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Dow Fonda8 VanDenbergh was born Buskirk Bridge, Washington County New York October 25, 1825.  Dow died January 18, 1911 Victor, New York, at 85 years of age.  

                    ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL January 20, 1911

  DIED -  VANDENBERGH   At Victor, January 13, 1911, Dow Fonda VanDenbergh, aged 85 years.

                            SAME  PAPER and PAGE

Dow Fonda VanDenbergh, aged 85 years, died at his home in Victor on Wednesday. His wife and four children survive. Funeral services will be held at the Presbyterian church at 2 PM.

          He married twice.  He married Elizabeth B. Rowley March 11, 1847. 

Elizabeth was born Victor, New York July 04, 1827.  Elizabeth was the daughter of Andrew Rowley and Sarah F. Bigelow .  Elizabeth died May 22, 1880 Victor, New York, at 52 years of age.  

                  ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  May 26, 1880

Victor News  -   Mrs. Elizabeth VanDenbergh the wife of Mr. Dow VanDenbergh died after a lingering sickness at her home in Farmington on Saturday night. Mrs. VanDenbergh was a former resident of Victor and was respected and loved by a large circle of friends who mourn her loss and sympathize with the stricken family, which comprises her husband and six children. The funeral services were held at the house on Monday. Reverend Mr. Coe officiated.  

                VICTOR  HERALD  April 19, 1912

 Mrs. Rachel VanDenbergh of Andrews Street expects to leave here in about a week for Homer, NY, where she will spend the summer.  Mrs. VanDenbergh will have charge of the home of her nephew, George Satterlee during his absence on the road for the summer. Mr. Satterlee is better known by the name of Sawtelle, and he is at the head of the circus by that name.  Mrs. VanDenbergh's many friends here hope she will have an enjoyable summer.  

         VICTOR HERALD     July  16 1915

Mrs. Rachel VanDenbergh is entertaining her daughter Mrs. William Viele, and Granddaughter Mrs. Frank Satterlee, and the latter's two children, Bertha and Oscar, all of Hudson Falls, NY.  They came Wednesday and will remain with Mrs. VanDenbergh for a month or more. 


 Lottie Adele VanDenbergh was born December 11, 1861.  Lottie died June 10, 1946 in East Rochester, New York, at 84 years of age.   

                                                             VICTOR  HERALD  June 14, 1946

OBITUARY -  KETCHAM    Mrs. Lottie A. Ketcham, widow of the late Wilmarth Ketcham, of East Rochester, died on June 10, 1946.

She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Chloe E. Burrows of Alahambra City, Mrs. Etna M. Brahler, of Fairport, and Mrs. Lillian A. Andrews of Detroit, Mich., five grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Nettie Prosser of Victor, several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held in East Rochester, Thursday, and interment was made in Boughton Hill Cemetery, in Victor. Her body was interred 1946 Victor, New York, Boughton Hill Cemetery.

                        She married Wilmarth S. Ketcham Farmington, New York, November 20, 1879. 

                                           ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  November 26, 1879

FARMINGTON  ITEMS - Among the latest items of interest is the marriage of Mr. Will Ketcham to Miss Lottie Vandenburgh, which occurred on the 20th instant. If the old saying be true, and the bride prove as stormy as the wedding day, we may, as a matter of course, look for squally times. But judging from the happy and amiable face of the bride, we conclude that these old maxims are like our weather, very on certain. Congratulations to the happy couple.

Wilmarth was born 1856.  Wilmarth was the son of Germond Ketcham and Chloe P. Smith .  Wilmarth died November 28, 1925 in East Rochester, New York, at 69 years of age.   

