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Albert Burton3 Simonds was born New York 1840.  Albert died July 11, 1882 Victor, New York, at 42 years of age.   

                               ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL    July 14, 1882      VICTOR

The last and most frightful death was that of Mr. Burton Simonds, of the firm of Simonds and Sons, who was well known and highly esteemed throughout the town and surrounding country.  While acting as bearer at the burial of Wm. Bement, he was suddenly seized, while at the grave on Boughton Hill, with what seemed at first to be a lung hemorrhage, but which proved to be a rupture of an artery. Blood streamed from his mouth at such a fearful rate that before he could be led from the cemetery almost the entire arterial supply had left the body.  He was placed in a conveyance and brought rapidly to the residence of Dr. Mead, but died immediately after his arrival.

His wife and son, Charles, though summoned at once, reached him too late, and it seemed at first that the sudden shock would dethrone reason itself. The news spread rapidly throughout the community, and the deepest sympathy was expressed by all. Mr. Simonds had suffered for some time with an ulcerated sore throat. It seems quite probable that the rupture was the effect of disease.  

                                     ONTARIO  COUNTY  JOURNAL July 21, 1882

DIED    SIMONDS - At Victor, Tuesday, July 11, 1882, A. Burton Simonds, aged 42 years. His body was interred 1882 Victor, New York, Victor Village Cemetery. 

                                 He married Helen D.   Helen was born Victor, New York October 22, 1845.  Helen was the daughter of Celestia J.   Helen died November 23, 1924 in Daytona, Florida, at 79 years of age.


Mrs. Helen D. Simonds, aged 79, died at her home, 130 Orange Avenue, in Daytona, Florida, on Sunday November 23rd, the result of a stroke of paralysis suffered at 9 PM Saturday, from which she never regained consciousness.

Throughout the day Saturday Mrs. Simonds had remarked several times that she felt unusually well, and was in the best of spirits at 8 PM when the negro maid left for home. Chris Gougherty, who made his home with Mrs. Simonds, arrived at home at 9 PM, and found Mrs. Simonds in an unconscious condition in the living room, and calling a physician, found that she had become paralyzed.

Mrs. Simonds is survived by only one son, Charles R. Simonds, now residing in Jacksonville, Fla., who was summoned and who arrived only a few moments after her death occurred, Sunday PM.  Mr. Simonds has the distinction of having been the first local agent of the Florida East Coast Railway Company, when its office was at the foot of Orange Avenue in the building now occupied by the city fire department.

Mrs. Simonds was born in Victor, October 22, 1845, but had been a permanent resident of Daytona for 37 years.  Her body was placed in a retaining vault until Spring, when it will be brought to Victor where interment will be made by the side of her late husband. 

Henry3 Simonds  was born 1841.   He married Jeanette.  Jeanette was born New York 1852.   Henry became the father of Albert W. Simonds Victor, New York, 1871.  

Henry Simonds and Jeanette had the following child:

 Albert W.4 Simonds was born Victor, New York 1871.  Albert died March 16, 1924 Buffalo, New York, at 52 years of age.   

               THE  VICTOR  HERALD  March 21, 1924

                         OBITUARY -     SIMONDS

Albert W. Simonds, formerly of Victor, and a nephew of C. L. Simonds of this village, died suddenly at his home in buffalo, Sunday morning, March 16th, of heart trouble.  Mr. Simonds was the son of Mrs. Jeanette and the late Henry Simonds. He was born here 53 years ago, and lived here until he had grown to young manhood. 

For some years past he had been connected with the largest piano house in Buffalo, and he and his mother had made their home in that city.  His death leaves his mother bereft of near relatives, with the exception of a sister, who lives in Michigan and is in poor health. 

Funeral services were held in Buffalo, Tuesday, the Rev. Albert Bacon of Niagara Falls officiating.  The remains were brought to Victor for burial and services were held at the grave, Wed., Rev. F. W. Hill officiating.   


George3 Simonds was born Victor, New York November 01, 1853.  George died March 10, 1918 Victor, New York, at 64 years of age.

