Deaths from the Western N. Y. Masonic Relief Association

(1875 - 1893)

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The Western NY Masonic Relief Association was an insurance program setup for members of the Masons. It had an unusual pay-out program. Each time a member died $1.10 was collected from each of the current members of the organization. Then $1 for each paid member was paid to the survivor. Thus as the number of members grew, the death benefit increased. In 1875 there were 700 members and by 1880 there were 1330 members.

The list below was made from a collection of postcards announcing the death assessments. The postcards were received from Janice Sebring of Vienna, VA. She found them in the house of her grandparents on Crestfield Drive in Irondequoit, NY. The postcards were addressed to William Pauckner. Unfortunately, this collection is not complete for later years.

Masonic Lodges in Rochester, NY
Number Name
109 Valley
163 Yonnondio
507 Genesee Falls
660 Rochester
722 Germania

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Note: The listing for Lodge consists of:

  1. the name of the Lodge
  2. the Lodge number
  3. the State the Lodge is located in.
Name Lodge Cause of Death Death Place Date Died Age
Simon Bilger Germania, 722, NY suicide Irondequoit, NY 12 March 1875  
Levi E. Seaman Clyde, 341, NY pneumonia Galen, NY 18 Apr. 1875  
Charles Seyler Phoenix, 115, NY hypertrophy Dansville, NY 5 July 1875  
Henry Freudenvoll Germania, 722, NY cancer of the liver Rochester, NY 2 Aug. 1875 38
Werner Nachbar Harmonie, 669, NY suicide Buffalo, NY 7 Aug. 1875 30
Nathan Stern Valley, 109, NY nervous depression   15 Jan. 1876 49
Wm. F. Holmes Yonnondio, 163, NY apoplexy Owego, NY 19 March 1876 69
Gordon Bailey Washington, 240, NY inaction of stomach Buffalo, NY 11 Apr. 1876  
Wm. M. Quimby Rochester, 660, NY heart disease Magnolia, VA 11 Apr. 1876  
J. Otis Fay Valley, 109, NY typhoid pneumonia Rochester, NY 24 Apr. 1876  
John Boyce Valley, 109, NY hemorrage of lungs Rochester, NY 5 June 1876 58
Edmund Hartman Phoenix, 115, NY rheumatism Dansville, NY 19 June 1876 46
Mark Normington Valley, 109, NY pulmonary abscess Rochester, NY 29 July 1876 44
Isaac G. Wile Valley, 109, NY phthisis pulmonalis Conejos, CO 31 July 1876 27
Wm. A. Banning Genesee Falls, 507, NY suicide Rochester, NY 5 Aug. 1876 31
Henry G. Barral Humanity, 406, NY suicide Lyons, NY 10 Oct. 1876 40
Benjamin W. Miller Yonnondio, 163, NY inflamation of bowels Rochester, NY 22 Oct. 1876 42
Frank Bemis Valley, 109, NY softening of brain Rochester, NY 30 Jan. 1877 38
Wm. B. Bull Blazing Star, 694, NY gun-shot wound Willink, NY 24 Jan. 1877 31
Charles H. Butrick Acadian, 705, NY heart disease Ogdensburg, NY 6 Feb. 1877 53
Calvin B. Patch Union, 108, PA pneumonia Towanda, PA 11 Feb. 1877 42
Thomas Parliament Genesee Falls, 507, NY cancer Cannington, Ont., Canada 12 Feb. 1877 30
Michael Sourwine Concordia, 143, NY congestion of lungs Buffalo, NY 28 Feb. 1877 57
Edward A. Cone Genesee Falls, 507, NY brights disease Rochester, NY 29 March 1877 56