                                                       ROCHESTER  DEMOCRAT and CHRONICLE

Wilmarth Smith Ketcham passed away at his home, 116 West Hilbert Street, East Rochester, Saturday, November 28, 1925.   He is survived by his wife, Lottie A., four daughters, Mrs. Mae West, and Mrs. George Burrows, both of Alhambra, Cal., Mrs. Etta Brahler and Lottie of East Rochester.  Interment at Boughton Hill Cemetery.                                             

                                           THE  VICTOR  HERALD  Friday December 4, 1925  Front Page

OBITUARY  - Wilmarth S. Ketcham died at his home in East Rochester, Saturday, November 28th, at the age of 69 years.  He was born in Farmington, and had lived in East Rochester for 28 years, during the greater part of which time he was connected with the Merchants Dispatch Transportation Company. 

Besides his wife, Lottie A. Ketcham, he is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Mae West and Mrs. George Burrows, of Alhambra, California, Mrs. Etna Brahler and Mrs. Lillian Smith of East Rochester. Funeral at his home Tuesday, and interment made in Boughton Hill Cemetery. 

   Sarah Jenett VanDenbergh was born New York December 28, 1866.  Sarah died December 08, 1955 Victor, New York, at 88 years of age.

                                                               ROCHESTER  DEMOCRAT  and CHRONICLE

PROSSER -   Nettie V. age 89, of 134 Church Street, Victor, NY., December 8, 1955.  She leaves three sons, Chester of Victor, Glenon of Prescott, Arkansas, Leon of Alhambra, California, several grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  Cotton Funeral Home.  Interment at Boughton Hill Cemetery.

                                   She married Edwin A. Prosser Victor, New York, February 15, 1888.   

                                              VICTOR  HERALD  February 17, 1888   PAGE  3  COL                        

                                                   MARRIED   PROSSER  VANDENBERGH                       

   In Victor, Wednesday February 15, 1888, Edwin Prosser of Farmington, and Nettie VanDenbergh of Victor.                       

                           ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL Fri. February 14, 1913  PAGE 2 COL 1

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Prosser who live East of the village of Victor have issued invitations for the celebration of the 25th anniversary of their marriage to take place at their home on February 25th.                       

                                      ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  February 22, 1888

VICTOR On Wednesday evening Miss Nettie VanDenbergh, of Victor, and Edwin A. Prosser, of Farmington, were united in marriage by Rev. H. C. Woods, pastor of the M. E. church of this place, at the residence of the bride's parents in Victor, in the presence of a goodly number of friends and relatives.  Many presents both valuable and useful, were received by the newly married couple.  Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Prosser took the 8 o'clock train east on Thursday morning, with expectations of visiting friends and relatives in Oswego County.

  VANDENBERGH   -   At Farwell, Michigan, April 29, 1945, Charles VanDenbergh, 76, formerly of Victor. 

John Wyman8 VanDenbergh was born Farmington, New York September 21, 1837.  John died June 01, 1916 Victor, New York, at 78 years of age.

                  VICTOR  Ontario County, NY June 2, 1916

                     OBITUARY    VanDenbergh

John Wyman VanDenbergh, born in the town of Farmington, September 21, 1837, died at his home in the village of Victor, on Thursday, June 1, 1916, at 9 15 AM.   To the hearts of the many, many nephews and nieces of Uncle John, this simple announcement will bring a very real sorrow and a deep sense of personal loss. 

A man of strong opinions and deep seated convictions to which he gave expression in no uncertain tones, he concealed beneath a rugged exterior a tender heart, full of sympathy for the misfortunes of his fellows and alive with the desire to aid them with every resource at his command.   An indefatigable reader and close observer, his mind was stored with much valuable information. He spent much time in the accumulation  of data concerning the men and events of Victor's early days, and his collection of local historical records is an extremely valuable one. 

He was the author of "The History of Victor", published in the Victor Herald, a few years since, and from his great fund of knowledge concerning the town was drawn the material for most of the historical articles which have appeared in this and other newspapers. A man of many trades was "Uncle John", and it was his delight to serve as "handy man" for his neighbors and friends.  In very many cases he worked for them without compensation or the desire for it if he felt they were unable to pay. 

The Victor Herald, as an institution, owes him a debt beyond payment.  Born, it would seem, with a gift for newspaper work, his interest in the local paper was unflagging, and he gave unsparingly of his time and thought for its up-building and secure establishment. He was associated with the Ontario County Times, for many years, as a correspondent in the days when to convey late information to the newspaper office meant a trip to the County Seat, and later as a traveling representative.

