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George Charles10 VanVechten was born New York February 1884.  George died March 20, 1946 Rochester, New York, at 62 years of age.

             VICTOR  HERALD  March 22, 1946

              OBITUARY     VANVECHTEN

George C. VanVechten, native of Victor, who achieved considerable distinction as an engineer in Rochester, died at his home in that city on Wednesday March 20, 1946.

Mr. VanVechten was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles VanVechten, and the family home in Victor was near the Overhead Bridge. More than 40 years ago George left Victor and for several years he was employed as an engineer by the Stecher Lithographing Co.

He was at one time president of the Rochester Engineering Society.  After a year in retirement he took a position as sales representative for a pump manufacturing concern and pumps sold by him are now in use in the Victor Central School.

Mr. VanVechten is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lucy Blanchard VanVechten, one daughter, Mrs. Raymond Hicks, two sons, Charles of Wilmington, Del., and John VanVechten of Rochester, one step daughter, Miss Lorraine Blanchard, one sister, Mrs. Clayton H. Snover of Randolph, NY, and five grandchildren. He married twice. 

                            He 1st  married Katherine Elaine Shears Rochester, New York, June 25, 1908.  He married 2nd to Lucy Blanchard . 

                                            ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Friday June 26, 1908

                                                     MARRIED    VANVECHTEN - SHEARS

 At Rochester, June 26, 1908, George Charles VanVechten, of Victor, and Miss Katherine Elaine Shears, Of Rochester. 

 Ida May VanVechten   was born Victor, New York April 1888.  She married Clayton H. Dr. Snover Victor, New York, February 11, 1911.[vi] [vi]. Ontario County Archives Hopewell, NY record number 1868 on microfilm.; and The Affidavit for License to Marry copy is on PG 1R in the book, A Tree Trunk. Clayton is listed as a physician and Ida is a nurse.

ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Friday February 24, 1911


    At Victor, February 11, 1911, Dr. Clayton H. Snover, of Randolph, and Miss Ida May VanVechten, of Victor.

                             Clayton was born Machias 1883.  Clayton was the son of Halsey D. Snover and Elizabeth Hughes .

                   VICTOR  HERALD  April 5, 1912

                             SOCIAL and PERSONAL

Dr. and Mrs. Clayton H. Snover left here on Friday afternoon to return to their home at Randolph, NY after having been called here by the death of the latter's mother, Mrs. Charles H. VanVechten.  They stopped in Rochester en route to their home. 

Herman W.9 VanVechten was born Victor, New York May 16, 1857.  Herman died October 05, 1925 Canandaigua, New York, at 68 years of age.   

                      ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  Wed. October 07, 1925  Page 4  Col 4

DEATH -    VANVECHTEN  at Canandaigua, October 5, 1925, Herman VanVechten aged 68 years, of Howell Street.  

                                         Also on Page 5   same paper

HERMAN  VANVECHTEN -   The death of Herman VanVechten aged 68 years, a well known Canandaiguan and a lifelong resident of Ontario County occurred suddenly at his home on Howell Street on Monday about 1 PM following a stroke of apoplexy.

He was the son of John and Anna Cline VanVechten, and was born in Victor in 1857. He had been a cigar salesman traveling and retail since he was about 18 years of age having for about thirty years conducted a retail tobacco store in the Grieve block until he recently sold out to George Hyland, and retired on account of poor health. On coming here from Victor 44 years ago he purchased the block from the owners. Since that time he has repurchased it and resold it twice.

Mr. VanVechten was a member of the Canandaigua Masonic Lodge, Odd Fellows, and Merrill Hose Company. Mrs. VanVechten died several years ago. Deceased leaves two daughters, Mrs. Harry M. Smith of Canandaigua, Mrs. Franklin J. Gray of Springfield Mass., four grandchildren, Isobel and Helen Smith of Canandaigua, Donald and Martha Jane Gray of Springfield. Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery. 

