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Patrick J.3 Hamilton was born County Derry Ireland February 10, 1845.  Patrick died May 17, 1910 Littleville, NY, at 65 years of age. 

                  SHORTSVILLE  ENTERPRISE  MAY 27, 1910  PAGE 2  COL  6

                       Patrick Hamilton drops dead in cellar at his home. 

This community was greatly shocked on Thursday night to learn of the sudden death of Patrick Hamilton, one of the best known and most highly esteemed residents of this vicinity, which occurred at his home in Littleville at about 7 30 o'clock that evening.

Mr. Hamilton had gone into the cellar at his home with his nephew to sprout potatoes and was holding a lamp in his hand. Turning quickly to his companion he complained of feeling feint and handed the lamp to him. Without further warning he reeled and fell dead in his nephews arms. His death was attributed to heart failure. He had been in feeble health for  the past three weeks.

Patrick Hamilton was born in County Derry, Ireland, 65 years ago. While still a resident of that country he was united in marriage to Miss Magaret Hessen, a resident of his native county. Forty years ago Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton came to the United States to make their home and take up residence in Geneva, this state. 

The demise of his companion followed and he was again married twenty seven years ago to Miss Ellen Dargon, of Ovid, who still survives him, but is in feeble health and fears are expressed that she will be unable to withstand the shock of his sudden death.

The deceased had been a resident of Littleville for the past thirty years, during which time he was engaged in flagging at the NY Central Railroad crossing. His untiring efforts to please his employers won for him the respect of every employee and official who knew him. Likewise he was esteemed and respected by every acquaintance. It has been the writer's privilege for several years to possess his friendship and we have never yet failed to get a kindly greeting and a pleasant smile from him. 

His many excellent traits and kindly ways will long be remembered by his wide circle of friends. Besides his wife he leaves one son, John Hamilton, of Auburn, and two daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Quinn of Auburn, and Mrs. William Hanley, of Canandaigua, also ten grandchildren.

The funeral services will be held from St. Dominic's church, of which Mr. Hamilton was a devoted member, this Friday morning at 8 30 o'clock, and a Solemn High Mass will be celebrated by Father Cosgrove, of Geneva, and will be assisted by Fathers O'Hanlon and Ryan of Clifton Springs. Interment will be in the Catholic Cemetery in Geneva.

                                   He married twice.  He married Margaret Hassan County Derry Desertmartin Irel, April 22, 1867.  

Patrick Hamilton and Margaret Hassin were from Kilrea Parish and witnesses of their wedding are listed as John and Mary McGuckin. Married by Rev. Mooney, Parrish of Desermartin, County Derry, Ireland.

                Margaret was born County Derry Ireland October 01,1846.  Margaret died August 06, 1880 Shortsville, New York, at 33 years of age.

                                         ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  August 19, 1880  PAGE  3  COL  7

DIED -   HAMILTON -   At Shortsville, August 6th, 1880, Mrs. Margaret, wife of Patrick Hamilton, aged 34, a native of County Derry Ireland, and a niece of the Very Reverend Father Hassan, Vicar General of the Diocese of Derry.  

                                    ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL

HAMILTON -  At Shortsville, August 6th, 1880, Mrs. Margaret Hamilton, aged 34 years, a native of County Derry, Ireland, and a niece of the Very Reverend Father Hassan, Vicar General of the Diocese of Derry.

                         He married 2nd  Ellen Dorgan 1885. Ellen  was from Ovid, New York.

 Ellen was born Ireland January 1845.  (Additional notes for Ellen Dorgan [i])  Ellen died July 28, 1913 Canandaigua, New York, at 68 years of age.[ii] [i]. 1911 Canandaigua City Directory shows Ellen, widow of Patrick Hamilton. She was living at 145 Pleasant Street.   [ii]. Death Record at Canandaigua City Clerk office on Page 164, Registration number 608, gave her name as Helen Dorgan, aged about 70. It also showed her to be a widow. The informant was Cornelius Breen the undertaker. It stipulated that she was to be buried in Geneva. on July 30, 1913.

         Obituary in the Ontario County Journal on July 30, 1913 stated she died at Canandaigua Memorial Hospital aged 70 years.

Formerly a resident of Shortsville until three years ago when she came to Canandaigua to make her home with her step daughter, Mrs. William Hanley.

