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Laura Hannah Jackson was born Medina, NY August 14, 1882.  Laura died January 01, 1965 at 82 years of age.  Her body was interred 1965 Clifton Springs, New York, Riverview Cemetery. She married twice.  She married Fred Mackey.  Fred was born 1877.  Fred died May 14, 1974 in Vine Valley, Ontario County, New York, at 96 years of age.

She married George Byron VanGelder Clifton Springs, NY, June 14, 1923.  Registration number 854 at Hopewell Archives on microfilm. It shows the witnesses as Mary B. Jackson and Mary E. Cole. Microfilm record number 0051 lists her age as 40 years, and his age at 65 years. Frank A. VanHee minister of the gospel at Chapin conducted the matrimony. Witnessed by Mary B. Jackson and Mary E. Cole.

                        George Byron VanGelde was born Monterrey, New York December 25, 1857.  George was the son of Alfred Morris VanGelder and Mary Jane Dean.  He married Elizabeth Ann Wheatley Chapinville, New York, January 26, 1879.   

                              ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL Friday January 31, 1879 Page 2 Col 7

MARRIED -   VanGelder -  Wheatley  - in Chapinville on Sunday evening January 26th 1879 by Rev.  L. T. Hawkins, Mr. George B. VanGelder and Miss Libbie Wheatley.              

                   ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  January 29, 1879  PAGE 2  COL  6

                                MARRIED - VANGELDERWHEATLEY

At the Methodist Episcopal church, in Chapinville, on Sunday evening, January 26th, 1879, by the Rev. L. T. Hawkins, Mr. George B. VanGelder and Miss Libbie Wheatley.

                   At 67 years of age George became the father of David Emerson VanGelder Canandaigua, New York, April 22, 1925.   

                                                     ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES Wednesday April 29, 1925

BIRTHS      -   VANGELDER  -      At Canandaigua, April 22, 1925, to Mr. and Mrs. George Vangelder, a son. 

John William Jr.2 Jenkins He married Leora Elaine Thompson Canandaigua, New York, August 12, 1928.  

                             ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Friday August 17, 1928                      

                                   CHARMING  WEDDING  AT  SUMMER  HOME                       

                           When Miss Leora Elaine Thompson Was Married To John William Jenkins Jr.

The summer home of Mr. and Mrs. George T. Thompson on the east lake shore was the scene of a charming wedding on Saturday afternoon when their daughter, Miss Leora Elaine Thompson was married to John William Jenkins Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Jenkins, of this city.

The spacious living room was profusely decorated with the seasonable flowers, the ceremony being performed by Rev. Herbert L. Gaylord, D. D. before an embankment of palms and tall baskets of various colored gladioli. Miss Helen Thompson, niece of the bride, played the wedding music and Stuart Gracey, of Geneva, sang "At Dawning" during the ceremony. 

The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, wore a gown of white embroidered canton crepe with a white transparent hat. She was attended by her sister in law, Mrs. Alexander G. Thompson, as matron of honor, Miss Jeska Thompson as bridesmaid,  and her niece Edith Elaine Thompson, as ring bearer, all of Canandaigua.

Mrs. Thompson was attired in white and carried pink roses.  Dinner was served at Wenna Kenna tea room, on the east lake shore. Covers were laid for 50 guests at a long table centered with bowls of pink roses, maiden hair, fern and gypsophilia and lighted with tall pink tapers. Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins are on a motor trip to the Adirondacks and Thousand Island and after September 1 will be home at 59 Howell Street.

Mr. Jenkins is associated with his father in the firm of Jenkins Stores, Inc., clothiers and is manager of the local store. He was graduated from Canandaigua Academy in 1922, and studied at Hamilton College. His bride attended the Cathedral School of St. Mary at Garden City, LI, and was graduated from the Emma Willard School at Troy in 1926. 

Luke JOBSON married Mary AMOS.

The following is an obit from ONTARIO COUNTY   

 Bristol Center -    Friday Nov 22, 1901  Mrs. Luke JOPSON was found dead by the roadside on Friday morning. She had left her home a little after 10 o'clock the evening before to care for a neighbor who was ill. Heart disease is supposed to have been the cause of death. She is survived by her husband, four sons and two daughters. The funeral was held on Sunday afternoon.  Interment was made at Bristol.                                    

JOPSON at Bristol Center November 14, 1901 - Mrs. Luke JOPSON aged 60 years.   (Mrs. Luke JOPSON was Mary AMOS,  born in June of 1841-1844, unsure of birth year)  

  Elaine M.2 Johnson She married L. Kenneth Bliss Victor, New York, January 22, 1949.   

                       ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES JOURNAL January 28, 1949

 MARRIAGES      BLISS  - JOHNSON -  At Victor, January 22, 1949, L. Kenneth Bliss and Miss Elaine M. Johnson, both of Canandaigua.

