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Elvin C. Dean and Lucinda Alden had the following children:

Mary Jane Dean  was born New York August 11, 1830.  Mary died April 16, 1882 Philadelphia, Penn., at 51 years of age. 

                              ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  April 21, 1882  Page  3  Col  9     

                        DIED  VANGELDER -     In this village, April 16, 1882, Mary Jane VanGelder, aged 51 years and 8 months.

                 ONTARIO REPOSITORY MESSENGER April 20, 1882  PAGE 3  COL 2

OBITUARY - The many friends of Mrs. Alfred VanGelder will be pained to learn of her death, which took place in Philadelphia this morning, where she had gone for the purpose of having a tumor removed. For several months she had been an invalid, suffering pain from which death would have been a welcome relief, but for leaving a devoted husband and children.

 She was a devoted Christian woman and a shining example of the realities of religion. She had a warm and loving heart, was motherly and kind, devoted and loving to all. She held a place in the hearts of all her acquaintances who mourn her as a lost friend, but one whose example will make life's journey easier and it's disappointments more endurable, for amid her suffering she never lost hope or courage, but perfectly trusted in Jesus.  Chapinville April 17. Her body was interred 1882 Hopewell, New York, Chapman Cemetery.

                         She married Alfred Morris VanGelder in Orange, Steuben Co., New York, September 25, 1850.

Alfred was born Pine Bank, New Jersey October 11, 1825.  Alfred was the son of William VanGelder and Catherine Courtright.  Alfred died April 29, 1916 Wilmington, Delaware, at 90 years of age.

                ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Friday May  5, 1916  PAGE  1 COL  7

The death of Alfred VanGelder, aged 91 years, occurred at Wilmington Delaware on Saturday. He was a former resident of this vicinity and had resided in Wilmington for the past 18 months.

There survive four sons, George B. VanGelder, of Canandaigua, and Fred, Emerson and Edgar of Wilmington, Del., two daughters, Mrs. Charles Gifford of Canandaigua, Mrs. Charles Hathaway of Wilmington, two sisters, Mrs. Hulda Weeks, of Sharon, Wisconsin, one brother William VanGelder of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The funeral services were being held in the Methodist church at Chapin on Tuesday. Interment was in the Chapman cemetery at Hopewell. 

George Shannon5 Dean   was born in Barrington, Yates Co., New York March 12, 1828.  George died February 11, 1912 in Independence, Buchanan Co., Iowa, at 83 years of age.  Obituary of George Shannon Dean 

Independence Conservative Independence, Iowa: February 14, 1912

Death of Mr. Dean -  George S. Dean, an aged resident of Buchanan county, passed away Sunday forenoon, Feb. 11, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Clinton E. Miller, on Second avenue N. E. George Shannon Dean was born at Barrington, Yates county, N. Y., March 12, 1828.

In 1854 he was united in marriage to Louisa A. Smith, of Olive, Ulster county, N.Y. They resided at Penn Yan, N.Y., until 1855, when they removed to this state, residing in Independence for three years. They then moved to a farm in Jefferson township, residing there and in Brandon until 1868, when they purchased a farm four miles northeast of Independence and onto which they moved.

Mrs. Dean died in 1877. About twelve years ago Mr. Dean sold the home farm and has since resided in Independence with the exception of two years which he spent at Jessup. In early life Mr. Dean united with the Baptist church and has ever since the building of the First Baptist church of Independence been a devout member.

Five children are left to mourn the loss of this father; he is also survived by twenty-five grandchildren. The children are Elvin C., living near Vista, Dr. W. F., of Grants Pass, Ore., Rev. Charles S., of Konantz, Col., Carrie A. Kepford, of Alva, Okla, and Mrs. Clinton E. Miller, of Independence.

Funeral Services will be held at the house at 1:30 this afternoon, conducted by Rev. Hill, and services at the church at 2 o'clock. Internment at Oak Wood cemetery.

                           His body was interred 1912 in Independence, Iowa, Oakwood Cemetery.  Lot number 114.

