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Shubael Ferrin and Marilla Jones had the following children:

Martha Ferrin  was born September 04, 1838.  Martha died May 30, 1858 at 19 years of age.  She married Caleb Brockelbank February 18, 1855. Caleb was born Canandaigua, New York November 10, 1825.  Death record states his age at death as 76 years 9 months and 14 days. Caleb was the son of Samuel Brockelbank and Mary. 

                          He married Maria Outhouse Canandaigua, New York, December 21, 1859.  The Ontario County Journal gave a marriage date of December 21, 1859. 


               Caleb Brockelbank to M. Outhouse.

    ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL Fri. August 29, 1902  PAGE  2  COL 5 

                     Obituary -  Brockelbank

Early Sunday morning occurred the death of Caleb Brockelbank at his home on Bristol Street. He had been in poor health for some time, and three weeks ago suffered a stroke of paralysis, since which time he had failed rapidly.

Deceased was nearly 77 years of age and had always lived in this town, where his industrious and upright life was known and appreciated by all who had dealings with him. By trade he was a mechanic and for some years past had conducted a copper shop.

 Besides his wife he leaves four daughters and two sons, Mrs. E. W. Johnson, Misses Flora and Blanche Brockelbank, and Charles Brockelbank, of this village, and Miss Lillian Brockelbank of New Haven, Conn., and Alton of Sherman. Burial in West Avenue Cemetery.

                           His body was interred 1902 Canandaigua, New York, West Avenue Cemetery.


  Euseba Helena Ferrin  was born Bristol, New York January 01, 1845.  Euseba died September 26, 1902 Bristol, New York, at 57 years of age.

                                    ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL October 3, 1902

                          DIED     BUCKALEW -    At Bristol, September 26, 1902, Mrs. William Buckalew, aged 57 years.

                         SAME  PAPER AS  ABOVE  PAGE  2  COL  5

                          BRISTOL      Mrs. Buckalew's Funeral

The funeral of Mrs. William Buckalew who died on Friday was held Monday afternoon, and was largely attended.  Rev. F. F. Buckner officiated, and his discourse was based on the 15th Chapter of First Corinthians.

 The deceased is survived by her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Wilbur Ashley, of Honeoye, and two sons, George and Arthur Buckalew of Bristol.  Mrs. Buckalew was 57 years of age. Her body was interred 1902 Honeoye, New York, Lakeview Cemetery. 

Harrison Ferrin and Jane O. Francis  had the following children:

Mary Jane Ferrin  was born West Bloomfield, New York August 1860.  Mary died November 04, 1907 Canandaigua, New York, at 47 years of age. 

  ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Friday November 8, 1907

      Death came suddenly to Mrs. William Briggs

Mary Jane Briggs, wife of William A. Briggs, died at the family home on West Avenue on Monday afternoon following a stroke of apoplexy which she suffered a few hours before.

Mrs. Briggs was born in West Bloomfield 46 years ago and had been a resident of this village for the past 21 years.

She is survived by her husband, three children, Roy A. Briggs, Charles Briggs, and Mrs. Tipton Carter, her father Harrison Ferrin, of this village, three brothers, Frank Ferrin of Bristol, Irving Ferrin of Livonia, and Louis Ferrin of Cheshire, and one sister, Mrs. Charles Case of Onstead, Michigan.

Mrs. Briggs was a member of the Methodist church and her pastor, Rev. Ward Mosher officiated at the funeral services on Wednesday afternoon. Interment at Woodlawn. Her body was interred 1907 Canandaigua, New York, Woodlawn Cemetery.

                      She married William Abner Briggs January 10, 1877. William was born Canandaigua, New York September 08, 1856. William was the son of Elihu E. Briggs and Emeline Reed.  He married Priscilla Jane Cunningham 1909. William died August 27, 1932 Moundsville, West Virginia, at approximately 75 years of age.


BRIGGS -  The death of William Abner Briggs, formerly of Canandaigua, occurred at his home in Moundsville, W. Virginia Saturday. Mr. Briggs was born in Canandaigua town September 8, 1856 the son of Elihu E. and Emeline Reed Briggs.

