victor, New York November 01, 1853.  George was the son of Albert Simonds and Caroline Mansfield .  George died March 10, 1918 Victor, New York, at 64 years of age. 

        ONTARIO  COUNTY  JOURNAL March 15, 1918

       DEATH  -  SIMONDS

George Simonds, aged 64 years, passed away at his home at Victor on Sunday.  Mr. Simonds was in New York City when taken ill, and hurried to his home, reaching there Thursday.  He held the office of the post master continuously for eight years under the Republican administration.

He leaves his wife, who was Mrs. Jessie Clark, two daughters, Misses Marguerite and Helen Simonds, of Victor, one sister, Mrs. Mary Turner of Loncanning Maryland, two brothers, C. Lewis Simonds of Victor, and Henry Simonds of Buffalo. Rev. F. W. Hill officiated at the funeral services on Wednesday.

                THE  VICTOR  HERALD   March 14, 1918

                       OBITUARY  -  SIMONDS

George Simonds, son of the late Albert Burton and Caroline Mansfield Simonds, who was born in the village of Victor on November 1, 1853, died at his home in this village on the afternoon of Sunday, March 10th, after a brief illness.

Thus is briefly chronicled the beginning and the ending of the earthly life of one who long had prominent place in the business, social, and political life of this town, and whose every influence in all these phases of his relations to his fellowman was beneficent.

For many years an outstanding figure in our, little commercial world, Mr. Simonds was known for his high ideals and his absolute rectitude.  He was associated with his brother C. Lewis Simonds, under the firm name A. Simonds and Sons, in the conduct of what came to be known as, "The Old Stone Store", a legacy from their father, who was a highly esteemed merchant of the earlier days.

To this business he brought a keen judgment of values in merchandise, stimulated by a determination that the name Simonds should ever stand for high quality and honest dealing. Nothing gave him greater pleasure than to be assured that the high standard set by the father he revered had been maintained by the sons.  In politics Mr. Simonds was a Republican and he was for many years active in the councils of his party.

For eight years he was postmaster of Victor, being appointed by President McKinley. For twenty five years he held the office of clerk of the First Presbyterian Church of Victor and was reelected to that office at the annual meeting of the church held in December.  Mr. Simonds was a lover of the best in literature, music and the dramatic art. A frequent visitor to New York upon business matters, he reveled in the opportunities there afforded him to hear and see the world's greatest singers and actors.

An untiring and never satisfied student, he read only books that were truly worth while.   Denied all his life the boon of good health, he had his compensation in a splendid appreciation of the good and profitable things of life. His conversation coming from a well stored mind, was a delight to the understanding, and in his heart was a deep well of kindness which prompted him to a cheering word of commendation and affection for many a fellow man. 

  Is it necessary to say that the death of such a man leaves vacant in the community a place exceeding hard to fill?  It was while on one of his highly prized trips to the metropolis that Mr. Simonds was stricken with what proved his last illness. Leaving home on Monday, March 4th, he became ill soon after reaching the city and was compelled to leave his business unfinished and return to Victor, Thursday. Death resulted from an acute attack of pleurisy.

It was in February, 1876, that George Simonds was united in marriage to Miss Jessie Clark, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Clark, of Victor.  The wife and two daughters, the Misses Marguerite and Helen, survive to cherish the memory of a loving husband and father.  A son, David Clark died while yet a young boy. A sister, and two brothers survive, Mrs. Mary Turner of Lonaconing, Md., Henry Simonds of Buffalo, and C. Lewis Simonds of Victor. 

Frederick E.1 Claudius   was born 1872.  Frederick died 1941 at 69 years of age.  His body was interred 1941 Canandaigua, New York, West Avenue Cemetery.  Section XV.

He married twice.  He married Rose A. Wilcox.  Rose was born Farmington, New York May 1867.  Rose was the daughter of Eliphas Wilcox and Martha J.  She married 2nd  Richard Smith Wheatley Gorham, New York, March 04, 1886.  Record number 39 at Gorham, New York. Her name is given as Mary Rose Weluse. 

                                ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL   March 12, 1886

                                    MARRIED WHEATLEY - WILCOX

At the residence of the officiating clergyman, Rev. Geo Craig, at Reed's Corners, March 4, 1886, Richard S. Wheatley, of Manchester, and Rose A. Wilcox, of Farmington.

                       Rose died September 28, 1938 Rochester, New York, at 71 years of age. 

        ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES JOURNAL Friday October 7, 1938  PAGE 4  COL  3

 CLAUDIUS -   Mrs. Belle A. Claudius formerly of Canandaigua, died at her home in Rochester September 28th. She leaves her husband Frederick E. Claudius, two step-sons, Edgar J. and Charles L. Claudius of Canandaigua, also several grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday. The Rev. Whitney S K Yeaple officiating, and burial was made in West Avenue Cemetery in Canandaigua.

