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Helen9 VanDenbergh    Helen died August 20, 1880 Canandaigua, New York.    

Ontario County Journal, Friday, August 27, 1880 death notice stated,  VANDENBURGH, In this town, August 20, 1880, infant daughter of J. S. and J. Vandenbergh.    

                       Lina May VanDenbergh was born 1879.  Lina died October 08, 1887 Canandaigua, New York, at 8 years of age.

                                   ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL

 DIED VANDENBERG   In Canandaigua, Oct. 8, 1887, Lena May, daughter of J. S. and Jennie S. Vandenberg, aged 8 years, 2 mos, 8 days.

                                              Another account in the newspaper stated the following

VANDENBERG In Canandaigua, October 8, 1887, Lina May, daughter of J. S. and Jennie S. Vandenberg, aged 8 years, 10 months, and 29 days.

Helen Louise VanDenbergh   was born March 1889.  She married twice.  She married Thomas A. Scantlin Canandaigua, New York, November 14, 1906.[vi]  [vi]. Canandaigua City Clerk office record number 1708 shows her age as 18 years, his age as 24 years.

                                                  ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL

MARRIED   SCANTLIN - VANDENBERGH At Canandaigua, November 14, 1906, Thomas Scantlin and Miss Helen L. VanDenbergh, both of Canandaigua.

                              Thomas was born April 04, 1882.  Thomas was the son of William Scantlin and Mary Deere .  Thomas died March 1970 Florida, at 87 years of age 

                           She married 2nd  Charles C. W. Riddell Canandaigua, New York, December 31, 1917.   

                                               ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL January 4, 1918

                        MARRIED   RIDDELL - VANDENBERGH 

   At Canandaigua December 31, 1917, Charles C. W. Riddell of Rochester, and Miss Helen Louise VanDenbergh of Canandaigua.

                                            RIDDELL - VANDENBERGH

The marriage of Charles C.W. Riddell of Rochester, and Helen Louise VanDenbergh, West Gibson Street, took place on Monday afternoon. Rev. C. Clarence Baker performed the ceremony. 

Abram Fort9 VanDenbergh  was born in Warren, Herkimer Co. New York 1835.  Possibly born in Warren, Herkimer County, New York Abram died October 18, 1914 Rochester, New York, at 79 years of age.  

                   A. F. VANDENBERGH FUNERAL  

          Many attend services for man long in service of county.

The funeral of Abram F. Vandenbergh, for many years gatekeeper at the Monroe County Penitentiary, took place yesterday afternoon from the home, No. 96 Kenilworth Terrace, Rev William R. Taylor, D. D. pastor of the Brick Presbyterian Church, conducted the service. There was no music. Many were present, including officials of the penitentiary.

In the last two years Mr. Vandenbergh was blind, which necessitated him dropping out of active life. The number at the funeral indicated how well he was remembered. Another expression of regard was in the floral tributes. Masonic ceremonies were conducted at the grave in Mount Hope by Genessee Falls Lodge, F. and A. M. members being bearers.  

                                       ABRAM  F.  VANDENBERGH  

          Funeral of former Railroad and State Industrial School and Penitentiary Employee

The funeral of Abram F. VanDenbergh was held this afternoon at 2 30 o'clock from his late residence, 96 Kenilworth Terrace, Rev. William R. Taylor, D. D. pastor of Brick Presbyterian Church, officiated. Interment was made in Mt Hope cemetery, where Genessee Falls Lodge F. and A. M. was in charge of the service. Members of the Lodge acted as bearers.

Mr. VanDenbergh was born in Warren, Herkimer County, seventy nine years ago. The family removed to Miller's Corners and later to a farm in East Bloomfield. There the young man remained till he was 27 years old.

He had previously married Miss Mary J. VanDemark, who with a son Arthur W. VanDenbergh survives him. In 1861 Mr. and Mrs. VanDenbergh came to Rochester, and from that time on made their home always on the East side.

For twenty three years Mr. VanDenbergh was a conductor on the New York Central railroad. From the railroad Mr. VanDenbergh went to the old Styate Industrial School, then on the site of Exposition Park, as caretaker. After nine years in that position he returned to his former position of conductor, this time on the Buffalo Rochester and Pittsburgh railroad. Four years later he went to the penitentiary, where his first work was to superintend several hundred prisoners, who were put on knitting machines before their release. Later he preferred different work, and was stationed at the gate.  Mr. VanDenbergh was a member of the old drill corps of Monroe Commandery, Knights Templar, organized by George F. Loder. His body was interred 1914 Rochester, New York, Mount Hope Cemetery.

                       He married Mary Jane VanDemark 1852. Mary was born Niscayuna, Albany, NY December 20, 1835.  Mary died June 12, 1918 Rochester, New York, at 82 years of age.  

                ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT and CHRONICLE  June 13, 1918  

                                 DAILY RECORD OF DEATHS

Mary Vandenberg died at the family home, No. 96 Kennilworth Terrace on Wednesday, aged 82 years. She was the widow of Abram F. Vandenberg. She leaves one son, Arthur W. Vandenberg.  

