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Andrew Mortimer2 Sleght was born Canandaigua, New York October 07, 1838.  Andrew died December 25, 1904 Canandaigua, New York, at 66 years of age.[i]  [i]. Canandaigua City Clerk Record number 1929.

                           ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL December 30, 1904  PAGE  2 COL  4

                                                       Death of Mortimer Sleght.

About midnight on Sunday, at his home on Scotland Road, occurred the death of Mortimer Sleght, a long time and respected resident. Mr. Sleght had been in failing health for several years, and since November had been confined to the home with a complication of heart and kidney troubles.

Deceased was born here sixty six years ago, and most of his life had been spent here. He was a Constable for over twenty years, and was turnkey under Sheriff Robert H. Wheeler.

In 1870 he married Harriet L. Scott, of Rochester, who with three sons, Walter S., Francis J., and Carlton M. Sleght, all prominent in the business life of the village survive. One brother, Carlton W. Sleght, of Allen's Hill, also survives. Mr. Sleght was a a member of Company K, N Y Mounted Rifles, which did valiant service in the Civil War.

 Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Lewis Sweet of the Presbyterian church conducting the service. His body was interred 1904 Canandaigua, New York, Woodlawn Cemetery. 

Carlton Mason Sleght was born Allen's Hill, New York September 1876.  He married Agnes Rachel Stevens Canandaigua, New York, February 08, 1900.[ii] [ii]. Canandaigua City clerk office record number 1051.

                          ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL February 9, 1900  PAGE  3  COL 5   

 SLEGHTSTEVENS    At Canandaigua, February 8, 1900, Carlton Mason Sleght and Miss Agnes Rachel Stevens, both of Canandaigua.


Walter Scott3 Sleght  was born Allen's Hill, New York November 19, 1872.  Walter died November 1927 Clifton Springs, New York, at 54 years of age.  His body was interred 1927 Canandaigua, New York, Woodlawn Cemetery.

                        He married Lina Hudson 1893. Lina was born February 1869.  Lina died 1934 at 65 years of age.  Her body was interred 1934 Canandaigua, New York, Woodlawn Cemetery.

           At 27 years of age Lina became the mother of Walter S. Jr. Sleght Canandaigua, New York, January 15, 1897. 

                                     ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL January 22, 1897

 BORN -  SLEGHT  At Canandaigua, January 15, 1897, to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Scott Sleght, a son.


 Frances Celinda Sleght  was born Canandaigua, New York June 30, 1895.  Frances died December 15, 1918 Canandaigua, New York, at 23 years of age.[iii]  [iii]. Canandaigua City clerk office record. Shows she was single, living at 25 Scotland Road.

                ONTARIO  COUNTY  JOURNAL December 20, 1918  

 DIED -  SLEGHT    At Canandaigua, December 14, 1918, Frances A. Sleght.

                          OBITUARY      SLEGHT

Miss Frances Celinda Sleght passed away at the Memorial hospital on Sunday morning following a short illness of influenza. Deceased was born in Canandaigua, June 30, 1895, the daughter of Mr. Walter S. and Lina Hudson Sleght.  She received her education in the local schools and was graduated from the Academy in June 1915. 

She entered the Nurses Training class at the hospital in April 1917, and made many friends in the discharge of her duties by reason of faithfulness and attention to every detail. She never overlooked the varied opportunities afforded in her training and the hearts of the nurses whom she worked so untiringly and diligently nearly to the end are bowed down with grief over the sudden loss of their associate.  She was especially fond of children and had hoped to be of service in her chosen profession in their care and comfort.

She was a member of the Singers and as the opportunity presented itself found recreation and pleasure in assisting in the choral work of the community.  Besides her parents she leaves to mourn her loss a sister, Miss Mabel Sleght, of New York City, and a brother, Walter S. Sleght Jr. with the American Expeditionary Forces.

Private funeral services were held at the home in Scotland Road on Monday.  Interment in Woodlawn. Her body was interred 1918 Canandaigua, New York, Woodlawn Cemetery.

                Walter S. Jr. Sleght was born Canandaigua, New York January 15, 1897. 

                                                      ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL January 22, 1897 

 BORN -    SLEGHT      At Canandaigua, January 15, 1897, to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Scott Sleght, a son.


Francis Jarvis3 Sleght  was born September 1874.  Francis died 1944 at 69 years of age.  His body was interred 1944 Canandaigua, New York, Woodlawn Cemetery.  He married Mary Augustus Willys Canandaigua, New York, May 11, 1898. 

                                    ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  May 13, 1898

MARRIED   SLEGHT  - WILLYS  At Canandaigua, May 11, 1898, Francis Jarvis Sleght and Miss Mary Augusta Willys, both of Canandaigua.

