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Sarah Jeanette3 Lincoln was born February 07, 1844.  Sarah died July 05, 1911 Reed Corners, New York, at 67 years of age.   

                                  ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  July 7, 1911  PAGE  2  COL  6

 DIED -      At Reed Corner's July 5, 1911, Mrs. Norman B. Shaw, aged 68 years. PAGE   5   COL   6    

SHAW OBITUARY -      At her home in the town of Gorham on Wednesday morning occurred the death of Mrs. Sarah J. Shaw, wife of Norman B. Shaw, aged 68 years. Death was due to apoplexy, Mrs. Shaw having suffered a stroke the previous Friday.

Besides her husband there survive four sons, Dudley of Cohoes, Alfred and Irving who live at home, and Hiram of Gorham. A sister, Mrs. Joseph Fransisco of this village, and a brother, Artemus Lincoln of this town survive. 

Funeral services will be held at the home at 2 o'clock this PM and Rev. W. H. Skeels** of Ithaca will officiate. Her body was interred 1911 Canandaigua, New York, Woodlawn Cemetery. 

** (Rev. Skeels was a Universalist minister, but at this time (1911) he was not the local church minister, though he is said to have been such about 1908.
At this time he was residing in Utica (not Ithica... probably a misprint in the newspaper) and was the state superintendent / secretary of the Universalist General Convention.)  


George S.2 Lincoln  was born East Bloomfield, New York October 13, 1909. 

             He married Mary VanGelder Stanley, NY, June 19, 1931.[i] Mary was born Canandaigua, New York October 31, 1912.  Mary is the daughter of Charlie Elmer VanGelder and Christine Mary Dobbler.  [i]. Ontario County Archives Hopewell, NY, record number 1755. Lists witnesses as Charles Northrop and George VanGelder.; and Copies of the Marriage License number 164, and the Marriage Certificate can be found on PG 3D and PG 3E in the book, A Tree Trunk.

      At 20 years of age Mary became the mother of Son Lincoln Canandaigua, New York, May 28, 1933.   

                                  ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  Friday June 2, 1933  

                 At Memorial hospital, May 28, 1933, a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Lincoln, Canandaigua R. D. 

 Henry1 Lincoln  was born Ontario County, New York 1804.  Henry died February 01, 1885 Canandaigua, New York, at 80 years of age.  

                                ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  February 18, 1885

 DIED -   LINCOLN -   In the town of Canandaigua, on Sunday, February 1, 1885, Henry Lincoln, aged nearly 82 years.


 Hannah E. Lincoln was born in Gorham, Ontario Co., NY 1826.  She married John W. Hawley Gorham, New York, June 03, 1847.   

                                  ONTARIO REPOSITORY June 08, 1847.

John was born in Middlesex, Yates Co., NY June 1821.  John was the son of Ira Hawley and Anna Frances Francisco .  John died April 29, 1882 Canandaigua, New York, at 60 years of age.[ii]  [ii]. Canandaigua City Clerk office record number 27. Date given is April 29, 1882. Newspaper said April 25, 1882.

                               ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  May 5, 1882

HAWLEY -   In this village, April 25, 1882, John W. Hawley, aged 61 years and 10 months. As we came from the funeral of John Hawley, at Canandaigua, May 1st, we thought to ourselves. Well, such is life, we are and we are not, but life goes on the same.

 John Hawley was a substantial business man, one whose judgment you could invariably depend upon, ambition was his life ruling power, he never thought of self as far as giving any rest from business, only to accomplish what he had planned, he had faults, perhaps, so we all have, we cannot see ourselves as others see us, he leaves a nice property to his family, accumulated by his own untiring perseverance and zeal, afflicted with poor health for about a year, he realized that he had made many mistakes through life, but he gave his pastor the blessed assurance that he realized God's forgiveness and that his grace was all sufficient for him. 

 Through all his suffering he was never heard to murmur or complain. Rev. Hiscox made some very appropriate remarks, saying it was not our own good works that saved us, but trusting in Jesus as our Savior. A large circle of relatives and friends with five physicians, Hawleys, were present. May the dear Lord bless the family so bereaved and help the relatives and friends, one and all, to show in their lives, there is a reality in the religion they profess. 

Julia L. Lincoln  was born Ontario County 1835.  Julia died February 04, 1895 Canandaigua, New York, at 59 years of age.[iii]  [iii]. Canandaigua City CLerk office death record number 1242. It states that she was age 62 years. 

                                          ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL Fri. February 8, 1895 PAGE  2  COL 3

About 4 AM, Monday, Mrs. Julia Hawley, wife of Dr. James A. Hawley, died at her home on Center Street. Though she had been an invalid for some years past, on the day preceding her death she felt as well as usual. The cause of death was supposed to have been the breaking of an edema of the lungs, death resulting in a few minutes. Mrs. Hawley was a member of the Baptist church, and was 66 years of age. Funeral services were conducted  at her late home Wednesday afternoon by Rev. Dr. Townley.

               She married James Albert Dr. Hawley    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  2nd Frances Ann Knapp Canandaigua, New York, February 11, 1896.[iv]  James died July 31, 1918 Canandaigua, New York, at 88 years of age.  [iv]. 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.

                   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. 

 Ira Wood Lincoln  was born Gorham, New York 1836.  Ira died October 11, 1905 Canandaigua, New York, at 69 years of age.   

