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Nahum1 Grimes was born in Simsbury, CT. December 10, 1811.  Nahum died November 23, 1896 Canandaigua, New York, at 84 years of age.

                                 ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL November 27, 1896

                                            OBITUARY  - NAHUM  GRIMES

At midnight, Sunday, occurred the death of Nahum Grimes, a longtime resident and businessman of Canandaigua. Deceased had been in feeble health for some time past, death was the result of heart failure.  Nahum Grimes was born at Simsbury, Conn., on December 10, 1811.

He came to this place in connection with his son in law, bought out the Lyon grocery, the present Wilcox establishment, and for a long time did business under the firm name of Grimes and Thompson. Later he bought out his partner's interest and conducted the business till 1885, when he retired.

Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Lucy Grimes, and two daughters, Mrs. John VanArsdale and Mrs. William J. Tozer, all of this place. Funeral held from the late residence on Wednesday. His body was interred 1896 Canandaigua, New York, West Avenue Cemetery.

                        ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES Wednesday February 28, 1912

                                                 SURROGATE  COURT

Grimes Will Contest -   In the Lucy J. Grimes will contest yesterday Dr. F. P. Warner testified to attending Mrs. Grimes in her last illness and furnished some of the necessary information on which to base the hypothetical question framed by the attorneys for the contestants. This question composed of about 3800 words, was submitted to Dr. Robert Cook, superintendent of Brigham Hall, who appeared as one of the experts for the contestants.

Today Dr. Jewitt the second expert for the contestants will be examined after having the question submitted to him and this will probably conclude their case. The contestants will endeavor to show by the testimony of their experts that Mrs. Grimes was of unsound mind.  A date will be agreed upon today for the next hearing. The executors of the estate will endeavor to show by experts that Mrs. Grimes was capable of managing and disposing of her own property. 

                                   ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES December 13, 1911     

                                                THE GRIMES WILL CONTEST

At a hearing in the Lucy J. Grimes will contest yesterday morning before Surrogate Dunton, Mrs. Artie Hawley testified to conditions under which Mrs. Grimes was living about three years ago, when she was sleeping on a couch in a poorly ventilated room. The mode of living seemed to her to be peculiar. The next witness was James McKerr the executor who is being examined at length concerning various matters relating to the decedent. 

 Nahum Grimes and Amanda Humphrey  had the following children:

Pricilla Phynette2 Grimes was born in Marcellus, Onondaga, New York July 31, 1839.  Pricilla died January 23, 1918 Canandaigua, New York, at 78 years of age.[i]  She married twice.       [i]. Canandaigua City clerk office record, stated her home was West Gibson Street, and the informant was Ella L. Johnson. Burial was to be in West Avenue Cem.     

     ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Friday January 25, 1918  PAGE  5  COL 4  

  TOZER     -    The death of Mrs. Phynette Tozer, widow of William J. Tozer, occurred at the Health Home on Wednesday evening following a long illness.  Death was due to chronic nephritis.  She was the daughter of the late Nahum Grimes.  Private funeral services will be held at the home of George B. Johnson, Scotland Road today. Rev. Livingston L. Taylor will officiate. Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery. 


                       Her body was interred 1918 Canandaigua, New York, West Avenue Cemetery.  Obituary states Woodlawn Cemetery. (Per cemetery lists, she was buried in Woodlawn and later removed to the West Ave. Cemetery)

She married 2nd, Willam James Tozer.   Willam was born Yates County December 09, 1848.  Willam was the son of William A. Tozer and Mary Ann Bush .  Willam died July 30, 1916 Canandaigua, New York, at 67 years of age. 

         ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL August 4, 1916  PAGE  5  COL 2 

The death of William James Tozer occurred at Canandaigua Hospital on Saturday night, following an apoplectic stroke.  Deceased was born 67 years ago, the son of William and Mary Ann Bush Tozer. There survive his wife, Mrs. Phymette Grimes Thompson Tozer, 2 half sisters, Miss Mary Jane Tozer, Canandaigua, and Mrs. C. E. Millspaugh of Albion.  Interment in West Ave. Cemetery                          

Charlotte A.2 Gurnee was born New Jersey August 02, 1834.  Census for Victor  1865 shows her to be aged 30, and New Jersey. Charlotte died March 26, 1891 Victor, New York, at 56 years of age. 

         THE  VICTOR  HERALD Saturday April 4, 1891  PAGE  3  COL  5

OBITUARY -   Mrs. Charlotte A. Lovejoy, who died March 26, 1891, and whose death we briefly mentioned last week, was born in New Jersey, August 2, 1834.  Her parents were George and Elizabeth Gurnee. Her mother died when she was about two years of age.  Her father married a second time, and when she was four years old, she was brought to Newark, this state, and from that time until she was married, she lived with her grandmother, Mrs. Phillip Decker.