                                 THE  VICTOR  HERALD  Friday October 9, 1925

                                     OBITUARY      VANVECHTEN

The death of Herman VanVechten occurred at his home on Howell street, Canandaigua, Monday afternoon, October 5th, following a stroke of apoplexy.  He was in his usual health on Saturday, but became ill on Sunday morning.

Mr. VanVechten was a son of Mr. and Mrs. John VanVechten of Victor, and was born here in 1857.  He attended district schools, the Victor Union School and the Brockport Normal School.  At the age of 17 years he became a clerk in Moore and Powell's general store, and a year later went on the road as a cigar salesman for the firm. He continued that work until 1880, when he went into business for himself.

In 1881 he removed to Canandaigua, where he has since resided.  He retired from business as a wholesale and retail cigar and tobacco dealer several years ago, because of poor health.  He had been a member of the Canandaigua Masonic Lodge for over 38 years, and had served as treasurer of the organization. He belonged to the Canandaigua Odd Fellows lodge and for many years was president of the Odd Fellows Temple corporation.  He also belonged to the Merrill Hose Company and had been one of its trustees.

He was fond of hunting and fishing and for many years had a yacht on Canandaigua Lake. Mr. VanVechten was a descendant of  Teunis Dirksen VanVechten, who came to America with his wife and children and two slaves from Holland in 1638, settling in Greenbush, near Albany.

Mrs. VanVechten died several years ago.  He leaves two daughters, Mrs. Harry M. Smith of Canandaigua, and Mrs. Franklin J. Gray of Springfield, Mass, besides four grandchildren.  The funeral was held from the home of Mrs. Harry M. Smith, Thursday afternoon.  Rev. Dascomb E. Forbush, pastor of the Canandaigua Congregational church officiated. Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery. His body was interred 1925 Canandaigua, New York, Woodlawn Cemetery. 

                               He married Martha B. Reed Canandaigua, NY, September 01, 1880.  

                 ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Sept 10, 1880  Page  3  Col  5

Married on Wednesday September 1st at 1 PM, Mr. Herman VanVechten, of this place, to Miss Martha Reed, at her father's residence in Bristol. On their return Saturday evening they were very much surprised by a very pleasant and greatly esteemed reception given at his boarding place, Mr. Charles Corser.

There were about 50 relatives and friends in attendance, also the Victor Concert band, which furnished music for the occasion were afterwards invited to partake of the luxuries which were supplied in abundance.

Martha was born Bristol, New York July 31, 1860.  The birthplace is probably correct since the parents lived in Bristol in 1860. Her obituary gives Canandaigua as place of birth. Her death record shows Bristol as well. Martha was the daughter of James Reed and Lucinda F. Beach .    Martha died September 05, 1919 Canandaigua, New York, at 59 years of age.   

                                           ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL September 12, 1919

 DIED VanVechten at Canandaigua, September 5, 1919, Mrs. Martha B. VanVechten, wife of Herman VanVechten.

                                                  PAGE  1  COL  6

VANVECHTEN The death of Mrs. Martha B. VanVechten, wife of Herman W. VanVechten, occurred at her home on Howell Street on Friday, following a long illness.  Deceased was born in Canandaigua on July 31, 1860.

There survive besides her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Franklin J. Gray of Montclair, NJ., and Mrs. Harry M. Smith of Canandaigua, one sister, Mrs. Warner J. Simonds of Canandaigua, and two brothers, George and Ruel Reed of Bristol Center. Funeral held at the home on Monday. 

Clara Belle10 VanVechten was born Bristol Center, New York June 22, 1881.  Clara died February 1967 Canandaigua, New York, at 85 years of age.  She married Franklin Justus Gray Canandaigua, New York, June 24, 1908.[i]    [i]. Certificate and Record of Marriage number 27, and the Affidavit for License to Marry copies are on PG 1J and PG 1K in the book, A Tree Trunk.                    

                       ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Friday June 26, 1908  PAGE  2

                                 MARRIED     GRAY    -   VANVECHTEN

The marriage of Miss Clara B. VanVechten, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman VanVechten, and Franklin Justus Gray, of Springfield Mass., was solemnized at the VanVechten home on Howell Street on Wednesday PM in the presence of only the immediate relatives. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Guy L. Morrill, pastor of the Presbyterian church.