In the latter capacity he contributed to its columns many valuable sketches of prominent citizens and interesting historical reminiscences,  John Wyman VanDenbergh was the son of Peter and Jennie Fonda VanDenbergh, the youngest of a family of seven children.  He was born in the town of Farmington, and until 1886, with the exception of five years, lived in Mendon, his home was upon the farm where he was born. On September 21, 1859, Mr. VanDenbergh married Elvira Chambers of Mendon.

 In 1886, Mr. and Mrs. VanDenbergh moved to this village, and, except for three years, their home has been in the house at the junction of West Main Street, Cedar and High Streets, in which he died. Mr. VanDenbergh was a member of the Presbyterian Church in this village and a regular attendant upon its services until physical disability made it impossible.  He was greatly interested in public affairs, and was always found upon the side of progress and improvement.  For several years he served upon the health board of the village.

During the last two years he had grown more and more feeble, being afflicted with a distressing chronic trouble, but he bore up under it with characteristic courage and stoicism, and was confined to his bed for but a few days.  Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. VanDenbergh, M. Estella, Raymond C., and Blanche E. The latter died in infancy. Surviving  members of the family are the devoted wife and mother, the daughter and son, and three grandchildren, John Raymond, Estella Meryl, and Karl Nathan VanDenbergh. Interment in the Village Cemetery.

                                  He married Elvira E. Chambers September 21, 1859.   Elvira was born North Bloomfield, New York May 28, 1841.  Elvira was the daughter of Abraham Hibbard Chambers and Sybil Bushnell .  Elvira died July 05, 1928 Victor, New York, at 87 years of age.

          ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  Wed. July 18, 1928 

 DEATHS   -   VANDENBERGH      At Victor, July 5, 1928, Mrs. Elvira E. VanDenbergh, aged 87 years.

                         ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES    April 4, 1888

SENECA  CASTLE -  We were pleased to see on our streets the other day the genial face of your correspondent from Victor, Mr. VanDenbergh. Van he knows beans!   He is spending a few days here to help Cyrus Bray during his illness in renewing the orders of his customers for phosphates.  Mr. Bray, has been an efficient agent for the sale of Phosphates, and has been confined to his house and bed most of the time with inflamatory rheumatism, and consequently unable to canvass among his former customers. Mr. VanDenbergh has come to tide him over this hard spot in the phosphate line.  Mr. B. is slowly, yet we hope surely recovering from his illness and with the approach of warm weather we hope he will once again be among us as in days of yore.  

             ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  June 19, 1889

VICTOR   J. W. VanDenbergh, agent for the Western New York Hedge Co., went on Saturday to Albion, the headquarters of the company, with a party of farmers from this and some of the adjoining towns, to investigate their method of growing and making their combined hedge and wire fence. Several prominent farmers from this section have previously examined this fence, and all speak of it with words of commendation.  

                     ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES Wed. July 2, 1913  

          A BOULDER MONUMENT  Marks French and Indian Battle Ground in Victor Village.

 VICTOR   June 30  -  A large boulder on the Peter McMahon place on High Street has been removed to the junction of West Main Street and High Street, where it will stand in the future, marking the battle ground of the French and Indians. The site has been given to the village by John W. VanDenbergh, and is directly in front of his residence.

                           VICTOR  HERALD        Friday  June 6, 1930  PAGE 1  Col  3                                                               

                                                     Thirty Years Ago In Victor                                                          

Exactly thirty years ago on June 6th 1900 the cornerstone of the Victor Town Hall was laid.  W. D. Newton now of LasCruces NM was then supervisor of Victor.  The honorable William A Sutherland of Rochester made the address of the day, and the Victor Military Band furnished music. 

Among the objects placed in the cornerstone are J. W. VanDenbergh's History of Victor from 1656 to 1900, photos of the Victor streets, coins, newspapers, etc.  The issue of the Victor Herald of June 1, 1900, a copy of which is in the cornerstone was especially prepared for the occasion, and contains much of the info that will be of interest and value for future generations.           

