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Edwin A.1 Prosser  was born New York February 1859.  Edwin died 1942 Victor, New York, at 83 years of age.  His body was interred 1942 Victor, New York, Boughton Hill Cemetery.  

          He married Sarah Jenett VanDenbergh Victor, New York, February 15, 1888.  

                                VICTOR  HERALD  February 17, 1888   PAGE  3  COL  6

MARRIED     PROSSER - VANDENBERGH  In Victor, Wednesday February 15, 1888, Edwin Prosser of Farmington, and Nettie VanDenbergh of Victor.  

                    ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL Fri. February 14, 1913  PAGE 2 COL 1  

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Prosser who live East of the village of Victor have issued invitations for the celebration of the 25th anniversary of their marriage to take place at their home on February 25th.               

                          ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  February 22, 1888

VICTOR -   On Wednesday evening Miss Nettie VanDenbergh, of Victor, and Edwin A. Prosser, of Farmington, were united in marriage by Rev. H. C. Woods, pastor of the M. E. church of this place, at the residence of the bride's parents in Victor, in the presence of a goodly number of friends and relatives.

Many presents both valuable and useful, were received by the newly married couple.  Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Prosser took the 8 o'clock train east on Thursday morning, with expectations of visiting friends and relatives in Oswego County.

Sarah  was born New York December 28, 1866.  Sarah was the daughter of Dow Fonda VanDenbergh and Elizabeth B. Rowley.  Sarah died December 08, 1955 Victor, New York, at 88 years of age. 

                               ROCHESTER  DEMOCRAT  and CHRONICLE

PROSSER Nettie V. age 89, of 134 Church Street, Victor, NY., December 8, 1955.  She leaves three sons, Chester of Victor, Glenon of Prescott, Arkansas, Leon of Alhambra, California, several grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  Cotton Funeral Home.  Interment at Boughton Hill Cemetery.

               At 38 years of age Edwin became the father of Glenn D. Prosser New York, March 05, 1897.  Edwin became the father of Leon E. Prosser 1903.

                               ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Friday February 14, 1913

                                                Anniversary announcement  Page 2  Col  1

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Prosser, who live East of the village, have issued invitations for the celebration of the 25th anniversary of their marriage, to take place at their home Feb 25.

                                        THE  VICTOR  HERALD   July 8, 1938

 VanDenbergh  Reunion -  The VanDenbergh reunion took place, July 4th, at Durand Eastman Park with 61 members present.   Edwin A. Prosser, 79 years old, was the oldest member present, and Laren L. Wolven, 10 months, the youngest.  Games, music and a bountiful dinner and supper were enjoyed by all.


Earl W.2 Prosser was born New York January 1889.  Earl  died July 14, 1928 in Palacios, Texas, at 39 years of age. 

                     ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Friday July 20, 1928  Front Page

                                      MAN KILLED IN CRASH IN PLANE   

                          Was Native of Farmington, Burned beyond recognition

Earl Prosser, of Texas City, Texas, commercial airline pilot who lost his life in a crash in Palacios, Texas last Friday, was the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Prosser of Farmington. Prosser who planned to run an aerial passenger business was making a flight with two passengers. After taking off and circling the city several times, he slowed down and was apparently trying to make a landing because of  engine trouble when the plane went out of control, crashed into the street and burst into flames.

The bodies of the three men were burned beyond recognition. Prosser attended the Victor high school and when about 18 years of age he entered the employ of an oil company and traveled extensively in the western states. About two years ago he became interested in aviation.

Besides his parents, Prosser is survived by his wife and three children, Marion, Earl J., and Daisy Lee, of Texas City, and by three brothers, Chester A., a rural mail carrier of Victor, Glen D., of Penn Yan, and Leon G. of Alhambra, Cal., Interment was in Texas City.  

                              ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  Wed. July 18, 1928  


Earl Prosser of Texas City, Texas, commercial airline pilot who lost his life in a crash in Palacios, Tex., Friday, July 13, was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Prosser , who live near Victor. Prosser who planned to run an aerial passenger business, was making a flight with two passengers. His machine became uncontrollable and crashed to the ground and took fire. The bodies were burned beyond recognition.

