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Samuel Davis2 Tillotson  was born New York October 17, 1827.  Samuel died June 04, 1902 at 74 years of age.

                  ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  June 6, 1902  

                                       OBITUARY -   TILLOTSON

The death of Samuel D. Tillotson occurred at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Addison Kingsbury, at Jersey City, on Wednesday.  Mr. Tillotson had been gradually failing during the spring, but was confined to his bed only two weeks.

The deceased was 74 years of age.  He was born in this town and resided here until 25 years ago, when he went to Jersey City and entered the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad company. This position he held until he was retired on a pension a few years ago.  His wife died three years ago. 

He leaves besides his daughter, Mrs. Kingsbury, two brothers, Johnson Tillotson, of Cheshire, and Oscar Tillotson, of Clifton Springs, and two sisters, Mrs. Sawyer and Miss Mary Tillotson, who reside on the old homestead here.

The remains will be brought to Canandaigua, and the funeral will be held from the home of Mrs. Theodore Perkins tomorrow afternoon. The remains will be interred at West Avenue Cemetery.

                                    ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL

DIED -   TILLOTSON  At Jersey City, New Jersey, June 4, 1902, Samuel D. Tillotson, formerly of Canandaigua, aged 74 years. His body was interred 1902 Canandaigua, New York, Woodlawn Cemetery.

                       He married Susan Catherine Perkins .  Susan was born Clyde, New York March 11, 1832.  Susan was the daughter of Mr. Perkins and Mrs. Perkins .  Susan died May 05, 1899 Jersey City, New Jersey, at 67 years of age. 

                                   ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  May 12, 1899

Mrs. Susan C. Tillotson, wife of Samuel D. Tillotson, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Addison Kingsbury, Jersey City, on Friday morning, aged 67 years. Death came after an illness of but eight hours, and was caused by apoplexy.

On Thursday Mrs. Tillotson had visited a friend, and returning home late in the afternoon, seemed to be in her usual health, but was stricken about 7 o'clock in the evening and lingered until 3 o'clock the next morning.

The deceased was born in Clyde. At the age of 5 years, she moved with her parents to this village, where she resided until 25 years ago, her home since then being in Jersey City. For the past year Mr. and Mrs. Tillotson have spent most of their time in this village with Mrs. Theodore Perkins, Mrs. Tillotson being a sister of the late Theodore Perkins. They had been in Jersey City about four weeks, having gone there to break up their old home, with a view of making this village their permanent residence.

Mrs. Tillotson is survived by her husband and one daughter, Mrs. Addison Kingsbury.

Sarah Margaret3 Tillotson   was born Bristol, New York March 20, 1853.  Sarah died June 09, 1936 at 83 years of age. 

  ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  June 12, 1936  Page  4  Col  1

KINGSBURY -  Mrs. Sarah Margaret Kingsbury, 83, widow of Addison Kingsbury, died Tuesday afternoon at the home of the Misses Voak on North Main Street where she made her home for some time.

She was born in Bristol and was a member of the Canandaigua Methodist church, and its missionary societies in which she had been most active. The funeral took place from the Vogk home Thursday afternoon. Interment in Woodlawn.

                             She married Addison J. Kingsbury Addison was born March 15, 1844.  Addison was the son of Henry Hampton Kingsbury and Linda Totman .  Addison died March 20, 1917 Canandaigua, New York, at 73 years of age.  Died at the Health Home in Canandaigua, New York. He conducted a large and successful business enterprise at Jersey City where he continued to live until stricken by paralysis about 1916.

                     ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  Wed. March 21, 1917  PAGE  7  COL 5

ADDISON  KINGSBURY    The death of Addison Kingsbury aged 73 years occurred at the health home in this city on Tuesday morning.

He is survived by his wife and by one sister, Mrs. Elihu E. Briggs of E. Bloomfield.  Mr. K. was a brother of the late Sherman Kingsbury of Canandaigua, and spent his youth and young manhood here. Later he conducted a large and successful business enterprise at Jersey City where he continued to make his home until stricken by paralysis over a year ago.

The funeral will be held from the home of Mrs. Theodore Perkins, Main Street North, on Thursday. Interment at Woodlawn.                       

                                  ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL

 Mrs. Elihu Briggs attended the funeral of her brother, Addison Kingsbury, last week, held from the home of Mrs. Perkins, Canandaigua.

                  THE  VICTOR  HERALD  Friday March 23, 1917

Addison Kingsbury once well known here, but for several years a resident of Jersey City, died in the Canandaigua Health Home, Tuesday morning, after a long illness.  He is survived by his wife and one sister, Mrs. E. Briggs of Bristol.  The funeral takes place today at the home of Mrs. Theodore Perkins, North Main Street, Canandaigua. Burial will be made in Woodlawn Cemetery. 