                                                          SAME  PAPER   Front  Page

Picture of Elaine with the following caption, RECENT BRIDE, Mrs. L. Kenneth Bliss Jr., was the former Miss Elaine M. Johnson, daughter of Mr.and Mrs. Roger C. Johnson, East Lake Road. Mr. and Mrs. Bliss were married at the Victor Presbyterian church last Saturday.   L. is the son of Lester Philenzo Bliss and Ada Fisher.  

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

MARRIAGE and DEATH NOTICES from Seneca County New York, 1817-1885  PAGE  28. Moses Johnson of Varick, NY to  Mary Dey daughter of David of Varick         

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

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

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

                         ONTARIO REPOSITORY MESSENGER Thurs. Feb. 9, 1893

JOHNSON   -  At Canandaigua, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Albion Ellis, February 8, 1893, Mrs. Mary Dey Johnson, aged 88 years and 8 months. Funeral, Friday at 11 AM.  

Esther Dey6 Johnson was born New York January 19, 1834.  Esther died October 29, 1917 Chapin, New York, at 83 years of age.   

                     ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL November 2, 1917  Page 1  Col 6

ANDREWS -   The death of Mrs. Esther D. Andrews, Aged 83 years, occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Kotteker, near Chapin on Monday. 

There survive one daughter, Mrs. Kotteker, two sons, Arthur Andrews of Canandaigua, and Lewis Andrews of San Francisco, Cal., and four grandchildren. The funeral services were held Wednesday and interment was in Chapman Cemetery. Her body was interred 1917 Hopewell, New York, Chapman Cemetery. 

                                           She married Heman Andrews February 24, 1852.  Heman was born July 24, 1827.  Heman was the son of Harris Andrews and Elizabeth Drake.  Heman died January 21, 1909 Chapin, New York, at 81 years of age.  Ontario County Journal dated January 22, 1909

OBITUARY  - CHAPIN -    The death of Heman Andrews occurred at his home near this place at an early hour yesterday morning. Mr. Andrews had reached the advanced age of 81 years and had been in failing health for a long time. He was one of the oldest residents of the town and was highly respected.

 He leaves his wife, two daughters, Mrs. George Kotteker, of this place, and Mrs. Emerson VanGelder of Delaware, and two sons, Arthur and Louis. Funeral from the Methodist church.


Sarah Caroline Johnson was born in Seneca County, New York July 31, 1835.  Sarah died October 26, 1915 Canandaigua, New York, at 80 years of age.   

                                 ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL October 29, 1915

ELLIS -   The death of Mrs. Sarah Caroline Ellis, widow of Albion Ellis, occurred at the Clark Manor house on Tuesday, aged 80 years.  She leaves two sisters, Mrs. Richard Jones, of Clifton Springs, and Mrs. Esther Adams of Chapin. Rev. Livingston L. Taylor officiated at the funeral services yesterday morning. Interment was in West Ave Cemetery. Her body was interred 1915 Canandaigua, New York, West Avenue Cemetery.

                      Albion was born Canandaigua, New York March 1827.  Albion was the son of William H. Ellis and Ruth Atwater.  Albion died December 30, 1891 Canandaigua, New York, at 64 years of age.[iii]   [iii]. Canandaigua City Clerk office record number 878. Record states his place of birth as Canandaigua.

                                              ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL January 1, 1892                       

Albion Ellis, a very well known resident of this village, died at his home on Charlotte Street, Wednesday afternoon of apoplexy after a very short illness. Mr. Ellis had been subject to apoplexy but previous to Monday he was in fairly good health. On Monday he was severely attacked and grew steadily worse until the end came Wednesday.

He was about 75 years of age, and leaves a widow and three children, Captain Eugene A. Ellis, of the U. S. Army at Fort Yates, North Dakota, Edson C. Ellis of North Attleboro, Conn., and Miss Carrie A. Ellis, of this village.                       

                           ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES Wednesday January 6, 1892 PAGE                        

                                                      DEATH of ALBION ELLIS

Albion Ellis whose serious illness was mentioned in last week's issue of the Times, died on Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Ellis had been in usual health and engaged in active work until the previous Monday morning when he was suddenly stricken with apoplexy at his shop. 

 He was at once taken to his home on Charlotte St. and medical aid called, but he never rallied, and after lying two days in an unconscious state, passed away as stated.  Mr. Ellis who was nearly 65 years of age was the son of the late William H. Ellis, and had lived all his life in Canandaigua. He was a carpenter and builder by trade, and for many years was a leading contractor of the village. He built a number of the principal business blocks here and many dwelling houses.  Mr. Ellis is survived by a wife and three children, Capt. Eugene A. Ellis, 7th US Cavalry, now stationed at Fort Yates, Dakota, Edson C. Ellis, of North Attleboro, Mass, and Miss Caroline A. Ellis of this village.  Funeral services conducted by Rev. Mr. Calhoun took place at the house on Saturday afternoon. He was 64 years and 3 mos. old.