                                SAME PAPER

  DIED -  VANDENBERGH  At her home, 96 Kennilworth Terrace, June 12, 1918, Mary J., widow of Abram F. Vandenbergh, aged 82 years. She is survived by one son, Arthur W. Vandenbergh. Funeral from the residence, Friday at 2 PM.

Arthur W. VanDenbergh was born 1870.  Arthur died August 28, 1921 in Brighton, New York, at 51 years of age.  At Rundel Library, Rochester, fiche number 651D of Vital Records.

                     ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT and CHRONICLE  August 30, 1921 PAGE  16.

DIED -   VANDENBERGH    In this city, Sunday evening, August 28, 1921, Arthur VanDenbergh, aged 51 years. Funeral services from Hedges Bros. No. 182 East Avenue, Wednesday afternoon, August 31, 1921. Interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery. His body was interred 1921 Rochester, New York, Mount Hope Cemetery. 

Philip S.9 VanDenbergh was born 1842.  Philip died March 05, 1879 Albany, New York, at 36 years of age.   

                      ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES Edition, March 12, 1879, Page 3, Col 2

OBITUARY Phillip S. VanDenbergh of this village died at Albany on Wednesday last. He has been suffering some time from kidney complaint and hoping to receive some beneficial treatment on Monday of last week when he started for Albany. Arrived there, the physician who attended him saw that his condition was critical in the extreme, and though everything possible was done for him he died on Wednesday PM. 

The remains were brought back to this village for interment. Funeral services were held from his residence on Saturday. The deceased was a son of the late Cornelius VanDenbergh, and for several years past had been largely engaged manufacturing grape boxes.

                           He married Charlotte Elizabeth North 1869. Charlotte was born 1845.  Charlotte was the daughter of Robinson Darius North and Ora Chatfield .  Charlotte died May 01, 1929 Canandaigua, New York, at 83 years of age.   

                      ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL Fri. May 3, 1929    PAGE  1

VANDENBERG Funeral services of Mrs. Charlotte North Vandenberg, formerly of Canandaigua, whose death occurred Wednesday, will be held at the home of her sister, Mrs. Lydia M. Willys, Main Street North, this afternoon.

Mrs. Vandenberg was a resident of Detroit Michigan, but had been spending the winter at Florence Villa, Florida. She leaves besides her sister, Mrs. Willys, two daughters, Miss Ora Vandenbergh and Mrs. William Rannie Smith, of Detroit. Rev. Hardy Lumb will officiate at the services, and interment will be in West Avenue.

         The Ontario County Journal on May 3, 1929 stated she was to be interred at West Avenue, however her grave is at Woodlawn.

 From a newspaper accounting, the following tidbit, August 26, 1874, Page 3 Col 6,

ACCIDENT  from the Lima Recorder, states that Mr. VanDenbergh of East Bloomfield, met with quite a narrow escape from severe injury last Tuesday afternoon, although a general smash up took place.   He had been to his old place in the west end of the village and had started for home with his democrat wagon loaded with corn, a cutting box, and when he was just east of John Barnard's residence his horses became frightened at a boy playing by the roadside, and began to run and kick.

It was only by a desperate effort that Mr. V. kept him from plunging over that high precipice into Mr. Barnard's gull, and they brought up in a heap against a tree, wrecking things generally. One horse received a few scratches, which was all the damage except to harness and wagon.

                   ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  August 7, 1874  PAGE  3  COL  1

Messrs. Vandenberg and Wykoff, proprietors of the Alden fruit evaporating process in this place, have already commenced operations for the season. We called at their establishment two or three days ago, when they were putting a batch of potatoes through the drying process.

They have just put up one of Davis' three horse power engines which will very much facillitate operations, by driving their machine for stripping corn from the cob, and doing much other work at a saving of manual labor. They have made various improvements in their machinery and process which their work will be performed more expeditiously and satisfactorily.  

                            ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES March 4, 1874  PAGE  3  COL  4  

          For Sale    My house and lot, number 11 Railroad Ave, terms easy, P. S. VanDenbergh. 

 Ora Helen10 VanDenbergh was born 1872.  Ora died January 23, 1937 Detroit, Michigan, at 64 years of age.[i]   [i]. Found the obituary in Ontario County Times.

                  ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES JOURNAL January 29, 1937  PAGE 

DEATH  -  VANDENBERGH      At Detroit, January 22, 1937, Miss Ora H. VanDenbergh, formerly of Canandaigua.


Mabel Lottie VanDenbergh was born Canandaigua, New York 1876.[ii]  Her body was interred Canandaigua, New York, Woodlawn Cemetery. [ii]. Her grave marker shows a birth year as 1873.

 She married William Rannie Smith Canandaigua, New York, April 18, 1895.[iii] [iii]. Canandaigua City Clerk office record number 796.

