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Deacon George Jr.2 Codding  was born Dighton, Mass 1734.  Deacon died March 28, 1816 Bristol, New York, at 81 years of age.  His body was interred March 1816 Bristol, New York, Fisher Hill Cemetery.  (Picture of grave taken.)

                     He married twice.  He married Sarah Thayer.  Sarah was born Bristol County Mass 1734.  Sarah was the daughter of William Jr. Thayer and Abigail Burt.  Sarah died January 1818 Bristol, New York, at approximately 83 years of age.

                       Ontario Repository  February 10, 1818.

  Her body was interred 1818 Bristol, New York, Vincent Hill Cemetery.

Deacon George Jr. Codding and Sarah Thayer  had the following children:

Sally Codding was born 1768.  Sally died January 21, 1847 East Bloomfield, NY, at 78 years of age.[i]  [i]. ONTARIO REPOSITORY Tuesday, February 2, 1847, Obituary, In East Bloomfield, on Thursday the 2nd January instant, Sally, wife of Benjamin Gauss, aged 78 years. Mrs. Gauss had been a resident of said town for 55 years. She was truly a Mother in Israel, loved and respected by all who knew her. Thus star by star declines, Till all have passed away.

              ONTARIO REPOSITORY  Tues. February 2, 1847

 DIED -   In East Bloomfield, on Thursday the 2nd January instant, Sally, wife of Benjamin Gauss, aged 78 years. Mrs. Gauss had been resident of said town for 55 years. She was truly a Mother in Israel, loved and respected by all who knew her. Her hand was ever open to alleviate the wants of the poor, and to see the Gospel to the destitute. She died as she lived, in full faith of a glorious immortality. Thus star by star declines, Till all have passed away. She married Benjamin Gauss 1793.

 Benjamin Gauss -Benjamin was born Alford, Mass. May 14, 1765.  Benjamin died October 05, 1854 East Bloomfield, NY, at 89 years of age. 


John3 Codding   was born 1763.  John died January 26, 1813 at 49 years of age. 

                       ONTARIO REPOSITORY  Jan 26, 1813.

Faunce3 Codding   was born 1770.  Faunce died July 29, 1810 at 40 years of age.

                       ONTARIO REPOSITORY  July 31, 1810.

William T.3 Codding  was born 1778.  William died June 01, 1860 Bristol, NY, at 81 years of age.  His body was interred 1860 Bristol, NY, Vincent Hill Cemetery

        He married Sarah Grover.  Sarah was born 1782.  Sarah died October 13, 1815 at 33 years of age. 

                                Ontario Repository  November 28, 1815. 


William T. Codding and Sarah Grover had the following children:  

Emily4 Codding     She married an unknown person Bristol, New York, October 07, 1847. 

    ONTARIO REPOSITORY  Tues. October 12, 1847

 In Bristol, on the 7th inst., by the Rev. L. Whitney, Mr. Thomas Newman of Canandaigua, to Miss Emily, youngest daughter of W. T. Codding, of the former place.

Milo D. Codding was born 1815.  Milo died September 27, 1883 Rochester, New York, at 68 years of age. 

                  ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL October 5, 1883 

CODDING -    In the hospital in Rochester, on the 27th ult, Milo D. Codding, formerly of Bristol, Ontario Co., aged 68 years. Deceased was a son of the late William T. Codding, and brother in law of Thomas Newman, of this place.

Harriet Marie Codding  was born 1822.  Harriet died June 1845 Bristol, New York, at 22 years of age. 

                ONTARIO REPOSITORY  June 11, 1845  PAGE  2  COL  6

DIED   -   In Bristol on Monday evening, Miss Harriet M. Codding, daughter of William T. Codding, aged 23. The funeral was from her father's residence, this day at 10 A. M.


Stephen Andrews4 Codding   was born Bristol Center, NY December 04, 1803.  Stephen died December 29, 1886 Bristol Center, New York, at 83 years of age. 