On January 10, 1877 he married Mary Jane Ferrin who died in 1907. In 1909 he married Priscilla Jane Cunningham of Viola W. Virginia. Besides his widow he leaves three children, Roy A. Briggs of Shortsville, Mrs. Adah J. Carter and Charles F. Briggs of this city, 8 grand children, a brother Elnathan Briggs of E. Bloomfield, a half brother Louis Briggs, and a half sister, Mrs. Ina Fogarty of this city.

 Funeral services were held from the home of his daughter Mrs. T. S. Carter, Adelaide Avenue, Tues. PM. Interred in Woodlawn Cemetery. 


Peter Ferris and Sarah VanEvery  had the following children:

Nancy M. Ferris  was born New York October 08, 1838.  Nancy died June 16, 1906 Canandaigua, New York, at 67 years of age.[i] [i]. Canandaigua City Clerk office record number 3067. States that she was 67 years 9 mos and 8 days old.

                      ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  June 22, 1906  PAGE  3  COL  6

 FERRIS At Canandaigua, June 16, 1906, Miss Nancy M. Ferris, aged 69 years, Interred at Lima.

                   ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  June 22, 1906  PAGE  3  COL 

Miss Nancy M. Ferris, aged 79 years, died at home of J. H. Vandenbergh, West Gibson Street on Saturday following a very long  illness. One sister, Mrs. Vandenbergh, and one brother William Ferris of Lima survive. Burial was at the latter place. 

Cornelia Jennie Ferris  was born in Carlisle, Schoharie Co., New York June 1847.[i]  Cornelia died August 16, 1935 Rochester, New York, at 88 years of age.[ii]  Her body was interred 1935 Lima, New York, Oak Ridge Cemetery [i]. 1892 Canandaigua Census shows her age 46.  [ii]. Petition of Surrogate court gives her death date and place of death. Her daughter was listed as Helen S. Scanlon whose name at the time of the probate was then Helen S. Riddell, and she was named in 1912 as the executrix of the will. Helen is shown in the 1900 Canandaigua Census as having been born March 1889.

                She married Jacob Shulters VanDenbergh Lima, New York, October 07, 1890.[iii]  [iii]. Marriage record at Lima, NY Town Hall, line 28. Shows her age to be 44 years, 1st marriage, and Jacob, age 64, 4th marriage.

   UNION and ADVERTISER, Thursday October 9, 1890

LIMA The marriage of Miss Jennie Ferris of Rochester, formerly of Lima, to Mr. Jacob VanDenbergh of Canandaigua, took place at the home of the sisters of the bride, Misses Ellen and Nancy Ferris, in this village on Tuesday afternoon at seven o'clock. Mr. and Mrs. VanDenbergh left that evening for their home in Canandaigua.

                         ONTARIO COUNTY REPOSITORY and MESSENGER

                       October  16,  1890  PAGE  3 COL  1 MARRIAGES

                                   VANDENBURGH  -  FERRIS

 At Lima October 07, 1890 by Rev. Mr.  Willoughby, Jacob Vandenburgh of Canandaigua and Jennie Ferris of Lima.

Jacob was born Hoosick, New York February 26, 1826.[iv]  Jacob was the son of Philip VanDenbergh and Elizabeth Shulters.  He married Cornelia Jane Reddington.  Jacob died December 12, 1911 Canandaigua, New York, at 85 years of age.  [iv]. Found this record on microfilm Voshberg collection of church baptisms.

   Jacob Shulters Vandenbergh   - Aged Veteran Passes Away at Canandaigua

Dec. 12, 1911, Jacob Shulters Vandenbergh died at his home on West Gibson Street about 12:15 o'clock this morning, aged 85 years. He was born in Hoosick, NY, February 26, 1826.

He was twice married. His first wife was Miss Jane Reddington, and his 2nd wife was Miss Jennie Ferris, to whom he was united in 1890. During the Civil War, he served as a nurse and was attached to the ambulance corps. For the greater part of his lifetime he has been a resident of this village and vicinity. 

He leaves his wife and two children, Philip L. Vandenbergh, of Rochester, and Mrs. Helen Scanlon, of Boston. The funeral will be held from the late residence, No. 113 Gibson Street on Thursday afternoon with the Rev. Guy L. Morrill pastor of the local Presbyterian church officiating. Interment will be made in Woodlawn Cemetery.