Roscius K. Gould Rochester, 660, NY consumption Rochester, NY 23 June 1877 34
Daniel P. Davis Valley, 109, NY suicide Rochester, NY 27 June 1877 50
Philetus J. Runyan Mt. Morris, 122, NY quick consumption Mt. Morris, NY 2 July 1877 42
Alexander B. Case Yonnondio, 163, NY acute pulmonary tuberculous Frewsburg, NY 2 Aug. 1877 34
Orville M. Buck Union, 146, PA pyaemia Belle Air, VA 31 Aug. 1877 28
Wm. H. Blake Rochester, 660, NY typhoid fever Rochester, NY 16 Sept. 1877 37
Geo. H. Marsland Yonnondio, 163, NY suicide New York City, NY 17 Sept. 1877 37
Wm. H. Dawson Valley, 109, NY railroad collision Rochester, NY 20 Sept. 1877 40
Newton Harlan Columbia, 3, DC jaundice Ridgeville, OH 28 Sept. 1877 64
J. A. B. Campbell Hiram, 105, NY diabetes Buffalo, NY 1 Oct. 1877 48
Virgil C. Goodwin Genesee Falls, 507, NY apoplexy Fox Lake, WI 5 Oct. 1877 63
John C. Hecket Germania, 722, NY pneumonia Rochester, NY 23 Oct. 1877 56
Edwin Adams Revere, MA pul. tuberculosis Philadelphia, PA 28 Oct. 1877 43
Robert Shankland Valley, 109, NY softening of brain Rochester, NY 3 Nov. 1877 53
Gustavus Ames Genesee Falls, 507, NY bright's disease Brooklyn, NY 7 Dec. 1877 35
Geo. W. Aldridge Genesee Falls, 507, NY gastrohepatitis Rochester, NY 8 Dec. 1877 43
Samuel Rosenthal Valley, 109, NY cancer of stomach Rochester, NY 31 Dec. 1877 60
Robert F. Reynell Valley, 109, NY accidental drowning Rochester, NY 13 Jan. 1878 67
John F. Reese Rochester, 660 Consumption Rochester, NY 1 Feb. 1878 31
Thomas N. Ashby Unity, 146, VA hemorrhage of stomach and bowels Front Royal, VA 13 Feb. 1878 58
Henry W. Croft Genesee Falls, 507, NY consumption Rochester, NY 4 March 1878 47
Orrin Welch Central City, 305, NY asthenia Syracuse, NY 21 March 1878 50
Tho. A. Hungerford Genesee Falls, 507, NY accidental overdose of morphine Rochester, NY 3 Apr. 1878 68
Gustavus Phelps Meridan, 77, CT chronic fever Wallingford, CT 13 Apr. 1878 41
William J. Holling Palmyra, 248, NY hemorrhage of stomach Howell, MI 30 Apr. 1878 40
John Q. Rowe Sodus, 302, NY dropsy Sodus, NY 2 June 1878 31
Matthew Edgar Valley, 109, NY typhoid fever Rochester, NY 18 June 1878 52
Levi Funkenstein Valley, 109, NY diarrhea Rochester, NY 12 Aug. 1878 50
John U. Maier Germania, 722, NY consumption Rochester, NY 21 Aug. 1878 43
Phillip Dykins Yonnondio, 163, NY accident Batavia, NY 2 Sept. 1878 48
Chas. P. Achilles Rochester, 660, NY thoracic tumor Rochester, NY 20 Sept. 1878 43
R. B. McMillan Valley, 109, NY consumption Bath-on-Hudson 5 Oct. 1878 30
Josiah Rich Etolian, 479, NY consumption Ogden, NY 15 Oct. 1878 45
Milton H. Davis Monroe, 173, NY erysipelas Brockport, NY 6 Nov. 1878 36
J. W. McElhinney Rochester, 660, NY inflamation of the liver Rochester, NY 18 Nov. 1878 53
J. V. N. Schermerhorn Genesee Falls, 507, NY bright's disease Rochester, NY 3 Dec. 1878 60
Erastus M. Denio Rochester, 660, NY paralysis Rochester, NY 13 Dec. 1878 53
Thos. C. Atcheson Ogdensburg, 128, NY apoplexy Ogdensburg, NY 19 Dec. 1878 63
John Paul Liberty, 510, NY pneumonia Cohocton, NY 30 Dec. 1878 50
Wm. R. Craig Rochester, 660, NY diabetes Rochester, NY 3 Jan. 1879 30
