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Catherine Louise Totman Obituary
Catherine Louise Totman Obituary
November 4, 1921

At Vincent October 29, 1921, Mrs. P. P. Bliss aged 82 years. Interment at Bristol.

On Saturday morning occurred the death of Mrs. P. P. Bliss at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Winifred Flanders after a serious illness of six months.

Mrs. Bliss was the daughter of Ward and Irene Totman, of which family her sister, Mrs. Sophia Luther of California is the only survivor. She was 82 years old and was married to Phelan P. Bliss when she was 21. Eight children were born to them, six of whom survive.

She is also survived by her husband and 25 grandchildren. She was a member of the Congregational church and until her heart failed was an active worker.

The funeral was held from her old home, now occupied by her daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Hennish. C. A. Paile officiated at the services by her request and he read many passages of scripture eloquently expressing her life. Among the many beautiful floral tributes was one from the parish to which she belonged.

The children who survive her are, Mrs. William Andrews, Mrs. Winifred Flanders, Mrs. Alfred Hennish, of Bristol, Mrs. John Wilder of Cleveland, Ohio, Lester Bliss of Canandaigua, and Gooding Bliss of Rushville.

The sympathy of the community is with the bereaved family, especially to the husband who has lost his companion of 61 years. Burial Evergreen Cemetery, Baptist Hill. Mrs. John Wilder of Cleveland has been with her people here the past week called here by the illness of her mother, Mrs. Bliss.  
For descendants of Thomas and Rachel (Rice) Totman
For descendants of Thomas and Rachel (Rice) Totman
According to the family tradition the Totman family came to America from Wales. They are probably all descendants of John Totman who arrived in Boston September 6, 1632 on the ship “Lion.” Our Thomas would have been his great-great-great-grandson and was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts on August 22, 1763, second son and third child of Joshua and Elizabeth Ward Totman.

During the Revolution the family moved inland from the coast to what is now Colrain, Massachusetts. Thomas Totman enlisted from Deerfield, Massachusetts and served in the Hampshire Company Militia from July 13 to Occtober 10, 1780 when he was 17 years old. His father Joshua was a “minute man” in Plymouth in 1777 before going to Colrain.

Thomas married Rachel Rice, daughter of Samuel and Dorothy (Martin) Rice on September 22, 1783. She was the great-great-great-grandchild of Edmund and Tamazine (Frost) Rice who came to America in 1638. Thomas and Rachel had ten children born at Charlemont, Massachusetts, Luzerne, Warren County, New York, and Lorraine, Jefferson County, New York. Thomas Totman died at Lorraine on April 16, 1815 at 52 years. Their children were:

1. Samuel: born March 29, 1784 who married Naomi McCartney of an early Bristol family. He was the first Totman in Bristol, [Ontario County,] New York, coming here about 1813. He died suddenly of pneumonia on June 6, 1824 leaving seven small children all under 14 years- Ira, Linda, Deloss, Eliza, Jonathan, Caroline, and Adeline who was not born until December 1, 1824.

Ward Totman told of bringing his mother from Lorraine to Bristol to visit Samuel’s family after his father died, probably about 1819 or 20. They made the trip by oxcart.

Decendants bear the names: Case, Reed, Steen, Head, Bell, Gilchrist, Kingsbury, Tiffany, Briggs, Brockelbank, Phinney, Waldorf, Hunn, Longwort, Rhodes, Church, Field, Monroe, Stevens, Cohlson, Thayer, Coats, Walrod, Wilde, McKinney, Loveridge, Austin, Sharp, Hepp, Frank, Sheets, Hallman, Grindle, Dress, Morrison, Buchen, Coleman, Gunderson, Mason, Ryan, Andrews, Allen, Lenhart, Fredin, Stewart, Thomas, Lane, Sutton, Hanson, Jones, Burgess and others – most of them in the west.

2. Thomas: born June 16, 17786, married Sally Gleason, had 9 children, Asahel, Clark, Zeva, Eli, Squire, Mary Jeremy, Calvin, Harriet, and Sally. Some of these children settled in East Bloomfield and Bristol [Ontario County, New York]. Some named French, Nichols, Hart, Bryan, Fisher, Cook, Sebring, Martin and others.

3. Relief: born September 5, 1788, married Eli Moore – Lived near Glens Falls – had a son Richard Moore. Descendants named Gourley, Oatman, Fox, Saunders, Grimshaw, Brace, Linder, Beebe, Moore, Lester, Gifford, Garloc.
4. Dorothy: born May 5, 1791, married John Fletcher, lived in Bristol [Ontario County, New York]. Had John and George – children bear the names – McGory, Quayle, Haskell, Green, Peck, Conrow.

5. Calvin: born October 11, 1793, married Charlotte Washburn. Children – Relief, Eliza, Charlotte, Sarah, Calvin, Monroe, Laura – descendants also named Trafton, Lee, Cameron, Mack, Brownell, Kenyon, Manning, Gilbert, Rice, Rohr, Bickle, Offen.

6. William: born January 26, 1796, married Triphena Curtis. Joined migration to Athens, Ohio in 1815 (Amesville). Children: Isaac, Almira, Polly, Hiram, Lurana, Lucinda, Harriet, Phillip; descendants also named Mercer, Randolph, Au, Robinson, Gorham, Vaner, Carpenter, Everett, Wetherby, Dorr, Rathburn, Foutch, root, Sharkro, Spindler.