Linda Totman was born Lucerne May 20, 1812.  Linda died November 15, 1853 Bristol, New York, at 41 years of age.  She married Henry Hampton Kingsbury .

                    Henry was born Conn. March 10, 1813.  He married 2nd to  Alantrey G. Hunn November 09, 1854.  Henry died March 01, 1895 Canandaigua, New York, at 81 years of age.[i]  His death record at Canandaigua City Clerk office is 1288, died of throat cancer. States his birthplace as Bristol. Don't know if this is Bristol Conn.  [i]. Record number 1288 at the Canandaigua City Clerk office shows his father to be Henry Hampton Kingsbury and Rachel Crosby.

                        ONTARIO REPOSITORY MESSENGER, Tuesday March 5, 1895

 Kingsbury, in Canandaigua, March 1, 1895      Hampton Kingsbury aged 81 years 11 months 17 days.  Burial in Baptist Hill.

                                   ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  March 1895

Last Friday night Hampton Kingsbury died at his home on Buffalo Street at the age of 82. He had been a resident of Canandaigua about 20 years, moving here from Bristol where he engaged in farming.  He leaves 2 sons and 2 daughters, Sherman of Canandaigua, Addison of NY City, Mrs. Elihu Briggs, and Mrs. Spafford Buckelew of Bristol. 

Ward7 Totman was born Luzerne, Warren Co. NY August 12, 1803.  Ward died March 23, 1892 Bristol, New York, at 88 years of age.

           ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  April 1, 1892   PAGE  2  COL  5

BRISTOL CENTER - The funeral of Ward Totman was held on Saturday at the M. E. Church, Rev. Mr. Kerr officiating. He was nearly 89 years old, having spent about fifty years in this town. He leaves three daughters and one son to mourn his loss, Mrs. Reed of Illinois, Mrs. Luther of Luther, Michigan, Mrs. Bliss and Levi Totman of this town.  

                              SAME PAPER    PAGE  3  COL 

Totman, in Bristol March 24, 1892, Ward Totman, aged 89 years. His body was interred 1892 Bristol Center, New York, Bristol Center Cemetery.

                     He married twice.  He married Hannah Moore .  This was Ward's first marriage Hannah was the daughter of Lucas Moore and Mary .  Hannah died May 16, 1887. 

Catherine Louise8 Totman   was born in Loraine, New York September 31, 1839.  Catherine died October 29, 1921 Bristol, New York. 

                 ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL November 4, 1921  PAGE  5  COL 2

 DIED -   BLISS      At Vincent October 29, 1921, Mrs. P. P. Bliss aged 82 years. Interment at Bristol.

                                                 SAME  PAPER  PAGE  8  COL  4 BRISTOL

On Saturday morning occurred the death of Mrs. P. P. Bliss at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Winifred Flanders after a serious illness of six months. Mrs. Bliss was the daughter of Ward and Irene Totman, of which family her sister, Mrs. Sophia Luther of California is the only survivor. She was 82 years old and was married to Phelan P. Bliss when she was 21. Eight children were born to them, six of whom survive.

She is also survived by her husband and 25 grandchildren. She was a member of the Congregational church and until her heart failed was an active worker. The funeral was held from her old home, now occupied by her daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Hennish. C. A. Paile officiated at the services by her request and he read many passages of scripture eloquently expressing her life.

Among the many beautiful floral tributes was one from the parish to which she belonged. The children who survive her are, Mrs. William Andrews, Mrs. Winifred Flanders, Mrs. Alfred Hennish, of Bristol, Mrs. John Wilder of Cleveland, Ohio, Lester Bliss of Canandaigua, and Gooding Bliss of Rushville. The sympathy of the community is with the bereaved family, especially to the husband who has lost his companion of 61 years.

Burial Evergreen Cemetery, Baptist Hill. Mrs. John Wilder of Cleveland has been with her people here the past week called here by the illness of her mother, Mrs. Bliss.

                         She married Philenzo Payne Jr. Bliss Orland, New York, October 04, 1860.  Philenzo was born June 16, 1839.  Philenzo was the son of Philenzo Payne Bliss and Caroline Andrews Gooding .  Philenzo died February 26, 1923 Bristol, New York, at 83 years of age. 

                                    ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  March 2, 1923  FRONT PAGE COL 2 

 BLISS    Philenzo P. Bliss of Bristol, died as the sequence of a fall on the ice on February 9, which broke his hip and caused a severe shock. Had he lived until June 16 of this year he would have reached the 84th year.