                                    ONTARIO  COUNTY  JOURNAL March 15, 1918

                            DEATHS  OF  THE  WEEK  -     SIMONDS

George Simonds, aged 64 years, passed away at his home at Victor on Sunday.  Mr. Simonds was in New York City when taken ill, and hurried to his home, reaching there Thursday.  He held the office of the post master continuously for eight years under the Republican administration.

 He leaves his wife, who was Mrs. Jessie Clark, two daughters, Misses Marguerite and Helen Simonds, of Victor, one sister, Mrs. Mary Turner of Loncanning Maryland, two brothers, C. Lewis Simonds of Victor, and Henry Simonds of Buffalo. Rev. F. W. Hill officiated at the funeral services on Wednesday.

                               THE  VICTOR  HERALD   March 14, 1918

                                       OBITUARY      SIMONDS

George Simonds, son of the late Albert Burton and Caroline Mansfield Simonds, who was born in the village of Victor on November 1, 1853, died at his home in this village on the afternoon of Sunday, March 10th, after a brief illness. Thus is briefly chronicled the beginning and the ending of the earthly life of one who long had prominent place in the business, social, and political life of this town, and whose every influence in all these phases of his relations to his fellowman was beneficent.

For many years an outstanding figure in our, little commercial world, Mr. Simonds was known for his high ideals and his absolute rectitude.  He was associated with his brother C. Lewis Simonds, under the firm name A. Simonds and Sons, in the conduct of what came to be known as, "The Old Stone Store", a legacy from their father, who was a highly esteemed merchant of the earlier days.  To this business he brought a keen judgment of values in merchandise, stimulated by a determination that the name Simonds should ever stand for high quality and honest dealing. Nothing gave him greater pleasure than to be assured that the high standard set by the father he revered had been maintained by the sons.  In politics Mr. Simonds was a Republican and he was for many years active in the councils of his party.

For eight years he was postmaster of Victor, being appointed by President McKinley. For twenty five years he held the office of clerk of the First Presbyterian Church of Victor and was reelected to that office at the annual meeting of the church held in December.  Mr. Simonds was a lover of the best in literature, music and the dramatic art. A frequent visitor to New York upon business matters, he reveled in the opportunities there afforded him to hear and see the world's greatest singers and actors. An untiring and never satisfied student, he read only books that were truly worth while.  

Denied all his life the boon of good health, he had his compensation in a splendid appreciation of the good and profitable things of life. His conversation coming from a well stored mind, was a delight to the understanding, and in his heart was a deep well of kindness which prompted him to a cheering word of commendation and affection for many a fellow man.  Is it necessary to say that the death of such a man leaves vacant in the community a place exceeding hard to fill?

It was while on one of his highly prized trips to the metropolis that Mr. Simonds was stricken with what proved his last illness. Leaving home on Monday, March 4th, he became ill soon after reaching the city and was compelled to leave his business unfinished and return to Victor, Thursday. Death resulted from an acute attack of pleurisy.

It was in February, 1876, that George Simonds was united in marriage to Miss Jessie Clark, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Clark, of Victor.  The wife and two daughters, the Misses Marguerite and Helen, survive to cherish the memory of a loving husband and father.  A son, David Clark died while yet a young boy. 

A sister, and two brothers survive, Mrs. Mary Turner of Lonaconing, Md., Henry Simonds of Buffalo, and C. Lewis Simonds of Victor.  Interment at Boughton Hill Cemetery. His body was interred 1918 Victor, New York, Boughton Hill Cemetery.   

                          He married Jessie Margaret Clark Victor, New York, February 15, 1877. Jessie was born Victor, New York June 25, 1856.  Jessie was the daughter of David Clark and Sophia.  Jessie died October 30, 1919 Victor, New York, at 63 years of age.   

                                   THE  VICTOR  HERALD  October 31, 1919  

                                        OBITUARY   SIMONDS  

Mrs. Jessie Margaret Simonds, widow of the late George Simonds, passed away at her home on East Main Street, at 7 o'clock on Thursday morning, October 30th.  Mrs. Simonds had been in poor health for about a year past.

On Tuesday, October 21st, she returned from the General Hospital in Rochester, where she had been for about five weeks for an operation and treatment. Her condition allowed for no improvement and she felt that she had but a short time to live.  Jessie Margaret Clark was born in Victor, on June 25, 1856, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Clark.