                              ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  Wed. December 13, 1911

The death of Jacob S. VanDenberg occurred on Monday night at his home on West Gibson Street, after a four weeks illness due to a stroke of paralysis. Mr. VanDenberg was born in Hoosick in 1826, but had been a resident of this village for many years.

He leaves his wife, who was formerly Miss Jennie Ferris of Lima, and a daughter, Mrs. Helen Scanlon, and a son, Philip L. Vandenberg. The funeral will be held from his late residence on Thursday afternoon, the Rev. Guy L. Morrill officiating. Interment at Woodlawn.

                              ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL                   

                        Friday December 15, 1911 PAGE  2  COL  4   

                               OBITUARY          VANDENBERGH                   

Jacob Shulters VanDenbergh a well known figure in Canandaigua and  throughout the county by reason of his occupation as subscription agent, died at his home on W. Gibson Street on Tuesday AM aged 85 years.   

Deceased was born in Hoosick on February 26, 1826.  Mr. VanDenbergh was twice married, his first wife having been Jane Reddington. In 1890 he married to Miss Jennie Ferris, who with one daughter, Mrs Helen Scanlon, of Boston, and one son Phillip VanDenbergh of Rochester,     survive.

Funeral services conducted by Rev. G. L. Morrill, burial at Woodlawn. Mr. VanDenbergh during the Civil War served as a nurse attached to the ambulance corps. Most of his life was spent here in this village and vicinity.                           

                       ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL October 21, 1904

A small article as follows, Mrs. J. S. VanDenbergh and Mrs. Nellie Reddington, West Gibson Street, started on Wednesday morning on a 15 day trip to Buffalo, Detroit, and St. Louis.

There is a marriage record at the City Clerk office, number 1708, dated November 14, 1906 for Helen Vandenburgh and Thomas Scantlin.

                ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Friday August 15, 1902

  Mrs. J. S. Vandenberg, West Gibson street, is entertaining her brother, Thomas Ferris, of Fulton.

             ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Friday December 6, 1907    

On Tuesday, Mrs. J. S. VanDenbergh, West Gibson Street, attempted to revive a low furnace with kerosene and as the oil came into contact with the coal, an explosion of gas followed and the flames burst out of the furnace, burning Mrs. VanDenbergh severely about the face and arms. 

Patrick2 Finagan  was born Ireland 1832.  Patrick died October 12, 1909 East Bloomfield, New York, at 77 years of age.

              ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Friday October 15, 1909  PAGE 5

    DIED FINNEGAN    At East Bloomfield, October 12, 1909, Patrick Finnegan, aged 77 years.

  ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Friday October 15, 1909  PAGE 2  COL 3

                                                     KICK of COLT FINALLY FATAL 

                         Death of Patrick Finnegan at East Bloomfield saddens Community

The death of Patrick Finnegan occurred very suddenly early Tuesday morning, at the family residence in the Eastern part of the town.  Mr. Finnegan was severely injured several months ago by a colt and ever since had been confined to his bed. 

His injury was healing nicely when on last Saturday he had an attack of heart trouble. Dr. Wheeler was called but to no avail. Mr. Finnegan was born in Ireland 77 years ago. His family moved to this country and he spent his early years in Bristol and Henrietta.  For 40 years Mr. Finnegan had been an upright and much respected citizen of East Bloomfield.

His death will be a great loss to the community. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Miss Emma Finnegan of this place, and Mrs. E. J. Pedley, of Cleveland, Ohio, and three sons, Herbert, Emmett, and William, all of this place. The funeral was held on Thursday afternoon, at the family residence, Rev. W. D. Robinson officiating.  Burial in Village Cemetery.


                He married Jennie Stafford Donaldson 1869.  Jennie was born Rochester, New York January 27, 1843.  Jennie was the daughter of George H. Donaldson and  Stutson .  Jennie died January 31, 1911 East Bloomfield, New York, at 68 years of age.

  ONTARIO  COUNTY  JOURNAL February 3, 1911 PAGE  2  COL 2

 EAST  BLOOMFIELD -  The death of Mrs. Jennie Donaldson Finegan occurred at her residence in the eastern part of the town on Tuesday night, after a short illness from pneumonia.  She was the widow of Patrick Finegan, whose death took place about 16 months ago.