Survived by Mrs. Elizabeth Quinn of Rochester, and by a step son John Hamilton of Auburn. Funeral service from the Hanley home on Bristol Street. Body will be taken by train to Geneva for interment at St. Patrick Cemetery.

                   ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  Wed. July 30, 1913  PAGE  7  COL  3

                                            Mrs. PATRICK  HAMILTON

 Ellen Dorgan, widow of Patrick Hamilton died at the Canandaigua Hospital Monday morning, following an illness of several months, aged 70 years.  She was formerly a resident of Shortsville until about three years ago when she came to Canandaigua to make her home with her step daughter, Mrs. William Hanley.

She is survived by another step daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Quinn of Rochester, and a step son John Hamilton of Auburn. The funeral will take place from the residence of Mrs. Hanley on Bristol Street this Wednesday at 8:30 AM, and St. Mary's at 9. The body will be taken to Geneva on 10:20 AM train for interment at St. Patrick's.

                        DEMOCRAT and CHRONICLE Tuesday July 29, 1913  PAGE  7

                               MRS.  ELLEN  HAMILTON Canandaigua, July 28, 1913

The death of Mrs. Ellen Hamilton at the age of 70 years, occurred last night at the Canandaigua Hospital where she has been under treatment for the past several months. Mrs. Hamilton was the widow of Patrick Hamilton, formerly a resident of Shortsville, and resided at that place until about three years ago when she came to this place to live with here step daughter, Mrs. William E. Hanley of Bristol Street.

Mrs. Hamilton leaves besides Mrs. Hanley, another step daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Quinn, of Rochester, and a stepson, John Hamilton of Auburn.  The remains will be taken to Geneva for the interment after the funeral from the mortuary room of Ahrens and Breen Wednesday morning.


 Mary Jane4 Hamilton was born Geneva, New York June 28, 1868.  Mary died August 02, 1903 at 35 years of age.[iii]  [iii]. The date of July 31 was inconsistent with the Shortsville Enterprise which gave her death as August 02, 1903.

                         ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES August 05, 1903, Page 3,   Column 5

                          DIED -    BREEN  -      In Hopewell, July 31, 1903, Mrs. Cornelius Breen, aged 35 years.

                                  SHORTSVILLE  ENTERPRISE Friday August 7, 1903, Page  2 Col  2

 Mrs. Cornelius Breen died suddenly at her home in the town of Hopewell on Sunday, her death resulting from heart disease. A husband and three children, also her parents Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Hamilton, of Littleville, survive.

                              ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL Friday August 7, 1903 PAGE 2 COL 3

 STANLEY -    Mary Hamilton Breen, wife of Cornelius Breen, of Lewis Station, died suddenly on Sunday, after only a few hours illness from heart trouble, aged 35 years.  She leaves a husband and three small children. The interment was at Canandaigua on Tuesday. Mrs. Breen attended St. Theresa's church here and was highly respected by all.                       

                                              SAME  PAPER  PAGE  3  COL  6

                          BREEN    -    At Hopewell, August 3, 1903, Mrs. Mary H. Breen, wife of Cornelius Breen, aged 35 years.

    He married 2nd  E. Gertrude Fitzgerald Buffalo, New York, February 18, 1908.

                  ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Friday February 21, 1908  PAGE  3

                                         MARRIED        BREEN -   FITZGERALD                       

 At Buffalo, February 18, 1908, Cornelius Breen of Canandaigua, and Miss Gertrude Fitzgerald of Buffalo.

                          PAGE  2   COL  1       BREEN   -  FITZGERALD

Cornelius Breen of the firm of Ahrens and Breen, and Miss Gertrude Fitzgerald, of Buffalo, were married in St. Joseph's Cathedral at Buffalo, on Tuesday morning, at 11 30. A reception was held at the home of the bride's parents after the ceremony.  Mr., and Mrs. Breen are taking a western trip and upon their return will reside in this village. 

Cornelius died November 22, 1937 Canandaigua, New York, at 67 years of age. 

                                ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES JOURNAL Fri  November 26, 1937  PAGE 8  COL  4

OBITUARY   -    BREEN -   Funeral services will be held Friday morning from St. Mary's Church in this city for Cornelius Breen, 67, well known businessman and funeral director, who died at his home on Washington Street, Monday night following a long period of failing health. Interment at Calvary.