He was born in Kankake County, Ill. June 16, 1839, the son of Philenzo P. Bliss whose ancestors came to America from the Eastern part of England. The mother of Mr. Bliss was Caroline Andrews. James Gooding was the third male white child born in Bristol. Mr. Bliss was a farmer and lived for a considerable period in Ill. and Missouri.

 He married Catherine L. Totman, born in Jefferson Co., a daughter of Ward Totman. She died October 29, 1921. He leaves Mrs. William Andrews, Mrs. Winifred Flanders, Mrs. Alfred Hennish, L. P. Bliss, Gooding H. Bliss, and Mrs. John Wilder of Cleveland, Ohio. One son, Harry W. and one daughter, Edith S. Bliss died a few years ago.  He also leaves 25 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren. He was a member of the Congregational church in Bristol, of which he was a deacon for many years and was also much interested in the welfare of the community in which he lived so long. 

Levi W.8 Totman was born Bristol, NY April 07, 1842.  Levi died February 17, 1920 Bristol, New York, at 77 years of age.

              ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL Friday February 20, 1920  PAGE  5 COL  3

                     Totman at Bristol Center, February 17, 1920, Levi Totman, aged 77 years.

                                                  SAME PAGE   COL  6

TOTMAN -  The funeral services of Levi W. Totman, who died on Tuesday will be held from his late home at Bristol Center, this morning at 11:30, Rev. W. E. Searles of Canandaigua officiating. He had been in poor health for some time and died of general debility after an attack of the grip. He was a son of Ward and Irene Joyner Totman, was born in Bristol April 7, 1842.

He was educated at East Bloomfield Academy. In 1862 he enlisted in Co. K. first NY Mounted Rifles, and served until June 1865. He belonged to the G. A. R. and was an active and enthusiastic member.

He married three times, his first wife being Zilphia M. Moore of East Watertown, Jefferson County, by whom he had the following children, Inez M. deceased, Morris H. deceased, Mrs. Benjamin Case of Bristol Center, Florence L. of NY City, Mrs. Grace Corser of West Lake Road, Canandaigua, and Joel W. Totman of Canandaigua. She died in February 1883.

Later he married Julia Woodworth of East Watertown, Jefferson Co., by whom he had two children, Ruth and Oscar, who died in infancy. She died in November 1904.  In 1906 he married Mary Love of Rochester, who survives him.  He is also survived by two sisters, of Bristol, and Mrs. Sophia Luther of California, also 6 grandchildren. He was a farmer and lived on the Ward Totman farm North of Bristol Center until the last two years when he moved into the Methodist Parsonage at Bristol Center.

                                           He married Zylphia Marinda Moore Watertown, New York, March 20, 1868.   Zylphia was born Watertown, New York June 05, 1843.  Zylphia was the daughter of Joel Moore and Marinda Halloway .  Zylphia died February 06, 1883 Bristol, New York, at 39 years of age.   

              ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL Friday February 16, 1883

DIED -  TOTMAN      In Bristol, February 6, 1883, Zylpha M., wife of Levi W. Totman, aged 39 years and 4 months.

                           He married 2nd  Mary Louise Love Bristol Center, New York, January 23, 1907. 

             CANANDAIGUA  CHRONICLE January 30, 1907

MARRIED  TOTMAN - LOVE  In Bristol Center, January 23, 1907, Levi W. Totman of Bristol Center, and Miss Mary Louise Love, of Rochester.

Levi & Zilphia Totman had these children:

Inez Maud9 Totman was born in Bristol New York February 01, 1869.  Inez died January 17, 1875 Bristol, New York, at 5 years of age. 

                                    ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL January 22, 1875  PAGE  2 COL 5   

TOTMAN  -  In Bristol, January 17, 1875 of Scarlet Fever, Inez Maud, aged 6 years and Morris Henry, aged 4 years, children of Levi Totman.


Grace Amenia Totman was born Bristol, New York December 10, 1879.  Grace died January 02, 1957 Canandaigua, New York, at 77 years of age.  



Mrs. Grace Totman Corser, 77, died at Thompson Hospital Wednesday, January 2, 1957, where she had been admitted earlier in the day. She had been ill for a long time. Born in Bristol, December 9, 1879, the daughter of Levi and Zilphia Moore Totman, she was the granddaughter of Ward and Irene Totman, pioneers of the area.   

 Survivors include Mrs. William Metherell, Canandaigua Road, brother Joel W. Totman, Mercedes, Texas.  Burial in Evergreen Cemetery.