7. Rachel: born May 30, 1798, married 1st Jessie Rice, a cousin, son of Asa and Lucy (Smith) Rice – also a grandchild of Samuel and Dorothy (Martin) Rice. Married 2nd Michael Berg. Children – Rosetta, Ward, Eli, Richard, John, Caroline, and Jane. Descendants also named – Simpson, McPherson, Seidntoph, Pelton, Wood, Morenda, Domance, Sanger, Reynolds.

8. Ward: born October 26, 1800 died 1803 in Luzerne, New York.

9. Ward: born August 12, 1803 – Luzerne, New York married Irena Joyner, came to Bristol about 1840. Children: William, Nancy, Sophia, Katherine, Levi, Lester, and Francis. The last three children were born in Bristol. Descendants named Reed, Ormsby, Luther, Bliss, wilder, Andrews, Henish, Nudd, Wright, Breckenridge, Marble, Case, Corser, Voit, Purdy, Morse, Henrendeen, Methorell, Hemenway, Hicks, Pratt, Cooke, Appleton, Clisbee, Bishop, Bennett, Gladding, Bily, Governale, Gaza, Fox, Culver, Livingston, Steel, Croocker, McKenzie, Barnet, Lynn, Fuller, Hudson, Strapp, Derby, Stonewall.

10. Sylvester: born August 22, 1805, Lorraine (Also lived in Michigan) children – Boyd, Rosewell, Stigner, and Will. This family has the most Totmans, most of whom are in the west. Sons: Lorenzo, Calvin, and daughter Diane.

There are many Totmans in the west but it has been impossible to get complete records of the families. We do know that Sylvester came to Bristol to visit and on one occasion he stayed all summer to help Ward build his house, the Ward Totman homestead. Lorenzo was with him because the last time the hall in the home stead was papered when it was removed, scratched in the plaster was found the names of Lorenzo and Nancy and Sophia, the latter two Ward’s two oldest daughters.

Levi W. Totman: born April 7, 1842. His father was Ward Totman, a son of Thomas Totman who was born August 22, 1763. Ward Totman was born August 12, 1804 in Warren County (Luzerne). They moved to Jefferson County. He married Irena Joiner of Sullivan, Madison County, daughter of Benjamin Joiner. 4 sons and 3 daughters were born. They came to Bristol in 1840. Mrs. Totman died July 1863 and Mr. Totman married Hannah M. Moore of Watertown. She died in 1887. Members of M. E. Church. Mr W Totman died March 23, 1892.

Levi enlisted in 1862 in Company K First NY Mounted Rifles and served until June 1865. He was in the following battles: Williamsburg, Suffolk, Deserted Hill, Weldon Road, and others. Married first Zylpha Moore of East Waterton – children – Inez (deceased), Morris (deceased), Ella M, Florence L, Grace A, and Joel W. Mrs Totman died February 6, 1883. November 7th of the same year he married Julia Woodworth of East Watertown. Two children Ruth and Roger died in infancy.

Philienzo P Bliss [Jr]: born June 16, 1839 in Kankakee, Illinois, son of Philenzo Bliss whose father was James Bliss of Genesee County (died in Illinois 1839). Father of subject was born on Genesee County October 22, 1813 and died August 30, 1839 Illinois.

Married Caroline Gooding born in Bristol October 10, 1816. Bliss (subject) married Catherine L Totman of Bristol, born Jefferson County September 21, 184? Mr and Mrs Bliss have these children: Irene C, Winifred K, Henry W, Mabel S, Edith S, Alice C, Gooding H, Lester P, and Estehr (deceased). Moved to Bristol in 1876 and bought farm in 1882. Members of Congregational Church. Mrs Bliss is daughter of Ward Totman who came to Bristol in 1840.  
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Harlan Morton Fisher Agricultural Society
Harlan Morton Fisher Agricultural Society

From Geneva Gazette 19 January 1894

At an annual meeting of the Ontario County Agricultural Society these officers were elected:

Pres. - W. B. Osborne

Treas. - John B. Hall

Sec. - W. H. Warfield

V. Pres. - Harlan M. Fisher, Bristol; L. C. Mather, Canadice; James S. Hickox, Canandaigua; Roswell M. Lee, East Bloomfield; A. B. Hathaway, Farmington; H. M. Boardman, Gorham; Charles Bennett, Geneva; W. F. Marks, Hopewell; A. L. Dewey, Manchester; S. R. Wheeler, Naples; Chas. Cooledge, Phelps; Philip Reed, Richmond; V. L. Runyan, Seneca; John Ricketson, South Bristol; James Houston, Victor; George M. Sheppard, West Bloomfield.
Directors - E. M. Benham, J. D. King, C. P. Whitney, John M. Ladd, Horton McMillan, C. W. Lewis, Ira Lacy, George Collins, Henry Thompson, George S. Hickox, George A. Wheeler, C. Collins, James Nelson, Levi A. Page, John B. French, Walter S. Dorman.

Gen. Supt. - F. D. Spring, Victor. 
Harlan Morton Fisher Family Sketch
Harlan Morton Fisher Family Sketch
From the HISTORY OF ONTARIO COUNTY, compiled by Lewis Cass Aldrich, edited by George S. Conover, 1893

Harlan M. Fisher, a native and resident of Bristol, was born February 25, 1850, and is a son of Alphonso G., a son of Nathaniel, whose father, Nathaniel, was a native of Dighton Mass., who about 1800 came to Bristol and settled.