Born in Hopewell March 1, 1870, Mr. Breen had been a resident of this county during his entire lifetime. He served in his earlier years as an attendant at Brigham Hall and Willard State Hospital, and later completed a course in Renouard school of embalming in New York. Following this he entered into partnership with Charles F. Ahrens in this city where he was connected at the time of his death.

He was an active member of St. Mary's Church in this city and of it's auxiliary organizations. He was also active in K of C circles having served for three terms as Grand Knight of Canandaigua Council. He also served as president of the K of C  building association, and was a director of NYS Funeral Directors.

He leaves his wife, three sons, and two daughters, Jeremiah, of Washington, Leo H., Edward M., Mrs. James P. Coyne, and Miss Dorothy Breen, all of Canandaigua, also two sisters and two brothers.

                           His body was interred 1937 Canandaigua, New York, Calvary Cemetery.

    At 32 years of age Cornelius became the father of Edward M. Breen Hopewell, New York, December 03, 1902. 

                                                      ONTARIO  COUNTY  JOURNAL

Born -    BREEN   -      At Hopewell, December 3, 1902, to Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Breen, a son.

       At 38 years of age Cornelius became the father of Marion Elizabeth Breen Canandaigua, New York, January 11, 1909.

  Birth notice in the Ontario County Journal, Jan. 15, 1909, stated that her parents lived on Main Street.

         At 48 years of age Cornelius became the father of Dorothy A. Breen Canandaigua, New York, April 18, 1918.

                 ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL   April 19, 1918

   BORN -   BREEN   -    At Canandaigua, April 16, 1918, to Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Breen, Bristol Street,  a daughter.

Matilda Josephine Hamilton  was born Geneva, New York Ontario County October 02, 1871.  Matilda died May 21, 1941 Canandaigua, New York, at 69 years of age.

                       ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT and CHRONICLE  May 23, 1941  PAGE 22

 Mrs. William E. Hanley, Canandaigua, Mrs. Matilda Hamilton Hanley, wife of William E. Hanley and mother of Edward T. Hanley, chairman of the Ontario County Board of Supervisors, died here yesterday in her home, 16 Greig Ter. 

She was born in Geneva, daughter of Patrick and Mary Hasson Hamilton, but had been a resident of Canandaigua since her marriage in 1890. Surviving are four sons, Edward T., Albert F., and R. Milton Hanley, Canandaigua, and Walter H. Hanley, Ilion, also one sister, Mrs. Arthur Watts, Canandaigua, and a brother, John P. Hamilton, Philadelphia. 

Funeral will be at 9 AM tomorrow in St. Mary's Church, with burial in Calvary Cemetery. Her body was interred 1941 Canandaigua, New York, Calvary Cemetery.

                      She married William E. Hanley Canandaigua, New York, October 01, 1890.[i]  St. Mary's Church, Nazareth College record of marriage states witnesses were Ben. Meath and Mary Hamilton. i]. A copy of the Church Record of Marriage can be found on PG 1B in the book, A Tree Trunk. William was born Canandaigua, New York Ontario County November 20, 1866.  William was the son of John Charles Hanley and Catherine Madden.  William died March 21, 1949 Canandaigua, New York, at 82 years of age.

               ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES JOURNAL Fri. March 25, 1949 Front Page 

         WILLIAM  E. HANLEY, 82 Dies in City      Member of well known family Passes

William E. Hanley 82, former merchant, and member of one of Canandaigua's well known families died at his home, 16 Greig Terrace, Monday night after a long period of ill health, Mr. Hanley, incapacitated by two paralytic strokes, had withdrawn in recent years from active business life which he had known for fully a half century in Canandaigua. Sunday his condition became more serious and despite careful medical attention he failed rapidly.

Funeral services for Mr. Hanley were held Thursday morning from the Kennedy funeral chapel and from St. Mary's Church. Burial was made in Calvary Cemetery. He was a lifelong attendant and member of St. Mary's. 

Mr. Hanley was the father of County Treasurer, Edward T. Hanley, of Albert F. Hanley, and Robert Milton Hanley, all well known Canandaigua residents, and of Walter H. Hanley, of Ilion. Another son, William E. Jr. died in 1931. He is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Lillian Ragan of Jersey City, NJ. There are ten grandchildren in the family. 