Jennie Stafford Donaldson was born in Rochester, January 27, 1843, and May 1, 1868, she and Patrick Finegan were married, coming soon after to this town, where they have since made their home.

Honored and respected by the entire community, Mrs. Finegan was devoted to her family and friends, and was a true home maker. She leaves two daughters and three sons, Mrs. E. J. Pedley, of Cleveland, Ohio, Miss Emma Finegan, who resides at home, Herbert and William Finegan of this town, and Emmett, of Canandaigua, also one brother, George H. Donaldson, of Charlotte. 

The funeral will be held from her late home tomorrow afternoon, being conducted by Rev. W. D. Robinson, pastor of the Congregational church, and interment will be in the East Bloomfield Cemetery.

Patrick Finagan and Jennie Stafford Donaldson had the following children:

 Herbert3 Finagan was born New York February 1870.  Herbert died February 24, 1942 Canandaigua, New York, at 72 years of age. 

EAST BLOOMFIELD -   Herbert Finagan, 73, died Tuesday, February 24, 1942, in the family farm home in the Buffalo Road three miles east of here.

A lifelong resident of East Bloomfield, he was a farmer residing on the homestead with his brother, William Finagan. He also leaves another brother, Emmett Finagan of Canandaigua, and another sister, Mrs. Ernest Pedley of Cleveland Ohio, and three nephews.

Funeral will be tomorrow in the Finagan home. The Rev. W. Heber O'Hara, pastor of Union Congregational Church, Churchville, will officiate. Burial in East Bloomfield Cemetery.  

Edith S. Finagan  was born October 1871.  She married Ernest Pedley East Bloomfield, New York, September 25, 1901. 

                     ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Friday September 27, 1901  PAGE  3

EAST  BLOOMFIELD A quiet and pretty home wedding took place on Wednesday noon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Finnegan, when their daughter Edith was united in marriage to Ernest Pedley, of Cleveland.  

The ceremony was witnessed by only the immediate relatives of the bride and groom, and was performed by Rev. W. D. Robinson, pastor of the Congregational church.  The bride was attired in white muslin and was attended by her sister, Miss Emma Finnegan.

The groom was attended by his brother, Walter Pedley, of Cleveland, Ohio.  After the ceremony a wedding supper was served, after which the bridal party left for a short wedding trip. They will reside in Cleveland.


William Finagan was born New York September 1882.  William died April 23, 1971 Canandaigua, New York, at 88 years of age.

 EAST  BLOOMFIELD -  William Finagan, 89, former resident of Centerfield, died Friday, April 23, at Canandaigua after a long illness. 

  Surviving are three nephews, Emmett Pedley of Cleveland, Ohio, Harry Finagan of Fort Worth, Texas, and Emmett Finagan of Canandaigua. Funeral services were Sunday from the Wheeler Funeral    Home. Burial in the East Bloomfield Cemetery at the convenience of the family. His body was interred 1971 East Bloomfield, New York, East Bloomfield Cemetery.


Emmett S. Sr.3 Finagan  was born New York May 1878.  Emmett died May 30, 1954 at 76 years of age.  The records at East Bloomfield Town Hall indicate he may have resided last in Hopewell. His body was interred 1954 East Bloomfield, New York, East Bloomfield Cemetery.

             He married Clara A. Appleton who was born East Bloomfield, New York January 08, 1886.  Clara was the daughter of Robert Appleton and Frieda Beutler.  Clara died April 03, 1967 at 81 years of age. 


Emmett Finnegan and Miss Clara M. Appleton, daughter of Mrs. Robert Appleton, were married by Rev. W. D. Robinson at the Congregational parsonage on Wednesday evening. Miss Emma Finnegan, the groom's sister, and Leonard Appleton, the bride's brother, attended them. Mr. and Mrs. Finnegan will reside on the Gunn farm, which Mr. Finnegan has rented.

CANANDAIGUA -  Mrs. Clara Finagan, 81, died Monday, April 3, 1967, in the Elm Manor Nursing Home. She was the widow of Emmett Finagan of the Geneva Turnpike.

Born January 8, 1886, in East Bloomfield, she was the daughter of Robert and Fredericka Beutler Appleton. Mrs. Finagan was a lifelong resident of the area.

