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Charlotte E.2 Talmadge was born 1845. 

             She married Andrew Bigelow Rowley .  Andrew was born May 10, 1839.  Andrew was the son of Andrew Rowley and Sarah F. Bigelow .  Andrew died October 25, 1907 Victor, New York, at 68 years of age.  

        ONTARIO  COUNTY  JOURNAL Friday November 1, 1907

 ROWLEY at VICTOR NY October 25, 1907     A. Bigelow Rowley, aged 68 years.

                           SAME  PAPER

VICTOR Funeral services of Andrews Bigelow Rowley were held on Sunday afternoon at the home of his son, Frank. Rev. Loren Stiles of the Methodist Church and Rev. W. Hill of the Presbyterian Church officiated. 

 The interment was made in the Village Cemetery.  He is survived by his wife and two sons, Frank T. of this village, and Edmund L., of Joliet, Il.  He was 68 years of age. Death was caused by paralysis.

                            His body was interred 1907 Victor, New York, Victor Village Cemetery.


Frances M. Tascione   was born December 17, 1914.  Frances died August 10, 1993 Rochester, New York, at 78 years of age.

               ROCHESTER  DEMOCRAT  and CHRONICLE  Wednesday  Page 2B August 11, 1993

Frances M. Tascione - August 10, 1993, Predeceased by her husband, Charles A. Gleichauf. Survived by her sons, Charles M. Kathleen and John D. Patricia Gleichauf, grandchildren, Thomas, Suzanne, Caroline and Kevin, her brother, Arthur Tascione, her sister, Catherine Novelin, many nieces and nephews.   Funeral Mass at Holy Cross Church.  Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. 

William Jr. Thayer and Abigail Burt had the following children:

Sarah Thayer was born Bristol County Mass 1734.  Sarah died January 1818 Bristol, New York, at approximately 83 years of age.

                         Ontario Repository  February 10, 1818.

     Her body was interred 1818 Bristol, New York, Vincent Hill Cemetery. 

Giles2 Thompso was born in Phelps, Ontario County, New York 1818.  Giles died February 03, 1881 Hopewell, New York, at 62 years of age. 

         ONTARIO REPOSITORY and MESSENGER CANANDAIGUA Thursday   February 10, 1881 PAGE  3  COL  6

DIED -   THOMPSON   In Hopewell, February 3rd, 1881, Giles Thompson, aged 63 years. His body was interred 1881 Hopewell, New York, Chapman Cemetery.

Richard E. Thompson  was born 1858.  Richard died October 13, 1902 Hopewell, New York, at 44 years of age.  Hopewell Clerk office record number 531.

             ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Friday October 17, 1902 PAGE  3  COL 6

DIED   -  THOMPSON   At Orleans, October 13, 1902, Richard E. Thompson, aged 44 years.

                                  SAME  PAPER COL  5

ORLEANS -   Richard E. Thompson, who resided with William Sheckels, committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with a revolver on Monday afternoon. The deceased was 44 years of age, and had always resided in this vicinity.  A note was found after his death, stating that he had nothing to live for.  The funeral was held on Wednesday morning.  Interment was in the Hopewell Sand Hill Cemetery.


Francis N.2 Thompson  was born New Hampshire 1834.  This place of birth is given in the 1850 Hopewell Census, line 258. Francis died March 04, 1912 Hopewell, New York, at 78 years of age. 

                                              ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES Wednesday  March 6, 1912  

                                                          FRANCIS  N.  THOMPSON

Mr. Francis N. Thompson, aged 77 years, died on Monday evening at the home of his nephew, Oscar Thompson, in Hopewell.  Mr. Thompson was a civil war veteran having served in Co. K. 148th New York, from August 1862 until June 22 1865, when he received honorable discharge.

He leaves one son, William Thompson, of Canandaigua, and a daughter, Mrs. Harriet Rowman of Junius, NY.  The funeral will be held from the Thompson home in Hopewell this afternoon. Herendeen Post of Shortsville will be in charge of the funeral and the interment will be in Hopewell Cemetery. 

George T.2 Thompson was born Canandaigua, New York September 1854.  George died May 22, 1942 Canandaigua, New York, at 87 years of age.   



