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Nathaniel Grieve was born 1827.  Nathaniel died November 25, 1900 in Brandon, Manitoba, at 73 years of age. 

                                ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL December 5, 1900

  DIED   -   GRIEVE -     At Brandon, Manitoba, November 25, 1900, Nathaniel Grieve, brother of Alexander Grieve, aged 72 years.


Alexander3 Grieve  was born in Turriff, Scotland September 16, 1844.  Alexander died December 13, 1907 Canandaigua, New York, at 63 years of age.[i] [i]. Canandaigua City clerk office record number 4170.

                      ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL

DIED    -  GRIEVE At Canandaigua Dec. 13, 1907, Alexander Grieve, aged 63 years 2 months and 27 days.

                  ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL Friday December 20, 1907

Death of Alexander Grieve A Native of Scotland, He became Successful Cracker Manufacturer in this Village. The funeral services of Alexander Grieve, whose death was briefly announced in The Journal of last week, were held from his late residence on Gibson Street on Sunday afternoon at 3 PM, Rev. Louis M. Sweet officiating.

There was a large attendance of friends and business associates of Mr. Grieve. The various organizations to which Mr. Grieve belonged were also represented. A quartet, composed of Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Thompson, Mrs. Harriet Sterling and H. I. Dunton, sang Nearer My God to Thee, and Abide With Me. The bearers were Ralph S. Wisner, Harrison B. Ferguson, Herman VanVechten, Lewis T. Sutherland, and Hiram L. Hutchens, and Robert Bareham, of Palmyra.

The remains were placed in Woodlawn. In the death of Alexander Grieve, Canandaigua has lost a good citizen. He was public spirited and lent his interests and his aid to all projects for the welfare of the village. His splendid business qualifications, which were the foundation of his successful career, gave an authority to his advice and counsel. As trustee and president of the village, he served wisely and well, safeguarding the interests of the people. A wholeheartedness characterized his service, whether public or private.

Mr. Grieve was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, in 1844. He came to this country in 1869, settling near Palmyra, where he was employed on a farm, until he began farming in his own interests. His marriage to Miss Jane Ranney took place in 1871, and they continued to reside at Palmyra until 1877, when they removed to this village and Mr. Grieve became interested in the bakery business with his brother in law, William M. Smith under the firm name of W. M. Smith and Co.

In 1882 he sold out his share in the business and started a cracker factory at Syracuse, which he sold within a short time, advantageously and again resumed his interests in the Smith bakery. In 1888, at the death of Mr. Smith, he became the sole owner, and during the years until 1905, when he sold the business to his nephew, George Walker,  and Edward J. Tracy, the business flourished and the Smith crackers gained a world wide reputation. Mr. Grieve was a large stockholder in the El Canto Rubber Plantation company and was its president at the time of his death. He was a member of the Canandaigua Lodge, No. 294, F A M and of the Scottish society of Rochester.

He was a member of the Mutual Hook and Ladder company, and acted as its foreman from 1883 to 1890. He was a devoted member of the Presbyterian church, and had been a member of its board of trustees for many years. He gave largely to its support. In his home life Mr. Grieve's true character revealed itself and is the highest tribute to his memory. He gave to his family a devotion and love that were returned in large measure, and only his two daughters, Mrs. George T. Thompson and Mrs. George D. Wood, know how great is their loss.

His wife died suddenly on Easter evening, April 12, 1903. He leaves one brother, George Grieve, of Rochester, and two sisters, Mrs. Agnes Walker of Rochelle, Ill., and Mrs. Morrison, of Turriff, Scotland. His body was interred 1907 Canandaigua, New York, Woodlawn Cemetery.  Section 6. Two sides to the grave marker.

                   He married Jane Rannie in Palmyra, New York, May 26, 1871.  Jane was born London, England September 1843.  Birthplace found in her obituary. Jane was the daughter of John Rannie and Anne M. Bales . 

 Jane died April 12, 1903 Canandaigua, New York, at 59 years of age.

      ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Fri. April 17, 1903

   Death of Mrs. Alexander Grieve. Passed away suddenly on Easter Evening.

Death has suddenly entered another Canandaigua home, and this time has taken a wife and mother. Mrs. Alexander Grieve passed away without a moment's warning at the family home on Gibson Street on Easter evening. She had come in from attending evening services at the Presbyterian church and to her bedroom to lay aside her wraps.

Mr. Grieve was in the sitting room adjoining the bedroom when he heard Mrs. Grieve fall, and going to her assistance found her lifeless on the floor. Dr. F. P. Warner and Dr. O. J. Hallenbeck answered the hurried call, and found that death was caused by paralysis of the heart.