John Deere and Mary Connor had the following child: 

Mary2 Deere was born Ireland July 06, 1846.  Her birth date is shown on her death record at Canandaigua City clerk office as July 06, 1846. Her father's last name is given as Deere. The 1900 Canandaigua Census shows as March 1849, and she was born Ireland. Her grave marker shows a birth year as 1847. Mary died December 14, 1943 Canandaigua, New York, at 97 years of age.  

                ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES JOURNAL July 9, 1943

                       Mrs. Mary Scantlin Has 97th Birthday Anniversary

Mrs. Mary Scantlin, Chapel Street, observing her 97th birthday, Monday, expressed no ambition to live to be a hundred, but simply to stay alive until three of her great grandsons return from the war. Two of these twin brothers, Gordon and Henry Prince of Rochester, are in Australia and another brother was in the Tunisian fighting. Still active and retaining all her faculties with the exception of diminishing eyesight, Mrs. Scantlin listens eagerly to radio news broadcasts.

 Mrs. Scantlin keeps house for a son in law, Charles O'Reilly. Two years ago she was doing all the housework even the laundry, and in addition her own clothes and hand pieced many beautiful quilts.  I can't do so much now she complains. I had to give up my sewing over a year ago on account of my eyes. However she seems to get along all right even without glasses.

Widowed in her mid thirties, Mrs. Scantlin was left with six young children to bring up and support. She and William Scantlin had been married less than 15 years and had just made a small payment on the house where she still lives when he died. Her youngest child was only a year old. To keep the family together she  worked out by the day and did her own housework, baking, sewing, washing, and ironing, for seven at night. For several years she was cook at the old Granger Place School for girls here.  It must be hard work which accounts for my long life she opines.

 Born in Ireland, Mrs. Scantlin came to this country and settled in Canandaigua with her parents when still a small child. Her wealth of information about old Canandaigua is inexhaustible. Of her six children, four boys and two girls, only three are living. They are Daniel, John and Thomas Scantlin, all of Rochester. 

                 ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES JOURNAL December 17, 1943

                                         OBITUARY     -   SCANTLIN

Funeral services were held yesterday Thursday morning, from St. Mary's Church, for Mrs. Mary Deere Scantlin, 97, who died in her home in Chapel Street, Tuesday, December 14, 1943, after a brief illness. Interment was made in Calvary Cemetery.

Mrs. Scantlin believed to have been Canandaigua's oldest resident, was born in Ireland, July 6, 1846, and came to America 84 years ago. She had lived in Canandaigua all but two years of those years, and for some years past had kept house for her son in law, Charles O'Reiley, doing all of the household tasks despite her advanced years. She was active and alert and recalled with regret that she had seen four wars during her lifetime.

On the occasion of her 97th birthday, last July, she had said she did not anticipate reaching the century mark, but did want to live to see the return from the current war of three grandsons.  Left a widow when her husband the late William Scantlin died, soon after moving into the Chapel Street home in which she lived for so many years, Mrs. Scantlin reared six children through her own efforts. 

 She is survived by three sons, Daniel, John, and Thomas Scantlin, all of Rochester, nine grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren. Her body was interred 1943 Canandaigua, New York, Calvary Cemetery. 

Jacob1 DeGroote  was born Holland July 03, 1876   He married twice. 

                            He first married Florence M. LYKEHe married 2nd Catherine Mapes.  Catherine was born New York 1877.  Catherine died 1961 Honeoye, New York, at 84 years of age.

                             CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER    1961

                               Mrs. Jacob DeGroote   SHORTSVILLE     

Mrs. Katherine Mapes DeGroote, 83, died Tuesday at the home of her son, George Mapes of Honeoye, following a long illness.  She was a native of Palmyra. She was a member of the Shortsville Presbyterian Church, and the Friendship Circle. For many years she had taught a Sunday School Class. He husband Jacob DeGroote died about 10 years ago.

Besides her son, she is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Frank Thelma Secora of East Henrietta, a step daughter, Mrs. John Emma Kennedy Sr., Shortsville, a sister, Mrs. Joseph Butterworth of Rochester, three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Interment at Brookside Cemetery.  

Jacob DeGroote and Florence Lyke had the following children:

Emma V.2 DeGroote was born Manchester, New York 1905.  Emma died January 01, 1989 Shortsville, New York, at 83 years of age.


