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Henry Hampton9  Kingsbury was born Enfield, Hartford, Conn August 08, 1781.  Henry died December 08, 1841 Enfield, Conn., at 60 years of age.   He married Rachel Chapman.  Rachel was born Conn 1787.  This is probably her second married name, Ebenezer Crosby was her husband and he died in 1843. Rachel was the daughter of John Chapman and Sally. 

    She married Ebenezer Crosby Bristol, New York, 1822.  Rachel died April 06, 1867 South Bristol, New York, at 79 years of age.   

                                  ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  April 10, 1867

                                 DIED  -   South Bristol, Mrs. Rachel Crosby.  

Henry Hampton10 Kingsbury  was born Conn. March 10, 1813.  Listed in two separate Census records as coming from Mass and Conn. His mother Rachel was listed as Conn. Henry died March 01, 1895 Canandaigua, New York, at 81 years of age.[i]  His death record at Canandaigua City Clerk office is 1288, died of throat cancer. States his birthplace as Bristol. Don't know if this is Bristol Conn. i]. Record number 1288 at the Canandaigua City Clerk office shows his father to be Henry Hampton Kingsbury and Rachel Crosby. 

                    ONTARIO REPOSITORY MESSENGER, Tuesday March 5, 1895  

                             Death -     Kingsbury, in Canandaigua, March 1, 1895 

         Hampton Kingsbury aged 81 years 11 months 17 days.  Burial in Baptist Hill.  

                                 ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  March 1895

 Last Friday night Hampton Kingsbury died at his home on Buffalo Street at the age of 82. He had been a resident of Canandaigua about 20 years, moving here from Bristol where he engaged in farming.

He leaves 2 sons and 2 daughters, Sherman of Canandaigua, Addison of NY City, Mrs. Elihu Briggs, and Mrs. Spafford Buckelew of Bristol. His body was interred 1895 Bristol, New York, Baptist Hill Cemetery         

                    ONTARIO REPOSITORY MESSENGER Tuesday March 12, 1895  PAGE 4  COL  1  

In surrogate court the will of Hampton Kingsbury, Canandaigua, has been admitted to probate, Addison Kingsbury, Jersey City, New Jersey, Executor Estate $7000. 

  Lucretia A. Kingsbury  was born April 12, 1845.  Lucretia died August 27, 1919 Bristol, New York, at 74 years of age.  

                           VICTOR  HERALD  August 29, 1919  PAGE                        

OBITUARY -   The death of Mrs. Lucretia Briggs occurred on Wednesday morning at the home of her son Levi Tiffany in the Southern part of the town. Mrs. Briggs who was in her 74th year spent the greater part of her life in this vicinity, and had lived in the village of E. Bloomfield for several years.

She was a member of the Methodist Church, Ladies Aid Society, Steele Sunday School class, and Local Red Cross organization. For the past year she had been in poor health, but her death came as a shock to her many friends. Mrs. Briggs was a true Christian, bearing with great patience and fortitude her ill health. All who knew her loved her remarkably sweet disposition. 

 She is survived by two sons, Arthur Tiffany of Canandaigua, Levi of this town, and several grandchildren. Funeral services held at the Methodist Church. Her body was interred Canandaigua, New York, Woodlawn Cemetery.

                                                She married 2nd  Elihu E. Briggs 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.                  

                      Elihu was born Bristol, New York September 25, 1835.  Elihu was the son of William W. Briggs and Nancy Briggs.  He married Mary Ann Beach Johnson Bristol, New York, June 13, 1870.  

                                         ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  June 22, 1870  

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

Eliza Malvina Kingsbury was born Bristol, New York 1847.  Eliza died December 25, 1908 at 61 years of age.  Her body was interred 1908 Honeoye, New York, Lakeview Cemetery.  She married Spafford F. Buckelew Bristol, New York, December 31, 1865.   

               Spafford was born New York May 27, 1844.  Spafford was the son of Richard Buckelew and Elizabeth P. Forman .  Spafford died March 31, 1905 Bristol, New York, at 60 years of age.  

                                  ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL Fri. April 7, 1905

                                            Bristol  Death of Honored Resident

Word was received here on Friday of the sudden death of Spafford Buckelew at his farm home south of here. Mr. Buckelew had always been a resident here until about a year ago when failing health and sight obliged him to leave his farm. He then took up his residence in Honeoye where he has since lived.

 On Friday he drove to the farm in apparently good health. About noon while going down a short flight of stairs he sunk to the ground and was dead before help could reach him. Dropsy of the heart is the supposed cause. The deceased was about 62 years of age and is survived by his wife and one brother, William. Funeral was held on Sunday, burial in Honeoye.