The announcement of the death of Mrs. Grieve was received with surprise and sincere sorrow throughout the village. For those friends and acquaintances who had seen her in her accustomed seat at the morning and evening Easter services at the Presbyterian church, and who had received her friendly greeting, it was hard to believe that the span of her life could have broken off so suddenly.

Mrs. Grieve had been unusually well during the past few weeks. The anxiety connected with her husband's recent serious illness from pneumonia had not been the slightest symptom of the approach of the fatal trouble.  Mrs. Jane Rannie Grieve was born in London, England, 59 years ago. In 1863 she went to Palmyra, where on May 26, 1871, her marriage to Mr. Grieve took place.

In 1880 the family took up residence in Canandaigua, and have become prominently identified with its life. Mrs. Grieve leaves her husband and two daughters, Mrs. George T. Thompson and Mrs. George D. Wood, to whom she was peculiarly devoted. To them did she give her love and thoughts and they alone can tell the measure of the richness and fullness of her life.  She possessed a cheerful disposition, which made her ever prone to look upon the bright side of life and which won her many friends. From them a loving tribute to her memory springs spontaneously.

Her friends were always welcomed to her home with gracious hospitality, and it gave her genuine pleasure to have them near her. Mrs. Grieve was a member of the Presbyterian church and was interested in its welfare and prosperity. The funeral was largely attended from the family residence on Wednesday afternoon. The services were conducted by the Rev. Arthur Dougall. The bearers were Harrison B. Ferguson, Alexander Davidson, Ralph S. Wisner, James Davidson, Willet M. Spangle, and Herman VanVechten. The interment was in Woodlawn.    The Death Notice in the same paper said she was aged 59 years, seven months.  

           At 29 years of age Alexander became the father of Jessie A. Grieve in Palmyra, Wayne Co., New York, March 15, 1874.  Alexander became the father of Anne Marie Grieve Macedon, New York, 1876.

                      ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL January 26, 1883

Mr. Alexander Grieve, who recently went into the bakery business in Syracuse, has advantageously sold his business in that city, and we understand is likely to become a resident of our village. We welcome him back.

                     ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  May 24, 1912 

                                          BAND STAND TO BE ERECTED 

                         In Memory of Alexander Grieve Dedicatory Exercises Planned

 The fact that a band stand will be erected on the site in the park where the old one now stands was made public yesterday.  The stand will be erected in memory of the late Alexander Grieve, a former influential business man, by his daughters, Mrs. George T. Thompson, and Mrs. George D. Wood.  It will be of a substantial structure, possibly gray block, octagonal in shape, and with room enough to accommodate a large band. It is hoped to have it completed and dedicated with appropriate exercises at the same time the steel flag pole is raised near the town house.

Mrs. Thompson and Mrs. Wood have previously donated a flag to float from the pole.  The pole which will be 85 feet long will be placed in the ground 8 feet and still tower above the dome of the town house.  These additions will materially improve the appearance of Canandaigua.


Alexander Grieve and Jane Rannie  had the following children:

Jessie A.4 Grieve was born in Palmyra, Wayne Co., New York March 15, 1874.  Jessie died October 03, 1950 Canandaigua, New York, at 76 years of age.


             Mrs. Jesse G. Thompson, 76, Dies Tuesday.

Mrs. Jessie Grieve Thompson, 18 Scotland Road, one of Canandaigua's best known residents, died early Tuesday morning after a long illness.  She was 76.  Mrs. Thompson had been in failing health for the past two years and had been under the care of a nurse for the past eight weeks. 

Following Mrs. Thompson's requests private services were held on Tuesday, the day of her death, at her home. Rev. Hardy Lumb, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Clyde and former co pastor of the Federated church here, officiated.  The body was cremated.

Mrs. Thompson was born in Palmyra, March 15, 1874, a daughter of Alexander and Jennie Rannie Grieve. Alexander Grieve was a Scotsman who came to this country in about 1866.  His wife was English. She came with her parents to this country also in the late 1860's. 

 The Grieve family moved to Canandaigua in the late 1870's and Alexander Grieve established his bakery and cracker business on Main Street at this time.  Mr. Grieve was a prominent businessman here for years.

Mrs. Thompson was educated at Granger Place school, and at the New York Conservatory of Music.  She had an unusually fine soprano voice.  She sang in choral groups in New York City, was a member of the Madison Avenue Presbyterian church choir, and sang at the formal dedication of Grant's Tomb in New York City in April 1897.  Later she was a member of the choir of the First Presbyterian church here for 25 years, and was associated with various choral groups in this city.