On February 15,1877, she was united in marriage with George Simonds of Victor, who passed away on March 10, 1918. Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Simonds, David Clark who died in 1894, Marguerite, who is a teacher in Niagara Falls schools, and Helen  of this village.

Mrs. Simonds was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Victor and of the Unity Club. She was quiet in her tastes and found her greatest enjoyment in the home circle. Interment will be made at Boughton Hill Cemetery.


Marguerite C.4 Simonds     She married Mr. Beegle July 12, 1921.

                        ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL December 4, 1914

VICTOR -    Miss Marguerite Simonds, who is teaching at Clinton, spent the Thanksgiving vacation with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Simonds.


Charles Lewis3 Simonds  was born Victor, New York 1858.  Charles died February 25, 1927 Victor, New York, at 68 years of age. 

                                    THE  VICTOR  HERALD   March 4, 1927 

                                    OBITUARY   SIMONDS

 Charles Lewis Simonds, son of the late Albert and Caroline Mansfield Simonds, died at his home on Maple Avenue, Friday night, February 25th.  He had been in poor health for several months suffering from heart trouble, but throughout his illness had been about his home and had occasionally made a brief visit to the "Old Stone Store", with which he had been identified for 50 years.

Mr. Simonds was born in Victor, his father having been associated with the mercantile business here since about 1835.  He received his education in the Victor school, the Brockport Normal School, and the Rochester Business College.  For 47 years Mr. Simonds had been a member of the First Presbyterian Church and for 45 years he had been an elder in the church.  He was a quiet upright, kindly citizen and stood high in the esteem of his fellowmen.

On November 26, 1879, Mr. Simonds was married to Miss Bertha French of Victor, who survives him.  The other surviving relatives are three daughters, Mrs. Lucille S. Medcalf of Rochester, Olive F. Simonds and Mrs. Doris S. Bennett of Victor, two sons, Warren F. of Canandaigua, and Russell F. of Victor, seven grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Mary Turner, who is now in Florida. Interment in Boughton Hill Cemetery.

Charles Lewis Simonds and Bertha L. French had the following children:

Lucille French4 Simonds    She married Mr. Medcalf. 

                                               VICTOR  HERALD        

                                 1912 Victor Girl Graduates From Smith

Miss Lucile French Simonds, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. Lewis Simonds of this village will graduate in June from Smith College.


Russell French4 Simonds  was born 1891.  Russell died 1971 at 80 years of age.   He married Ruth Winifred Hill Victor, New York, December 04, 1912.  

                                      THE  VICTOR  HERALD  December 6, 1912   

                                          THE  ALTAR     Simonds  - Hill

One of the most attractive weddings of the season took place on Wednesday evening, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Willis G. Hill, on West Main Street, when their only daughter, Miss Ruth Winifred Hill, became the bride of Russell French Simonds, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Lewis Simonds.  The house was prettily decorated in the holiday colors of red and green.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. Edwin P. Wood, of the Universalist church, of which the bride is a member.  The guests numbered thirty, including the immediate relatives and close friends of the bride and groom.

There were no attendants, and the wedding was informal, the bride and groom receiving their own guests.  The bride was prettily gowned in white charmeuse, trimmed with hand made Venetian embroidery, and she wore a corsage bouquet of white roses and lilies of the valley. 

Following the ceremony a wedding supper was daintily served. Twelve were seated at the bride's table, where Killarney roses were served by the Misses Marie Norton, Evelyn Mead, Maryett Benson, and Bernice Loney. The bride was the recipient of some beautiful gifts of silver, cut glass and linen.

The bride and groom left on the Rochester and Eastern, amid a shower of rice, confetti and a few old shoes for luck, for a short Western trip, and upon their return they will reside here where both have spent their lives thus far and where they have a large circle of friends who join in congratulations and best wishes.

The bride's going away gown was a tailored suit of navy blue with a hat to match.  The following were the out of town guests, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Cline, Miss Carrie Cline and Irving Cline, of East Rochester, Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Amos, Miss Marie Norton, and Roy J. Mann of Rochester, Miss Bertha M. Donohue of Camillus, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Simonds and Miss Cora French of Canandaigua, Miss Lucile Simonds of Newark, NJ, Miss Evelyn Mead of Syracuse University and H. M. Loftus of Ontario Center.