Nathaniel, Jr., was born in Dighton, Mass., and came to Bristol with his parents. He was a colonel in the War of 1812, and was a prominent man. He was held in great respect by the Indians, who often stopped on their hunting expeditions to stay over night with Skianagha, as they called him, perhaps leaving some of their trophies of the chase as they departed in the morning.

His wife was Lovice Phillips of Dighton, Mass., who bore him one son and two daughters. He died in Bristol in 1855, and his wife in 1863.

Alphonso was born in Bristol November 16, 1816, and married Almeda, daughter of John Worrallo, who was lost on Lake Erie.

Mr. Fisher and wife had two sons, Harlan M. and Edgar N., the latter a farmer of Bristol. Mr. Fisher was an active politician, yet never accepted office. He died November 19, 1891, and his wife resides on the old homestead.

Subject was educated in Canandaigua Academy, graduating in 1878, and taught school for nineteen years in connection with farming. He owns 165 acres of land and is a general farmer. He makes a specialty of breeding bronze turkeys, Holstein cattle and Berkshire swine. He is a member of the Ontario County Agricultural Society, and for four years has lectured at Farmers' Institutes in New York, under the auspices of the State Agricultural Society, on various subjects connected with agriculture, and is considered a drainage expert. He is a Republican, and was assessor two terms.

In 1872, he married Helen L., daughter of the late Benjamin F. Phillips of Bristol. They reside on the farm settled by Elnathan Gooding, grandfather of Mrs. Fisher and the first settler of Bristol, who came there at the age of seventeen and remained alone the first winter.

One incident is perhaps worthy of mention as illustrating the material of the sturdy yeomanry of New England who settled the Empire State. While young Gooding was chopping down the thick forest to clear for crops, he heard a twig snap, and glancing over his shoulder saw a large savage standing back of him with a tomahawk raised to deal the deadly blow. Without deigning to give the Indian further notice, he kept on chopping, never missing a single stroke.

The Indian, admiring his coolness in the trying circumstances, quietly slipped the tomahawk in his belt with an "Ugh, white man no scare", disappeared in the dense woods. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Fisher are: Ethel L., Ada E., Harlan A., Rex P., Almeda L., and Marion E. Ethel L. is a student at Cook Academy at Havana NY.  
Harlan Morton Fisher Injury
Harlan Morton Fisher Injury

From Ontario County Journal 23 December 1887

Last Saturday about eleven o'clock the team of Harlan M. Fisher of Bristol ran away on Main street. One of the horses kicked Mr. Fisher near the ankle and knocked him down. He was unconscious for a moment and unable to control the team. The horses started up Main street and turning in near Supplee's furnishing goods store struck a post and stopped. No damage was done to the wagon except that the tongue was broken. Mr. Fisher's injuries were not severe although they prevented his attendance this week at the school which he is teaching. 
Harlan Morton Fisher Obituary
Harlan Morton Fisher Obituary
Wednesday March 28, 1928


Harlan N. Fisher, a life long and highly respected citizen of this county, and for many years prominent both as a farmer and as a politician, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lester P. Bliss, on the Hickox Road yesterday morning after a brief illness.

Harlan N. Fisher was born in Bristol, February 25, 1850, the son of Alphonso G. and Almeda Warollo Fisher. He was married in 1872 to Helen Louise Phillips of Bristol, who died on February 11, 1901.

Mr. Fisher secured his education in the common schools, and at the old Canandaigua Academy, and had an extended experience as a teacher, including several years as principal of the Honeoye Union School.

He served the town of Bristol several terms as assessor, and in 1896 ass its representative on the board of supervisors. In 1897 he was appointed an agent under the newly organized state excise department, and served with that department until March 31, 1911, the last several years as acting superintendent of agents.

Following his retirement from this office he returned to his farm home in Bristol, and there resided until failing health impelled him to give up active work, and he spent his remaining years with his children.

He is survived by four daughters, and two sons, Mrs. Robert B. Fisher, of Cambridge, NY., Mrs. Lester P. Bliss, of Canandaigua, Harlan A. Fisher, East Bloomfield, Rex P. Fisher, Canandaigua, Almeda L. Fisher, Canandaigua, and Mrs. Rolland A. Bliss of East Bloomfield. There are also 18 grandchildren, three great grandchildren, surviving.

Funeral will take place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lester P. Bliss on Thursday afternoon, Rev. H. S. Carstens of Bristol Congregational Church officiating. Interment in Evergreen at Baptist Hill. 
Harlan Morton Fisher Secretary
Harlan Morton Fisher Secretary

From Ontario County Journal 6 March 1874

The Farmers' Mechanics' and Hop Growers' Association of Bristol, at their annual meeting held on the 3d inst., elected the following officers:
President - Norman W. Randall
Vice President - Benjamin T. Philips
Recording Sec'y - Mark A. Case
Corres. Sec'y - Harlan M. Fisher
Treasurer - Billings T. Case
Marshal - Erastus H. Allen
Assist. Marshal - Horatio B. Sisson
Executive Committee - Nathan W. Thomas, John Smith, John Sisson 
Helen Louise Phillips Obituary
Helen Louise Phillips Obituary

From Ontario County Journal 15 February 1901

South Bloomfield, N. Y.
Mrs. Louise Phillips Fisher, wife of Harlan M. Fisher, passed away suddenly early Monday morning. Mrs. Fisher had been ill only three days with the grip. On Sunday she seemed much better. In the morning her son, Harlan, went to speak to her, only to find her asleep, never to awake on earth. Mrs. Fisher was a noble Christian woman and a most devoted wife and mother and the whole community mourn with the bereft family in their irreparable loss. Besides her husband and aged mother, Mrs. Franklin Phillips, Mrs. Fisher leaves six children, Miss Ethel Fisher of Cambridge; Mrs. Lester Bliss of Vincent; Harlan, Rexford, Veda and Marion; also three brothers, M. John and Frank Phillips of Bristol, Elnathan Phillips, a missionary in India, and one sister, Mrs. Robert Simmons, of Bristol. The funeral was held at the home on Thursday at 1 o'clock. 
History of the Johnson (Johnston) Family
History of the Johnson (Johnston) Family
Compiled by Ruth Johnson Conley
{notes by Edith Helen Purdy}

The Johnson Family originally came from Scotland. In the 16th century, James I, King of England, gave them a grant of land in Ireland: “to have and to hold as long as grass shall grow or rivers shall flow.”