                    Mary was born June 1879.  Mary was the daughter of David Smith Willys and Lydia Muncil North.  Mary died July 29, 1949 Rochester, New York, at 70 years of age.  

                ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES JOURNAL August 5, 1949 PAGE  5

 DEATHS -   SLEGHT   At Rochester, July 29, 1949, Mrs. Mary Willys Sleght, 71, native of Canandaigua.


 Emily Isabel Sleght  was born Canandaigua, New York April 09, 1903.[iv]  Emily died June 03, 1975 at 72 years of age.  She married Laurence Oscar DeVoll Rochester, New York, June 06, 1925.   [iv]. Canandaigua City Clerk office record number 2014.

                                                   ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES Wednesday June 10, 1925                       

                                                           SLEGHT    -   DEVOLL

Among the Canandaiguans who attended the wedding of Miss Emily Isabel Sleght, daughter of Mrs. Mary Willys Sleght, formerly of this city, and Lawrence Oscar DeVoll, of Rochester, were, Mrs. Lydia M. Willys, grandmother of the bride, Mr. and Mrs. James Castle Say, uncle and aunt of the bride, Rev. and Mrs. E. J. Kallina and children, Margaret and Edmund, Mr. and Mrs. Frank B. Wilkinson, Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Purdy, Mr. and Mrs. Ned C. Gibson, Mrs. W. G. Dodds, Mrs. E. H. Hawkins, Mrs. Edward A. Fish, Mrs. William N. Brooks, Mrs. Frederick A. McKechnie, Mrs. Bertha F. Smith, Miss Mabel Blanchard.  Guests from other places were Mr. and Mrs. John North Willys and Miss Virginia Willys of New York, Mrs. Charlotte VanDenbergh and Miss Ora VanDenbergh of Detroit, Mich., Miss Catherine Emery of Portsmouth, NH.

The wedding took place at the Spencer Ripley Methodist church in Rochester on Saturday afternoon and the ceremony was performed by the Rev. Milton Butler Pratt of Buffalo, assisted by Rev. James Frederick Bisgrove of Rochester.  Her uncle John North Willys gave her in marriage and she was attended by her cousin, Miss Virginia Clayton Willys, as maid of Honor, and by Miss Cora Frank and Miss Clara Husted, Miss Catherine Emery and Miss Sara Gorsline as bridesmaids.

The Groom's attendant was Mr. Raymond Dillingham DeVoll, and the ushers were Charles Burgess of Newark, John North Sleght, James Edward Lays and Donald Kenneth Smith of Rochester.  Upon their return from the wedding trip they will reside on Colonial Road, Rochester.


 Leonora T. Smith. 

  ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES September 30, 1874 Page 2 Col 5 

Married     ESTES -   SMITH    At the residence of I. B. Smith, Sept. 23, 1874 by Rev F. Bailey, Stephen R. Estes to Leonora T. Smith.

                Stephen R. Estes  was born in Monroe County, New York 1843.  Stephen was the son of Benjamin Estes and Mary Herendeen.  He married Mary Lapham.  Stephen died March 24, 1886 West Farmington, New York, at 42 years of age.   

                                    ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL Friday March 26, 1886

Estes in West Farmington, Wednesday night, March 24, 1886, of pneumonia, Stephen R. Estes aged 44 years.  Funeral will be held at the residence of D. Waterman Smith, Saturday at 2 PM.                         

                           ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES Wednesday April 14, 1886  PAGE 3 COL  6

OBITUARY Stephen Estes, of Farmington died at his home in that town on the night of the 23rd ult. The Victor Herald says the deceased did business as an insurance agent in Victor, and was a popular man with all classes of people, and it is safe to say he had not an enemy in the world.

Good natured, kind, courteous, and obliging, he endeared himself to all, and his death has cast a gloom over the whole community. But a few brief days ago this genial and companionable man was full of life, robust, stout and hearty, and one can hardly be brought to a realization of the terrible fact that he has gone to that bourne from whence no traveler returns. The announcement of his death and the preparation for the burial, calling sorrowing friends and mourning relatives to gather at the last sad rites for the dead, sent sadness and sorrow deep into the hearts of our townspeople. 

The taking off of Stephen Estes, in the prime of life and strength of a vigorous and matured manhood, serves to remind us of the uncertainty of life and the positive, unrelenting, and insatiable demands of death. Verily, in the midst of life is death. We had not known the deceased for only about six months, since our connection with the Herald, yet so companionable and openhearted was he, and possessed of so amiable a disposition, coupled with affability and good nature, that our acquaintance had ripened into a friendship that seemed to have an existence for years. And so it was with all persons with whom the deceased came in contact, and who chanced to form an acquaintance with him. None knew him but to love him, nor named him but to praise him. Peace to his ashes.