Russell French Simonds had the following children:

 Lewis5 Simonds        He married June Rose Donovan Victor, New York, June 21, 1939.   

               VICTOR  HERALD       Friday July 28, 1939


A simple wedding took place Friday afternoon, July 21st, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Donovan, when their daughter, Miss June Donovan, became the bride of Lewis Simonds, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Simonds.  The marriage was performed in a corner bower of pink and white under a white satin arch from which hung a white horse shoe. Justice Arch Cuykendall, uncle of the bride, performed the ceremony.

The bride was dressed in a white lace and net gown and wore a cap style shoulder length veil and a corsage of red roses.  Mrs. Marian Rowe of Rochester, sister of the bride, was matron of honor. She wore peach colored organdie and blue head band. Her corsage was of pink roses and blue flowers. The best man was Donald Simonds, brother of the groom.  Only the immediate families attended. A short reception followed the ceremony.

After a trip to the Adirondack Mountains, Mr. and Mrs. Simonds will be at home at 137 Arnett Blvd., Rochester.  Prenuptial events included variety showers by Mrs. Donald Maltman and Mrs. Marian Rowe of Rochester, the Officers Club of the Eastern Star at the home of Mrs. Charles Bailey and an emergency shelf shower at the home of his mother, Mrs. Simonds

 Lillian Sivola was born Rochester, New York May 04, 1917.  Lillian died December 06, 1990 in Sarasota, Florida, at 73 years of age.

     CANADAIGUA  DAILY  MESSENGER December 7, 1990

             Lillian Sprentall     -   VENICE  Fla      

Former Canandaigua resident Lillian Sprentall died yesterday, December 6, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital after a long illness. She was 73.   Mrs. Sprentall was born May 4, 1917, in Rochester, and moved to Florida from Canandaigua in 1981. 

 Surviving are her husband, William Thomas Sprentall of Florida, three sons and daughters in law, William T. and Pam Sprentall Jr. of Canandaigua, John and Karen Sprentall of Middlesex, and Curtis and Pat Sprentall of Naples, four daughters and sons in law, Patricia and Robert Haggett of Victor, Meridith and Stanley Colwell of Lima, Tracey and Terry Penner of Clifton Springs, and Lisa and Ronald Youngjohn of Canandaigua, two sisters and a brother in law, Violet Foreman of Siesta Key, Fla, and Elsie and Gene Rash of Sarasota, Florida, and 11 grandchildren. Her body was interred 1990 Canandaigua, New York, Woodlawn Cemetery.

                                She married William Thomas Sprentall in Forest Hills, Long Island, July 24, 1943.    

                                                  ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES JOURNAL July 30, 1943      

                                                       WEDDING BELLS         SPRENTALL  - SIVOLA            

 In St. Luke's Church, Forest Hills, Long Island, Saturday, July 24, took place the marriage of Miss Lillian Sivola, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. K. Robert Sivola, of Rochester, and W. Thomas Sprentall, of New York City, formerly of Canandaigua. Attendants were Miss Elsie Sivola and H. Robert Sprentall, sister and brother of the bride and bridegroom. 

After a reception at the Hotel New Yorker, Mr. and Mrs. Sprentall left for a honeymoon at Nantucket, Mass.  They will be at home after August at Douglaston Parkway, L.I.   Mr. Sprentall is a graduate of Canandaigua Academy and Hobart College, and is now connected with Pan American Airlines. Among the guests at the wedding was Miss Lena Engert of this city, aunt of the bridegroom.

                              William Thomas Sprentall was born Canandaigua, New York January 18, 1918. 

                                             ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL January 25, 1918      

BIRTHS     SPRINTALL    At Canandaigua, January 18, 1918, to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Sprintall, a son. William is the son of Harry Burton Sprentall and Marguerite L. Engert.   

                           At 30 years of age William became the father of John Gray Sprentall Rochester, New York, April 29, 1948. 

                                 ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES JOURNAL May 14, 1948

BIRTH  SPRENTALL    At Rochester, April 29, 1948, a son, John Gray, to Mr.and Mrs. W. Thomas Sprentall.  Mr. Sprentall is a former Canandaiguan.

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