SHORTSVILLE -   Emma V. Kennedy, 83, West Main Street, died Sunday, Jan 1.   Mrs. Kennedy was born in Manchester and for many years was a beautician in Shortsville. She retired in 1970. 

The widow of John F. Kennedy, she is survived by a son and daughter in law, John H. and Dorothy Kennedy of Shortsville, two grandchildren and three great grandchildren. A mass of Christian burial will be said Thursday at St. Dominic Church, Shortsville. Burial in St. Rose Cemetery.

                       She married John Francis Kennedy Canandaigua, New York, February 19, 1927.[i]  [i]. Copies of the Affidavit for License to Marry number 46, and the Marriage License can be found on PG 2P and PG 2Q in the book, A Tree Trunk.  Married by Joseph E. Guilfoil, Priest, in the presence of Melvin Deuel and Helen L. Conklin

 John Francis Kennedy  - John was born Canandaigua, New York December 26, 1901.  Record number 1863 at City Clerk Office.

                        ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL January 3, 1902  PAGE  3  COL 6

                                               BORN -    KENNEDY

At Canandaigua, Dec 26, 1901 to Mr. and Mrs. Henry James Kennedy, a son. John was the son of Henry James Kennedy & Catherine Moran. 

Helen DeGroote was born 1909.  Helen died January 26, 1945 Shortsville, New York, at 35 years of age. 

                            VICTOR  HERALD   February 9, 1945      

                                       OBITUARY  -   ALLEN   

Mrs. Helen DeGroote Allen, wife of Walter Allen, died at their home in Shortsville, January 26, 1945, at the age of 36.  Mr. and Mrs. Allen lived in Victor for a short time following their marriage in 1934.  She had been ill for some time.

Besides her husband she is survived by a daughter Joan Emily, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob DeGroote, of Shortsville, two sisters, Mrs. Frank Secora, and Mrs. John Kennedy, both of Shortsville, and a brother, Sgt. George Mapes, now in Belgium. Funeral services were held in her home. Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery, Shortsville

William2 DeVaney   was born Ireland 1835.  William  died February 18, 1915 Geneva, New York, at 79 years of age.

                       GENEVA DAILY TIMES  February 18, 1915

                           OBITUARY William J. DeVaney Sr.       

The death of William J. DeVaney, aged 83 years, of 57 Cherry Street, occurred this morning, after an illness of several weeks.

Mr. DeVaney is survived by two sons, Patrolman William J. DeVaney Jr., and Michael E. DeVaney, of this city, four daughters, Miss Mary E. DeVaney, of Auburn, Mrs. E. S. Martin, of Utica, Miss Ellen R. DeVaney, and Miss Anna E. DeVaney of Geneva. Funeral services will be held Saturday, the hour to be announced later.

                     His body was interred February 20, 1915 Geneva, New York, St. Patrick's Cemetery.  Old Section lot number 509.


William J.3 DeVaney   was born Geneva, New York 1870.  1915 Census Geneva, William aged 45 years, Policeman, wife Rose, aged 40 years, William J., age 3 years, and Joseph H. aged 57 days. William died 1962 Geneva, New York, at 92 years of age.  His body was interred 1962 Geneva, New York, St. Patrick's Cemetery.

                        He married Rose E. Hanratty.  Rose was born 1875.  Rose died June 13, 1939 Geneva, New York, at 63 years of age.

                                            GENEVA DAILY TIMES

                         OBITUARY     Mrs. William J. DeVaney

 Mrs. Rose H. DeVaney, wife of William J. DeVaney, died this morning at the family home, 95 Mill Street, after a short illness. Besides her husband, she leaves a daughter, Elizabeth and two sons, William J. , and Joseph H. DeVaney, all of Geneva. Mrs. DeVaney was a member of the Rosary Society of St. Stephen's church. Funeral announcements will be made later.

Michael3 DeVaney   was born Geneva, New York January 24, 1874.  Michael died March 19, 1926 Geneva, New York, at 52 years of age.  Death record at Geneva Town Hall, record number 68, lists his residence as 159 LaFayette Ave., Geneva, and his wife as Nellie Quinn.