                           Ontario County Times  Wed. January 5, 1887  PAGE  3  COL 7

 STEPHEN  A.  CODDING -  Died at his home in Bristol Center Wednesday evening, December 29th, Stephen A. Codding, aged 83 years. Mr. Codding has been a great sufferer for some time, but we did not realize his end was so near.

He leaves and aged wife, two daughters, one Mrs. A. W. Beach, and the other, Mrs. Albert Judevine of Canandaigua, and one son, Henry Codding of Bristol, and a large number of relatives and friends to mourn his loss. The last sad rites were held Sunday at the Congregational Church of which church he had long been a member.

                     He married Mary P. Wilder 1829. Mary was born 1809.  Mary was the daughter of Timothy Wilder and Nancy C. .  Mary died August 16, 1892 Bristol Center, New York, at 83 years of age.           

  DIED-   Codding in Bristol August 11, 1892, Mrs. Mary P., widow of the late Stephen A. Codding.                                                               

                    Her body was interred 1892 Bristol, New York, Bristol Center Cemetery

                  ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES February 16, 1887     PAGE  3 COL  6

                                        EARLY DAYS IN BRISTOL

Interesting reminiscences of the Codding family. George Codding and his sons came here in 1792, one of these sons, Faunce Codding, being the father of Stephen A Codding, the subject of this sketch. Faunce Codding, after remaining here a short time clearing land and suffering the hardships of Pioneer life, returned to Dighton, Mass in the fall of 1794. In the summer of 1794 they planted 25 or 30 acres of corn on the lands West of Muttonville. When the corn was large enough to eat they stinted themselves to from 5 to 7 ears at a meal. The corn crop being the main provision for winter, they were obliged to practice economy, and as it ripened they pounded it into samp, mixing with water or milk for food.

Mr. Codding started on foot for Mass. late fall of 1794, providing a quantity of this mixture for his living while on the way, and seven and sixpence in money to defray expenses. When he reached Newtown, Elmira, he found his provision had all turned to meal, and he was compelled to provide himself with further supplies at the mill in that place.

On arriving at Dighton he had 4 shillings left. After spending the winter there he returned on foot to his new home. While stopping overnight at Geneva he fell in company with Dr. Thomas Vincent, whom he persuaded to come to Bristol and locate as a physician. Mr. Codding settled on the farm now occupied by Chauncey Taylor. He taught school winters, and spent his summers in doing farm work and clearing more land. He with several other enterprising men saw the necessity of having a place to hold religious services and a log meeting house of suitable dimensions was soon built on his farm.

This building had a gallery on three sides, with stairs on the outside leading to the gallery. The building was also used for a school house and all public meetings as the town records show. Stephen A. Codding was born on  this farm Dec. 4, 1803. The father died when Stephen was but 7 years of age, leaving a widow and five children. Educational advantages at that day being extremely limited, the children were only able to attend school a month or two at a time. Young Stephen was present at the raising of the Congregational church in the summer of 1811 which was considered a gala day for those times. When a young man he was very athletic, entering into sports of the day, such as lifting and wrestling with great spirit. It is related that he would lift a barrel of cider from the ground and place it in a cart, and on several occasions he was known to lift a barrel of cider from the ground and drink out of the bung hole.

During the years 1826 to 1830 the subject of temperance was agitated to a great extent in this town, particularly among the young men. He and his youngest brother, Ichabod, took a leading part in promoting the cause. Ichabod lecturing in the schoolhouse, in the company with his brother. When but 16 years of age he grew up a pledge against tea, coffee, tobacco and profanity as well as liquors which was signed by 11 young men. Henry W. Taylor and Walter Hubbell of Canandaigua lectured in Bristol at that time upon the same subject.

He held several offices representing the town in the board of supervisors from 1859 to 1862. He united with the Congregational church in 1831 and he was at the time of his death the oldest member. He was elected Deacon in 1832 in place of Marcius Marsh. He removed to Bloomfield in 1838 where he remained four years. On removing from town Junia Ingraham was elected in his place.