 Mr. Hanley was born in Canandaigua on November 30, 1866, the son of John and Elizabeth Madden Hanley. His parents were then living on Pleasant Street, a quiet tree lined thoroughfare in that post Civil War day. The neighbors were the Burke and Spencer families, who like the Hanley's were long on Children and short on financial means. 

After his formal schooling had closed, Mr. Hanley journeyed westward to Chicago where he spent a year in the employ of a wholesale grocery house. Returning to Canandaigua he went to work for the late W. A. Husbands who had a meat market where Emma M Finley store is today on Main Street. 

In 1904 Mr. Hanley formed a partnership with Mr. Husbands, and the late Howard J. Moore. The trio operated two markets, the Husband market and the People's Cash Market which is located where Clement's restaurant is today. This was a comparatively short lived partnership. In 1907 Mr. Hanley withdrew and opened a market of his own in Phoenix Street. After three years of operation here he came back to the familiar scene of the People's Market and went into business here. 

 In 1913 he disposed of his holdings here to the late H. O. Park. His next business operation was on Bristol Street, where he had one of the community's best known markets for almost 15 years. He left Bristol Street in 1927 and shifted his activity to Shortsville where he was associated with the Howard Aldrich store. This was his last business activity. He suffered the first of his paralytic strokes while engaged in Shortsville and although he returned briefly his ability to work day by day was limited. 

Mr. Hanley is recalled by those who knew him during his active business career as a man of powerful physique with a pleasant and lively personality. During his Shortsville days, in particular he was known as Doc Hanley.  Mr. Hanley was a member of a large family. His brother, Thomas, died in 1905 in Chicago. A sister, Mrs. Julia Long, of Geneva, has been dead several years.

On October 1, 1890, he married Miss Matilda Hamilton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Hamilton of Canandaigua. The ceremony took place in the old St. Mary's Church on the corner of South Main and Saltonstall streets. Rev. Father James T Dougherty performed the ceremony. On Oct 1, 1940, Mr. and Mrs. Hanley noted their golden anniversary and they were remarried in St. Mary's by Rev. Michael C J. Wall.  Mrs. Hanley died in May, 1941, at the age of 69, and is buried in Calvary Cemetery.

                             His body was interred March 24, 1949 Canandaigua, New York, Calvary Cemetery. 

  At 34 years of age William became the father of Albert Francis Sr. Hanley Canandaigua, New York, June 30, 1901.   

                            ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  July 10, 1901  Page  2  Col 

BORN -   HANLEY   -  At Canandaigua, June 30, 1901, to Mr. and Mrs. William Hanley, a son.  

                At 37 years of age William became the father of Robert Milton Hanley Canandaigua, New York, April 13, 1904.  

                           ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  April 20, 1904       

 BORN -  HANLEY    -   At Canandaigua, April 13, 1904 to Mr. and Mrs. William E. Hanley, Pleasant Street, a son.  

                            VICTOR  HERALD  April 20, 1904 PAGE  8  COL 

 BIRTH    -  HANLEY   -     At Canandaigua, April 13, 1904 to Mr. and Mrs. William E. Hanley, Pleasant Street, a son.

                            ONTARIO  COUNTY  CHRONICLE April 20, 1904 

BORN    -   HANLEY -     In Canandaigua, April 13, to Mr. and Mrs. William Hanley, of Pleasant Street, a son. 


Elizabeth Hamilton was born December 10, 1873.  Elizabeth died October 20, 1955 Canandaigua, New York, at 81 years of age.  She married twice.

                         ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT and CHRONICLE  Saturday, October 22, 1955  PAGE  17

 VICINITY DEATHS -    Mrs. Elizabeth Watts, 81, of Canandaigua, Thursday.

                                   ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT and CHRONICLE

CANANDAIGUA Mrs. Elizabeth H. Watts, 81, died Thursday October 20, 1955, at Cowles Nursing Home after a long period of failing health.  Mrs. Watts was a native of Geneva, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Hamilton.  During most of her life she lived in Buffalo. 

 In 1941 she came to Canandaigua to make her home with her nephew, County Treasurer Edward T. Hanley, and Mrs. Hanley.  The late Mrs. William E. Hanley, mother of County Treasurer, was a sister of Mrs. Watts.  Her closest survivors are nieces and nephews.  Curtice Funeral Home, and St. Mary's Church. Burial at Calvary Cemetery. Her body was interred October 24, 1955 Canandaigua, New York, Calvary Cemetery.