By Mr. Gurnee's first marriage he had five children, of which two of her brother's are still living, Jonas Gurnee of Lyons, and Phillip of Binghamton, this state.  She was married to Edward Lovejoy March 12, 1856.  They commenced keeping house in this village where they have lived happily for 35 years. She leaves a large circle of relatives and friends who sincerely mourn her loss.

She united with the Presbyterian church in the year 1872, Rev. Henry T. Miller, pastor, and up to the time of her death, was a willing worker doing all she felt it her duty to do, cheerfully and well.  She was a woman of sound sense and excellent judgment.  Her death is a loss to the community, and we can safely say that relatives will not grieve alone. 

           A wonderful  tribute of seven paragraphs followed her obituary. Her body was interred 1891 Victor, New York, Village Cemetery.

 She married Edward Ebenezer Lovejoy March 12, 1856. Edward was born May 1831.  Edward was the son of Martin Lovejoy and Hannah Gillett.  He married 2nd Catherine A. Mink 1892.  Edward died May 21, 1908 Victor, New York, at 77 years of age. 

   ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Friday May 29, 1908

DIED  -  LOVEJOY - At Victor, May 21, 1908, Edward E. Lovejoy, aged 77 years.

             His body was interred 1908 Victor, New York, Village Cemetery.

Frank Hallock and Margaret had the following child:

Addie2 Hallock was born Richmond, New York 1884. Addie died October 10, 1958 East Bloomfield, New York, at 74 years of age. 

Mrs. Gooding H. Bliss - EAST BLOOMFIELD   -  Funeral service for Mrs. Addie Hallock Bliss, 74, who died Friday, Oct 10, 1958, was held Sunday afternoon at the Wheeler Funeral Home in East Bloomfield, the Rev. Hardy Lumb of Canandaigua officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery, Baptist Hill.

A native of the town of Richmond, she was the daughter of Frank and Margaret Hallock. For many years she and her husband, the late Gooding H. Bliss, resided in Shortsville. They were active members of the Shortsville Presbyterian Church. 

Survivors include a son, Glen Bliss of Islip, LI, two daughters, Mrs. Albert Bishop of Gowanda, and  Mrs. J. Charles Bennett of East Bloomfield, a brother, George Hallock of Bristol, a sister, Mrs. Ethel Fisher of Allen's Hill, seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

Thomas Sr.1 Hally  was born Ireland 1834.  Thomas died March 21, 1909 Mendon, New York, at 74 years of age.  

                                  ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT and CHRONICLE  March 23, 1921

Thomas  Haley -   Honeoye Falls, March 22      Thomas Haley, an old resident of the town of Mendon, died of pneumonia last night at his home three miles east of this village.  Mr. Haley was born in Ireland in 1834, and came to this country when a young man. He had lived in this vicinity for nearly fifty years.  Besides his wife he leaves three sons, Michael, of Mendon, William of Rochester, and Edward of Sonyea, NY.


 Thomas Jr.2 Hally  was born in Tipperary, Ireland 1875.  Thomas died May 1905 Rochester, New York, at 29 years of age. 

                                 VICTOR  HERALD  MAY 26, 1905 PAGE  2  COL  2

 MENDON -   The remains of Thomas Hally were brought from Rochester Friday night to the home of his father Thomas  Hally Sr. and were interred at Victor Saturday. Survived by his wife and four children. His body was interred 1905 Honeoye Falls, New York, St. Paul's Cemetery.


Thomas J.3 Hally   was born September 30, 1905.  Thomas died July 1983 New York, at 77 years of age.   He married Sybil Chambers .

                   Sybil was born May 21, 1905.  Sybil was the daughter of Horace Frederick Chambers and Anna Ethel Coffee.  Sybil died December 13, 1994 Mendon, New York, at 89 years of age. 

                               DEMOCRAT  and  CHRONICLE December 14, 1994 

  SYBIL  C.    HALLY  -    MENDON -    December 13, 1994, Sybil C. Hally, predeceased by her husband, Thomas J. Hally.  She is survived by her daughter, Johanna O'Brien of Mendon, a granddaughter, Pamela Jo O'Brien of NYC, one sister, Elinor Chambers of Mendon, one niece, nephew and cousins.

Sybil was retired from the Rochester City Schools, 37 and 52.  Funeral services held at the convenience of the family.  Interment St. Paul of the Cross Cemetery, Honeoye Falls, NY.  

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