Mrs. Thompson was the widow of George T. Thompson, for half a century one of Canandaigua's leading merchants.  They were married in the late summer of 1897. Mr. Thompson died May 22, 1942, at the age of 88.  He had been associated with the lumber and building supply business since he was 14 years of age.  In 1876 when he was 22 he entered into partnership with S. S. Burcher.  In 1880 he bought sole control of the business and moved it to the Bemis Street site where it has since been located.

Mr. Thompson had been married previously, his first wife being a member of the pioneer Parrish family. Jasper Parrish came to Canandaigua in 1791, representing the state of New York in land negotiation with the Indians in the Genesee country. 

Surviving Mrs. Thompson are her sons, Alexander G. and Arthur E. Thompson, who now operate the George T. Thompson Sons, Inc., lumber business.  Carl G. Thompson, Winston Salem, NC, and two daughters, Mrs. J. William Jenkins, Canandaigua, and Mrs. Jeska T. Wescott, Los Angeles, Cal.  There is also one sister, Mrs. George D. Wood, this city, six grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren. 

     She married George T. Thompson Canandaigua, New York, December 25, 1895.[i]  [i]. Canandaigua City Clerk office record number 837.

                                ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  Wed January 1, 1896  PAGE  3  COL 4

At high noon on Christmas Day, 1895, occurred the marriage of Miss Jessie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Grieve, to George T. Thompson, one of the solid businessmen of Canandaigua. The nuptial know was tied by Rev. J. J. Lawrence at the home of the bride's parents, 32 Chapin Street, in the presence of immediate friends and relatives. 

They will return to reside on Hubbell St. Received a valuable bracelet studded with pearl and rubies, the gift of Scotland relatives of the bride, and a Steinway piano from the latter's parents. Out of town guests, Miss Jessie Grieve, of Rochester, Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Bareham, Palmyra, John Grieve, Syracuse, Miss Anna E. Grieve of Pembroke, Canada.

                           George was born Canandaigua, New York September 1854.  George was the son of Thomas Thompson and Sarah W.  He married Parrish .  George died May 22, 1942 Canandaigua, New York, at 87 years of age.

                                         CANANDAIGUA  DAILY  MESSENGER                   


 George T. Thompson, 88, highly respected and prominent citizen and business man in Canandaigua for a long period of years, died at his home in Scotland Road last night of a heart condition, after an illness of three days.   Mr. Thompson, identified with the business life of the community for over a half century, was one of the best known of Canandaigua's citizens, having been engaged in the lumber and coal business.

 Born in Canandaigua in 1854, he attended grade schools and Canandaigua Academy.  When 14 years of age, while still in school, he took a job in the sash and door factory of S. S. Burgher established on the present site of the residence of Dr. Frank A. Brockmyre, Chapin Street.  It was there that he learned the elements of the business which he has since followed.

In those early days of Mr. Thompson's beginnings, workers served their apprenticeships with the result that for three months he worked after school hours without compensation. Thereafter he received 37 and a half cents a day for the ensuing three years, when he concluded his school work and began his full time employment with Mr. Burgher.      Six years later, in 1876, Mr. Thompson entered into partnership with Mr. Burgher, and three years later was able to buy up complete control of the business, which a year later he moved including the buildings to the present site in Bemis Street. 

In 1881 Canandaiguans saw him established in the general lumber business and in 1890 he became one of the leading coal distributors in the city.   BUYS  MEXICAN LAND     In 1901, in partnership with William Crawford of New York, a member of the firm of Simpson and Crawford, and Alexander Grieve of Canandaigua, Mr. Thompson went to Mexico and although used to the temperate climate and the conveniences and comforts of civilization, traveling by mule and Indian canoe into the backland jungles, they bought 15, 000 acres of land and soon had under cultivation 300 rubber trees.     The accounts of Mr. Thompson's journeys into the jungles of southern Mexico, once the home of the ancient Maya Indians, and the area in which the ruins of their majestic civilization are still being studied today, is a story in itself.

For 12 years the development of the rubber plantation was carried forward successfully while the business in Canandaigua continued to thrive and then Mr. Thompson grasped another opportunity, and again he turned to an entirely new field.   With the cooperation of his two partners, he sold some of the land in Mexico, and traded the rest for 3000 acres of land in the then growing San Fernando Valley in California. This land later was profitably sold in small parcels for building purposes and today it is completely enveloped in the flourishing city of Los Angeles.        