The bride and groom were unattended and all arrangements were marked by a pleasing simplicity. Edgar J. Rose rendered wedding music. Mr. and Mrs. Gray left for a western trip. Mr. Gray was formerly director of the recreation grounds in this village.                       

                                     ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Friday June 26, 1908 

MARRIED    GRAYVANVECHTEN  At Canandaigua June 24, 1908, Franklin Gray of Utica, and Miss Clara B. VanVechten, of Canandaigua. 

Ruby Genevieve VanVechten was born Canandaigua, New York November 10, 1890.   She married Harry Marquis MD Smith Canandaigua, New York, April 03, 1915.[ii]  Witnesses were D. T. Darling and Edith Welsh.  [ii]. Hopewell Archives Ontario County, NY, record number 2740 on microfilm.; and Certificate and Record of Marriage number 129, and the Affidavit for License to Marry copies are on PG 2B and PG 2C in the book, A Tree Trunk.                     

               ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Fri April 9, 1915

MARRIED   SMITH  - VANVECHTEN    At Canandaigua, April 3, 1915, Dr. Harry Marquis Smith and Miss Ruby Genevieve VanVechten, both of Canandaigua.

                               ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL Fri. April 9, 1915

                                       YOUNG  COUPLE  WED  IN  CHURCH

The marriage of Dr. Harry Marquis Smith, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Smith, and Ruby Genevieve VanVechten, younger daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman VanVechten, was solemnized at the Presbyterian Church on Saturday evening. A large assemblage witnessed the ceremony. The pulpit was simply decorated with Easter lilies and small palms. Her father gave her in marriage.

Mrs. Franklin J. Gray of Rochester was her sister's matron of honor. The maid of honor was Miss Edith Helena Welch. Donald Gray of Rochester, nephew of the bride was ring bearer, carrying the ring in the heart of an Easter lily.

Following the ceremony members of the bridal party and the near relatives of the couple were entertained at dinner at the home of the bride's parents on Howell Street. Mrs. VanVechten received in a gown of black lace and net over white crepe meteor. Dr. and Mrs. Smith left during the evening for a trip to New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. 

They will be at home after May 1 at Howell Street until their apartment on Gorham Street is completed. Dr. Smith is assistant physician at the Hospital of Physicians and Surgeons. Mrs. Smith was a graduate of the Canandaigua Academy and was the soprano soloist during the commencement exercises of her class in 1910.

                                    Harry was born Canandaigua, New York October 28, 1888.  Harry was the son of Charles Wallace Smith and Anna B. Boswell .  Harry died December 27, 1945 Canandaigua, New York, at 57 years of age.

                                                               VICTOR  HERALD  December 28, 1945

                                                                  From the Ontario County Times Journal

Canandaigua was shocked and saddened early Thursday afternoon, by news of the sudden death of Dr. Harry Marquis Smith, from a heart attack. Dr. Smith had attended a meeting of the Rotary Club, of which he was a member. He was stricken in the lobby of the Hotel Canandaigua, where he died. Dr. Smith became ill with a heart ailment four years ago.

Relinquishing his extensive practice, which included much surgical work, he spent the winter of 1942 in Florida. He returned to Canandaigua considerably improved in health but had not fully resumed the activities of previous years.

Born in Canandaigua about 56 years ago, Dr. Smith was a son of the late Charles and Anna Boswell Smith. He spent most of his life here. Graduated from the New York University Medical College in 1912, he became associated with the late Dr. Albert L. Beahan in the management of the Canandaigua Hospital of Physicians and Surgeons, and later built up a large private practice.

 Dr. Smith was a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the State, County and City Medical societies, the Canandaigua Scientific Association, and was prominent in Masonic Circles.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Ruby VanVechten Smith, two daughters, Dr. Isobel, the wife of Dr. Augustus W. Sainsbury, now with the United States Navy Medical Corps on Guam, and Miss Helen I. Smith of this city, one son, John V. Smith, a student in Syracuse University, and two grandchildren, David William, and Ann Sainsbury.  