 George T. Thompson, 88, highly respected and prominent citizen and business man in Canandaigua for a long period of years, died at his home in Scotland Road last night of a heart condition, after an illness of three days.   Mr. Thompson, identified with the business life of the community for over a half century, was one of the best known of Canandaigua's citizens, having been engaged in the lumber and coal business.

Born in Canandaigua in 1854, he attended grade schools and Canandaigua Academy.  When 14 years of age, while still in school, he took a job in the sash and door factory of S. S. Burgher established on the present site of the residence of Dr. Frank A. Brockmyre, Chapin Street.  It was there that he learned the elements of the business which he has since followed.

In those early days of Mr. Thompson's beginnings, workers served their apprenticeships with the result that for three months he worked after school hours without compensation. Thereafter he received 37 and a half cents a day for the ensuing three years, when he concluded his school work and began his full time employment with Mr. Burgher.  Six years later, in 1876, Mr. Thompson entered into partnership with Mr. Burgher, and three years later was able to buy up complete control of the business, which a year later he moved including the buildings to the present site in Bemis Street.

In 1881 Canandaiguans saw him established in the general lumber business and in 1890 he became one of the leading coal distributors in the city.   BUYS  MEXICAN LAND     In 1901, in partnership with William Crawford of New York, a member of the firm of Simpson and Crawford, and Alexander Grieve of Canandaigua, Mr. Thompson went to Mexico and although used to the temperate climate and the conveniences and comforts of civilization, traveling by mule and Indian canoe into the backland jungles, they bought 15, 000 acres of land and soon had under cultivation 300 rubber trees.     

The accounts of Mr. Thompson's journeys into the jungles of southern Mexico, once the home of the ancient Maya Indians, and the area in which the ruins of their majestic civilization are still being studied today, is a story in itself.   For 12 years the development of the rubber plantation was carried forward successfully while the business in Canandaigua continued to thrive and then Mr. Thompson grasped another opportunity, and again he turned to an entirely new field.  

With the cooperation of his two partners, he sold some of the land in Mexico, and traded the rest for 3000 acres of land in the then growing San Fernando Valley in California. This land later was profitably sold in small parcels for building purposes and today it is completely enveloped in the flourishing city of Los Angeles.  

                                                   EARLY  VILLAGE  TRUSTEE

Mr. Thompson has been identified with many of the civic organizations formed in Canandaigua during his lifetime.  Fifty years ago he was serving as a trustee of Canandaigua Village when the electric fire alarm system was first installed.  He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge, receiving a 50 year medal in June 1936 from the Grand Lodge for a consecutive membership over a half century. 

He also served as an officer of St. John's Church for many years. Surviving are his widow, Jessie Grieve Thompson, three sons, Arthur E., Alexander G. Thompson, Canandaigua, and Carl of Southern Pines, NC, two daughters, Mrs. J. William Jenkins, and Miss Jeska Thompson, all of this city. Also a brother N. Watson Thompson.  Woodlawn Cemetery interment.

                              He married twice.  He married Parrish .  She became the mother of Arthur E. Thompson New York, February 1882.  He married Jessie A. Grieve Canandaigua, New York, December 25, 1895.[i]  [i]. Canandaigua City Clerk office record number 837.

                            ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  Wed January 1, 1896  PAGE  3  COL 4

At high noon on Christmas Day, 1895, occurred the marriage of Miss Jessie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Grieve, to George T. Thompson, one of the solid businessmen of Canandaigua. The nuptial know was tied by Rev. J. J. Lawrence at the home of the bride's parents, 32 Chapin Street, in the presence of immediate friends and relatives.

They will return to reside on Hubbell St. Received a valuable bracelet studded with pearl and rubies, the gift of Scotland relatives of the bride, and a Steinway piano from the latter's parents. Out of town guests, Miss Jessie Grieve, of Rochester, Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Bareham, Palmyra, John Grieve, Syracuse, Miss Anna E. Grieve of Pembroke, Canada.

                           Jessie Grieve was born in Palmyra, Wayne Co., New York March 15, 1874.  Jessie was the daughter of Alexander Grieve and Jane Rannie .  Jessie died October 03, 1950 Canandaigua, New York, at 76 years of age. 