                     VICTOR  HERALD  Friday September 22, 1939  

                                            THIRTY  YEARS  AGO

Mr. and Mrs. John W. VanDenbergh celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at their home on High Street, September 21st. There were about 75 guests present.                                                                  

 Marian Estella VanDenbergh   was born March 01, 1861.  Marian died September 28, 1946 Canandaigua, New York, at 85 years of age.

                                        VICTOR  HERALD  Friday October 4, 1946 PAGE  5  COL  4

OBITUARY -   Miss Estella VanDenbergh, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John W. VanDenbergh, died Saturday, September 28, 1946 after a long illness. She was 85 years old.  Her early life was spent in the town of Farmington, but she had lived in Victor for 60 years before going to Canandaigua July 31, 1945, for hospital care after being injured in the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Grinnell of Canandaigua, formerly of Farmington.

A skillful seamstress, Miss VanDenbergh went regularly into many Victor homes to do the family sewing. She had a talent for utilizing material to the best advantage, and when no longer able to work at her trade she found much satisfaction in fashioning little gifts for her friends who were numerous. She was a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church of Victor.

The surviving relatives are one brother, Ray VanDenbergh, who was with her in Canandaigua, a niece, Mrs. R. Milton Hanley of Canandaigua, two nephews, Raymond and Carl VanDenbergh of Rochester.

Funeral services were conducted at the Cotton Funeral Home in Victor Tuesday afternoon, and burial was made in the Village Cemetery near the Presbyterian Church. Her body was interred Victor, New York, Victor Village Cemetery.

                                    VICTOR  HERALD  April 5, 1912

SOCIAL  and  PERSONAL -   Miss Estella VanDenbergh visited her brother Raymond VanDenbergh and family in Rochester over Sunday.  Mr. VanDenbergh has moved his household goods from Wellsville to Rochester. His family had been at the home of John W. VanDenbergh during the winter


Jacob Shulters8 VanDenbergh  was born Hoosick, New York February 26, 1826.[i]  Jacob died December 12, 1911 Canandaigua, New York, at 85 years of age.[ii]  Death Registered number 312 at Canandaigua, New York,  City Clerk office. Listed are Phillip and Elizabeth as parents. Jennie was listed as the informant on the certificate.   [i]. Found this record on microfilm Voshberg collection of church baptisms.   [ii]. Canandaigua City clerk office record shows he was born February 26, 1826, and the informant for the death record information was his wife, Mrs. J. S. VanDenbergh. She gave an address at 113 West Gibson which was the family home.

                               JACOB SHULTERS VANDENBERGH

                              Aged Veteran Passes Away at Canandaigua

Dec. 12, 1911, Jacob Shulters Vandenbergh died at his home on West Gibson Street about 12:15 o'clock this morning, aged 85 years.

 He was born in Hoosick, NY, February 26, 1826. He was twice married. His first wife was Miss Jane Reddington, and his last wife was Miss Jennie Ferris, to whom he was united in 1890.   During the Civil War, he served as a nurse and was attached to the ambulance corps. For the greater part of his lifetime he has been a resident of this village and vicinity.  

He leaves his wife and two children, Philip L. Vandenbergh, of Rochester, and Mrs. Helen Scanlon, of Boston. The funeral will be held from the late residence, No. 113 Gibson Street on Thursday afternoon with the Rev. Guy L. Morrill pastor of the local Presbyterian church officiating. Interment will be made in Woodlawn Cemetery.

                   ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  Wed. December 13, 1911

Jacob S. VanDenberg The death of Jacob S. VanDenberg occurred on Monday night at his home on West Gibson Street, after a four weeks illness due to a stroke of paralysis. Mr. VanDenberg was born in Hoosick in 1826, but had been a resident of this village for many years.