                           His body was interred 1891 Canandaigua, New York, West Avenue Cemetery.

Mary Ann Beach Johnson was born 1837.  Mary died April 16, 1884 Bristol, New York, at 46 years of age.  Her body was interred 1884 Baptist Hill Bristol, NY, Evergreen Cemetery.  She married twice.  Daughter of Phineas & Catherine JOHNSON.

               She married Benjamin G. Beach.  Benjamin was born 1836.  Benjamin died April 22, 1866 Hopewell, New York, at 29 years of age.  At 25 years of age Benjamin became the father of Flora Beach November 08, 1861.  She married  2nd Elihu E. Briggs Bristol, New York, June 13, 1870.

                           ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  June 22, 1870

 MARRIED-    Elihu E. Briggs and Mrs. Mary Ann Beach, Bristol

Elihu was born Bristol, New York September 25, 1835.  Elihu was the son of William W. Briggs and Nancy Briggs .  He married 3rd to  Lucretia A. Kingsbury Honeoye, New York, April 07, 1886.                   

                            ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  April 4, 1886

                              MARRIED -    BRIGGS -  TIFFANY

In Honeoye, NY, April 3, 1886, by Rev. S. Mills Day, Mr. Elihu E. Briggs and Mrs. Lucretia A. Tiffany, both of Bristol, NY. Married by Rev S. Mills Day. Newspaper said they were married in Honeoye on April 3, 1886.

                    He was thrice married, his first wife being a daughter of Rev. Abner Reed, of Bristol. Twelve years after her death he married Mrs. Ann Beach, of Bristol, whose death occurred in 1883. In 1885 he was united in marriage to Mrs. Lucretia Tiffany, of Bristol. He leaves besides his widow, five children, four sons, and one daughter, William and Frank, of Canandaigua, and Elnathan of Bristol, children of his first marriage, and Lewis and Mrs. Ina Tiffany, both of Canandaigua, children of his second marriage. There was also one daughter Helen, by the first wife, who became the wife of Constant Simmons, of Bristol, and whose death occurred some years ago. 

Mr. Briggs followed the profession of teaching for several years before his marriage and later his occupation was that of farming, which he followed until last spring, leaving his farm in Bristol, where he had lived for over 40 years, to come with Mrs. Briggs to make their home in this village with the latter's sister, Mrs. Buckelew, who had been left alone at her husband's death.

Mr. Briggs had been a lifelong resident of the town of Bristol, attending the Universalist Church there and for the past 25 years or more was an active member of the Bristol grange, holding the office of secretary for years.

The funeral was held yesterday morning at the house where the services consisted of a prayer by the Rev. Mr. Boynton officiating. The burial was in Evergreen Cemetery at Bristol, by the side of the first wife. Mr. Briggs was a patient sufferer of a sunny, cheerful, disposition, a kind and loving husband, father and neighbor.  

 Also recorded in newspaper ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES on the same day, Guardianship of Lewis B. Briggs and Ina E. Briggs under 14 years of age, of Bristol. Elihu E. Briggs, father, appointed guardian of said infants. 

Ray W.1 Johnson was born September 05, 1883.  Ray died March 02, 1948 at 64 years of age.  He married Waity Rebecca Douglass Canandaigua, New York, November 16, 1905.[i] [i]. Canandaigua City Clerk office record number 1602. 

                          ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL November 17, 1905

                                   MARRIED  Johnson - Douglass

The marriage of Miss Waity R. Douglass and Ray W. Johnson, was solemnized at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred G. Douglass, Chapin Street, yesterday afternoon at 1 o'clock, Rev. Ward Mosher officiating. Seventy five relatives and friends were bidden to the wedding. 

The bride was attended by Miss Hazel Olmstead, of Allen's Hill. William R. Potter acted as groomsman.  The ceremony was performed under a ball of smilax and white chrysanthemums suspended from the center of an evergreen arch.  The bride wore cream silk collenne and carried white roses.  Her bride's maid was gowned in blue silk mull. Her flowers were white carnations.

The wedding dinner was served by Mrs. Fred Higinbotham, of Victor.  The bride's table was laid for twelve. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are spending their honeymoon in New York City and at several points in New Jersey. On Friday evening Mrs. Samuel Douglass, of the lake shore road, gave a variety shower in honor of the bride. Twenty five young ladies were included in the party. 

Ray W. Johnson and Waity Rebecca Douglass had the following children: 

Esther Waity Johnson was born Canandaigua, New York October 25, 1910.  Esther died May 02, 1998 Clifton Springs, New York, at 87 years of age.