Stephen Estes was born in Monroe County in 1843, and was therefore in his 43rd year. He leaves his wife and four small children to mourn their irreparable loss, and they have the heartfelt sympathy of everybody in their great bereavement. The eldest is Alice, a bright little girl of ten years, next is a girl, Leonora, seven years, and two boys, Isaac and Stuart, aged respectively three years and eighteen months. The funeral services were held at the residence in Farmington. 

Joseph J.1 Smith  was born 1890.  His body was interred November 18, 1955 Seneca Falls, New York, St. Columbkille Cemetery. He married Alice Loretta McCarthy Seneca Falls, New York, October 22, 1913.  According to the church records in Seneca Falls, the marriage was witnessed by John McGuire and Carlotta Barton

                                 GENEVA DAILY TIMES  Wednesday October 22, 1913 

                                          McCarthy  -  Smith      Seneca Falls, October 22,

The marriage of Miss Alice McCarthy, daughter of Michael McCarthy of East Bayard Street, and Joseph Smith, was solemnized at St. Patrick's church at 7 AM today, Rev. M. T. Dwyer assisted by Rev. Raymond Quigley, performing the ceremony which was followed by a nuptial mass. The church was filled with friends and relatives of the young couple.

The bride was gowned in a pretty tailored suit of blue with hat of corresponding color and wore a corsage bouquet of lilies of the valley. Her attendant was Miss Charlotte Barton of Syracuse, who was similarly attired. Mr. Smith's best man was John McGuire.

Following a wedding breakfast at the home of the bride's father, Mr. and Mrs. Smith left on the 11 o'clock train for a two week wedding trip. Upon their return they will reside in East Bayard Street  

          He married Nina Belle Braman East Bloomfield, NY, April 29, 1886. 

                          Ontario County Journal  Friday May 7, 1886  PAGE  3  COL  7  

MARRIED    SMITH  -  BRAMAN   In East Bloomfield, on Thursday, April 29, 1886 by Rev. George R. Smith, the Rev. Lowell C. Smith and Miss Nina Braman.  

                                   ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  May 5, 1886

 MARRIED    SMITH - BRAMAN  In East Bloomfield, on Thursday, April 29, 1886, by Rev. Geo. R. Smith, Rev. Lowell C. Smith and Miss Nina Braman.

                       Nina was born in Indiana July 1864.  State of birth is shown on East Bloomfield 1880 Census. Nina was the daughter of George Gary Braman and Clarinda H. VanDenbergh .   Nina died September 30. 

SMITH -   Mrs. Lowell C. Smith, a former resident of East Bloomfield, died September 30th, in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sidney M. Hull, in Western Springs, Ill., after a long period of failing health.

She leaves a sister, Mrs. Frank Munson of this village, the daughter, Mrs. Hull, and one son, Dr. Warren B. Smith of Danville, Ill., and four grandchildren.

                      Burial was at Wankesha, Wisc, her former home.

Harry Marquis MD3 Smith  was born Canandaigua, New York October 28, 1888.  Harry died December 27, 1945 Canandaigua, New York, at 57 years of age.  

                          VICTOR  HERALD  December 28, 1945  From the Ontario County Times Journal

Canandaigua was shocked and saddened early Thursday afternoon, by news of the sudden death of Dr. Harry Marquis Smith, from a heart attack. Dr. Smith had attended a meeting of the Rotary Club, of which he was a member. He was stricken in the lobby of the Hotel Canandaigua, where he died. Dr. Smith became ill with a heart ailment four years ago.

Relinquishing his extensive practice, which included much surgical work, he spent the winter of 1942 in Florida. He returned to Canandaigua considerably improved in health but had not fully resumed the activities of previous years.

Born in Canandaigua about 56 years ago, Dr. Smith was a son of the late Charles and Anna Boswell Smith. He spent most of his life here. Graduated from the New York University Medical College in 1912, he became associated with the late Dr. Albert L. Beahan in the management of the Canandaigua Hospital of Physicians and Surgeons, and later built up a large private practice.

Dr. Smith was a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the State, County and City Medical societies, the Canandaigua Scientific Association, and was prominent in Masonic Circles.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Ruby VanVechten Smith, two daughters, Dr. Isobel, the wife of Dr. Augustus W. Sainsbury, now with the United States Navy Medical Corps on Guam, and Miss Helen I. Smith of this city, one son, John V. Smith, a student in Syracuse University, and two grandchildren, David William, and Ann Sainsbury. His body was interred 1945 Canandaigua, New York, Woodlawn Cemetery.