John Johnston of Scotland had seven sons, one of whom named John B went to Ireland and settled on Johns(t)on’s Hill near Belfast. This John had two sons, John and Sam.

In 1846 John came to America, from County Derry, Ireland, on a sailing vessel {same ship as Richard Purdy}. By the way of the old Erie Canal {by barge canal} he came to Macedon and from there to Canandaigua. At first he lived in the Washington Hotel, then on Clark Street, and later at No. 85 Gorham Street, (map of 1859). He married but left no descendants {his child died, found on gravestone}. He learned the carpentry trade from his Uncle Mathew and practiced it for many years. {He owned lumberyard & left sizeable inheritance to his nephew Thomas Johnson.}

Samuel Johnson married Nancy Godfrey in Ireland in January 1853{16 Feb 1853}. His first five children were born there {6, one died in infancy}. Encouraged to do so by letters from his brother John, he came to America about the year 1863 to make a home for his family. He soon sent for them and it was a long, stormy voyage for the mother, Nancy, and her five small children. During the voyage she spent much of her time, clinging to the mast and praying for the safety of her family, especially for that of the two small boys, who were constantly running about the small sailing vessel. In America, two more children were born to this family. At first they lived on Chapin Street, and later on a farm owned by John Johnson on the Town Line Road, now owned by Maynard Johnson, a grandson.

Nancy Godfrey, wife of Samuel Johnson was born in England {Ballynease Ireland} and through her Grandmother Stuart was a direct descendant of Mary, Queen of Scots. One of her sisters married a wealthy Englishman {North Irishman} named William Crawford, who with his wife Mary Jane {Godfrey}, family, and servants, as well as a small flock of sheep, went on his own sailing vessel in about 1862 to settle in Australia. It was said to have been about a three month voyage. He had four sons, Henry {after William’s father}, Thomas {after her father}, John, {William} and Hugh {born at sea}; and five daughters: Mary Ann, Matilda, Jane, Nancy, and Sarah. (See letter in the reunion book from the grandson, Robert H Monro). (Probably, Jack Crawford, the tennis star was from this family). Another sister Matty (Matilda) married Robert {William} Houston of Scotland and came to Canandaigua, living on North Main Street for many years. There were two children, Robert and Ellen {Jane}, but no descendants. For awhile Ellen visited Ireland every five years, visiting the following places and families:

Black’s Hill and nearby Magherafelt and Maghera, County Derry Coleraine, County Derry: The Hunters, a sister {Sarah Ann} of Nancy Godfrey Portelone; The McCulloughs, another sister of Nancy Godfrey {Eliza} Nancy Godfrey Homestead; BUshmill’s Distillery near there and the neighbors, Lammi, Nancy Lammi, the mother. {Found these in Northern Ireland.}

Robert Mccullough, son of the McCulloughs mentioned above, went to Australia, when about eighteen, and lived with the Crawfords. He was practicing law there recently. His brother Thomas also went to Australia but returned to Ireland. There was also another brother who remained in Ireland. {George?}

Another branch of the Johnson family listed Thomas as the head, Johnston’s Hill Ireland. His son James married Ray Foster and had four children; William, James, Matthew, and Rachel. William was married to James Shipp, Toronto Cananda, and had three children, Ella, Vera, and ?. Vera often spent vacations with William and Robert Johnston, North Main Street, entertaining us with stories of the many years she was secretary to Mary Picford. William Johnson had six children, three boys and three girls.
Note: to be fitted into the family relationship, William and Robert Johnston.

Stories, told and retold:

Bernard, mentioned as a brother of John B Johnston, came to America and had a child stolen by the Indians.

One Johnson, had owned a large tract of land, on which part of Philadelphia {Pittsburg} now stands. John Johnson of Gorham Street had the papers in an old trunk in his barn to prove this and intended to investigate but before he had time to do so, the barn and all its contents burned.

Another early pioneer member of the family owned a large piece of New York but in a moment of great thirst traded it to the Indians for a bottle of “Fire Water.”

In the early history there was a John who had seven sons and one of these also named John also had seven sons, one named John.

Famous American names connected with the family:
• Sir William Johnson, who received his title and a large grant of money, for his services against the French in America.
• Colnel Barney Johnson, of Revolutionary fame, who was the first white man to be made chief of the Mohawks.
• Mary Johnston, author, who wrote some of the family history into one of her books.

Addition: It was John Johnson of Gorham Street who dropped the t and persuaded Samuel and his family to do likewise.