 HONEOYE -     The funeral of Spafford Buckelew was held from his late home on Lake Street on Sunday afternoon, the Rev. W. C. Burns, assisted by Rev. S. Mills Day officiating. He was a well known and highly respected citizen, a kind neighbor, and faithful in all the relations of his life. He leaves besides his widow, one brother, William Henry Buckelew, of Bristol. 

Sherman W.11 Kingsbury was born Bristol, New York September 08, 1843.  His birth date was given in his obituary. In another book I found that his date was 3 September 1843. The death record gave a date of September 8, 1842. Sherman died January 29, 1916 Canandaigua, New York, at 72 years of age.  Died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles Brockelbank on Howell Street.  

                                          ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL

  DIED -    Sherman W. Kingsbury at Canandaigua January 29, 1916, aged 73 years.  

                              ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL Fri. February 4, 1916  

                                           FORMER BUSINESSMAN DEAD  

          Sherman W. Kingsbury Was Builder of Davidson Theater and Active in the Produce Business     

The death of Sherman W. Kingsbury occurred at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles H. Brockelbank, Howell St., on Saturday morning. Although he had been suffering from heart trouble for some time, Mr. Kingsbury had been in his usual health, and was on the streets the day previous to his death.

Deceased was born in Bristol on September 3, 1843, and was a son of Hampton and Linda Totman Kingsbury. Early in life he entered into partnership with T. C. Parkhurst in the produce business and in 1870 with his brother, Addison Kingsbury, and George A Wells of New York City, established a commission house, remaining as senior partner for nine years. After retiring from that firm, he opened a grocery store at the corner of Main and Beeman St, later purchasing and removing to the Lincoln Block nearby.

In 1883 Mr. Kingsbury built the Opera House, now known as the Davidson Opera House, which he conducted for five years. For a number of years he was engaged in extensive produce speculations and of recent years he promoted a number of gas projects.

He was married to Miss Julia F. Jones in 1868, who survives him, with one daughter, Mrs. Brockelbank, one brother, Addison Kingsbury of New York City, now a patient at the Health Home, and a sister, Mrs. Elihu Briggs, of East Bloomfield.

The funeral services were held at the late home on Monday afternoon, Rev. C. M. Eddy officiating. Interment at West Ave Cemetery. His body was interred 1916 Canandaigua, New York, Woodlawn Cemetery 

In the Ontario County Journal, November 9, 1883 

an article appeared stating that Mr. Sherman Kingsbury proposes to fit the second floor of the new block he is erecting on Beeman Street as a public hall. The audience room will be 95 feet by 65 feet, and the stage 46 by 65 feet, and all the appointments will be made first class.

In another column of the same paper it also goes on to read the following about Sherman Kingsbury. New Opera House, We learn today that Mr. Sherman Kingsbury, who is erecting the immense storehouse on Beeman and Mill streets and Lincoln Alley, proposes to erect a new and modern style Opera House in the second story of that building. The building is being constructed in the most substantial manner, and when completed will be one of the strongest and safest structures in town. The stage which is to be fitted up with new and elaborate scenery will be 40 by 80 feet, with ample dressing rooms adjoining. The main floor will have a seating capacity of not less than 700, with private boxes on either side of the stage, and a gallery which will seat 300 to 400 more. The principal entrance will be on Beeman Street, with two wide stairways leading to the main hall.

In the Ontario County Times, November 12, 1884, an advertisement  for PRATT's ASTRAL OIL, and Sherman is listed as the agent for the Pratt Manufacturing Company, New York City.  

               ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL   March 29, 1889

AN  OPPORTUNITY -    The large grocery and provision stock in the Sherman Kingsbury store on lower Main Street is being sold at retail at rock bottom prices under the charge of C. R. Simmons and Ed J. Tracy, two popular and efficient grocerymen, who will be pleased to see their friends there and give them the advantage of the extremely low prices which will prevail. The stock includes smoked and salt meats, teas, coffees, spices, sugars, baking powder, soap, starch, and everything else to be found in a complete grocery establishment. Call and examine the great bargains offered before it is too late.

Sherman W. Kingsbury and Julia F. Jones had the following child:

Mary Caroline12 Kingsbury was born Canandaigua, New York October 09, 1871.  Mary died June 16, 1958 Canandaigua, New York, at 86 years of age.   

                                                      Rites Today for Mrs. Brockelbank

Mrs. Mary C. Brockelbank, 86, of 79 Howell Street, died Monday morning, June 16, 1958, at the Cowles Nursing Home after a long illness. A funeral service was held today at the Dhondt and Johnson Funeral Home.  She was a lifelong resident of this community, born October 9, 1871, a daughter of Sherman and Sarah Kingsbury.  She was graduated with honors from Granger Place School with the class of 1889.