                  She married James Jr. Quinn Ovid, NY, September 06, 1900. 

ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Fri. Sept. 14,  1900  PAGE  3  COL 6

                          MARRIED       QUINN  -  HAMILTON 

At Ovid, September 06, 1900, James Quinn Jr., of Willard, and Miss Elizabeth Hamilton, of Littleville. 

John A.3 Hamilton  was born Ireland 1856.  John died September 24, 1896 Geneva, New York, at 40 years of age.  Geneva Town Hall record on line 1972, he is age 40 years, father is Patrick Hamilton, mother, Mary, both from Ireland. He died of pneumonia.  The record states he has been in the US for 17 years.

                           ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL October 2, 1896  PAGE  3  COL 6

HAMILTON -  At Geneva, September 24, 1896, John Hamilton, aged 33 years. There is an obvious problem with the age given in the newspaper which would have him born in 1863. I am convinced that this date is incorrect and the death certificate should be considered correct. His body was interred September 26, 1896 Geneva, New York, St. Patrick's Cemetery.

                   He married Anna Dougherty.  Anna was born in Romulus, New York May 07, 1860.  Her information for burial at St. Patrick's Cemetery states she was 87 yrs 3 months and 19 days old at her death. Anna was the daughter of Patrick Dougherty and Mary K. Bannon .  Anna died August 26, 1947 Canandaigua, New York, at 87 years of age.[i]  [i]. Her Death Record, Number 129, Page 124, at the Canandaigua City Clerk office, states the following, She resided at 226 Pleasant Street, widowed, John Hamilton, born May 7, 1860, Romulus, NY. Father was Patrick Dougherty, Ire, and mother was shown as NOT KNOWN. The informant was a Joseph F. Murphy, Clifton Springs.

                             ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  JOURNAL August 29, 1947 

                                     MRS.  A. D.  HAMILTON DIES SUDDENLY

Mrs. Anna Dougherty Hamilton, 87, sister of the late Rev. James T. Dougherty, former pastor of St. Mary's Church, died suddenly Tuesday evening at the home of Mrs. Daniel Driscoll, 226 Pleasant Street. Born in Romulus, Mrs. Hamilton came here three years ago from Kendaia and had since resided at the Driscoll home.

She was the widow of John Hamilton. The only survivor is a grandson, John P. Murphy, of Skaneateles.  Funeral services were held Thursday from St. Mary's Church.  Interment was made in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Geneva.

John A. Hamilton and Anna Dougherty had the following children:

Bernard T.4 Hamilton  was born 1882.  Bernard died January 03, 1907 in Sayre, New York, at 24 years of age. 

                  GENEVA  DAILY  TIMES  Friday January 4, 1907

                            LIFE CRUSHED  OUT  BY  TRAIN

  Bernard Hamilton, Formerly of Geneva, Killed Yesterday in Yards at Sayre

Body Badly Crushed -   Bernard Hamilton, a former resident of this city, was killed in the railroad yards at Sayre yesterday afternoon. The young man, who was twenty three years of age, was making his first trip out of the yards, where he had worked for some time.

Although the particulars of the accident were not received here, the body showed that the death was due to the crushing of the chest and neck, caused apparently by Hamilton being squeezed either between or under the cars.   The accident took place in the Sayre yards about two o'clock yesterday afternoon. 

The remains were sent on to Geneva and taken to the undertaker rooms of DeVaney and Fletcher, where they were then removed to the home of the young man's mother at Kendaia.  Burial will be made in the city tomorrow. The body will again arrive here at nine o'clock and funeral services will be held at St. Francis DeSales church.

The deceased is survived by his mother, one brother and two sisters. Up until about ten years ago the family resided on North Street, this city. From here they moved to Kendia. Rev. James T. Dougherty of Canandaigua  is an uncle of the deceased. His body was interred 1907 Geneva, New York, St. Patrick's Cemetery.


Leo Patrick Hamilton was born Geneva, New York April 10, 1895.  Geneva City records, line 2049, states only that a MALE Hamilton was born. No name was given, but the parents were Annie, age 34, Varick, Seneca Co., NY, and John Hamilton, age 40, Ireland. It also stated that the mother had 5 previous children, three living.  The grave marker for John and Anna has two children listed having died in 1888 and 1892. Leo died September 13, 1945 New York City, New York, at 50 years of age. 