 Frederick E. Claudius and Jennie Thompson had the following child:

Clara Lee2 Claudius was born 1894.  Clara died January 30, 1895 Canandaigua, New York, at less than one year of age.

   ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL February 8, 1895  PAGE  3  COL 1

                                DIED - CLAUDIUS  

 At Canandaigua, January 30, 1895, Clara Lee Claudius, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred E. Claudius, aged 3 months, 10 days.


William J. Cline and Rachel had the following children:

Delevan Cline  was born 1821.  He married Nancy Jane Cronk.   Nancy was born March 12, 1828.  Nancy was the daughter of Mr. Cronk and Mrs. Cronk.  Nancy died May 14, 1900 in Jackson, Michigan, at 72 years of age.


CLINE -   At Jackson, Michigan, May 14, 1900, Mrs. Nancy Jane Cronk Cline, wife of Delevan Cline formerly of Victor, aged 72 years, 2 mos, 19 days.

Hannah Pamela Cline  was born in Victor, Ontario County, New York September 09, 1828.  Hannah died April 05, 1900 Canandaigua, New York, at 71 years of age.[i]  Record number 1410.  [i] Canandaigua City Clerk office death record number 1410 lists cause by hanging.

                                 ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  April 6, 1900

   VANVECHTEN -    At Canandaigua, April 5, 1900, Mrs. John VanVechten, aged 70 years.

                                 DESPONDENCY LED TO SUICIDE

                    Aged Mrs. John VanVechten Found Hanging in a Garret 

Mrs. John VanVechten committed suicide yesterday afternoon by hanging herself with a rope in the attic of the home of Mrs. S. H. Torrey, Howell Street, where she and her husband had boarded during the winter. Poor health had caused despondency, and this is supposed to be the cause of the deed.

The deceased was about 70 years of age. Besides her husband she leaves a son Hermon VanVechten. Her body was interred 1900 Canandaigua, New York, Woodlawn Cemetery.

                                         She married John VanVechten December 25, 1854.

John was born Schaghticoke, New York August 28, 1831.  John was the son of Harmon W. VanVechten and Eve VanDenbergh.  John died August 04, 1902 Canandaigua, New York, at 70 years of age.[ii]  [ii]. Canandaigua City Clerk office record number 1006. States he was a 13 year resident.

                 ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Aug. 8, 1902  Page  3  Col 6

                         Died   -    VanVechten at Canandaigua August 4, 1902

                         John VanVechten, of Victor, aged 71 years.

                               SAME PAPER  PAGE  2  Col 

VANVECHTEN On Tuesday evening at 9 o'clock PM occurred the death of John VanVechten, a highly esteemed resident of this village. Four years ago Mr. VanVechten suffered a stroke of apoplexy, one side being paralyzed, and since that time he has been partially helpless. 

Mr. VanVechten was a direct descendant of Derrick VanVechten, a Dutch patriot, whose home was on the Raritan River, New Jersey. During the Revolution the VanVechten homestead was the center of many movements. In the winter of 1778-79 an entire division of the American Army was stationed upon the estate, while within the house General Greene and his staff had their headquarters.

 There are many descriptions of the splendid entertainments given by the young wife of General Greene, assisted by the host VanVechten and his daughter. General and Mrs. Washington, General Wayne, Alexander Hamilton and General Phillip Schuyler were guests at this old house, which is still standing. Derrick VanVechten was a zealous patriot and his bounteous hospitality knew no end. His descendant, Harmon K. VanVechten, settled near Albany, and there John VanVechten was born 71 years ago.

When 6 years of age, he went with his parents to Victor where he continued to reside on the same farm until 1889. At that time he was suffering from the effects of a sun stroke received two years before, and he left the farm, coming to this village to reside.

 In 1854 he married Miss Hannah Cline, who died on April 5, 1900, after having endured ten years illness which had caused her mind to become clouded. Mr. VanVechten became a member of the Victor Presbyterian Church early in his life and continued to be actively identified with that denomination throughout his life.

He was for many years a trustee of the Victor church and a leader in the choir. Mr. VanVechten was thoroughly esteemed by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. In the community his integrity and honor were unquestioned. During the last year of his life, when he was able to get about with the greatest effort, his friendly, cheery words were always an encouragement to those who came in contact with him.

He leaves one son, Herman VanVechten, of this place, and one sister, Mrs. Rebecca Conover, of Rochester. Funeral held Wednesday PM from his son's home on Howell Street, Rev. A. K. Bates, of Lima, officiating. Interment at Woodlawn.


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