Johns(t)on Family Tree

Paternal Side:
John Johnston of Scotland
Seven sons: ____, ____, Bernard, ____, John {B}, ____, ____
John {B} went to Ireland
Two sons: Samuel and John
Samuel married to Nancy Godfrey, Ireland, 1854
Seven children: Lizzie, Thomas Edward, John G, Mary, Matilda, Sara, and Margaret

Maternal side:
Godfrey: Mary Jane, Sarah Ann Hunter, Eliza McCullough, Matilda, Nancy
Nancy Godfrey married to Samuel Johnson, Ireland, 1854
Seven children: See above under Samuel.
History of William Steele and Eliza Pitkin family
History of William Steele and Eliza Pitkin family
Written by Emily Rebecca Headlee Peery

William Steele was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and came to East Bloomfield, New York as a young man. William’s brother, Joel, was one of the first settlers of East Bloomfield—the town was established in 1789, and Joel built the town’s first grist (corn or flour) mill in 1795. Joel was also co-founder of The First Bank, along with Henry W Hamlin.

Eliza Pitkin was also born in Connecticut, and must have come to East Bloomfield, New York as a young woman, because they were married 8 March 1822, when she was 23 years old and William was 40. Eliza was a strongly religious woman and the oldest member of the Congregational church when she passed away.

They had seven children in fairly rapid succession: Eliza (1823), William (1825), Joseph Stanley (1826), Alfred (1828), Abigail (1831), Henry Goodwin (1833), and Edward (1836). All of the children were born in East Bloomfield, New York.

William was a farmer, and purchased 500 acres of land. He later gave land to each of his four living sons William, Joseph, Henry, and Edward.

Alfred Steele died as a young child in 1830.

William Steele (the son) married Aseneth Speaker in 1849. They had 3 children: Homer Russell (1850), Frank (1862), and William Sherman (1865). Frank died as an infant. Aseneth died suddenly from heart disease at age 75.

Abigail Steele died as a young woman, age 19, in 1850, and was buried in the East Bloomfield Cemetery.

Joseph Stanley Steele married Elizabeth Smith in January 1858. They had seven children: Stanley (1858), William (1859), Emily (1861), Anna (1862), James (1864), Luther (1868), and Elizabeth (1872). Joseph built the blue farm house on County Road 30, which was lived in by six generations of Steeles. More information about this family is covered at length elsewhere in this book.

Just 3 months after Joseph’s marriage, William Steele, father of this family, passed away at the age of 77. He was buried in the East Bloomfield Cemetery.

Eliza Steele married Russell Belden Goodwin in 1859, when she was 36 years old. They had no children of their own, but were very involved in the church, community, and extended family. Eliza was a key personality in the establishment of the East Bloomfield Historical Society, served as its secretary, and taught Sunday school. Several of her birthday and social parties were highlighted in the local newspapers.

Russell was a tailor, and lived in St Louis for about 10 years. He also worked as a book keeper, fruit grower, gardener, and a farmer.

Henry Goodwin Steele married Lydia Lucretia Hudson in 1861. They lived in the yellow house across the street from the blue house built by Joseph Stanley Steele.

Henry and Lucretia had three children: Abigail (1862), Grant (1864) and Lincoln (1867). Lincoln died as an infant, and was buried with his parents in the East Bloomfield Cemetery.

When Joseph Stanley Steele’s wife Elizabeth died in childbirth, Henry and Lucretia cared for baby Elizabeth until she was old enough to be returned to the care of her father. Fittingly, this daughter Elizabeth Lucretia Steele shares her aunt’s name.

In her youth, their daughter Abigail won a walnut as a prize for having perfect attendance at Sunday school. The walnut was planted, and grew to be a large tree.

Henry was very active in public affairs, and served as a trustee of the East Bloomfield Congregational church and the East Bloomfield Cemetery association. When Henry died, Lucretia moved to Michigan to be with her children. She lived with her daughter and son-in-law (Abigail Steele and Charles H Pittinger). She died in Michigan, but was returned to East Bloomfield to be buried with her husband in the East Bloomfield Cemetery.

Note: Abby Steele Pittenger helped provide many details about her family line to the authors of this book.

Edward Steele married Mary Edna Winslow in 1869. They did not have any children.

Eliza Pitkin Steele died in 1886, at the age of 88. She lived with her daughter and son-in-law (Eliza Steele and Russell Belden Goodwin) for the last 20 years of her life, and passed away in their home.  
Lemuel Sackett Biography
Lemuel Sackett Biography
Lemuel was the son of Lemuel Sackett of England. Moved with parents to Pittsford, New York in 1822 at the age of 18. He married March 9, 1827 and then moved to Clinton Township in 1829. He had a large farm he worked for 25 years, but then retired to Mt. Clemens. He was a deacon in the Presbyterian Church for over 25 years.

He was the father of six children: Lemuel M., Francis Campbell, Martha Travers, John, Robert F.,and Thomas. 
Lester Philenzo Bliss Obituary
Lester Philenzo Bliss Obituary
The Daily Messenger
Tuesday July 31, 1951
Page 3 Col 3

Lester P Bliss
Lester P Bliss, 76, of Bliss Road, retired Canandaigua farmer, died in Thompson Hospital this morning, July 31, 1951, of a heart ailment following an operation. He had been hospitalized since July 18.

Son of Philenzo P and Kate Totman Bliss, he was born February 4, 1875, in Audrain County, Missouri, then unsettled country, but returned to Ontario County with his parents when a year old.

52 years ago in December he was married to Miss Ada FIsher, and they have resided in the town of Canandiagua 45 years. Mr. Bliss served as a Canandaigua tax collector for 12 years, was a Canandaigua Grange representative on soil conservation board at the time of his death, and was a member of the Congregational Church of Bristol Valley.