                            THE  GENEVA  DAILY  TIMES

Leo P. Hamilton, formerly of Geneva, died at the Veterans Hospital, West Kingsbridge Road, New York City, New York, on Monday, following a short illness. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Orianna Hamilton of New York City, his mother, Mrs. Anna Hamilton, of Canandaigua.

 Mr. Hamilton was a veteran of World War I, having served with Co. C. 212th Field Signal Battallion. He was a member of the Board of Transportation Post, 1172, American Legion, New York City. 

The funeral will be held on Thursday morning at DeVaney Funeral Home, 187 Main St., and also St. Francis DeSales Church at 9.  Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery.

                         Funeral of Leo Hamilton

Funeral services for Leo P. Hamilton were conducted this morning from the DeVaney Funeral Home, 187 Main St., and at St. Francis DeSales Church, Rev. Edward K. Ball celebrated a solemn requiem mass, Rev. William O'Brien was Deacon, and Rev. Calogero Gerardi was sub deacon. Interment was in St. Patrick's Cemetery.  

Bearers, all members of Winnek Post, American Legion, were Roscoe A. Jackson, Homer R. Ostrander, John E. O'Malley, George Peters, William VanNortwick, and Albert G. Kirby.  A firing escort from Company K extended military honors at the grave and was composed of Corp. Frank Pullano, in charge, Corp. Lyle Hargrove, Private First Class Nicholas Coblio, Charles Rogers, Robert Sherman, Abraham George, Glenn Vogt, John Labuff and Privates Charles Mahoney, Thomas Roland, Samuel Stramandinoll, William Bruzee, James Toner, Fred Pulver, Robert Clayton and Rodney Kirk, Bugler.


 Edward Patrick4 Hamilton  was born Geneva, New York July 27, 1869.  Edward died August 13, 1903 Littleville, New York, at 34 years of age.  Death record number 559 at Hopewell clerk office.

                                   Ontario County Times Wednesday August 19, 1903 Page  3  Col  6

EDWARD  P.  HAMILTON,  son of Patrick Hamilton of Littleville died at the home of his parents in that village on Thursday aged 34 years. The deceased when a mere lad, entered the printing office of the Shortsville Enterprise where he learned typesetting and other useful points in the training of the practical printer, and at 18 entered the office of the New York World where he soon became an expert machine operator.

He was for 16 years in the World office, until his health failed. He was a dutiful son, and highly respected. He leaves a wife and one child, one brother, John P. Hamilton of Auburn, two sisters, Mrs. James Quinn of Willard and Mrs. William Hanley of this village.

                               A second lengthy obituary appears in the book with newspaper accounts.

                                     SHORTSVILLE  ENTERPRISE August 21, 1903  PAGE  3  COL  1

                                                                            IN  MEMORIUM

We made brief note of the death of Edward P. Hamilton which occurred last week Thursday night, and news of which sad event came to us just as we were about to put the Enterprise edition to press. It was in April 1884 that the writer became the owner of the Enterprise. At that time there was employed in the office a rosey cheeked boy, about fourteen years of age, a most loveable little fellow, the soul of honor, that he was Eddie Hamilton, the same young man whom we are feebly attempting to pay our last tribute of respect.

He was ever at his post of duty, was trustworthy to a degree that won the love and admiration for him that has grown with the years.  We cannot refrain from speaking of his Christian character. Not once during his four years service did we hear an oath or a wicked expression from his lips, but daily we did hear religious quotations that came from his big heart, and his large expressive brown eyes told of the enjoyment derived in the use of scriptural phrases.

 It was during those early years that he was Altar boy for the late Rev. Father Lee, the loving and beloved priest of the Shortsville and Clifton Springs parishes. He acted in such capacity during his residence here. That he loved his rector with a love that lasted through his 34 years of life is manifested by his last wish that his remains find a resting place by the side of Father Lee, in the Catholic cemetery between this village and Clifton Springs, which wish was fulfilled by his loving wife and parents.

We know full well that these same noble traits of Christian character followed Edward through life and we honestly believe that it has won for him a crown in the heavenly mansion. Long shall we cherish the memory of our loving faithful, and honorable apprentice of almost twenty years ago. His body was interred 1903 Clifton Springs, New York, St. Agnes Cemetery.