                                                EARLY  VILLAGE  TRUSTEE

Mr. Thompson has been identified with many of the civic organizations formed in Canandaigua during his lifetime.  Fifty years ago he was serving as a trustee of Canandaigua Village when the electric fire alarm system was first installed.  He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge, receiving a 50 year medal in June 1936 from the Grand Lodge for a consecutive membership over a half century.  He also served as an officer of St. John's Church for many years.

Surviving are his widow, Jessie Grieve Thompson, three sons, Arthur E., Alexander G. Thompson, Canandaigua, and Carl of Southern Pines, NC, two daughters, Mrs. J. William Jenkins, and Miss Jeska Thompson, all of this city. Also a brother N. Watson Thompson.  Woodlawn Cemetery interment.

     At 55 years of age George became the father of Jesha G. Thompson Canandaigua, New York, March 21, 1910.

                          ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  March 25, 1910   PAGE  5.

        BORN THOMPSON  -  At Canandaigua, March 21, 1910, to Mr. and Mrs. George T. Thompson, a daughter.

                          ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES September 12, 1928

 Mrs. George T. Thompson entertained at dinner at the Wenna Kenna tea room, east lake shore, on Thursday evening, followed by the showing of moving pictures of a hunting trip in Africa by George B. Sage of Rochester, at the Thompson cottage, Out of Season's Inn.    


Anne Marie Grieve was born Macedon, New York 1876.  Anne died May 22, 1951 Canandaigua, New York, at 74 years of age.  


                                  Mrs. George E. Wood

 Mrs. Anne Grieve Wood, of 69 Gibson Street, died today. A native of Palmyra she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Jane Rannie Grieve. She had always lived in this area. Her husband, Dr. George E. Wood died in 1937.  She was a member of the United Church, a former member of the Granger Homestead Society of which she was one of the original directors.

 Her only survivors are two nieces, Mrs. William Jenkins of Canandaigua, and Mrs. Verne Westcott of California, a great niece, Mrs. John Bacon of Canandaigua, and several great great nieces and nephews. Interment at Woodlawn.

                       She married George Daw DDS. Wood Canandaigua, New York, December 18, 1901.[i] [i]. Marriage record found at Canandaigua City clerk office states they are both age 25, he is a dentist.

   ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL December 20, 1901

         MARRIED    WOOD  and   GRIEVE 

 At Canandaigua, Dec. 18, 1901, Dr. George Daw Wood and Miss Anne M. Grieve, both of Canandaigua. 


Alexander4 Grieve  was born in Palmyra, New York April 12, 1877.  Alexander died May 26, 1941 Canandaigua, New York, at 64 years of age.

  DEMOCRAT and CHRONICLE Rochester, NY  Wed May 28, 1941

Alexander Grieve -  Canandaigua  -   Funeral services will be held at 9 AM tomorrow in St. Mary's Church for Alexander Grieve, 64, of 116 West Gibson Street, who died yesterday in Memorial Hospital. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

 He was born in Palmyra but had resided here many years. Surviving his widow, Mrs. Sylvia VanDevorde Grieve, four sons, George of Holcomb, Alexander of Rochester, James T. and Robert Grieve of Canandaigua, three daughters, Mrs. Henry Haight, Helen, and Isabel Grieve, all of this city. His body was interred 1941 Canandaigua, New York, Woodlawn Cemetery.

                        He married Sylvia VanDevorde Canandaigua, New York, October 09, 1904.  Canandaigua City Clerk office record number 1484.  Sylvia was born Belgium 1887.  Sylvia was the daughter of Edward VanDevorde and Emma Bracke.  Sylvia died May 08, 1957 Canandaigua, New York, at 69 years of age.

                                 Democrat and Chronicle Rochester, NY  Thurs. May 9, 1957 

Mrs. Sylvia V. Grieve, 70, of Canandaigua, yesterday. Survivors include two brothers, Stephen VandeVorde and William J. Cromek, both of Rochester.

                          CANANDAIGUA  DAILY  MESSENGER Monday May 13, 1957

Mrs. Alexander Grieve, a prayer service for Sylvia Grieve, 116 West Gibson St., who died Wednesday in Thompson Hospital, was held at the home Saturday morning followed by Solemn High Mass at St. Mary's Church with the Rev. John V. Rose as celebrant. Rev. Crimmons was deacon, and Rev. William Gaynor was Sub Deacon. 

Interment at Canandaigua. Bearers were, Charles Rohlin, T. Hamilton Kennedy, Jack Dietz, Robert Wade, Robert McElwee, and John Ryan, all of Canandaigua.

                               At 24 years of age Sylvia became the mother of Helen G. Grieve Canandaigua, New York, November 22, 1911.

                                        ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL November 24, 1911

 BORN  - Canandaigua, November 22, 1911, to Mr. and Mrs. Alex Grieve, Phoenix Street, a daughter.