Besides his wife he leaves three sons and two daughters, L. Kenneth Bliss, St. Johns, Newfoundland, Elton G. Bliss, Peoria, Il, Harlan P Bliss, Mrs. John Purdy, and Mrs. Stuart Purdy, all Canandaigua, two sisters and a brother, Mrs. Mabel Henish, Bristol, Mrs. Alice Wilder, Cleveland, Oh, and Gooding Bliss, Naples, 13 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Macomb County Early Pioneers
Macomb County Early Pioneers
Lemuel Sackett
Born in Massachusetts in 1808, Lemuel Sackett moved to Clinton Township in 1829 where he cleared land to farm until his death in 1882.

Nancy Godfrey Death Notice
Nancy Godfrey Death Notice
18 April 1913

DIED At Farmington, April 15, Mrs. Nancy Johnson, aged 85 years.

Nancy Godfrey Obituary
Nancy Godfrey Obituary
From Ontario County Journal 18 April 1913The death of Mrs. Nancy Johnson, aged 85 years, occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Thomas Magary, on Tuesday evening. She is survived by four daughters and two sons, Mrs. Magary and Mrs. E. J. Bloomfield of Farmington, Thomas, John, Mary and Mrs. James Purdy of Canandaigua. Rev. Guy L. Morrill will officiate at the funeral services this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.

Philenzo Payne Bliss Jr Sketch
Philenzo Payne Bliss Jr Sketch
From the HISTORY OF ONTARIO COUNTY; compiled by Lewis Cass Aldrich; edited by George S. Conover; 1893;

Philenzo P. Bliss, Bristol, was born in Kankakee county, Ill., June 16, 1839. He is a son of Philenzo P. Bliss, whose father was James Bliss, of Genesee county, N. Y., where he spent most of his life. He died in Illinois in 1839. Philenzo P. Bliss, father of subject, was born in Genesee county, October 22, 1813, and died in Kankakee county, Ill., August 30 1839. He went to Illinois when a young man, and married Caroline A. Gooding, who was born October 10, 1816, in Bristol, a daughter of James Gooding, who was born in Bristol, July 6, 1791. He was the third male white child born in the town of Bristol; his father was James Gooding, one of the pioneers of the county. The subject of this sketch was reared on a farm, and educated in Rockford Academy. He married Catherine L. Totman, of Bristol, born in Jefferson county, N. Y., September 21, 1839. Her father, Ward Totman, removed from Jefferson county to Bristol in 1840. Mr. Bliss and wife have had the following children: Irene C., Winifred K., Henry W., Mabel J., Edith S., Alice C., Lester P., Gooding H., and Esther (deceased). He removed to Bristol in 1876, and in 1882 he purchased the farm on which he now resides. He is a Republican, and is a member of the Farmer's Alliance of Bristol. He and his wife are members of the Congregational church of that place.

Richard Purdy Family Sketch
Richard Purdy Family Sketch
From the HISTORY OF ONTARIO COUNTY; compiled by Lewis Cass Aldrich; edited by George S. Conover; 1893;

Richard Purdy, Canandaigua, was born in Ireland May 12, 1819, and came to this country in 1846. He first located in Farmington where he lived four years with Isaac Hathaway, then went to Canandaigua, spending eleven years with Mrs. Jackson. In 1861 he bought a farm in Penfield, Monroe county, where he spent five years and then bought his present farm, consisting of 123 acres with a beautiful residence. He has never taken an active interest in politics. He married, in 1859, Anna, daughter of Guy McGowan, a native of Scotland. Mr. and Mrs. Purdy have seven children. Mary J., widow of Henry F. Brooks,resides with her son, Henry F., at home; her oldest son, George E., lives with his grandfather, Henry Brooks. James and William are farmers and live on a farm of 147 acres joining their father's. James married a Miss Matilda Johnson in 1888. John E., a farmer, lives at home; George R., a postal clerk, runs from Syracuse to New York; Lorenzo H., is a student at Canandaigua Academy. Ellsworth is at home, a school boy.

Robert Lemuel Sackett
Robert Lemuel Sackett
Notes for Prof. Robert Lemuel Sackett:

He graduated from the Mount Clemens High School; taught school for a year and then went to the University of Michigan, and graduated from the engineering course in 1891. Immediately thereafter he took a position with the U. S. Government on river and harbor surveying. Later he resigned and accepted an appointment as Professor of Mathematics at Earlham College, and there developed the department of civil engineering, of which he was made head. He resigned this position and was elected Professor of Sanitary Engineering and Hydraulics at Pardue[sic]* University, Lafayette, Ind. He took his Master's degree at University of Michigan in 1896. Has made special investigations for the U. S. Geological Survey, and is consulting engineer to the Indiana State Board of Health, and to several hospital commissions. His special work is designing of sewage disposal works and water supply engineering. [Weygant, p. 412]

La Vie; The Annual Publication of the Senior Class of the Pennsylvania State College; Fiftieth Volume; State College, Pennsylvania; 1937; Page 8; Dedication

Robert L. Sackett is one of Penn State's truly great men. His work at Penn State in educational and recreational activities has given him many national honors and much fame. His reputation as a leader in education and athletic guidance is nation-wide. The responsivilities which the nation has placed upon him have been well fulfilled as evidenced by the many honors given him during recent years.

As Dean of the School of Engineering for many years he has gained the respect and admiration of many generations of Penn State men. He has taught them well. They remember his long, patient hours of help with problems during undergraduate days, and constantly return to him for advice.

