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Lousena McQuillan and Margaret Kirwin had the following child:

Bridget2 McQuillan  was born Ireland July 01, 1843.  Bridget died September 5, 1914 Canandaigua, New York, at 71 years of age.[i]  [i]. Canandaigua City Clerk office record number 101 on Page 51, states the informant is Patrick O'keefe.

 ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  Wed. September 9, 1914  PAGE  2 COL 5

  O'KEEFE -   At Canandaigua September 5, 1914, Mrs. Bridget O'Keefe aged 71 years.                       

                       ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  PAGE  7 COL 

   Mrs. Patrick O'Keefe   -    Mrs. Bridget O'Keefe, wife of Patrick O'Keefe of Ontario Street, died at Memorial Hospital on Saturday morning. Mrs. O'keefe who was 71 years of age, had only been at the hospital since the previous evening.

She leaves besides her husband, 2 sons, John and Vincent O'Keefe, both of this city, one daughter, Mrs. G. G. Engert of Rochester, and a brother Patrick McQuillan, whose home is in Ireland. Funeral held at St. Mary's church and interment in Calvary. She married Patrick O'Keefe 1877.[ii]  [ii]. 1910 Canandaigua Census stated 33 years married.

            Patrick O'Keefe    Patrick was born Ireland March 17, 1842.  Patrick was the son of Vincent O'Keefe and Mary Doyle.  Patrick died April 27, 1921 Canandaigua, New York, at 79 years of age.   

            ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Fri. April 29, 1921  PAGE  5  COL 3

O'KEEFE -   The death of Patrick O'Keefe aged 79 years occurred at the home of his daughter, Mrs. G. G. Engert, Scotland Road on Wednesday.  Besides his daughter there survive 2 sons, John and Vincent of Canandaigua. Interment at Calvary.


Frances2 McVicar.  She married Norman Ingraham Hagerstown, Md, August 05, 1940.  Ceremony at the First Baptist Church. Married on August 5, 1940.  

              ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES JOURNAL August 16, 1940   

              East Bloomfield and Holcomb      INGRAHAM   -   McVICAR 

Announcement is made of the marriage at Hagerstown, Md., August 5, 1940, of Miss Frances McVicar, daughter of George McVicar, of Livonia, and Norman Ingraham, son of Mrs. Lillian Ingraham, of this village.

The ceremony was performed by the Rev. G. N. Wolerton, pastor of the First Baptist church. Mr. and Mrs. Ingraham have been motoring in West Virginia and Maryland, and after September 1st, will be at home in the Harry D. Norton bungalow in South Avenue, East Bloomfield

Lawrence Meagher and Mary Dailey had the following child:

Henry2 Meagher  was born in Livonia, New York 1861.  He married Sarah Ryan Victor, New York, February 08, 1910.  Affidavit for License to Marry states he is age 49 years, first marriage, born Livonia, New York, and Sarah is aged 42 years, born Herkimer County, New York, first  marriage. Witnesses were W. C. Meagher and Ellen Ryan.  

                              Sarah Ryan was born in Herkimer County, New York 1860.  Sarah was the daughter of Patrick Ryan and Margaret McGreal .  Sarah died December 26, 1932 East Bloomfield, New York, at 72 years of age.   



Mrs. Sarah Ryan Meagher, wife of Henry Meagher, aged 72 years, died Monday evening, at her home in the Northeastern part of the town. Besides her husband she leaves no near relatives, except nieces and nephews. The funeral was held Thursday morning at St. Bridget's Church, Rev. George W. Doud, pastor of the church officiating.  Interment was made in the Catholic Cemetery. 

Cora2 Merritt  was born Honeoye Falls, New York March 03, 1876.  Cora died April 22, 1935 Victor, New York, at 59 years of age.  She married Frank J. Kesel .

                                VICTOR HERALD  Fri April 24, 1936    Front Page  Col  3

 KESEL -    Mrs. Cora Kesel, wife of Frank Kesel, passed away at her home on Boughton Hill Wednesday night, April 22, 1936. She had been in poor health for several years and had been confined to her bed for about a year. She was 59 years old.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Kesel is survived by two daughters and two sons, Mrs. Esther Putnam, Victor, Mrs. Pauline Henehan, Rush, Lewis and Robert Kesel of Victor, two sisters and three brothers. Services held Saturday morning at Catholic church, Honeoye Falls. Burial made there.                     

                           ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES JOURNAL  May 1, 1936

The  Death  Record -   KESEL   -  At Victor, April 22, 1936, Mrs. Cora Kesel. Her body was interred 1935 Honeoye Falls, New York, Catholic.  

Frank was born Honeoye Falls, New York February 15, 1871.  Frank was the son of John Kesel and Anna Kathreen Belert.  Frank died December 28, 1949 in Penfield, New York, at 78 years of age.   


 KESEL -   Suddenly, December 28, 1949, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles Henehan, 1219 Bay Road, Penfield, Fran Kesel, aged 78 years.  Survived by his daughters, Mrs. Esther Putnam of Victor, NY, Mrs. Charles Henehan of Penfield, a son Lewis of Victor, eight grandchildren, four great grandchildren, eight sisters, two brothers. Smith Lotze Funeral Home, Webster, NY. Burial in Victor. 

Gertrude Metherell died 1993 Canandaigua, New York.


Gertrude M. VanVechten, 80, of Canandaigua, died yesterday after a long illness.  Mrs. VanVechten was born in Rochester, and was married to the late Robert S. VanVechten. They lived in Vine Valley until moving to Canandaigua in 1987. (SSDI May 3, 1912 - July 19, 1992)

Surviving are two daughters, Carol McGowan of Spencerport and Margaret Brussel of Baldwinsville, a son John, of Canandaigua, two sisters, Helen M. Campbell and Mildred M. Tucker of Canandaigua, three brothers, William and Ralph Metherell of Canandaigua, and Charles Metherell of Hilton, eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  A memorial service will be held Wednesday at the Canandaigua First United Methodist Church. A reception at the church will follow the service.              