                                    GENEVA DAILY TIMES  March 20, 1926 

Michael DeVaney, aged 54 years, died last night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Long, 159 Lafayette Ave., after a short illness. Mr. DeVaney was a member of the Nester Hose athletic team of thirty years ago, and as such competed in many races throughout the state. He was often engaged to run with teams at Waterloo, Ithaca, Syracuse and other places.

For 33 consecutive years he was employed at the Standard Optical company plant and was a member of the Holy Name Society of St. Stephen's church.

Surviving are his wife, Nellie Quinn DeVaney, two daughters, Mrs. John Long and Miss Edwina DeVaney of Geneva, one son Jerome, of Atterbury, Mass., four sisters, Miss Mary M. DeVaney of Auburn, Miss Ellen R. DeVaney of Palm Beach, Fla., Miss Anna DeVaney of Geneva, and Mrs. Edward Martin of Winter Park, Fla., and one brother, Officer William DeVaney of the Geneva Police department, also two grandchildren.

The body was removed to his home, 253 William Street from where the funeral will be held Monday morning, and St. Stephen's church. Interment at St. Patrick's Cemetery. 

           He married Nellie C. Quinn Geneva, New York, September 09, 1896. 

            ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES September 16, 1896  PAGE  3 COL  7

                                MARRIED    DEVANEY - QUINN 

 At Geneva September 9, 1896 Michael DeVaney and Miss Nellie C. Quinn both of Geneva. 


John LONG was born Watertown, New York April 10, 1897. John was the son of John Jr. Long and Julia Ann Hanley.  John died June 02, 1941 Geneva, New York, at 44 years of age. 

               GENEVA DAILY TIMES  June 4, 1941

                       Funeral of John F. Long 

The funeral of John F. Long who died Monday, was held this morning at 8 o'clock from his late home, 159 Lafayette Avenue, and also St. Francis de Sales church with Solemn High Mass. The celebrant was the Rev. Raymond Nolan with the Rev. William O'Brien and the Rev. Ralphj Neagle as sub deacon. Burial was in St. Patrick's Cemetery with military honors, Father Neagle officiating.

The bearers were Joseph and Leo McDonough, Joseph McElroy, Edward McKenna, C. D. McCarthy and Edward Donahue. Members of the military escort from the American Legion, headed by C. DeWolfe Smith, were Magnus Larson, Martin McCarthy, John Gleason, Charles Kleinhenz, Malcolm Allen, C. Leonard Bowler, and Francis Alvaro, bugler.

David Dey and Sarah Neafie  had the following children:

Anthony Thenius Dey  was born New Jersey October 12, 1792.  Anthony died March 21, 1865 at 72 years of age.  He married Hannah Dey in Fayette, New York, January 17, 1816.   

                       ONTARIO REPOSITORY  January 23, 1816.  

Mary Dey was born Varick, Seneca Co., New York June 08, 1804.  Mary died February 08, 1893 Canandaigua, New York, at 88 years of age.[i]  [i]. Canandaigua City Clerk Office record number 1003.Also stated she was a 40 year resident.  

                          ONTARIO REPOSITORY MESSENGER Thurs. Feb. 9, 1893

JOHNSON   -   At Canandaigua, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Albion Ellis, February 8, 1893, Mrs. Mary Dey Johnson, aged 88 years and 8 months. Funeral, Friday at 11 AM. Her body was interred February 1893 Canandaigua, New York, West Avenue Cemetery.

 She married Moses Johnson Varick, Seneca Co., New York, March 27, 1833.[ii]  [ii]. From the book, 10,000 Vital Records of Central NY 1813 1850, by Fred Q. Bowman, page 132, number 4806. Moses Johnson of Waterloo, married 3 27 1833, Mary Dey, daughter of Captain David, in Varick, Rev. Law.

 MARRIAGE and DEATH NOTICES from Seneca County New York, 1817-1885  PAGE  28.

  Moses Johnson of Varick, NY  to  Mary Dey daughter of David of Varick     

April 1, 1833, Waterloo, NY SENECA OBSERVER  April 3, 1833, published every Wednesday AM in Waterloo by Charles Sentell. 

MARRIED -  On Wednesday last by Rev. A. D. Lane, Mr. Moses Johnson of this village, to Miss Mary, daughter of David Dey Esq. of Varick.

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