His work in education does not tell all, because he has served for many years as a leader of various committees on athletics at Penn State. The honor and quality of Penn State sports have been greatly advanced by his guidance.

Dean Sackett has become a part of Penn State, and the class of 1937 desires to express its admiration by dedicating this fiftieth volume of La Vie to Robert L. Sackett, who has displayed his Penn State Spirit through long years of constant work with the educational and recreational life of thousands of students 
Stories about Totman and Bliss Families
Probably written by Helen Zilpha Corser (Herendeen)
Stories about Totman and Bliss Families Probably written by Helen Zilpha Corser (Herendeen)
Aunt Rena [Irena Lester Joyner] practiced medicine and was always being called to doctor someone. She paid $10.00 for the privilege of practicing. She went to Virginia to care for her son, Levi Ward Totman when he had typhoid fever. She stayed and cared for other wounded boys when she saw the great need for nurses. She was supposed to have died of stomach ulcers or cancer of the stomach. She came from Jefferson County, NY and her maiden name was Joiner (or Joyner).

Her son Lester [Totman], went to Canandaigua Academy and Ann Arbor, Michigan to study to be a doctor. He had to work his way through, writing essays for the others or tutoring. He worked so hard that he finally had to leave school. He started out to visit Aunt Kate [Catherine Louise Totman] and Uncle Flen [Philenzo Payne Bliss Jr] but after leaving Aunt Nancy [Totman]’s he was taken sick on the way to Aunt Kate’s. He stopped at Henry Reed’s and perhaps a brother of James Reed who lived about 60 miles from Aunt Kate’s. He never arrived at his destination but died there with TB of the bowels. HE also had bad throat glands. Ward [Totman and his] wife [Irena Lester Joyner] came to his funeral.

Thomas Lester was engaged to Ada Sears. The half sister of Hank and Alice, Alice was stuck by lightning and killed when she was 17. Ada is said to have been very beautiful, she later married someone else (after Lester’s death).

Ward Totman was a really factual person. He has been known to take his liquor with the best of them until he came before his wife’s praying for him to stop. She made him promise then to stop all drinking and ward was out to keep a promise. He was a farmer by trade like his parents in Jefferson county, so after his marriage to Rena Joiner [Irena Lester Joyner] and his journey to Bristol he bought the Totman homestead, then only a log cabin, and built a much larger house.

The place was about 100 acres, some of which was pasture and orchard, but for the most part the land was tilled to raise crops to feed livestock. He made the most of his money raising and selling livestock. He had 7 children, William Francis, who died young, Nancy, Sophia, Catherine, Levi, Lester, and Francis (the 2nd child same name as his brother and he died as a young boy.

After Irena [Lester Joyner] died, Ward went back to Jefferson county and married Hannah Moore, aunt of Zilpha [Merenda Moore], Levi [Ward Totman]’s wife. It was Hannah who helped Lester as much as she could to get through school when Ward refused to waste his money on college, just a postponement to get out of working.

That was the thing about Ward, he wasn’t one to waste his money, especially on such intangibles as that of an education. But perhaps the hard working man shouldn’t be blamed for not throwing his money away, they appreciated what it took to get money. It also has been said that grandfather Ward was rather selfish for when visiting Aunt Kate’s [Catherine Louise Totman], he had been known to say “Kate, save the top milk to put on my toast.” “I know” was his favorite expression.

Once when Aunt Kate [Catherine Louise Totman] & Uncle Flen [Philenzo Payne Bliss Jr] were both busy off away for the day, Ward came down driving Harry [Henry Ward Bliss] at great speed. HE wanted a load of straw and since she was the only one home at the time Aunt Mabel [Janette Bliss] drew the load down the hill for him. AS they were coming down, Mabel driving and Ward working beside her, the load slipped off. What ward said “Honey, I never saw anyone get out from under anything as fast as you did.”

His favorite spot was to sit behind the range by the window and read. He would also chew just a bit of tobacco or smoke his clay pipe, cleaning it out and throwing the ashes into the fire. He gave all his grandchildren names, Ella-Nancy, Grace-Dolly, (for his sister) Florence-Fley. Ward was also a builder and founder of the Methodist Church. It was said whiskey flowed freely as an incentive to the builders.

Aunt Nancy [Totman] married (at 19 yrs) Henry Reed, whom she had met here and who was related to Jim Reed, Rurol’s father. Nancy was married at the farm and went west and settled at [Joliet], Ilinois. Hal lives in the same house today. William died quite young, Morse [Morris A Reed] Wallace [L Reed] and Frank [L Reed] were their children. Wallace’s first wife was daughter of Randall and when she died in childbirth, Wallace inherited the Randall house. Nancy came from the west & Stayed with Wallace to settle the estate. Inez Totman, age 9, came and stayed with her and enjoyed it very much.

Aunt Nancy [Totman] was like Ella Case, being rather stout and quite friendly and cheerful. Children liked her and she liked them. She traveled to the Bristol hills many times from her western home. She loved her family and watched over them. People were kind to her in the west. Her husband had many relatives there who helped get started so the job of settling wasn’t such a hard one as many pioneers had to face and conquer.

Mrs Bradley was cousin of Uncle Henry Reed. The Reeds lived where Leon Reed now lives, that was the Reed homestead.