                      SHORTSVILLE  ENTERPRISE  1957

BRISTOL  CENTER -  Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Methodist Church in the Valley for Mrs. Grace Totman Corser, 77, who died last Wednesday after a long period of failing health.  The bearers included Kenneth Morse, Charles Gelder, Francis Hatch, Floyd Hatch, Dean Long and Hollis McPherson.  Mrs. Corser belonged to one of Bristol's oldest families and she was deeply interested in the background of the area and of her own family.

She was born in Bristol, December 9, 1879, a daughter of Levi and Zilpha Moore Totman.  She was the granddaughter of Ward and Irene Totman, pioneers of the area.  She was a member of the Bristol Valley Methodist church, Bristol Valley Grange 1080, and an honorary member of the Bristol Historical Society. 

Survivors are three children, Levi S. Corser of Bristol Valley, Mrs. Gaylord Herendeen of Bristol Valley, and New York, and Mrs. William Metherell of Canandaigua RD, eight grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, one brother, Joel W. Totman, of Mercedes, Texas, a sister, Mrs. Louis Mayer, New York City. Her body was interred 1957 Bristol, New York, Evergreen Cemetery.  

Levi & Julia Totman had these children:

 Ruth E. Totman was born Bristol, New York October 13, 1884.  Ruth died October 15, 1884 Bristol, New York, at less than one year of age.

                                    October 23, 1884   PAGE  3 COL  6    

 DIED -   TOTMAN    In Bristol, October 15, 1884, Ruth E., infant daughter of L. W. and Julia A. Totman, aged 2 days.


Joel Ward9 Totman  was born Bristol, New York February 06, 1883.  Joel died 1959 at 76 years of age.  His body was interred 1959 Canandaigua, New York, Woodlawn Cemetery 

          He married Grace Peabody Sayre Bristol, New York, June 17, 1903.  

                             ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  June 19, 1903  

                                                      Totman  -   Sayre

At the home of Dr. and Mrs. Ellis B. Sayre, at Allens Hill, on Wednesday at noon, took place the marriage of their daughter, Miss Grace Peabody Sayre, and Joel Ward Totman, of Vincent, in the presence of 75 relatives and friends.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. Arthur Weller, of Honeoye Falls. 

The bride and groom were attended by Miss Marie Schwartz, of Sardinia, and Willis Baldwin, of Canandaigua. The bride was becomingly gowned in white silk and carried white roses. The bridesmaid wore white and carried carnations. The wedding march was played by Miss Minnie McCutcheon. The house was profusely decorated with ferns and daisies. After the ceremony the bride and groom received the congratulations of their friends followed by the wedding dinner.

There were many beautiful gifts of cut glass and silver. Among the out of town guests were Mr. and Mrs. Thayer, of Penn Yan, Mr. and Mrs. Henry of Rushville, C. W. James of Corfu, Dr. and Mrs. Herman Abel and Mrs. C. E. Green and son, of Honeoye, Mr. and Mrs. Levi Totman, Mr. and Mrs. Case of Vincent, Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Trafton, Mr. and Mrs. G. N. Ogden and daughter, of Canandaigua, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bliss and Mr. and Mrs. Lester Bliss, of Bristol. Mr. and Mrs. Totman left at 3 o'clock for a wedding trip. They will be at home at Vincent after July 1.

                         Grace was born 1883.  Grace was the daughter of  Dr. Ellis B.  Sayre and Anna Caroline Bancroft .  Grace died March 17, 1924 in Sanford, Florida, at 40 years of age.  

                                 ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  Wed. March 19, 1924

Mrs. Grace Sayre Totman, 40 years old, wife of Joel Ward Totman, died suddenly Monday afternoon at Sanford, Florida, after an operation performed several days ago.

Mrs. Totman is survived by her husband, one daughter, Miss Marie Totman, her mother, Mrs. E. B. Sayre, all of Canandaigua. The entire family went to Florida last fall to spend the winter. The body will be brought north at once. Funeral services will be held here the latter part of this week.

Marie Fairbanks10 Totman   was born Richmond, New York 1904.  Marie died 1970 at 66 years of age.  Her body was interred 1970 Canandaigua, New York, Woodlawn Cemetery. 

                           She married Donald Campbell Davey in Sanford, Florida, April 21, 1925.

                                                      ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  Wed. May 6, 1925

MARRIAGE   TOTMANDAVEY     At Sanford, Florida, April 21, 1925, Miss Marie Fairbanks Totman, formerly of Canandaigua, and Donald Campbell Davey of Sanford.  


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