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  1. Levi Brown's Obituary, 1904
  2. Susan Jeffrey (nee Terry) & Stephen Jeffrey Death Notices, 1892 & 1904
  3. George Brown Death Notice, 1908
  4. A.J. Hayward's Death Notice
  5. Walter Norman Brown's Death Notice
  6. Death Notices for Stephen Jeffrey and Susan Jeffrey (nee Terry)
  7. Harriet Hayward (nee Ticknor) Death Notice
  8. Claude S. Hayward Death Notice
  9. Fred S. Hayward Death Notice
  10. Thurston S. Hayward Death Notice
  11. Nettie Hawley Death Notice
  12. 1952 Letter regarding Death of Eulice Ray Jeffrey
  13. Death Notice for Rev. W. David Owl's Daughter

Note: Although I am cognizant of the 'dangers' associated with digitally retouching historical photos, (that is, the danger of deleting pertinent information or introducing erroneous information),  most of these Death Notice images have been retouched. This has been done in order to remove the 'background noise' present in the source images, thereby making them more readable. In doing so, the extraneous dark background of the source images was lightened or erased.  Nothing has been added to the images nor has anything be re-arranged.  Editing was restricted solely to lightening and/or erasing the background noise.

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Levi Brown died 29-FEB-1904.  At the time of his death, he was one of the oldest residents of the village of North Collins. He was predeceased by his wife, Lydia Briggs, who died in 1895. Levi was born 27-SEP-1815 at Luzern, NY, the son of Jonathan Brown and Anna Baker. He was one of the siblings of Elisha Brown.  Many thanks go out to Mr. Christopher Densmore, Curator, Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College, for providing me with a photocopy of this obituary as well as a photocopy of the Death Notice for George Brown (below). That photocopy served as the source for this image..  The original source (presumably a newspaper) is unknown.
Obituary for Levi Brown, Died February 29, 1904
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Susan Jeffrey (nee Terry) her husband Stephen Jeffrey.  On the left is the death notice for Susan Terry. She died 14-DEC-1892 at Versailles, NY.  On the right is the death notice for her husband Stephen Jeffrey. He died 24-APR-1904 at Sunnyside, Washington state.  He was on a trip visiting his son when he died and his body was not returned to NY for burial.

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George A. Brown, b. 25-MAR-1848, d. 02-APR-1908, was the son of Levi Brown and Lydia Briggs. Many thanks go out to Mr. Christopher Densmore, Curator, Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College, for providing me with a photocopy of this obituary as well as a photocopy of the Obituary for Levi Brown (above). The people mentioned as attending the funeral included "Garrett Briggs, Delevan" whose family is listed in on Page 174A, Roll T9-0813, 1880 Census, for Yorkshire Twp., Cattaraugus County, NY.  "M.E. Brown, Versailles" refers to Marion Eliza Brown (nee Hills), who was married to George Brown's uncle, Elisha Brown, who died 25-AUG-1893. "Prof. Frank Briggs", refers to Franklin H. Briggs who was Superintendent of the Rochester Industrial School and subsequently became Superintendent of the Allegany Industrial School in Madison Twp., Pennsylvania, as shown by his listing on Roll T625_1513, Page 12A, 1920 census, ED#242, Marshall Twp., Allegany County, PA.  Franklin H. Briggs was the son of Daniel Briggs and his wife, Maria L. (probably nee Sheppard), whose family is shown on Roll T9_826, Page 133A & 123B of the 1880 census, Brant Twp, Erie County, NY. "Cordie Higley, Angola" was Corydon C. Higley, who is shown, along with his sister, Nettie Brown, on roll T625_1110, Page 165B, 1920 Census, Angola Village, Erie County, NY.  This is Nettie L. Brown, George Brown's wife, as shown on roll T623_1034, Page 16A, 1900 Census for North Collins, ED#257, Erie County, NY. She is buried next to George Brown in the Levi Brown plot at the North Collins Hicksite cemetery. "Abial Briggs, Lavonia" was Abial F. Briggs, who married  Carrie Porter, and who are both shown on roll T9_813, Page 178A, 1880 census for Yorkshire Twp., Cattaraugus County, NY. Their family, including a son, Newton W., and a daughter, Arline P., are shown on roll T624_986, Page 192A, 1910 census for Lavonia Station Village, ED#52, Livingston County, NY and on roll T625_1122, Page 193A, 1920 census, City of Rochester, NY.  It is suspected that all the Briggs's who attended George Brown's funeral were first cousins of George Brown and nephews of George's mother, Lydia Briggs, but this conjecture remains to be proven. The "Emma Train" who wrote the poem for this obituary (and also the poem for Levi Brown's obituary, above) was a neighbour of Levi and George Brown as shown in the 1880 census of Evans Twp.  Emma and her husband "Benjamin R. Train" (aka "Russell Train") lived on a 24.5 acre plot of land at the NW corner of Lot 14.  The Residences of both Emma Train and Corydon Higley's parents were within a mile of Levi Brown's farm, as shown on the 1880 Beers map of Evans Twp. .
Geroge Brown's Death Notice - Died 02-APR-1908
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A.J. Hayward's Death notice.  He was born in Fredonia 18 Aug 1860 but lived most of his life in Versailles.  He died 26 Oct 1924 at Versailles.  He married his first wife, Marion Alice Brown, daughter of Elisha Brown and Eliza Hills, on 22 Feb 1885 and had six children with her.  His second wife was Nettie L. Titus.
A.J. Hayward's Obituary notice from 1924
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Walter Norman Brown was the youngest of six children of Elisha Brown and Eliza Hills.  He was born 23 March 1874 and died 02 Feb 1878.  He is buried in Versailles cemetery.  This image has been digitally enhanced in order to remove some of the background clutter caused by aging and make it more readable.  The actual source material, before being enhanced, is much less readable.
Walter Norman Brown Obituary notice from 1878