 In 1891 she was married to Charles H. Brockelbank of this city.  He was a grocer for 45 years before his retirement from active business and Mrs. Brockelbank assisted him in the store.  She was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church and for 40 years was church organist. She was a 50 year member of the Canandaigua Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Mrs. William C. Moore, and Mrs. Judson B. Pratt, both of New York City, two  sons, Elliot F., Springfield, NJ, and Rexford H. of Canandaigua, five grandchildren, Miss Jean Brockelbank, Canandaigua, Miss Julie and John Brockelbank Princeton, NJ, Capt. John Allen, West Lake, La, and Mrs. Thomas Delaney of New Haven, Conn. Her body was interred 1958 Canandaigua, New York, Woodlawn Cemetery. 


OBITUARY -   Charles H. Brockelbank, 93, of 44 Gorham Street, a lifelong resident of Canandaigua and former grocer here, died today at the Elm Manor Nursing Home following a long illness.

Mr. Brockelbank was born January 29, 1869. For many years he owned and operated a grocery store on Main Street. He was an enthusiastic gardener and was well known for his flowers and vegetables which he raised in his large garden t his former home on Howell Street for many years. He was a member of the Methodist Church.

 He is survived by two sons, Rexford W. of Canandaigua, and Elliot F. of Springfield, NJ, two daughters, Mrs. Judson Pratt of Brooklyn, and Mrs. William B. Moore of New Haven, Conn, and several grandchildren. Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery. 

Addison J.11 Kingsbury was born March 15, 1844.  Addison died March 20, 1917 Canandaigua, New York, at 73 years of age.  Died at the Health Home in Canandaigua, New York. He conducted a large and successful business enterprise at Jersey City where he continued to live until stricken by paralysis about 1916.  

                        ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  Wed. March 21, 1917  PAGE  7  COL 5  

ADDISON  KINGSBURY -   The death of Addison Kingsbury aged 73 years occurred at the health home in this city on Tuesday morning.

He is survived by his wife and by one sister, Mrs. Elihu E. Briggs of E. Bloomfield.  Mr. K. was a brother of the late Sherman Kingsbury of Canandaigua, and spent his youth and young manhood here. Later he conducted a large and successful business enterprise at Jersey City where he continued to make his home until stricken by paralysis over a year ago.

 The funeral will be held from the home of Mrs. Theodore Perkins, Main Street North, on Thursday. Interment at Woodlawn.  

                                        ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL 

 Mrs. Elihu Briggs attended the funeral of her brother, Addison Kingsbury, last week, held from the home of Mrs. Perkins, Canandaigua.  

                           THE  VICTOR  HERALD  Friday March 23, 1917  

KINGSBURY -   Addison Kingsbury once well known here, but for several years a resident of Jersey City, died in the Canandaigua Health Home, Tuesday morning, after a long illness.  He is survived by his wife and one sister, Mrs. E. Briggs of Bristol. 

The funeral takes place today at the home of Mrs. Theodore Perkins, North Main Street, Canandaigua. Burial will be made in Woodlawn Cemetery.

           He married Sarah Margaret Tillotson.   Sarah was born Bristol, New York March 20, 1853.  Sarah was the daughter of Samuel Davis Tillotson and Susan Catherine Perkins.  Sarah died June 09, 1936 at 83 years of age.   

                     ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  June 12, 1936  Page  4  Col  1

 KINGSBURY -    Mrs. Sarah Margaret Kingsbury, 83, widow of Addison Kingsbury, died Tuesday afternoon at the home of the Misses Voak on North Main Street where she made her home for some time. She was born in Bristol and was a member of the Canandaigua Methodist church, and its missionary societies in which she had been most active. The funeral took place from the Voak home Thursday afternoon. Interment in Woodlawn.

Edward M.2 Knapp  was born in Madison County 1821.  Edward died 1903 at 82 years of age.  His body was interred Canandaigua, New York, Woodlawn Cemetery. He married Caroline M. Phillips.  Caroline was born Bristol, New York 1823.  Caroline died February 12, 1903 Canandaigua, New York, at 79 years of age.  

                       ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL Fri. February 20, 1903 PAGE 2  COL 4

Mrs. Caroline M. Knapp died at the home of Dr. James A. Hawley on Center Street, on February 12, 1902, aged 80 years. The deceased is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Hawley, and one son, Jesse Knapp, of this village.

                        Her body was interred Canandaigua, New York, Woodlawn Cemetery. 

Edward M. Knapp and Caroline M. Phillips had the following children:

Frances Ann3 Knapp was born Bristol, New York August 08, 1849.  Frances died September 13, 1926 Canandaigua, New York, at 77 years of age.[i]  [i]. Canandaigua City Clerk office death record number 171. Record states that the informant was James F. Knapp who lived on Tilyea Street. 

                                   ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES Wed. September 15, 1926    PAGE  5

Mrs. Frances N. Hawley, aged 77 years, died at her home in Atwater Place Monday evening, after an illness of a week with heart trouble.  She was the widow of Dr. James A. Hawley, well known Canandaigua physician for many years, who died in 1919.

