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Byron Max Nellis Jr.7  was born January 30, 1921.  Byron died January 17, 1992 Rochester, New York, at 70 years of age.   He married Geraldine A. 

                 ROCHESTER  DEMOCRAT and  CHRONICLE Sunday January 19, 1992     PAGE  6 B

Nellis, Byron M. -  Friday, January 17, 1992.  Survived by his wife, Gersaldine A. Nellis, his sons, and daughter in law, Jeffrey R. and Deborah Nellis of Rochester, Brad M. Nellis of Arizona, his granddaughter, Jessica Lee Nellis of Arizona. He was a Veteran of WW II.

Friends may call at the Van Schleich and Meeson Funeral Home Inc., 1075 Long Pond Road. Interment at Lyons Rural Cemetery at the convenience of the family. His body was interred 1992 Lyons, New York, Lyons Rural Cemetery.   

                     ROCHESTER  DEMOCRAT  and CHRONICLE  August 5, 1944  

                             TWO LYONS SOLDIERS HURT IN NORMANDY

Lyons -  Late casualty lists name two Lyons boys injured on the Normandy battlefront. Byron Nellis Jr. was wounded in action July 14,according to word received by his mother, Mrs. Lillian Nellis, but there were no particulars.

The young private is an only son, and was graduated from Lyons High School the year before he donned the uniform.  Fifteen minutes after the Army telegram came notifying Mrs. Nellis that her son was wounded, the mailman brought her a letter from him dated July 24, 10 days after he was wounded, in which he made no mention of any injury.    

 Roby Newton  was born March 27, 1905.  Roby died December 09, 1992 Canandaigua, New York, at 87 years of age.  

                                CANANDAIGUA  DAILY  MESSENGER December 10, 1992 

                                                OBITUARY -   Roby N. Kennedy

Canandaigua resident Roby N. Kennedy of West Gibson St. died yesterday, December 9, at her home. She was 87.  Mrs. Kennedy, the widow of the late Thomas Kennedy, was a graduate of the University of Richmond in Virginia and Farmville Teachers College.  At one time she taught school in the Richmond, Va. school district and was also a former case worker for the Ontario County Dept of Social Services.

Surviving are her daughter, Helen Kennedy, a brother and three sisters in Virginia, four grandsons, Thomas, Mark, Michael and Pete Kennedy, and a Great grandson, Daniel Sterling. She was predeceased by her sons and daughter in law, Judge Robert Kennedy and T. Hamilton and Marian Kennedy.

Friends may call today from 7 to 9 PM at John C. Johnson Funeral Home, 47 N. Main Street, where services will be held tomorrow. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Her body was interred 1992 Canandaigua, New York, Calvary Cemetery.

       She married Thomas Daniel Kennedy in Petersberg, Virginia, June 30, 1938.   

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

                                                          KENNEDY-  NEWTON 

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 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 Frances Lillian Hamilton Canandaigua, New York, October 20, 1919.[i]  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.      [i]. 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 aas witnesses.

                   ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Friday October 24, 1919  FRONT PAGE                   


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 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. 

Charles Lewis2 Norsen  was born USA 1886.  Charles died February 23, 1964 at 77 years of age. He married Sophie M Bremer Phelps, New York, May 13, 1908.[ii]  Witnesses were  Henry Norsen and  Sophia  Maslyn. [ii]. Certificate and Record of Marriage number 11, and the Affidavit for License to Marry copies are on PG 1F and PG 1G in the book, A Tree Trunk. 

                              ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES   Wed. May 20, 1908  

MARRIED     NORSENBREAMER     At Phelps, May 13, 1908, Charles Norsen and Miss Sophia Breamer, both of Phelps.

  Katherine Marie Norsen  was born February 25, 1921.  Katherine died September 20, 1988 Manchester, New York, at 67 years of age.  

                                  ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT and CHRONICLE  Wed. Sept. 21, 1988 PAGE  4C                       

Katherine M. Russell   Age 67 on Sept. 20, 1988. Survived by one son, Lewis Randall, 2 daughters, Ellen Hibbard, Kathleen Thompson, 9 grandchildren, 5 gr grandchildren.  Friends may call Halsted Patrick Funeral Home, 19 Main St. Manchester.   Funeral Thursday. 

                                         Her body was interred September 1988 Shortsville, New York, Catholic Cemetery.  

               She married Lewis Hyram Randall.  Lewis was born Newark, New York November 30, 1918. Lewis was the son of Lewis Hiram Randall and Dorothy Mae Zimmerman .   He married 2nd  Margaret Armstrong.  Lewis died May 17,1963 Elmira, New York, at 44 years of age. 

                                                    ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT and CHRONICLE

NEWARK -   Lewis H. Randall of 100 Bloomer Ave., Elmira, a native of Newark, died Friday, May 17, 1963 in Elmira. He was 44. 

Mr. Randall was born Nov. 30, 1918, a son of Lewis H. and Dorothy Mae Randall. He attended Newark schools and had been employed at the Corning Glass Works. A World War II veteran, Mr. Randall was a member of the American Legion and VFW posts in Elmira. 

 Surviving are his widow, Margaret Armstrong Randall of Elmira, two daughters, Mrs. Rhuel Hibbard, of Newark, and Kathleen Randall of Clifton Springs, and one son Lewis H. Randall 3rd of Rochester, one brother, Arthur B. Williams of Newark, and one granddaughter.

A service will be held Monday in the Olthof Funeral Home in Elmira, with burial in Elmira. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

                    At 26 years of age Lewis became the father of Kathleen Randall Manchester, New York, April 02, 1945.   

                          ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES JOURNAL Friday April 6, 1945 

 BIRTH  RECORD  -   RANDALL    At F. F. Thompson Hospital, April 2, 1945, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Randall, Manchester.

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