He married Ruby Genevieve VanVechten Canandaigua, New York, April 03, 1915.[i]  Witnesses were D. T. Darling and Edith Welsh.

[i]. Hopewell Archives Ontario County, NY, record number 2740 on microfilm.; and Certificate and Record of Marriage number 129, and the Affidavit for License to Marry copies are on PG 2B and PG 2C in the book, A Tree Trunk.

                                 ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Fri April 9, 1915

MARRIED     SMITH  -  VANVECHTEN  At Canandaigua, April 3, 1915, Dr. Harry Marquis Smith and Miss Ruby Genevieve VanVechten, both of Canandaigua.

                 ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL Fri. April 9, 1915 

                          YOUNG COUPLE WED IN CHURCH

The marriage of Dr. Harry Marquis Smith, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Smith, and Ruby Genevieve VanVechten, younger daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman VanVechten, was solemnized at the Presbyterian Church on Saturday evening. A large assemblage witnessed the ceremony. The pulpit was simply decorated with Easter lilies and small palms. Her father gave her in marriage.

Mrs. Franklin J. Gray of Rochester was her sister's matron of honor. The maid of honor was Miss Edith Helena Welch. Donald Gray of Rochester, nephew of the bride was ring bearer, carrying the ring in the heart of an Easter lily. Following the ceremony members of the bridal party and the near relatives of the couple were entertained at dinner at the home of the bride's parents on Howell Street. Mrs. VanVechten received in a gown of black lace and net over white crepe meteor.

Dr. and Mrs. Smith left during the evening for a trip to New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. They will be at home after May 1 at Howell Street until their apartment on Gorham Street is completed. Dr. Smith is assistant physician at the Hospital of Physicians and Surgeons.

     Mrs. Smith was a graduate of the Canandaigua Academy and was the soprano soloist during the commencement exercises of her class in 1910. 

In a small article in the ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL in 1907, Harry M. Smith appeared as a graduate of Canandaigua Academy. It mentioned his father's name, Charles W. Smith.

In a small article in the ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES JOURNAL, September 23, 1938, Page 4, was a list of previous winners of the Phelps Gorham Oratorical Contest, and Harry won in 1907. 

Helen Irene Smith was born July 1919.  Helen died 1987 at 67 years of age.  Her body was interred 1987 Canandaigua, New York, Woodlawn Cemetery.  She married Philip Henry Fitzhugh.  Philip was born 1917. 

                                                      ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES JOURNAL Friday  March 30, 1945

Helen Irene Smith, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Harry M. Smith, 42 North Main Street, Canandaigua, has arrived in North Africa to serve the armed forces as an American Red Cross staff assistant. Before her Red Cross appointment, Miss Smith was a nursery school teacher for the Lexington School for the deaf, New York City, and previously was a case worker for the USO and Travelers Aid Newport Rhode Island.  She is a graduate of Canandaigua Academy, of the Child Education Foundation in NY City, and of Columbia University Teachers' College, B.S.  1941.

                                                      ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES JOURNAL  August 9, 1946                       

                           ENGAGEMENT of MISS HELEN SMITH IS ANNOUNCED at TEA

The engagement of Miss Helen I. Smith, daughter of Mrs. Harry M. Smith, and the late Dr. Smith, North Main Street, to Phillip H. Fitzhugh of Rochester, son of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Fitzhugh of Cash, Va., and Miami, Fla., was announced at a tea given by Mrs. Smith, Friday afternoon, at her summer home on the West Lake shore.  The wedding will take place in mid September.

About 50 guests were entertained. Cards bearing the names of the couple were attached to nosegays of tiny pink rosebuds, presented at the door by Miss Margaret Kennedy.

Summer flowers and ivory pencil tapers decorated the serving table at which Mrs. Frank R. Wilson of Rochester and Mrs. J. Gordon Lewis, Mrs. William L. Gates and Mrs. Howard G. Kennedy presided. Mrs. Augustus W. Sainsbury, daughter of the hostess, assisted in receiving.

Miss Smith was graduated from Canandaigua Academy in 1935 and the Child Education Foundation, New York, in1940, and received her master's degree from Columbia University in 1941. During the war she served with USO at Newport, RI, and returned last October, after a year's service with the Red Cross in Casablanca, Africa. 

 Mr. Fitzhugh is a graduate of West High School, Rochester, 1935, and Cornell University, 1939, and is a member of Sigma Nu fraternity. He was associated with the Hotel Roosevelt in New York for two years prior to entering the U. S. Army. In the service three and one half years, he was with the Ninth Air Force in the European theater 27 months. He is now connected with the Sagamore Motors, Rochester.


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