Mrs. Hawley leaves two nephews, James F. Knapp of Canandaigua, and Carl E. Knapp of Wolcott, and a niece Mrs. F. Roy Lord of Wilmington, Del.  Funeral will be held from the home of James F. Knapp on Telyea Street tomorrow afternoon, Rev. Emanuel J. Kallina of the Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial in Woodlawn.

                  She married James Albert Dr. Hawley Canandaigua, New York, February 11, 1896.[ii] [ii]. Record number 852 Canandaigua City Clerk office.

                        ONTARIO COUNTY REPOSITORY and MESSENGER  Friday February 14, 1896                        

HAWLEY -  KNAPP     At Canandaigua, February 11th by Rev. J. J. Lawrence, Dr. James A. Hawley and Frances Annie Knapp.

                        James was born in Branchport, New York September 09, 1829.  Death record at Canandaigua City Clerk office says he was born in Middlesex. James was the son of Ira Hawley and Anna Frances Francisco .    He married Julia L. Lincoln.  James died July 31, 1918 Canandaigua, New York, at 88 years of age.   

                                  ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Fri. August 2, 1918  FRONT PAGE                   

                                             DEATH OF OLDEST PRACTISING DOCTOR

 Dr. James A. Hawley, Aged 89 Years, Had Practised Medicine for over 60 Years. In the death of Dr. James A. Hawley at his home on Center Street Wednesday morning, the oldest practising physician of the state passed away.

His career constitutes another of the monuments of mighty usefulness left by a Canandaiguan to benefit his fellowmen by the inspiration of his example. Dr. Hawley was born at Branchport on September 9, 1829, and started life on a farm. How he drifted from farming into medicine can best be learned from his own words told a short time ago. My father came to me one day and said, Jim, you'll never make your salt at farming. I didn't like farming and I was pleased to hear him say that. It made it easy for me to get away from home to try something else.

With my worldly possessions in a sack over my shoulder, I started out with no particular object in view. I drifted into Canandaigua where I was glad to get a job at a dollar a day and board at the carpenter trade. After a year at that, the boss, before renewing an agreement with me, said I would have to stand his test of what constituted a journeyman carpenter.

I must hew from the rough, dress and put together a four panel door in ten hours. I did it in five minutes short of the time, which so pleased the boss that he offered me 1.50 and I board myself. I didn't accept. I suppose the truth of the matter was that carpentering was too much like work for me. By the way, that door still does duty in the tenant house on C. C. Sackett's farm.  I had made up my mind I wanted to be a doctor.

An epidemic in the neighborhood of my father's farm was reaping an appalling harvest of deaths. The doctors in that locality lost so many patients that their methods were generally discredited. I contracted the disease and well remember my refusal to take the dope prescribed by the physician. Jim, said father pleadingly, if you don't take this medicine you'll die. And if I do take it I'll die, I protested.

An old fellow named Simmons, a farmer with no medical skill, was outdistancing the medical men by administering a tea made from spider root. I took it and got well, as did many others.  The incident caused me to have a distrust in the doctors of that neighborhood. Finally an electric practitioner came along and got results from his ministrations. I hadn't given up the notion that I wanted to be a doctor who could cure the people. I had saved some money and began my studies at Syracuse. We received our diplomas then after a two year course. I came back home and hung out my shingle. I was not long in discovering that I was not so different from the doctors whom I had criticized. I determined that a successful doctor is one who cures people, and I stopped looking at my sheepskin awarded to me on graduation and began to study. I took a post graduate course in Philadelphia. I tried to understand every case and know what treatment that particular case required.  Dr. Hawley first practised at Branchport, then located near Minneapolis, Minn.

He returned here at the outbreak of the Civil War with the belief then current that the Union would be rent asunder and the great Mississippi waterway closed to the North, which seemed then was destined to kill the growing West. There were a few railroads and the development of that mode of transportation was not dreamed of.  Dr. F. C. Hawley, with whom Dr. Hawley practised here, died many years ago. Later, Dr. George Gregg was associated with Dr. Hawley, but in May, 1913, Dr. Hawley retired from the medical firm of Hawley and Gregg, after 56 years of active practice. Since that time he had answered calls in aid of special cases and was often called in consultation. Of late he had given medicine at his home to those who called. 

The end of Dr. Hawley was in a way typical of the man. He was as ready for the summons from an angel of death to visit his Maker as he had always been for the summons of his fellowmen, the women and children to account to them professionally.  The grief that fills the heart is widespread and is so deep that not for many years will his kind deeds be forgotten or the memory of his skill, his influence, his benevolences be effaced from the memory of those left behind.

The good that he has done is of inestimable value. Dr. Hawley leaves his widow and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon. Rev. George E. Finlay will officiate. The Masons will have charge of the services at the grave at Woodlawn. 

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