                 She married Robert S. VanVechten Rochester, New York, October 16, 1937.  Robert  was the son of Fred E. VanVechten and Ada Shepard. 

   ANNIVERSARY   Mr and Mrs. VanVechten

Mr. and Mrs. Robert VanVechten of Vine Valley and Canandaigua, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at an open house at the Vine Valley Community Hall.  One hundred fifty guests, including seven of the original bridal party, attended the celebration hosted by their children and their spouses, Carol and James McGowan of Spencerport, Margaret and Robert Brussel of Baldwinsville, and John and Catherine VanVechten of Canandaigua.

Mr. and Mrs. VanVechten were married October 16, 1937, at the Lake Avenue Baptist Church in Rochester. VanVechten is retired from the Canandaigua Veterans Administration Medical Center, and is past president of the Canandaigua Rotary Club. Mrs. VanVechten is a homemaker. They also have seven grandchildren.

 Robert died May 12, 1989 Rochester, New York.  Robert S. VanVechten, age 76 of 23 Leeward Lane, Canandaigua, died May 12, 1989 in Rochester.

Surviving are his wife, Gertrude Metherell VanVechten, 2 daughters, Mrs. James Carol McGowan, Spencerport, Mrs. Robert Margaret Brussel of Baldwinsville, son John W. VanVechten, Canandaigua, 8 grandchildren, sister, Mrs. Herbert Lois Harp, Fredonia, brother, Donald C. VanVechten of Rochester, several nieces and nephews. Kennedy and Son Funeral Home, Bristol St., Canandaigua and First United Methodist Church.

 Robert S. VanVechten, 76, died Friday, May 12, at Highland Hospital in Rochester. Mr. VanVechten, a former employee of Eastman Kodak Co. in Rochester, was also a grape farmer in Vine Valley, and retired in 1979 from the Canandaigua Veterans Administration Medical Center. 

He was a member of the Canandaigua Rotary Club and former member of the YMCA board of directors. He was a volunteer and active board member at Rotary Camp Onseyawa. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church in Canandaigua.

Surviving him by his wife, Gertrude Metherell VanVechten, two daughters, Mrs. James Carol McGowan of Spencerport, and Mrs. Robert Margaret Brussel of Baldwinsville, a son, John W. VanVechten of Canandaigua, a sister, Mrs. Herbert Lois Harp, of Fredonia, a brother Donald C. VanVechten of Rochester. 

Arcene2 Migeon was born in Harricourt, Department of Ardennes, France September 27, 1822.  Arcene died March 03, 1909 East Bloomfield, New York, at 86 years of age.   

                            ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  March 5, 1909  PAGE 2  COL 1

 EAST  BLOOMFIELD     Death of Mrs. Arcene Migeon Munson Who Came Here Sixty Years Ago

The death of Mrs. Arcene Migeon Munson, widow of Henry Munson, occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry M. Parmele at an early hour on Wednesday morning.  Though Mrs. Munson had been in failing health, her remarkable vitality had resisted the weakening encroachments of old age, and she had been critically ill only since Friday.

 For sixty years she had been a resident of this village. She was born in Harricourt, Department of Ardennes, France, on September 27, 1822, and when seven years of age, her father, Henry Migeon, brought his family to this country.

A warm and personal friend of her grandfather, General LaFayette, had given her father letters of introduction to his friends in this country, in whose defense he had borne arms when the young Republic was struggling for liberty.  The voyage was made in a sailing vessel and occupied 9 weeks.  Mr. Migeon with his family, settled in Torrington, Conn., and later removed to Litchfield, where he purchased the Governor Wolcott home, one of the beautiful historic places of that state, where in 1776 the women of the town had met and melted a statue of George III, and from the mol;ten mass made bullets to be used in the cause of freedom.

Within its walls Washington and Lafayette had enjoyed the hospitality of Governor Wolcott, and within these same historic walls, in 1849, Mrs. Munson's father entrusted her to the keeping of her husband, whom she had met while on a trip to Niagara Falls in company with her father.

Mr. Migeon, and his daughter had stopped at East Bloomfield to visit in the Newton Home. Mr. and Mrs. Munson's home was in the cottage next to the Academy, and there Mrs. Munson and her two daughters continued to reside after the death of Mr. Munson in 1864.

Eight years ago Mrs. Munson removed with Mr. and Mrs. Parmele to their present residence. She leaves her two daughters, Mrs. B. S. Eastwood, of Huntington, Mass., and Mrs. Parmele, three granddaughters, and one sister, Mrs. Brahy, of Paris, France. The funeral will be held from the Parmele home this morning at 11 o'clock, Rev. W. D. Robinson officiating.  

Lois E.2 Miller was born Clarkson, New Jersey 1837.  Lois died August 03, 1897 Canandaigua, New York, at 60 years of age.[i] [i]. City Clerk office record number 1240. 

                                                   Died from Chronic Meningitis.                       

                       ONTARIO REPOSITORY MESSENGER, Thursday August 5, 1897, Page 5, Col 1                       

                                             CONCENTRATED LOCAL NEWS

The funeral of Mrs. John Hanley who died at her daughter's Mrs. M. R. Dutton, near Barney's Bridge, East of this village, Tuesday, takes place this PM at the house. Her body was interred 1897 Canandaigua, New York, Woodlawn Cemetery.  

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