The 1865 census for the Town of Seneca,
County, reveals that
ROBERT GOODSON was born in England about 1827. He died 17 July
1869 Town of Phelps NY. He married AMELIA RIDLEY
who was born in
Crawley Sussex England in January of 1832 and died 1888 NY; daughter of
Robert Ridley and Elizabeth Easton. Amelia Ridley married before 1875
(2) John H.
French born ca 1822 Saratoga Co. NY; died 29 Oct 1908.
ROBERT: CENSUS: Town of Seneca Ontario Co. NY 1860;
Town of Phelps Ontario Co. NY 1865
OBITUARY: From Geneva Gazette 23 July 1869
Died in Phelps, on the 17th inst., Mr. Robert Goodson,
aged 43 years.
CENSUS: Town of Seneca Ontario Co. NY 1860; Town of
Phelps Ontario Co. NY 1865, 1870, 1875,1880
JOHN H. FRENCH: CENSUS: Town of Seneca Ontario Co. NY 1855,
1860, 1865; Town of Phelps Ontario Co. NY 1875,1892; Town of Waterloo Seneca Co. NY 1900
OBITUARY: From Geneva Daily Times 30
John French, aged 86
years, died at 8:30 o'clock last evening at
the home of his daughter, Mrs. William Baker, who resides on the
Pre-emption Road one mile west of this city. Death was due to his
advanced old age. He is survived by three sons, Linzy French of this
city, Eugene French of Chicago, and Zina French of Chicago; one
daughter, Mrs. William Baker of Geneva; three brothers, Seymour French
of Palmyra, Carmi French of Michigan, and George French of Syracuse;
and one sister, Caroline French of Syracuse. The funeral will take
place Sunday afternoon from Mrs. Baker's home at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. J.
B. Hubbs, D. D., will officiate and burial will be in Washington Street
Who is this?
From Geneva Gazette 16 September 1870
Married at Geneva, on the 1st inst., by the Rev. Dr. Rankine, James Avery of the town of Waterloo and Mrs. Amelia Goodson of the same place.
Children of ROBERT GOODSON and AMELIA RIDLEY:
Named as children in Surrogate Record of 1869; (*);
1. Corinda Jane born about 1854 NY.
CENSUS: Town of Seneca Ontario Co. NY 1860; Town of
Phelps Ontario Co. NY 1865, 1870
2. Robert born about 1856 NY; died 2 Oct 1863. He is buried in Dobbin Cemetery Seneca Co. NY.
CENSUS: Town of Seneca Ontario Co.
+3. (*) Elizabeth born about 1858 Ontario Co. NY; died 1925;
married 30 Dec 1876 Joseph Parish, Jr. born 1851 NY; died 1930. Both are
buried in the Throopsville Rural Cemetery.
CENSUS: Town of Seneca Ontario Co. NY 1860;Town
Co. NY 1865, 1870, 1875; Waterloo Seneca Co. NY 1880; Arcadia Wayne Co.
NY 1900; Cayuga Co. NY 1920; Auburn Cayuga Co. NY 1925
MARRIAGE: From Geneva Gazette 7 January 1876
MARRIED - In Geneva, Thursday, Dec. 30th, 1875, by the
Rev. U. B. Guiscard, Mr. Joseph Parish, Jr., to Miss Elizabeth Goodson,
both of Phelps.
CENSUS: Waterloo Seneca Co. NY 1880; Arcadia Wayne Co. NY; Cayuga Co. NY 1920; Auburn Cayuga Co. NY 1925
4. (*) William L. born about 1861 Ontario Co. NY; died Dec 1890;
married 5 March
Grey born 27 December 1867; died 15 Oct 1931 as wife of Mark W.
Simpson. She was the daughter of Elijah Steven Grey and Sara Jane
Rhoda is buried in Glenwood Cemetery, Geneva NY as wife of Mark W. Simpson.
CENSUS: Town of Phelps Ontario Co. NY 1865, 1870,
MISC.: From Ontario
Journal 15 March
Married in Phelps, March 5,
by Rev. William Edson, D. D., William L. Goodson of Phelps and Miss
Rhoda Gray of Waterloo.
From Geneva Gazette 12 Dec 1890;
The funeral service of Mr. William
Goodson was held at
Episcopal Chapel of the Pines last Thursday, Rev. Dr. Rankine of Geneva
reading the ever beautiful
burial service in his usual impressive manner and tenderly spoke words
of comfort to the sadly bereaved ones. Mr. Goodson was a young
man of exemplary habits, beloved by all who knew him. He had been
ill 2 years by that fell destroyer, consumption. His young wife
who is thus so sadly bereft has the tender sympathy of all the
CENSUS: Town of Waterloo Seneca Co. NY 1870; Town of
Geneva Ontario Co. 1875, 1880; City of Geneva Ontario Co. NY 1892,
1900, 1920, 1930
5. (*) AMELIA JANE born 17 Nov 1863 Town of Phelps Ontario Co.
NY; died 12 August 1954 Geneva Ontario Co. NY; married 16 Dec 1885 at
Phelps CHARLES STEVEN GREY born 27 Oct
1862 Town of Phelps NY; died 22
Dec 1937 Geneva NY; son of Elijah Steven Grey and Sarah Jane Van
Auken. They are both buried Dobbins Cemetery Seneca Co.
MARRIAGE NOTICE: From Geneva Gazette
18 December 1885
We take great pleasure in
announcing the marriage of
Goodson to Mr. Chas. S. Gray, last Wednesday evening. The
ceremony was performed at the residence of the bride's parents a few
miles north of Geneva, the Rev. Dr. Rankine officiating, in the
presence of about seventy invited guests. The newly married
couple were the recipients of many elegant and useful presents, and the
sincere congratulations of their many relatives and friends. Mrs.
Gray is a niece of our old friend, Thomas Holland.
From Ontario County Journal 1 January 1886
In Phelps, Dec. 16, 1885, by Rev. James Rankine, D. D., Charles
of Waterloo, and Miss Amelia Goodson.
Children of John H. French and AMELIA RIDLEY:
1. Verna born 18 Nov 1874 NY; died 15 Jan 1958; married ca
1893 William Baker born Dec 1878 NY; died 26 July 1926. Both are buried
in Glenwood Cemetery.
WILLIAM: CENSUS: Waterloo Seneca Co. NY 1900, 1910
CENSUS: Town of Phelps Ontario Co. NY 1875, 1880,
1892; Town of Waterloo Seneca Co. NY 1900, 1910
OBITUARY: From Geneva Times 15 January 1958
Mrs. Verna F. Baker of Pulteney
St., died early this morning in Geneva General Hospital after a short
illness. She was the widow of William L. Baker. Final rites will be
held at a time to be announced. Friends may call at the residence of
Mrs. Vernon Alexander, 674 Castle St., this evening and Thursday. Mrs.
Baker was born Nov. 18, 1874, in the Town of Phelps, the daughter of
the late John and Amelia Ridley French. She was a lifelong resident of
the area and was a communicant of St. Peter's Episcopal Church.
Survivors are one son, Marsden W. Baker, Geneva; Mrs. Vernon Alexander
and Mrs. Edna L. Pitcher, both of Geneva; one grandson, David L.
Alexander; and a great-grandson, Peter Alexander, Geneva.
Children of Joseph Parish and Elizabeth Goodson:
1. Maude born about 1890 NY; married Charles Horr born about 1878 NY.
CENSUS: Arcadia Wayne Co. NY 1900; Cayuga Co. NY 1920
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