                               ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Fri. October 13, 1905  PAGE  2  COL 5

Ira W. Lincoln Dead -   The death of Ira Wood Lincoln, a well known market gardener of Hopewell, occurred on Wednesday. He had been in failing health, caused by a chronic kidney trouble for more than a year, and he was taken to the Memorial hospital a few days before  his death. He was 69 years of age.

His wife and eight children survive him, Ira, John, and Carl, and Miss Ida Lincoln, Mrs. William Yerkes, Mrs. Nellie Grace, Mrs. Albert Lockwood, of this place, and Mrs. Wilbur Clement of Geneva. The funeral will be held from his late home on Sunday afternoon.                       

                                                                   Same  Paper

  DIED -        LINCOLN         At Canandaigua, October 11, 1905, Ira Wood Lincoln, of Hopewell, aged 69 years. 

George2 Linehan  was born April 16, 1923.  George died October 05, 1998 Rochester, New York, at 75 years of age.  Hit by a car in village of Newark. His body was interred 1998 Geneva, New York, St. Mary's Cemetery.

                   He married Jean Ann Long Jean was born Geneva, New York August 07, 1925.  Jean was the daughter of John Francis Sr. Long and Elinor Sara DeVaney.  Jean died December 08, 1970 Geneva, New York, at 45 years of age. 

                      GENEVA  DAILY  TIMES  Tuesday December 8, 1970

                     Mrs.  George  Linehan -  GENEVA   

 Mrs. Jean A. Linehan, 45, wife of George Linehan of 237 Grace Ave., Newark, died early this morning in her home following a long illness.

Funeral services will be Thursday morning at the DeVaney Company Funeral Home and at St. Francis de Sales Church at a time to be announced. Burial in St. Mary's Cemetery. 

Friends may call at the funeral home this evening and tomorrow.  The family requests contributions be made in her memory to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.

Mrs. Linehan was born in Geneva and has resided in Newark for the past 15 years. She was the daughter of the late John and Elinor DeVaney Long, and was a member of St. Michael's Church in Newark.

Surviving are her husband George, two sons, Mark of Newark and Sgt. Ronald Linehan of the US Army at Ft. Wood Texas, four brothers, Dr. William Long, John Long, Donald Long, and Richard Long, all of Geneva, several nieces and nephews. 

 Catherine Linehan  was born Ireland 1842.  Catherine died February 21,1916 Watertown, New York, at 73 years of age.  Died at the home of her son Maurice in Watertown, NY.                    

                       ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Fri. Feb. 25, 1916  Front Page

DEATH -    The funeral services of Mrs. Catherine Linehan Long, aged 70 years, whose death occurred at the home of her son, Maurice Long, in Watertown on Saturday, were held at St. Mary's church on Tuesday morning. Deceased was a former resident of Canandaigua. Interment was made in Calvary Cemetery.                       

                       ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  February 23, 1916  PAGE  7  COL  5

MRS.  CATHERINE  L. LONG -   Mrs. Catherine Linehan Long, formerly of this city, died at the home of her son, Maurice Long, at Watertown on Saturday. Mrs. Long was 70 years of age and leaves three sons, and one daughter in Watertown, a son at Erie, Penn., a daughter at Rochester, also two sisters, Mrs. William Kimball of East Street, and Mrs. Henry Casey of Ontario Street, Canandaigua. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Her body was interred February 21, 1916 Canandaigua, New York, Calvary Cemetery.

 She married John Long November 30, 1861.   John was born Ireland 1838.  John died April 20, 1878 Canandaigua, New York, at 39 years of age. 

                                ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Fri. April 26, 1878 

SAD CASE -   Mr. John Long, was a worthy and industrious mechanic, for several years employed in the Northern Central Railroad shops in this place. He bought a little home near the railroad bridge which crosses the outlet, making small annual payments, and gradually diminished his indebtedness. 

Three or four weeks ago he was thrown out of work on account of slack times, and later he was taken sick, and on Saturday, the 20th instant, he died. He leaves a wife and nine small children, the oldest of whom is scarcely old enough to pursue any manual labor toward supporting the rest of the family. The little home is not clear of debt, and the widow and children seem to be left almost destitute. Surely if there is any case worthy of sympathy and material aid, this is one.

We understand friends of the bereaved family have interested themselves in their behalf, and we trust the responses will be numerous and liberal. 

Cornelius Linehan was born Stanley, New York 1877.  He married Barbara C. Olsowsky Geneva, New York, October 11, 1916.   

                                   GENEVA DAILY TIMES Wednesday October 11, 1916

                          WEDDINGS     Linehan  -   Olsowsky                       

The marriage of Miss Barbara C. Olsowsky, daughter of Mrs. Helena Olsowsky of 45 North Wadsworth street, and Cornelius Linehan of Buffalo took place this morning at 8 AM at St. Francis de Sales Church. Rev. W. A. McDonals performed the ceremony.

Miss Olsowsky was attended by Miss Elizabeth Linehan of Geneva, sister of the groom, and Anthony Olsowsky of this city, brother of the bride acted as best man.

The bride wore a traveling suit of blue broadcloth with hat of black velour and carried a prayer book. Miss Linehan wore a green broadcloth suit with hat to match, and carried a prayer book. Immediately following the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Linehan left on the Lehigh Valley train for a short trip west. They are to reside in Buffalo.                       

                       ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL October 13, 1916

    MARRIED    LINEHAN -   OLSOWSKY    At Geneva, October 11, 1916, Cornelius Linehan and Helena Olsowsky, of Geneva.                       

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