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Death Notices for Stephen Jeffrey and his first wife, Susan Jeffrey (nee Terry).  The sheet with the type-written transcription was saved as part our family papers, as well as the actual newspaper clippings.  Unfortunately, there is no notation as to the names of the newspapers from which these clippings were taken. Stephen is buried at Sunnyside (old) Cemetery, Yakima County, Washington state. The center of the cemetery is located at N4620.802' W1200.624' WGS84 Datum. According to the work of Laura Ware & Theresa Wiggins, Stephen was buried on 26-SEP-1904 in Lot 13, Block "F", Grave 6, as recorded on page 76 of the cemetery sexton's records.   Susan is buried at Versailles Cemetery.  A transcription in Acrobat PDF format is also available.  According to the 
Obituray for Stephen Jeffrey, 1904 Obituary for Susan Jeffrey (nee Terry), 1892

 Transcription of the obituaries for Stephen Jeffery and his first wife Susan Terry
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Harriet Hayward, nee Ticknor, born 4-SEP-1831 at Lisle, Broome Co. She died 24-JUL-1912 at Versailles.  She married Asa K. Hayward on 11-OCT-1857.  They had five children.  Their son, A.J. Hayward, married Marion Alice Brown 22-FEB-1885.  Harriet Ticknor moved to Versailles with her parents when she was sixteen years of age and she spent most of her life in Versailles.  She is buried in the Versailles cemetery. 
Obituary for Harriet Hayward nee Ticknor 1912
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Claude S. Hayward, b. 09-AUG-1876 in Pomfret, Chautauqua County, was one of 8 childern of Walter Smith Hayward and Emily D. Flanders. He married Mary Nieman 10-JUN-1900 and they had 6 childern.
Obituary notice for Claude S. Hayward

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Fred S. Hayward, b. 14-FEB-1867, d. 26-NOV-1935, was the son of Asa Kirby Hayward and Harriet Angeline Ticknor.  He died at his home in Versailles.
Obituary notice for Fred S. Hayward 1935
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Thurston S. Hayward, b. 24-JUL-1894, d. 20-JUL-1989, was one of 5 children of A. J. Hayward and Marion Alice Brown of Versailles.  Thurston married Lotta Higgs on 16-OCT-1929 and they had 3 children.
Obituray notice for Thurston S. Hayward 1989

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Nettie L. Hawley, b. 26-MAR-1861, d. 27-DEC-1939 at North Collins, was first married to a "Titus".  Her second marriage was to A. J. Hayward on 30-NOV-1907.
Obituary notice for Nettie L. Hawley 1939
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1952 Letter sent to Marion Erbland (nee Brown, daughter of Maude Jeffery) regarding the death of Marion's Uncle, Eulice Ray Jeffrey.  Eulice was born 1-MAR-185 at Versailles.  It is not known who this letter was from; perhaps it was from Eulice's wife, Alta Jeffrey (nee Lacey.)
Letter from Alice Kerr (nee Hawley) to Marion Erbland (nee Brown) regarding the death of Marion's Uncle, Eulice ray Jeffrey
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Betty Owl (nee Nephew) was the daughter of Rev. W. David Owl, the Minister who officiated at the marriage of Will Lincoln Brown and Maude Belle Jeffrey on 18-DEC-1893 at the ME. church parsonage, New Indian School on the road to Silver Creek from Versailles.
Death Notice for the Daughter of Rev. W. David Owl, the minister who officiated at the marriage of Will Lincoln Brown and Maud Belle Jeffrey

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