After the death of Deacon Ingraham, Mr. Codding was again elected Deacon, holding the office until his death. He was married to Mary P. Wilder, daughter of Timothy Wilder in 1829. He died December 29, 1886 leaving his wife, one son, and two daughters to survive him.


Alexander2 Coffee was born in Colburg, Ontario, Canada January 29, 1854.[i] Alexander died June 07, 1938 Greece, New York, at 84 years of age. [i]. The 1900 Livingston County, Lima Census shows his birth year as 1857, born Canada, parents both from Ireland.

             Died at Greece according to the Ontario County Times Journal, June 7, 1938

                    Father of Mrs. Donald Warren of Canandaigua.



At Greece - June 7, 1938, Alexander Coffee, father of Mrs. Donald Warren of Canandaigua. His body was interred 1938 North Bloomfield, New York, N. Bloomfield Cemetery

                         He married Mary Eddy 1878.

 Mary EDDY was born in Bradford, Penn. March 11, 1859.  Record of her birth date was taken from the birth record in Lima for her son Roscoe Lloyd. The 1900 Lima Census shows her birth year as Mar. 1859, in Pennsylvania. It also shows her father from Canada and mother from Pennsylvania. Mary was the daughter of Philo Eddy and Julia Ann Crook . 

Mary died November 11, 1947 Lima, New York, at 88 years of age.[ii]  Her body was interred 1947 North Bloomfield, New York, N. Bloomfield Cemetery.   [ii]. Death Record found at Lima Town Hall, Registration No. 11. States cause of death as accidental fall from bed.  Names the informant as Thomas G. Coffee, Fairport, NY.

Alexander Coffee and Mary Eddy had the following children:

Anna Ethel Coffee  was born Eddystone, Ontario Canada 1879.  Anna died 1963 North Bloomfield, New York, at 84 years of age.  Her body was interred 1963 North Bloomfield, New York, N. Bloomfield Cemetery. [iii]  [iii]. Ontario County Archives listing Gorham marriages shows certificate number 229 date June 1, 1904.

                                          ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Fri June 3, 1904

                                        MARRIED       CHAMBERS  -   COFFEE

At Gorham, May 18, 1904, Horace Fredric Chambers of North Bloomfield, and Miss Anna Ethel Coffee, of Gorham.

Stella Urada Coffee  was born in Bradford, Penn. November 22, 1884.  Stella died December 31, 1947 Canandaigua, New York, at 63 years of age. 

                     ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES JOURNAL Friday January 9, 1948

                                DEATHS -   WARREN 

At Canandaigua, December 31, 1947, Mrs. Stella E. Warren, 63, wife of Donald Warren, 156 Chapin Street. She married Donald Warren West Bloomfield, New York, July 17, 1912.

                      THE  VICTOR  HERALD  July 19, 1912  Front Page  COL  1

                                               MIDSUMMER  WEDDING

A pretty wedding took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Horace Chambers of North Bloomfield, on Wednesday afternoon at 6 o'clock, when Mrs. Chambers sister, Miss Stella Urada Coffee was united in marriage to John Warren. The ceremony was performed on the lawn by Rev. George B. Richardson in the presence of about forty relatives of the bride and groom.

Bride was gowned in white silk batiste, trimmed with lace and silk fringe, and she carried white sweet peas.  Following the ceremony a wedding supper was served.  Covers were laid for ten at the bride's table, and the color scheme was pink and white.  Mr. and Mrs. Warren departed for a river trip down the St. Lawrence to Montreal and Quebec.  The bride received many handsome gifts of cut glass, linen and silver.  Guests were present from Rochester, Albion, and Honeoye Falls.

                       Donald Warren -   Donald was born Lima, New York December 17, 1881.  Donald was the son of Edwin Warren and Rosetta Page.  Donald died December 1959 Canandaigua, New York, at 77 years of age. 