Surviving are two sons, Harry of Texas and Emmett of Canandaigua, a foster son, Harry Stierer of Buffalo, six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.   Burial will be in the East Bloomfield Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

               At 26 years of age Clara became the mother of Harry E. Finagan Canandaigua, New York, January 07, 1913. 

                             ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL

     BORN       At Canandaigua, January 7, 1913, to Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Finnagan, Bristol Street, a son.

                       ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  April 2, 1915


Robert and Henry McKerr, sons of Robert H. McKerr, Daily Avenue, had a narrow escape from serious injury on Tuesday noon, when they were both riding a new bicycle in Main Street North, opposite the Historical Building.  The auto was driven by Emmett Finagan, a local liveryman, and was trailing a buggy.

The boys were riding southward, Henry, the smaller of the two, riding the handle bars of the wheel. The car came down Main Street and Mr. Finagan blew his horn as he approached the boys, turned to the left to pass them, when suddenly the wheel was turned into the road and ran directly between the auto and trailing buggy at the street car tracks.

Both boys were thrown to the pavement and the buggy passed over them. They were rendered unconscious and carried to the office of Dr. George McClellan, where scalp wounds were dressed and the boys revived. Later the boys were taken to their home and no serious developments are looked for.

Emmett S. Sr. Finagan and Clara A. Appleton had the following children:

Emmett S. Jr. Finagan was born 1917.  He married Catherine Elizabeth Redfern November 25, 1942.   Catherine Elizabeth Redfern  was born Rochester, New York January 28, 1917.  Catherine was the daughter of Francis George Redfern and Mary Jean Murphy.  Catherine died July 28, 1988 Rochester, New York, at 71 years of age.


 OBITUARY     Catherine Redfern Finagan

Canandaigua Catherine Redfern Finagan, 71, of the Geneva Turnpike, Routes 5 and 20, died today, July 28, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. She was a graduate of Canandaigua Academy and a member of St. Mary's Church, the Ontario County Women's Republican Club, the Ontario County Historical Society, and the Monday Bridge Club.

She was a volunteer at Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua. Surviving are her husband, Emmett S. Finagan Jr., a son, Emmett W. Finagan III, and daughter in law, Suzanne Finagan, daughters, Mrs. Robert Patricia M. Bolkosky and Mrs. David Martha Meredith, one grandson, Jason Finagan, and sister, Mrs. William B. Peg Rayburn, all of Canandaigua, and two aunts and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

  There will be no prior calling hours. A memorial mass will be held Saturday at St. Mary's Church. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. 


Harry E.4 Finagan was born Canandaigua, New York January 07, 1913.


BORN   -   At Canandaigua, January 7, 1913, to Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Finnagan, Bristol Street, a son.  

Harry died December 03, 1995 in Fort Worth, Texas, at 82 years of age.

                CANANDAIGUA  DAILY  MESSENGER January  5, 1996 

Fort Worth, age 82, a retired Bell Hellicopter Engineer, died Dec. 3, 1995 at Fort Worth, Texas.  He was born January 7, 1913 in Canandaigua.  He was always interested in aircrafts and began his career with Bell Hellicopter in Buffalo when the 1st hellicopter was built. In 1952 he was transferred with his family to Fort Worth for the opening of Bell Hellicopter Textron.

Surviving are his wife, Winifred Finagan, son Christopher Finagan, and daughter, Linda Tout, all of Texas, and a daughter, Barbara Stowe of California, brother Emmett Finagan Jr., of Canandaigua, 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

           He married Winifred Mae Douglass. Winifred was born 1919.  Winifred is the daughter of Ira P Cribb Douglass and Mae M. Davis  

Harry Finan and Mary Jennings  had the following child: 

Nancy Ann2 Finan  was born County Mayo Ireland 1819.  Nancy died January 25, 1899 Canandaigua, New York, at 79 years of age.  No stone marker found for her in Calvary Cemetery.

 In the Ontario County Journal, Friday January 27, 1899 her death notice appeared.  It stated that she was 80 years of age, widow of John Madden, and died at Canandaigua, New York. She married John Madden Old Chelsea Quebec Canada, September 29, 1846. 

              ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  Wed. April 8, 1896 

  John Madden at Canandaigua, April 3, 1896, aged about 75 years. 


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