                         CANANDAIGUA  DAILY  MESSENGER October 6, 1950

                                     Mrs. Jesse G. Thompson, 76, Dies Tuesday.

Mrs. Jessie Grieve Thompson, 18 Scotland Road, one of Canandaigua's best known residents, died early Tuesday morning after a long illness.  She was 76.  Mrs. Thompson had been in failing health for the past two years and had been under the care of a nurse for the past eight weeks.

Following Mrs. Thompson's requests private services were held on Tuesday, the day of her death, at her home. Rev. Hardy Lumb, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Clyde and former co pastor of the Federated church here, officiated.  The body was cremated.

Mrs. Thompson was born in Palmyra, March 15, 1874, a daughter of Alexander and Jennie Rannie Grieve. Alexander Grieve was a Scotsman who came to this country in about 1866.  His wife was English. She came with her parents to this country also in the late 1860's. 

The Grieve family moved to Canandaigua in the late 1870's and Alexander Grieve established his bakery and cracker business on Main Street at this time.  Mr. Grieve was a prominent businessman here for years. Mrs. Thompson was educated at Granger Place school, and at the New York Conservatory of Music.  She had an unusually fine soprano voice.  She sang in choral groups in New York City, was a member of the Madison Avenue Presbyterian church choir, and sang at the formal dedication of Grant's Tomb in New York City in April 1897.  Later she was a member of the choir of the First Presbyterian church here for 25 years, and was associated with various choral groups in this city. 

Mrs. Thompson was the widow of George T. Thompson, for half a century one of Canandaigua's leading merchants.  They were married in the late summer of 1897. Mr. Thompson died May 22, 1942, at the age of 88.  He had been associated with the lumber and building supply business since he was 14 years of age.  In 1876 when he was 22 he entered into partnership with S. S. Burcher.  In 1880 he bought sole control of the business and moved it to the Bemis Street site where it has since been located.

 Mr. Thompson had been married previously, his first wife being a member of the pioneer Parrish family. Jasper Parrish came to Canandaigua in 1791, representing the state of New York in land negotiation with the Indians in the Genesee country.  Surviving Mrs. Thompson are her sons, Alexander G. and Arthur E. Thompson, who now operate the George T. Thompson Sons, Inc., lumber business.  Carl G. Thompson, Winston Salem, NC, and two daughters, Mrs. J. William Jenkins, Canandaigua, and Mrs. Jeska T. Wescott, Los Angeles, Cal.  There is also one sister, Mrs. George D. Wood, this city, six grandchildren, and eight gr grandchildren.

                  At 36 years of age Jessie became the mother of Jesha G. Thompson Canandaigua, New York, March 21, 1910.

                                     ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  March 25, 1910   PAGE  5.

 BORN -    THOMPSON     At Canandaigua, March 21, 1910, to Mr. and Mrs. George T. Thompson, a daughter.

                                        ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES September 12, 1928

Mrs. George T. Thompson entertained at dinner at the Wenna Kenna tea room, east lake shore, on Thursday evening, followed by the showing of moving pictures of a hunting trip in Africa by George B. Sage of Rochester, at the Thompson cottage, Out of Season's Inn.

                 At 55 years of age George became the father of Jesha G. Thompson Canandaigua, New York, March 21, 1910.

            ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  March 25, 1910   PAGE  5.

BORN -  THOMPSON      At Canandaigua, March 21, 1910, to Mr. and Mrs. George T. Thompson, a daughter.

Alexander Grieve Thompson   was born Canandaigua, New York October 21, 1898.[ii]  He married Edith Raines Canandaigua, New York, June 18, 1921.  Edith was born Brooklyn, New York 1901.  Edith is the daughter of Charles Raines and Nathalia Guidotti .  [ii]. Canandaigua City Clerk office record number 1554.

In a November 1922 newspaper article is a picture of him, and the article is as follows. One doesn't have to possess a physiognomy classified as brand new to enable one to jimmy his way into this column. One has to scramble some to happen onto new faces that are destined to become permanent fixtures, but stumbling onto lively young men who are carving their high niches in this prospector's paradise comes wasy to the initiated. That's why Alexander G Thompson's pleasant physiog is adorning the top of this jumble of innocent words. Thompson is making more dough on our main stem than any of the banking gents, but maybe that's because he is in the baking business.