                         He married Mary F. Morrissey.  Mary was born Troy, New York 1868.  Mary was the daughter of Edward Morrissey and Anne Timmons.  Mary died December 17, 1939 Canandaigua, New York, at 71 years of age.  Her body was interred Shortsville, New York, St. Agnes Cemetery.

Edward Patrick Hamilton and Mary F. Morrissey had the following children:

Frances Lillian Hamilton was born Brooklyn, New York October 28, 1896.  Frances died January 14, 1932 Canandaigua, New York, at 35 years of age.[i]  [i]. Ontario County Times Journal Jan 20, 1932 stated she died at her home on West Gibson Street. Canandaigua City clerk office record number 14 on Page 216 shows an address of 124 W. Gibson St., and that burial would be at Calvary.


KENNEDY -     The funeral services of Lillian F. Kennedy, whose death occurred at her home on West Gibson Street on Thursday following a long illness, were held at St. Mary's Church on Saturday. Solemn High Mass was celebrated by Rev. Michael C. Wall, Rector of the church, and Rev. William Devereaux, Assistant Rector as sub deacon. Members of the Amer. Legion Auxiliary, St. Vincent DePaul Society, and the Mother's Club of St Mary's Church attended in body. Other delegations included members of the Legion Post, Ontario County Comm. of Internal Revenue Department.

Mrs. Kennedy had many friends in the community who deeply regret her passing. She leaves besides her husband, one daughter Helen R., and two sons, T. Hamilton and Robert P. Kennedy, and her mother, Mrs. Mae Hamilton who is employed at Willard State Hospital.

 Bearers were, R. Milton Hanley, John T. Murphy, Thomas L. Smith, Alexander Grieve, Leo H. and Edward M. Breen. Interment at Calvary. Her body was interred 1932 Canandaigua, New York, Calvary Cemetery.

                 She married Thomas Daniel Kennedy Canandaigua, New York, October 20, 1919.[ii]  Ontario County Archive record number 4524 on microfilm at Hopewell, NY, lists his age as 26 years, born Canandaigua, occupation was Conductor R and E. His parents were Henry J, Kennedy and Katherine Moran, both USA. Frances was listed as a stenographer, born Brooklyn, NY, father was Edward P. Hamilton and mother was Mary Morrissey, both of USA. She was age 23 years. [ii]. Marriage Record copy is on PG 2H in the book, A Tree Trunk .Canandaigua City clerk office record number 416 shows Eliz Kennedy and William J. Hanley as witnesses.

                       ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Friday October 24, 1919  FRONT PAGE

                                                  KENNEDY  -   HAMILTON

The marriage of Thomas Daniel Kennedy, Clark Street, and Miss Frances Lillian Hamilton, Center Street, took place at St. Mary's church on Monday. Rev. James T. Dougherty performed the ceremony. The bride wore a blue suit with taupe hat. Her corsage bouquet was of bride's roses. She was attended by Miss Elizabeth Kennedy of Canandaigua, sister of the groom, who wore a blue suit with a black hat. Her bouquet was pink roses. 

The groom was attended by William Hanley. Ushers were Raymond and John Kennedy, cousins of the groom. The wedding music was played by Miss Ruth Pierce and Mrs. Fred S. Haubner sang. A wedding breakfast was served at the home of Mrs. Helen McCarthy, Center Street, with whom the bride resided. Covers were laid for 25.  They will reside at Atwater Place.

Married at St Mary's Church, the Rev James T. Dougherty performed the ceremony. Bride was attended by Elizabeth L. Kennedy, a sister of the groom. The groom was attended by William J. Hanley.

                 Thomas Daniel Kennedy   was born Canandaigua, New York September 08, 1893.  Birth record number 817 at Canandaigua City Clerk. Thomas was the son of Henry James Kennedy and Catherine Moran.  He married Roby Newton  in Petersberg, Virginia, June 30, 1938. 

                     ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES JOURNAL Friday July 1, 1938  PAGE  8  COL  5


Thomas D. Kennedy of Canandaigua, the City Treasurer, and Miss Roby Newton of Petersberg, Virginia, were married in that city Thursday morning. Attendants were Miss Jean Newton, sister of the bride, and James P. Donovan of this city. After a short wedding trip they will reside at 124 West Gibson Street.   Thomas died August 04, 1959 Rochester, New York, at 65 years of age. 

