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Rochester Republican, Rochester, NY Oct 19,1848 contributed by GSubyak@aol.com
Marriage (no date given) - InJerusalem, Mr. David R. CONERY to Miss Sally ROBERT
Yates County Whig – July 27, 1854 contributed by CathyCoon
In Branchport, on Monday, 17th ult., Lynham E., son of James and Rebecca Taylor,after a brief illness of four days, aged 7 years 1 month and 21 days. Lynhamwas a lovely boy, too pure to dwell in this lower world.
Yates County Chronicle, dated July 1, 1875 contributed by Bob Phillips
On Tuesday, June 15th the funeral services of Mrs. MaryWatkins were held in the M. E. Church of Italy Hill --- the Baptistmeeting home being unfinished. One of the largest congregations everassembled in that locality was present to pay the last tribute of respect to thememory of a truly good woman.
The deceased was born in Orange county, N.Y., August 11, 1815. She was adaughter of James and Sally Wilcox. InFebruary 1844, she married Abraham Watkins, awell-known citizen of Jerusalem, who died near Italy Hill in December 1871. For many years he was a Deacon of the Baptist church, and his memory is sweetand precious unto this day. In 1835 Mrs. Watkinswas baptized by Elder Owens, and united with theBaptist church at Branchport. For twenty-one years she was a faithful,devoted member of the Baptist church at Italy Hill.
Owing to deaths and removals from the neighborhood, this church, during the lastfour or five years, has become reduced in numbers, and mainly through herefforts and those of Deacon James Prosser has theorganization been sustained. In her death the church and the communityhave sustained a loss that will be keenly felt, for in all the relations of lifeher piety was shown by her acts.
Already beyond the age of "three score years and ten," her mother, Mrs.Sally Wilcox, is left to mourn a daughter's death... One brother, IsaacWilcox, of Jerusalem, and four children --- John,Mrs. James Ansley, Mrs. Uriel Shearman, and Mrs. Silas W. Andrews (Andruss) --- are now living. Amos?, Myron, died at theage of fifteen.
Calmly and patiently the deceased bore her last sickness, which lasted severalmonths. A good life ends well, and she died in peace. On her reststhe sweet benediction: "Blessed are the dead who die in theLord." These words formed the text on the occasion of her funeral. Her pastor, Rev. G. A. Wilkins, paid a ferventtribute to her excellent, useful life --- ended indeed below, but only commencedabove. The choir, under the lead of Mr. William Hurd,of Branchport, sustained the solemnity of the (??canon) and calmed its grief bytheir appropriate selections and expressive sounds. At the grave we heardread the grand old burial service of the Episcopal church --- and "earth toearth, ashes to ashes, and dust to dust" her body was given to the tomb"until the Saviour shalt bid it ascension the resurrection morning". W. Italy Hollow, June 21.
Prattsburgh News, dated June 1878 contributed by Bob Phillips
Catherine, wife of ChesterStoddard, of Italy, died May 29, 1878, of heart disease. Her agewas 58 years. Deceased was the only daughter of Abrahamand Rachel Van Tuyl, late of Jerusalem, Yates Co., in which town she wasborn and lived during most of her life. Her death has cast a gloom overthe entire community, for all who knew her, loved her. She possessed in aneminent degree that pure spirituality of being and genuine goodness of heartthat win the esteem of all. In the various relations of the family, thechurch and society, she was true. Through weary months of pain she waitedpatiently the Master's call. Home and friends were dear, but she felt thatit were better to depart. Her husband and two daughters are left to mourntheir great loss.
Prattsburgh News, dated June 1878 contributed by Bob Phillips
Benjamin Stoddarddied at his residence in Jerusalem, on Tuesday, June 4, 1878, aged 82 years. While attending the funeral of the wife of his son Chester, at Italy, on Fridaylast, he was prostrated by an attack of apoplexy which rendered him unconsciousfor a time, but he so far recovered as to uncourage the hope of fullrestoration. He again began to sink into a second attack which came onTuesday, and soon brought a change which closed a long and active life.
Mr. Stoddard was born in 1796, in Cherry Valley,Otsego, county, N.Y. At the age of twenty-one years he came to Jerusalemto live, and was at that time the owner of an ax, a gun, a watch and six dollarsin money. He purchased the farm which has since been his home to the dayof his death. The country was at that time an almost unbroken forest,inhabited by wild beasts, and with but a single road leading to Sherman's Hollowon the north, and one to the east through Larzelere's Hollow. In 1818 heerected a log house and a frame barn on his premises, and returned to the homeof his nativity where he married Hannah Kelley, whostill lives to enjoy the love and kind offices of her children, and children'schildren to the fourth generation. Mr. Stoddardhas led a quiet life, although he occupied a position of prominence and ofusefulness. A family of seven sons and daughters well settled in life,bear testimony to his wise example, his faithful instructions, and his neverfailing parental solicitude. He comes to his grave like a "shock ofcorn fully ripe," and fit for the Paradise above through the cleansingblood of the Redeemer of men, in whom he believed and trusted, and whom heconfessed before men, as his only hope of eternal life.
Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY Tues Nov 15,1887 contributed by GSubyak@aol.com
Nathan CONKLIN, who was confined in jail for shooting AndrewLANGWORTHY, at Branchport a few weeks ago, was brought before JusticeLEAMAN'S for examination last week. Thomas CARMODYappeared in behalf of the prisoner, and District Attorney BAKER forthe people. CONKLIN waived examination. His case will come up before thegrand jury in December.
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