ESTHER JOHNSON CAMP -   CANANDAIGUA -   Esther Camp, age 87, of Fort Hill Apartments, died May 2, 1998 at the Clifton Springs Hospital.  Mrs. Camp was born in Canandaigua, on October 25, 1910, and was the daughter of Mr. Ray W. and Waity Douglass Johnson.

She was a graduate of Canandaigua Academy and Geneseo Normal School. Mrs. Camp taught in Shortsville and had been a librarian for the Rochester Public Library and the West Irondequoit School System. She retired in 1970.

She had been a member of the First United Methodist Church in Canandaigua.   The widow of Paul C. Camp, who died in 1995, she is survived by three daughters, and sons in law. Suzanne and Ernest Wass, North Syracuse, Virginia and Gerald Youtzy, Geneseo, and Donna and William Boudreau, Plymouth, Mich, ten grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and two great  great grandchildren.

She is also survived by her brother and sister in law, Gordon and Virginia Johnson, Pittsford, her sisters in law, Eleanor Johnson, Florida, Bertha Elkie, Arizona, and several nieces and nephews. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. Her body was interred 1998 Canandaigua, New York, Woodlawn Cemetery.  Picture of grave taken. Grave Marker index shows RH265 on CD is the picture of the grave. 

                               She married Paul Christov Camp Canandaigua, New York, July 15, 1933.  Ontario County Archive in Hopewell, NY has record number 5140, Registration number 25, Marriage License.  Witnesses were Karl F. Camp and Mildred R. Johnson.                 

                        ONTARIO  COUNTY  TIMES JOURNAL  Friday  July 21, 1933

                                   WEDDING  BELLS      CAMP -   JOHNSON

The wedding of Miss Esther W. Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray W. Johnson of this city, to Paul C. Camp, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Camp, of Orleans Road, took place in the Methodist Episcopal church, Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The ceremony was performed in the presence of a large gathering of relatives and friends, by the Rev. S. G. Houghton, pastor of the church.  The altar was banked with palms, asparagus fern, and hydrangaeas.

Miss Isabelle Johnson of this city, cousin of the bride, presided at the organ for the wedding marches. Another cousin, Miss Dorothea Douglass of Rochester gave a piano recital before the ceremony, and accompanied Mrs. Lewis Brahm of this city who sang I Love You Truly and O Promise Me.

The bride who was given in marriage by her father, wore a gown of white satin with long tulle veil arranged in cap effect, and caught with orange blossoms.  Her bouquet was of bride's roses with a shower of lilies of the valley.  Miss Mildred Johnson, sister of the bride, as maid of honor, was in pink sheer crepe with picture hat to match.  Karl Camp, brother of the bridegroom, was best man, and the ushers were Raymond Camp and Gordon Johnson, brothers of the couple.

Mrs. Johnson, mother of the bride, wore beige lace with hat to correspond, while Mrs. Camp, the bridegroom's mother, was in pink and white crepe with white hat. Following a reception at the church, a buffet luncheon was served to 30 relatives and friends in the home of the bride's parents, 44 Perry Place. Mrs. Fred M. Douglass, aunt of the bride, was in charge, assisted by Misses Ruth Douglass and Evelyn Martin, all of this city.  Seasonable flowers formed the table and house decorations.

After a week's motor trip Mr. and Mrs. Camp will live at 46 Perry Place. He is a graduate of Canandaigua Academy and a member of the Ontario County Trust Company staff. His bride was graduated from the Academy and from Geneseo Normal school, class of 1932.  She has taught the past year in the Shortsville High School.  Her traveling costume was an ensemble of navy blue with white accessories.

                                   Paul was born August 03, 1908.  Paul was the son of William August Christov Czarnowsky Camp and Jessie Belle VanGelder.  Paul died January 06, 1995 Canandaigua, New York, at 86 years of age.  

PAUL C. CAMP -   MANCHESTER -   Paul C. Camp of Manchester, died Friday, January 6,1995 at the V. A. Medical Center in Canandaigua. He was 86.  Mr. Camp was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Canandaigua, a graduate of Canandaigua Academy and attended advanced accounting courses at the American Institute of Banking.

He worked for Ontario County Trust for 11 years and in 1971 retired from Eastman Kodak after 29 years. He was also a veteran of World War II, serving in the US Navy.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Esther Johnson Camp, his daughters, Suzanne Wass and her husband, Ernest, of North Syracuse, Virginia Youtzy and her husband Gerald, of Geneseo, and Donna Boudreau and her husband, William, of Plymouth, Mich., his sister, Bertha Elkie of Phoenix, Nev., 10 grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren. Memorial service at First United Methodist Church, burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.


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