                   DEMOCRAT and CHRONICLE Thurs. August 6, 1959  PAGE  28

Thomas D. Kennedy, age 65, died August 4, at Highland Hospital. He was the city treasurer of Canandaigua for 27 years, a member of St. Mary's Church and the Holy Name Society, a World War I veteran, a member of the American Legion and the 40 and 8, past County Commander and past Commander of Post 256 of Canandaigua.

      Thomas died August 04, 1959 Rochester, New York, at 65 years of age. 

                                   DEMOCRAT and CHRONICLE Thurs. August 6, 1959  PAGE  28 

 Thomas D. Kennedy, age 65, died August 4, at Highland Hospital. He was the city treasurer of Canandaigua for 27 years, a member of St. Mary's Church and the Holy Name Society, a World War I veteran, a member of the American Legion and the 40 and 8, past County Commander and past Commander of Post 256 of Canandaigua.

 He is survived by his wife, Roby N, two sons, T. Hamilton and Robert, of Canandaigua, one daughter, Helen R. Kennedy of West Chester, Pa., one brother, Jack, and one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Burr, both of Shortsville, four grandchildren, one nephew. 

   Friends may call at the John C. Johnson Funeral Home. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. American Legion will conduct military rites at the cemetery.

                                       CANANDAIGUA  DAILY  MESSENGER August 5, 1959

 Thomas D. Kennedy, 65, who has been a Canandaigua City Treasurer for 27 years, died Tuesday night, August 4, 1959, in Highland Hospital, Rochester, following a brief illness. He was born in Canandaigua and attended St. Mary's School. He studied at LaSalle Business Institute of accounting and after preliminary training at Buffalo Technical High School and Camp Hancock, Ga., served overseas in the US Air Force in World War I. 

The following statement in tribute to Thomas Kennedy's long career of public service was issued this morning by Mayor Richard M. Bottorf, August 5, 1959,  The City of Canandaigua notes with regret the passing of Thomas D. Kennedy.  He devoted the greater part of his life to public service and for the past 28 years has been our City Treasurer, in which capacity he has acted most ably and efficiently.

His passing is a deep loss to the City.  I know that I speak for all the people of our community in extending sincerest sympathy to his family.  Respectfully, Richard M. Bottorf, Mayor.  On his return from service, he was appointed internal revenue collector for this district, a post he held for 10 years. He was very active in the American Legion, having been a past commander of the Canandaigua Post 556, and a past commander of the Ontario County Legion Post.

In March of this year, he was presented a 40 year membership award by the Canandaigua Post. He was also a member of the 40 and 8. He was elected city treasurer in the fall of 1931 and took office the following year. In 1935, he was appointed relief commissioner for the assembly district of Ontario County in connection with the work of Veterans Relief Bureau of the State Division of Military and Naval Affairs.

In the early thirties he was chairman of the Canandaigua Citizens Legion committee which successfully conducted the campaign to have the Veterans Hospital located in Canandaigua. He was a very active in the Republican Party having served as member and former chairman of the Republican City Committee.  He was re-nominated Monday night by the committee as candidate for city treasurer for another term. 

 He is survived by his wife, the former Roby P. Newton, two sons, T. Hamilton Kennedy, and Robert P. Kennedy, both of Canandaigua, a daughter, Helen R. Kennedy, West Chester, Pa., four grandchildren, a brother, Jack Kennedy, and a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Burr, both of Shortsville.  Interment at Calvary Cemetery.

                                          His body was interred 1959 Canandaigua, New York, Calvary Cemetery.

 John Paul4 Hamilton was born Littleville, New York January 18, 1878.  John died March 30, 1951 Philadelphia, Penn., at 73 years of age.  He married Emma Lamay Auburn, New York, June 28, 1899.  

                               ONTARIO  COUNTY  JOURNAL  June 30, 1899

                                   MARRIED            HAMILTON  -   LAMAY

At Auburn, June 28, 1899, John Hamilton, of Littleville, formerly of Canandaigua, and Miss Emma L. LaMay, of Auburn.

  John was honored Auburn, August 1903.  Shortsville Enterprise  Friday August 7, 1903 Page 2  Col 4 

John Hamilton who for the past five years has been night operator for the Central at Auburn, has recently been appointed assistant ticket agent for the company at that station. John is the son of Patrick Hamilton of Littleville. His promotion is merited, and his many home friends extend him hearty congratulations.

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