Prosser was born thirty-nine years ago on the Prosser farm in Farmington. He had traveled extensively in the West. About two years ago he became interested in aviation and became an aerial pilot. Besides his parents, Prosser is survived by a wife and three children, Marion, Earl J., and Daisy Lee, all of Texas City, and by three brothers, Chester A. a rural mail carrier in Victor, Glenn D. a farmer near Penn Yan, and Leon G. who is captain of the fire department in Alhambra Cal. It is expected that burial will be made in Texas City, where Prosser was married and where he established his home. 

Embert E.3 Prosser   

                   VICTOR  HERALD  November 8, 1951 

  Lt. Embert E. Prosser Receives Commission as Naval Aviator    Assigned to Texas Base

Parents at Ceremony Navy wings of gold now adorn the uniform of Second Lieutenant Embert E. Prosser of the United States Marine Corps. Having successfully completed his flight training he was designated a naval aviator and was awarded his commission today by Rear Admiral F. M. Hughes, USN, chief of Naval Air Base training during ceremonies held at the Naval Air Base Pensacola, Florida.  Lt. Prosser, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester A. Prosser of Route No. 2, Victor, enlisted in the Navy in 1948 and served until he was accepted in the Naval Aviation Flight Training program.

He began his active flight training in 1950 when he reported to the U S Naval School of Pre Flight at NAS Pensacola, where  he commenced training. From Pre Flight he was advanced to to basic training which consisted of primary acrobatics,  instruments, gunnery and tactics, and was climaxed by six take offs and landings in his SNJ Texan trainer aboard the  aircraft carrier USS Monterey.  He was then sent to advanced training at Corpus Christi Texas for a month syllabus in  combat type aircraft. After this, he returned to Pensacola to qualify aboard the USS Monterey in his combat type aircraft  before receiving his wings.  Lt. Prosser has been ordered to report to the Naval Air Advanced Training command at Corpus Christi for further training. Upon completion of this he will be assigned to the Marine Air Corps AAir Station at El  Toro, California.


Chester Arthur Prosser and Emma Reed had the following children:

 Janice Lee Prosser.  She married Robert Charles McLaughlin Victor, New York, May 26, 1943.

          THE  VICTOR  HERALD  May 28, 1943


Miss Janet Lee Prosser, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chester A. Prosser, and Lieut. Robert Charles McLaughlin, son of  Mr. and Mrs. Frank S. McLaughlin, were united in marriage at the First Methodist Church in Victor, Wednesday evening, May 26, 1943.  The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Arthur C. Rehme, pastor of the church. 

 The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, wore a two piece dress of pastel blue with white accessories and a corsage of white flowers.  She was attended by her sister, Miss Jeanne Prosser, who also wore blue with white flowers.  The bridegroom's brother, Earl McLaughlin, acted as best man.

The bride's brother, Embert Prosser, Henry Czadzeck were ushers. A reception for the relatives was given at the home of the bride's parents, after which the young couple left for a short wedding trip. Mrs. McLaughlin will accompany her husband when he returns to his duties as a member of the 16th Anti Sub Squadron at Charleston, SC.       

Glenn D. Prosser and Helen had the following child:

Ellis E.3 Prosser     He married Loraina P. Williams Victor, New York, October 15, 1938.  

                                 THE  VICTOR  HERALD   October 21, 1938

                         WEDDING  BELLS   ProsserWilliams      Skellett  - Bauer

Miss Loraina P. Williams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Williams of Orleans, became the bride of Ellis E. Prosser, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn D. Prosser of Victor, and Miss Elsie M. Bauer, daughter of Ernest Bauer of Palmyra, became the bride of R. Stuart Skellett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Skellett of Hopewell, Saturday October 15th.

 The ceremony took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Prosser at 7 30 PM, the Rev. Stephen S. Pratt of Canandaigua officiating. Each couple acted as attendants for the other couple.

Miss Williams wore navy blue with accessories to match, while Miss Bauer wore wine with matching accessories. Each bride wore a corsage of pink rosebuds.