                             At 24 years of age Sylvia became the mother of Jessie Grieve Canandaigua, New York, November 22, 1911. 

                                        ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES Wednesday  November 22, 1911

BIRTH  GRIEVE   -    At Canandaigua, Nov. 22, 1911, to Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Grieve, Phoenix Street, a daughter.

                                        ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES JOURNAL March 22, 1946

Cpl. Robert L. Grieve, who has been stationed on Okinawa, has been transferred to Luzon in the Phillipines, where he is attending engineering school. Son of Mrs. Alexander Grieve, West Gibson Street, he is studying to be an instructor.


Isabel G. Grieve    She married Paul J. Brooker Canandaigua, New York, August 03, 1946.    

                          ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES JOURNAL Friday August 3, 1946

                           Isabel Grieve To Marry Paul Brooker Saturday

 The marriage of Miss Isabel Grieve, daughter of Mrs. Alexander Grieve, West Gibson Street, and the late Mr. Grieve, to Paul J. Brooker, son of Mr. and Mrs. James F. Brooker, Chapin Street, will take place Saturday morning in St. Mary's Church.

George Grieve will give his sister in marriage and she will be attended by her sister, Miss Helen Grieve, as bridesmaid. Robert Brooker will be best man for his brother, and ushers will be Charles Haubner, his cousin, and Alexander Grieve, brother of the bride elect. 

A wedding breakfast will be served to about 35 guests in the Canandaigua Hotel and in the afternoon a reception will be held in the Grieve home. The couple will then leave for a trip to Niagara Falls and Canada.  Both Miss Grieve and Mr. Brooker attended Canandaigua Academy, and she is a graduate of Schoenheidt School of Beauty Culture in Rochester. Mr. Brooker was recently discharged at Bainbridge, Md., after serving three years in the US Marine Corps.


Jessie Grieve  was born Canandaigua, New York November 22, 1911.

                                    ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES Wednesday  November 22, 1911

 BIRTH    -   GRIEVE   -   At Canandaigua, Nov. 22, 1911, to Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Grieve, Phoenix Street, a daughter. 

             Jessie died February 22, 1912 Canandaigua, New York, at less than one year of age. 

                             ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  February 28, 1912     

  DIED  -  GRIEVE -    At Canandaigua, Feb 22, 1912, Jessie Grieve, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Grieve, aged three months.   


Anne Marie Grieve was born Canandaigua, New York 1913.  Anne died April 23, 1995 Canandaigua, New York, at 81 years of age.

                        CANANDAIGUA  DAILY  MESSENGER April 24, 1995                      

CANANDAIGUA -  Anne Grieve Haight of North Main Street died yesterday, April 23, at Thompson Hospital. She was 82. Mrs. Haight, a lifelong resident of Canandaigua, was a former employee of the Finger Lakes Race Track where she worked for 19 years, and a member of St. Mary's Church and the American Legion.

Surviving are her husband Henry, two sons, Robert Haight of Estell, SC., and James Haight of Canandaigua, three daughters, Anne Wells of Farmington, Sandra Haight of Adams Center, NY, and Mary Russell of St. Joseph, Mich., a brother, Robert Grieve of Port Richie, Florida, 11 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.  She was predeceased by her son John Haight.  Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.

                                  She married Henry Haight Canandaigua, New York, January 31, 1937. 

                           ONTARIO  COUNTY  TIMES JOURNAL  Friday February 5, 1937 PAGE  4

                                                  WEDDING  BELLS     HAIGHT  -   GRIEVE

Miss Anne Marie Grieve, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Grieve, of West Gibson Street, and Henry Haight, son of Mrs. Clarence Noble, also of this city, were married in St. Mary's rectory Saturday evening.  Rev. Michael C. Wall, rector of the church, performed the ceremony.  Miss Helen Grieve, of this city, was in navy crepe with red accessories. Paul Linehan also of this city was best man.    After a short trip to Albany, Mr. and Mrs. Haight will live in Newark. Both attended Canandaigua   Academy, and she is a member of the 1931 class. He is employed by his uncle, Leon G. Warters, in  the  trucking business, and his bride is an attendant at the state school in Newark. 

                                 ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES JOURNAL Friday August 5, 1932  PAGE  5 COL  2

The home of George Grieve, Ellis Place, was badly damaged by fire, Friday afternoon. The fire started in the garage and soon spread to the house. City firemen responded to a general alarm, and fought the blaze for about half an hour before it was subdued.  Most of the furnishings were removed from the house by firemen and neighbors before they were damaged. 


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