Thompson was born in Canandaigua, the son of Mr. and Mrs. George T. Thompson. He attended the grade schools here, then going to the Mohigan Lake Military School, where he finished in 1916. Next he entered up at Amherst and was going strong there, with a years and six months to his credit, when some bristly gent in Europe unleashed the pups of war.

Although he had received long training in the military school, Thompson longed for the free and easy life of the sea and it was to this branch of service that turned when Unky Sam announced to the upset world that he was going to mix in the foreign brawl. Thompson enlisted as a first class seaman which wasn't a hard thing to do when one considers that he is made of just the proper stuff that goes to place American sea fighters at the head of a long procession of Neptune entries. Down through the trying days of the way Thompson and the navy were well nigh inseparable and by degrees he advanced to the rating of a first class bosn's mate. He was ordered to sea many times, but the farthest he got was in and out of New York's busy harbor where he was detailed on service that was most exciting and responsible.

Although le guerre was given its quietus in November of 1918, Thompson wasn't relieved of his duties until January, 1919, when he returned to good old Canandaigua and prepared for a long life enlistment in the business army.  To brush up on his p's and q's he took a short course at the R. B. I. and then purchased the bakery business in Main Street operated by Alex Grieve and Company. Thompson has been busily engaged in that well known pastime of making dough ever since, but he has found time to play prominent parts in events of importance transpiring in the city. He is a Rotarian, a Mason, and an active member of St. John's Church.                       

In a January 1923 Ontario County Times there is a picture of Alexander, and a story saying he is a well known Canandaiguan, who sold his bakery to W. G. Brewer and Company, and will be identified with his father, George T. Thompson and his brother, Alderman Arthur E. Thompson in their extensive lumber and coal business. 

Leora Elaine Thompson   was born Canandaigua, New York June 29, 1906.  Canandaigua City Clerk record number 6063. She married John William Jr. Jenkins Canandaigua, New York, August 12, 1928.   

            ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Friday August 17, 1928

                CHARMING  WEDDING  AT  SUMMER  HOME                       

        When Miss Leora Elaine Thompson Was Married To John William Jenkins Jr.

The summer home of Mr. and Mrs. George T. Thompson on the east lake shore was the scene of a charming wedding on Saturday afternoon when their daughter, Miss Leora Elaine Thompson was married to John William Jenkins Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Jenkins, of this city. The spacious living room was profusely decorated with the seasonable flowers, the ceremony being performed by Rev. Herbert L. Gaylord, D. D. before an embankment of palms and tall baskets of vari colored gladioli.

Miss Helen Thompson, niece of the bride, played the wedding music and Stuart Gracey, of Geneva, sang "At Dawning" during the ceremony.  The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, wore a gown of white embroidered canton crepe with a white transparent hat.

She was attended by her sister in law, Mrs. Alexander G. Thompson, as matron of honor, Miss Jeska Thompson as bridesmaid, and her niece Edith Elaine Thompson, as ring bearer, all of Canandaigua. Mrs. Thompson was attired in white and carried pink roses.

Dinner was served at Wenna Kenna tea room, on the east lake shore. Covers were laid for 50 guests at a long table centered with bowls of pink roses, maiden hair, fern and gypsophilia and lighted with tall pink tapers.

Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins are on a motor trip to the Adirondacks and Thousand Island and after September 1 will be home at 59 Howell Street. Mr. Jenkins is associated with his father in the firm of Jenkins Stores, Inc., clothiers and is manager of the local store. He was graduated from Canandaigua Academy in 1922, and studied at Hamilton College.

His bride attended the Cathedral School of St. Mary at Garden City, LI, and was graduated from the Emma Willard School at Troy in 1926. 


Jesha G. Thompson   was born Canandaigua, New York March 21, 1910.

 ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  March 25, 1910   PAGE  5.

 BORN THOMPSON    At Canandaigua, March 21, 1910, to Mr. and Mrs. George T. Thompson, a daughter. She married Wescott .

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