Don Warren, 78, who had made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Charles Isenhour, 204 N. Pearl Street, died Wednesday at the Cowles Nursing Home following a long illness. 

He was born in Lima, Dec 17, 1881, the son of the late Edwin and Rosetta Page Warren. He had been employed as a government mail clerk working on the Pennsylvania Railroad. His wife, Stella Coffee Warren, died Dec 31, 1947. 

He was a member of the Methodist Church and the Canandaigua Masonic Lodge.  Besides his daughter, Mrs. Isenhour, he is survived by another daughter, Mrs. Carl Mosher, of Fairport, three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery.

 Thomas Grover3 Coffee  was born Eddystone, Ontario, Canada January 22, 1885.  Thomas died July 02, 1958 Fairport, NY, at 73 years of age.   

                          Thomas G. Coffee, Former Resident North Bloomfield, Dies Unexpectedly 

A former resident of North Bloomfield for many years, was summoned to rest unexpectedly on Wednesday of last week, July 2, 1958, when Thomas G. Coffee suffered a fatal heart attack in his yard at 1839 Turk Hill Road, Fairport. 

The 72 year old man was working among his garden flowers when the end came.  Mr. Coffee was a brother of Mrs. Horace F. Chambers of Ideson Road, North Bloomfield, who survives with other family members.    Last rites for the deceased were held Saturday morning in the Emery Funeral Home, Fairport, and interment was made in White Haven Memorial Park.  A Masonic service was held in his honor on Friday evening. Born in Eddystone, Ontario Canada, to Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Coffee, he was one of a family of three daughters, and five sons.  The Coffees located in North Bloomfield while their children were young, and continued to live there as the girls and boys matured and established families of their own. 

One sister, Mrs. Chambers of the local neighborhood, and three brothers, William, Fred, and Roscoe, all of Rochester, remain.  A graduate of Syracuse University, Mr. Coffee was a successful teacher for many years in Livingston and Herkimer counties before locating in Rochester.  He was a superintendent of schools for 26 years, retiring in 1951. Known as an able educator, he was recalled to the teaching field to serve for a year as instructor in business administration at St. John Fisher College, but ill health caused his retirement months ago. 

Interested in many public activities, Mr. Coffee was deacon leader in Raymond Baptist Church where he taught the Men's Class. He was a past Master of Fairport Masonic Lodge, and had keen interest in civic and public affairs. Surviving with the wife, are five daughters, the three brothers, nine grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

                        Newspaper editorial published c. July 10, 1958 upon the death of Thomas Coffee:

                                                     A Cause for Mourning

The community lost one of its finest citizens last week as Thomas G. Coffee completed his span on earth; a span filled with both triumphs and heartaches and a life dedicated to the welfare of this town. 

Tom Coffee will be remembered for many things as he was a man of many parts. As an educator, he was a devoted servant of young people. Many students determined to "chuck it all and go to work" were deterred by the friendly counsel and interest of Tom Coffee, teacher and school superintendent. The successes of many of these young people in after life was always a source of great satisfaction to him.

Tom was democratic by nature and Democratic by conviction. A keen student of politics, he was a firm believer in fair play and the occasional new broom. Tom's personal effort and door to door canvass made possible the election of the Citizen-Democratic party in the last mayoralty election. Citizens of all political faiths had confidence in his judgments and the accuracy of his facts. The conduct of affairs by the present village administration is a worthy confirmation of the convictions he so ably sold.

But perhaps the greatest attribute was in his role as ordinary citizen, as husband and father, and friend and fellow villager. Tom served on anything he was asked to and discharged his tasks without fanfare. Even in adversity, he never lost his priceless sense of humor, nor bore he malice for anyone. He had a philosophy of life that all should strive to emulate. Optimistic, sprightly and devoted, he lived his life to the fullest, making friends wherever he went.

The community will long mourn Tom Coffee. As the kids he loved so well would say, he indeed was "the greatest". 

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