After a wedding trip into Pennsylvania, Mr. and Mrs. Skellett will reside in Hopewell, while Mr. and Mrs. Prosser will leave October 24, for Los Angeles, Cal., where they plan to make their home. 

James Quinn and Mary had the following children:

 James Jr. Quinn was born in Ovid, New York December 08, 1874.  James died September 28, 1904 in Ovid, New York, at 29 years of age.  His body was interred 1904 in Ovid, New York, Holy Cross Cemetery He married Elizabeth Hamilton Ovid, NY, September 06, 1900.   

                     ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Fri. Sept. 14,  1900  PAGE  3  COL 6

 MARRIED     QUINNHAMILTON    At Ovid, September 06, 1900, James Quinn Jr., of Willard, and Miss Elizabeth Hamilton, of Littleville.

                                      Elizabeth was born December 10, 1873.  Elizabeth was the daughter of Patrick J. Hamilton and Margaret Hassan.  She married 2nd  Arthur Watts August 05, 1927.  Elizabeth died October 20, 1955 Canandaigua, New York, at 81 years of age.   

              ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT and CHRONICLE  Saturday, October 22, 1955  PAGE  17 

                     VICINITY DEATHS -    Mrs. Elizabeth Watts, 81, of Canandaigua, Thursday.                   

                           ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT and CHRONICLE

 CANANDAIGUA Mrs. Elizabeth H. Watts, 81, died Thursday October 20, 1955, at Cowles Nursing Home after a long period of failing health.  Mrs. Watts was a native of Geneva, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Hamilton. 

During most of her life she lived in Buffalo.  In 1941 she came to Canandaigua to make her home with her nephew, County Treasurer Edward T. Hanley, and Mrs. Hanley.  The late Mrs. William E. Hanley, mother of County Treasurer, was a sister of Mrs. Watts.  Her closest survivors are nieces and nephews.  Curtice Funeral Home, and St. Mary's Church. Burial at Calvary Cemetery.

Nellie C. Quinn  was born 1876.  Nellie died 1960 at 84 years of age.  Her body was interred February 19, 1960 Geneva, New York, St. Patrick's Cemetery. She married Michael DeVaney Geneva, New York, September 09, 1896.    

                                     ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES September 16, 1896  PAGE  3 COL  7

  MARRIED  -   DeVaney  QUINN    At Geneva September 9, 1896 Michael DeVaney and Miss Nellie C. Quinn both of Geneva.

 Michael was born Geneva, New York January 24, 1874.  Michael was the son of William DeVaney and Mary McNicholas .  Michael died March 19, 1926 Geneva, New York, at 52 years of age.  Death record at Geneva Town Hall, record number 68, lists his residence as 159 LaFayette Ave., Geneva, and his wife as Nellie Quinn. Shows his birth as January 24, 1874, father William, from Ireland, mother, Mary McNicholas, Ireland. Informant for this information was his brother, William DeVaney, address 95 Mill Street. Age was given as 54 yrs 1 mo 25 das.  

                              GENEVA DAILY TIMES  March 20, 1926 

 Michael DeVaney, aged 54 years, died last night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Long, 159 Lafayette Ave., after a short illness. Mr. DeVaney was a member of the Nester Hose athletic team of thirty years ago, and as such competed in many races throughout the state. He was often engaged to run with teams at Waterloo, Ithaca, Syracuse and other places. For 33 consecutive years he was employed at the Standard Optical company plant and was a member of the Holy Name Society of St. Stephen's church.

 Surviving are his wife, Nellie Quinn DeVaney, two daughters, Mrs. John Long and Miss Edwina DeVaney of Geneva, one son Jerome, of Atterbury, Mass., four sisters, Miss Mary M. DeVaney of Auburn, Miss Ellen R. DeVaney of Palm Beach, Fla., Miss Anna DeVaney of Geneva, and Mrs. Edward Martin of Winter Park, Fla., and one brother, Officer William DeVaney of the Geneva Police department, also two grandchildren. The body was removed to his home, 253 William Street from where the funeral will be held Monday morning, and St. Stephen's church. Interment at St. Patrick's Cemetery. 


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