Aunt Kate [Catherine Louise Totman] and uncle Flen [Philenzo Payne Bliss Jr] met in Joliet, Illinois. For Aunt Kate had gone there to visit her sister, Nancy [Totman]. They were married in Aunt Nancy’s front yard on Oct 12th 1860. It was beautiful and the deep yard had pines bordering it, whose branches came clear to the grass. Ward and Rena came to the wedding also. Uncle Philenzo was born at Kankakee, Illinois. His father died when he was a few months old. His mother, Caroline Gooding, married Samuel Blount. He was always called Blount until one day he came home from school, about age 5, crying. When his mother asked him what was the matter he said someone had told him his name wasn’t really Blount. His mother told him that his real father was named Bliss and did he want to be called that? He said yes and from that time on he was called Philenzo Payne Bliss Jr.

After the two were married, they settled on the outskirts of what now is called Chicago, although Chicago of that time was about 30 miles away. One time when Uncle Flen was coming home from marketing his produce there he suddenly looked around and saw a man crouched behind him in the back of the wagon. He told him if he wanted a ride to come up on the seat with him and the man obeyed sullenly. Though Uncle Flen watched him al the rest of the ride, he didn’t try anything else. If Aunt Kate and Uncle Flen had stayed where they were they would have owned very valuable property in a very few years, but Uncle FLen got the western urge again and moved to Missouri. There the family had some real work to build a house and tame 80 acres of land.

Perhaps the worst terror to the people there were the prairie fires. When the grass got so dry that the fires seemingly were started by the sun’s rays, the danger of fire was very great. There was no stopping one once it got started. Livestock was turned loose and therefore couldn’t be caught when the fires were going so that the stock was either lost or burned usually. One fire started at the neighbors, 1 or 2 miles away. They were making sorghum and while they were eating dinner the fire under the kettles got into the dry sorghum and of course spread very quickly. The fire came to the next door neighbor’s (Mrs Koor) and the Bliss children being alone could see them beat out the fire around the house saving it, but losing the rest of the buildings and naturally they were frightened. Mabel rushed upstairs and got her red dress and button shoes to save them. She was also very sure that her friend Ransom, with whom she used to walk home from school, was being burned. That fire didn’t ever reach their place, but only because of the hard work of the grownups there about. Uncle Flen came home so tired that he fell on the floor and could not get up for a long while. Most of the farmers plowed around their buildings so that the fires wouldn’t get to them. The children would look out over the plains at night to see if there were any fires and quite often they would find them there glowing red against the dusty sky.

At the time of another fire and things got so bad that Winnie [Winifred Catherine Bliss] and Rena [Irene Carolyn Bliss] decided to put Topsey the horse in the well to save her but just about that time Ick Bliss came riding up to tell the children that the fire wouldn’t reach them.

Once when the children were quite small the girls used to sing a song their mother didn’t like and so that their mother couldn’t hear, they stuck their foot down the stove pipe hole through the floor. Mabel who was still small, stuck both her feet in and went right through. Luckily she landed on a coat which was on the floor and so she wasn’t hurt.

One other time the children were walking up a plank, over a large barrel of soft soap. The larger children had no trouble doing this, but when it came to Mabel’s turn she fell in the barrel head first. Everyone helped her get out as fast as they could and her sister got most of the soap out of her eyes.

Even at that time prairie schooners & covered wagons were still traveling for the west. For Mabel can remember being lifted in and playing in a covered wagon that belonged to some friends of her parents who were resting there a few days before pushing on west.

Uncle Flen came to Bristol and Ward gave him a horse which combined with Topsey made a team. He started to Missouri, driving the horses till he got to Erie when he received a telegram saying that his brother Jim [James Gooding Blount] had been killed in the Civil War. This made him all the more homesick for Missouri and so he put the horses on the train at Cleveland, he had to get off the train to find some hay to feed the horses. He had such a time doing this that the train went on with the horses. So he waited and got on the caboose of the next train with the hay and caught up with the first train.

The whole family suffered with malaria while they were in the west.

When Mabel was 5 years old she was taken to her first circus. A Mrs. Carston from Mexico took her to the circus in Centralia, 12 miles away. While they were in the city, Mrs Carston bought her a pair of shoes, these it was decided after Mabel walked around for a while were too small. This was remembered by going back and exchanging them for a larger pair. Then they proceeded to the circus. The thing that impressed Mabel were 5 girls who performed on racing horses. When she went home and told the rest of the family about it. Riding on the hops of the horse and trying to perform the same stunts became the favorite past time. The girls used to get the horses going on either side of a hoop and jump from one horse through the hoop to the other horse. Another time she was riding Joe a pacer to the pond. Mabel decided that was a good time to practice, so she rode on the hops and everything was all right until she suddenly lost her balance and fell in the mud with her best clothes on.

Aunt Kate and the children came back by train from Grandfather Blount’s. After they arrived, Morris Reed came to visit them and was very sick with rheumatism. Ward came to see them soon after that and made the children sleds. But because they had no hills, the kids hitched the horses to the sleds instead.

When Mabel was 8 years old the family came back to Bristol. They arrived here in March. Aunt Kate refused to go back and wanted Uncle Flen to come to Bristol. This was asking a lot for Uncle Flen had to give all the land he had worked so hard to settle and the house he had built. Of course when he sold them he did so at a loss. He had so much out there and nothing here. He had to start all over. At one time he had 14 horses and many cows. These were sold at auction. This livestock roamed over the plains since there were no or few fences. On her 8th birthday, Mabel received a pair of red wool mittens so that day she rode out and kept the livestock in a certain field of flax. Since it was in January the day was cold and watching all day must have been a tiresome job.