                At 25 years of age Ruby became the mother of Isobel Dr. Smith May 20, 1916.  At 28 years of age Ruby became the mother of Helen Irene Smith July 1919.   

                                             ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  April 2, 1915                   

Miss Florence and Marie Stewart, Gibson Street, entertained at a shower in honor of Miss Ruby VanVechten on Tuesday afternoon.

                                                                         ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  July 12, 1929

PERSONALS -     Dr. and Mrs. Harry M. Smith and daughters Isobel and Helen, Main St. North, left the fore part of the week for a motor trip through the New England states. They will visit he sister, Mrs. Franklin J. Gray and Mr. Gray at Camp Mitwaga, Rangely, ME. They will also visit Rev. Dascomb E. Forbush and family at Canaan, NH. 


Robert S.11 VanVechten  birth date unknown.  Robert died May 12, 1989 Rochester, New York.


Robert S. VanVechten, age 76 of 23 Leeward Lane, Canandaigua, died May 12, 1989 in Rochester.

Surviving are his wife, Gertrude Metherell VanVechten, 2 daughters, Mrs. James Carol McGowan, Spencerport, Mrs. Robert Margaret Brussel of Baldwinsville, son John W. VanVechten, Canandaigua, 8 grandchildren, sister, Mrs. Herbert Lois Harp, Fredonia, brother, Donald C. VanVechten of Rochester, several nieces and nephews. Kennedy and Son Funeral Home, Bristol St., Canandaigua and First United Methodist Church. 

Another Obituary:

Robert S. VanVechten, 76, died Friday, May 12, at Highland Hospital in Rochester. Mr. VanVechten, a former employee of Eastman Kodak Co. in Rochester, was also a grape farmer in Vine Valley, and retired in 1979 from the Canandaigua Veterans Administration Medical Center.

He was a member of the Canandaigua Rotary Club and former member of the YMCA board of directors. He was a volunteer and active board member at Rotary Camp Onseyawa. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church in Canandaigua.

Surviving him by his wife, Gertrude Metherell VanVechten, two daughters, Mrs. James Carol McGowan of Spencerport, and Mrs. Robert Margaret Brussel of Baldwinsville, a son, John W. VanVechten of Canandaigua, a sister, Mrs. Herbert Lois Harp, of Fredonia, a brother Donald C. VanVechten of Rochester.

           He married Gertrude Metherell Rochester, New York, October 16, 1937.

                        ANNIVERSARY      Mr and Mrs. VanVechten

Mr. and Mrs. Robert VanVechten of Vine Valley and Canandaigua, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at an open house at the Vine Valley Community Hall.  One hundred fifty guests, including seven of the original bridal party, attended the celebration hosted by their children and their spouses, Carol and James McGowan of Spencerport, Margaret and Robert Brussel of Baldwinsville, and John and Catherine VanVechten of Canandaigua.

Mr. and Mrs. VanVechten were married October 16, 1937, at the Lake Avenue Baptist Church in Rochester. VanVechten is retired from the Canandaigua Veterans Administration Medical Center, and is past president of the Canandaigua Rotary Club. Mrs. VanVechten is a homemaker. They also have seven grandchildren.

                            Gertrude was the daughter of William Metherell .   Gertrude died 1993 Canandaigua, New York.   

                         GERTRUDE M. VANVECHTEN      CANANDAIGUA        

Gertrude M. VanVechten, 80, of Canandaigua, died yesterday after a long illness.  Mrs. VanVechten was born in Rochester, and was married to the late Robert S. VanVechten. They lived in Vine Valley until moving to Canandaigua in 1987.

Surviving are two daughters, Carol McGowan of Spencerport and Margaret Brussel of Baldwinsville, a son John, of Canandaigua, two sisters, Helen M. Campbell and Mildred M. Tucker of Canandaigua, three brothers, William and Ralph Metherell of Canandaigua, and Charles Metherell of Hilton, eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  A memorial service will be held Wednesday at the Canandaigua First United Methodist Church. A reception at the church will follow the service.

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