He leaves his wife, who was formerly Miss Jennie Ferris of Lima, and a daughter, Mrs. Helen Scanlon, and a son, Philip L. Vandenberg. The funeral will be held from his late residence on Thursday afternoon, the Rev. Guy L. Morrill officiating. Interment at Woodlawn.  

                    ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL          Friday December 15, 1911 PAGE  2  COL  4

                                  OBITUARY    VANDENBERGH                                          

Jacob Shulters VanDenbergh a well known figure in Canandaigua and throughout the county by reason of his occupation as subscription agent, died at his home on W. Gibson Street on Tuesday AM aged 85 years.

Deceased was born in Hoosick on February 26, 1826.  Mr. VanDenbergh was twice married, his first wife having been Jane Reddington. In 1890   he married to Miss Jennie Ferris, who with one daughter, Mrs Helen Scanlon, of Boston, and one son Phillip VanDenbergh of Rochester,  survive.

Funeral services conducted by Rev. G. L. Morrill, burial at Woodlawn. Mr. VanDenbergh during the Civil War served as a nurse attached to the ambulance corps. Most of his life was spent here in this village and vicinity. 

                       He married twice.  He married Cornelia Jane Reddington .  Cornelia was born Cameron, New York July 1858.[iii]  Cornelia was the daughter of Thomas T. Reddington and Marian Pierson .  Cornelia died December 24, 1889 Canandaigua, New York, at 31 years of age.[iv]  [iii]. Place of birth given on her death certificate.  [iv]. City Clerk Record number 666, shows father as Thomas T. Reddington, Ireland, and mother as Marian Pierson. This does not agree with facts found on marriage record for Helen.

           ONTARIO COUNTY REPOSITORY and MESSENGER  December 26, 1889 PAGE  3  COL 

                      Vandenburgh at Canandaigua December 24, 1889, Mrs. J. M. Vandenburgh.  

                                ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  December 25, 1889  Col 2

 The many friends of Mrs. J. M. VanDenbergh of this village are grieved to learn of her sudden death, which occurred at her home on West Gibson St. Tuesday morning. In her self sacrificing care of her little boy, who was recently afflicted with congestion of the lungs, she contracted a severe cold, which finally took the form of pneumonia. Although known to be seriously ill, the news of her death is a sad shock to her friends. She was a highly respected member of the Baptist Church, and leaves a husband and two small children.  

                                He married Cornelia Jennie Ferris Lima, New York, October 07, 1890.[v] [v]. Marriage record at Lima, NY Town Hall, line 28. Shows her age to be 44 years, 1st marriage, and Jacob, age 64, 4th marriage.

                                  UNION and ADVERTISER, Thursday October 9, 1890

 LIMA - The marriage of Miss Jennie Ferris of Rochester, formerly of Lima, to Mr. Jacob VanDenbergh of Canandaigua, took place at the home of the sisters of the bride, Misses Ellen and Nancy Ferris, in this village on Tuesday afternoon at seven o'clock. Mr. and Mrs. VanDenbergh left that evening for their home in Canandaigua.  

                         ONTARIO COUNTY REPOSITORY and MESSENGER  

                           October  16,  1890  PAGE  3 COL  1 MARRIAGES

 VANDENBURGHFERRIS  At Lima October 07, 1890 by Rev. Mr.  Willoughby, Jacob Vandenburgh of Canandaigua and Jennie Ferris of Lima.

                                     ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL October 21, 1904

 A small article as follows, Mrs. J. S. VanDenbergh and Mrs. Nellie Reddington, West Gibson Street, started on Wednesday morning on a 15 day trip to Buffalo, Detroit, and St. Louis.

                     ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Friday August 15, 1902  

        Mrs. J. S. Vandenberg, West Gibson street, is entertaining her brother, Thomas Ferris, of Fulton.   

                  ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Friday December 6, 1907     

On Tuesday, Mrs. J. S. VanDenbergh, West Gibson Street, attempted to revive a low furnace with kerosene and as the oil came into contact with the coal, an explosion of gas followed and the flames burst out of the furnace, burning Mrs. VanDenbergh severely about the face and arms. 

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