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Sarah VanDenbergh was born in Rensselear Co. New York 1812.  Sarah died November 07, 1884 Victor, NY, at 72 years of age.

                           ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  Wed. November 12, 1884  PAGE  3 COL  6

VICTOR -   The funeral of Mrs. Gideon Shaw who died on Friday afternoon, was held at the Presbyterian Church on Monday. She was a faithful member of that church for many years and now rests in hopes of a glorious resurrection.   She leaves a husband and four daughters. Her body was interred 1884 Victor, NY, Village Cemetery.

            She married Gideon Shaw.  Gideon was born in Washington Co., New York January 02, 1810.  He married Mrs. Mary Stanton Victor, New York, April 03, 1886. 

                                                           ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES   April 14, 1886

MARRIED     SHAWSTANTON    At the Presbyterian parsonage in Victor, on Saturday, April 3d, 1886, by the Rev. C. W. Backus, Mr. Gideon Shaw, of Victor, and Mrs. Mary Stanton, of Rochester.   

                           Gideon died July 29, 1892 Victor, New York, at 82 years of age.   


Gideon Shaw died at the Homeopathis Hospital, Rochester, last Friday.  The funeral was held at the Presbyterian church Sunday at 4 PM.

Mr. Shaw came to Victor from Herkimer County when a young man working at the carpenter's trade until the building of the NYCRR in which he took part, subsequently becoming a section master which position he held until promoted to station agent here, from which declining years compelled his resignation about 13 years ago.  Mrs. Sibley Power of Farmington, Mrs. Adeli Campbell of Rochester, Mrs. Charles Millinan of Suspension Bridge, Mrs. L. W. Searcy of New York City, and Charles Shaw of Racine, Wis. are his surviving children.


Peter7 VanDenbergh was born in Hoosick, Rensselear Co. N. Y. November 20, 1792.[i]  Peter died February 21, 1877 Victor, New York, at 84 years of age. [i]. Dutch Reformed Church Records of Schaghticoke, Page 220, Batch number c510331.His obituary stated he was born in Hoosick, NY.

                         ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES, February 28, 1877

VICTOR -   Mr. Peter VanDenbergh, an old and respected citizen of this place, died at his home in the village, on Wednesday morning at seven o'clock.  

                    ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  March 7, 1877   PAGE   3

We are again called upon to record the death of one of our oldest and most respected citizens. Mr. Peter VanDenbergh died at his residence, in this village, on February 21st, at seven o'clock in the morning.

Mr. VanDenbergh was born in the town of Hoosick, Rensselear county, in 1792. He removed to the town of Farmington in the spring of 1835, and as he moved with wagons, was ten days on the road. He purchased what was known as the Tim Allen farm, upon which he resided until the spring of 1876, when he sold it to his two sons, and purchased a residence a short distance east of this village.

He was a man of remarkably strong constitution, which successfully resisted the inroads of disease until the very last, but finally yielding to the weight of years, the oil in the lamp of life was exhausted, and, like a shock of grain fully ripe, he has passed to his reward. He experienced religion early in life, and was a member of the Presbyterian church in this village for many years. He was a kind father and obliging neighbor, and leaves a large circle of friends and relatives to mourn his loss.

The funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church on Friday morning, Feb. 23rd, at 11 o'clock. The sermon was preached by the Rev. Mr. Ennis, from the text, Weep not for me, but for yourselves and for your children, which was selected by the deceased, as was also the funeral anthem which was sung at the services.

            He married Jennett Fonda in Saratoga, New York, November 24, 1819.  Jennett was born in Saratoga County, New York August 29, 1799.  Jennett was the daughter of Dow I. Fonda and Phebe Taylor .  Jennett died September 19, 1877 Victor, New York, at 78 years of age. 

                           ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES September 26, 1877  PAGE  3

Mrs. VanDenbergh, wife of the late Peter VanDenbergh, died at her home in this place last Thursday. Mrs. VanDenbergh had been sick for a good while and has suffered a great deal. She had lived in this vicinity for a great many years, and was a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church here for over forty one years. A large circle of friends mourn her loss.  

There was a newspaper article pertaining to the home where Peter lived in Farmington, NY. It reads as follows, Ray C. VanDenbergh has been redecorating the house in which he was born, which he revisited when he went

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