                    ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  Wed. April 24, 1895   PAGE   2

MARRIED   Smith - VanDenbergh    at Canandaigua, April 18, 1895, by Rev. J. J. Lawrence, William R. Smith and Miss Mabel H. VanDenbergh both of Canandaigua. 


Etta Belle VanDenbergh was born September 1876.  Etta died August 14, 1881 Canandaigua, New York, at 4 years of age.   

         Ontario County Journal dated Friday, August 19, 1881 stated in the death notice,

In this village, on Sunday morning, August 14, 1881, Etta Belle, daughter of Mrs. Phillip S. Vandenbergh, aged 4 years and 11 months.   


Henry Jenner9 VanDenbergh was born Bristol, New York November 11, 1856.  Henry died October 22, 1936 Winter Park, Florida, at 79 years of age.  Services were held in Orlando, Florida on the 25th and the cremated remains were brought back for burial in Victor.  

          VICTOR  HERALD Friday October 30, 1936  PAGE 4  COL  4

 OBITUARY  -   VANDENBERGH -  H. J. VanDenbergh for many years a resident of Victor passed away at his home in Winter Park, Florida, Thursday October 22nd 1936.

Born in Victor November 11, 1856. He had two sisters, Mrs. Nettie Prosser of Victor, Mrs. Lottie Ketcham of East Rochester, and Charles F. VanDenbergh of Clare, Michigan. Nine children, Phebe VanZile, Florida, Mrs. Hattie Maltman, Grace Donovan, Ruth Estes, Ruby Kesel, Alta Cuykendall, all of Victor, Mae Wolven of Cato, Eva Erickson and Earl F. VanDenbergh of Rochester.

                            He married Rosanna Amelia Fenton Bristol, New York, January 01, 1877.  Rosanna was born Bristol, New York January 20, 1857.  Newspaper obit states her date of birth as July 20, 1857, not January. Rosanna was the daughter of James Fenton and Harriet L. .   Rosanna died December 06, 1924 Winter Park, Florida, at 67 years of age.

Her obituary states that she married Henry Jenner VanDenbergh and that he was of Canandaigua Lake. It was a year later when they came to Victor. I need to look in the County Times on January 17, 1877 for the marriage notice.

                     THE  VICTOR  HERALD  December 12, 1924  PAGE  4

                                 OBITUARY   VANDENBERGH

 News of the death of Mrs. Henry Jenner VanDenbergh at Winter Park, Florida, on Saturday morning, December 6th, came as a shock to Victor friends.  Mr.and Mrs. VanDenbergh left here about six weeks ago, in good health, for their winter home at Winter Park.

Letters received from them reported an enjoyable trip, and everything in readiness for a pleasant winter, but on Thanksgiving Day, Mrs. VanDenbergh was stricken with what proved to be a fatal illness.  Rosanna A. Fenton was born in Canandaigua on July 20, 1857.

She was married on January 01, 1877, to Henry Jenner VanDenbergh, of Canandaigua Lake.  About a year later they came to Victor, and had resided here 47 years. Besides her husband, Mrs. VanDenbergh is survived by nine children, Mrs. Delbert VanZile of Oxford, New York, Mrs. H. J. Wolven of Ira, New York, Mrs. William F. Donovan, Mrs. Eugene Erickson, and Earl F. VanDenbergh, of Rochester, Mrs. William Maltman, Mrs. I. B. Estes, Mrs. Archie Cuykendall and Mrs. L. J. Kesel, of Victor, by 16 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.  Burial in Boughton Hill Cemetery.

                                           ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES   June 19, 1889

VICTOR -     Jenner VanDenbergh has been very sick from pneumonia during the past week.  

                    VICTOR  HERALD October 18, 1929  PAGE  5  COL  2  

                                               MAN ABOUT TOWN

H. J. VanDenbergh, long a Victor contractor and builder, and now a resident of Winter Park, Florida, has a new occupation, that of skinning rattlesnakes and curing rattlesnake skins. A snapshot brought into the Herald office by Mr. VanDenbergh's daughter, Mrs. Grace Donovan of East Victor, shows him standing beside a suspended skin which lacks only one inch of being 7 foot long and 11 inches wide. Mr. VanDenbergh writes that 2000 snakes were killed in Florida during cleanup preparatory to fall planting. He also states that his fall garden was ruined by storms that covered it with 8 inches of water.

                            VICTOR HERALD  September 21, 1945  Front Page  


The fourth automobile ever made by the Packard Company of Detroit went out of Victor, a few days ago en route to its native city via New York Central railroad.  The 1902 five passenger touring car, much higher than today's cars and with divided front seat, was the property of the late H. Jenner VanDenbergh, and was sold to a Detroit antique dealer by his son, Earl VanDenbergh, of Rochester. For many years it had been standing in the barn on the property on Church Street. It was started off on its journey by Fred C. Sale of the Sale Garage. A picture of the old car has appeared in Rochester dailies on several occasions, when the old car contests or exhibitions were being staged. It seems probable that the dealer purchased it for the Packard Company.


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