Ebenezer T. Oatley Valley, 109, NY heart disease Rochester, NY 6 Jan. 1879 66
John D. Montanye Union, 108, PA heart disease Ithaca, NY 18 Jan. 1879 35
Moses S. Cohen Adelphi, 23, NY heart diease New York City 5 Feb. 1879 62
Thaddeus K. Burch Monroe, 173, NY phipsis Brockport, NY 17 Feb. 1879 39
Geo. M. Lathrop Rochester, 660, NY accident Machias, NY 18 Feb. 1879 37
Frederick Specht Lockport, 73, NY paresis Buffalo, NY 21 Feb. 1879 41
Adolph Roda Yonnondio, 163, NY gastritis Rochester, NY 3 March 1879 38
John Stack Yonnondio, 163, NY typhoid fever Rochester, NY 26 March 1878 38
William H. Johnson Washington, 240, NY accident Buffalo, NY 17 June 1879 31
James H. Davis Queen City, 358, NY consumption Buffalo, NY 21 June 1876 52
John W. Chambers Wenona, 256, MI pulm'ary consumption West Bay City, MI 26 Sept. 1879 40
Franklin Whittlesey Yonnondio, 163, NY infl'm'n liver & bowels Geneva, NY 15 Oct. 1879 60
Julius F. Brayton Valley, 169, NY accidental poison Brockton, MA 29 Oct. 1879 45
Gustave Poppenberg Concordia, 143, NY carcinoma esophagus Buffalo, NY 8 Feb. 1880 64
Jacob I. Denman Oatka, 759, NY tuberculosis Scottsville, NY 18 Feb. 1880 51
John F. Whitbeck Genesee Falls, 507, NY broncho-pnuemonia Rochester, NY 8 Dec. 1880 66
William W. Croft Genesee Falls, 507, NY paralysis Rochester, NY 19 Jan. 1881 52
E. O'Meara Goodrich Union, 108, PA disease of stomach Binghamton, NY 28 Jan. 1881 56
Hermann Mutchler Genesee Falls, 507, NY apoplexy Rochester, NY 20 Feb. 1881 56
William S. Moorhead Central City, 305, NY accidental poison Syracuse, NY 23 Feb. 1881 43
Hamilton H. Howard Rochester, 660, NY tuberculosis Rochester, NY 16 Apr. 1881 32
Francis H. Marshall Yonnondio, 163, NY phthisis Rochester, NY 6 May 1881 67
Henry S. Randall Valley, 109, NY endocarditis Rochester, NY 20 May 1881 37
August Schasberger Hudson, 71, NJ bright's disease Hoboken, NJ 24 May 1881 46
Napoleon B. Jones Oatka, 759, NY malarial fever Scottsville, NY 13 June 1881 72
Charles N. Walker Genesee Falls, 507, NY bronchitis Chili, NY 4 Aug. 1881 42
John Stokes Valley, 109, NY phthisis pulmonalis Rochester, NY 17 Aug. 1881 63
Joseph I. Howard Yonnondio, 163, NY suicide Atlanta, GA 23 Sept. 1881 41
George E. Lawton Franklin, 231, PA phthisis pulmonalis Denver, CO 30 Sept. 1881 31
Heman Miller Valley, 109, NY usaemia and septicaemia Rochester, NY 24 Oct. 1881 74
Cyrus D. Phillips Valley, 109, NY water on heart Rochester, NY 8 Nov. 1881 44
Osgood N. Russell Genesee Falls, 507, NY paralysis Rochester, NY 30 Nov. 1881 54
Marcus B. Buck Unity, 148, VA abdominal dropsy Warrenton, VA 30 Nov. 1881 65
Jacob P. Schneider Humanity, 406, NY suicide Lyons, NY 3 Dec. 1881 47
Charles C. Owens Roswell Lee, MA diabetes Springfield, MA 14 Apr. 1882 41
Chauncey W. Huff Irondequoit, 301, NY accidn'tl drowning Buffalo, NY 18 Dec. 1882 49
George W. Peer Valley, 109, NY apoplexy Rochester, NY 12 Jan. 1882 63
Lucius F. Paine Keshequa, 299, NY dyspepsia Nunda, NY 13 Feb. 1883 70
George H. Ellis Yonnondio, 163, NY suicide Rochester, NY 28 Feb. 1883 54
Israel Leon Adelphi, 23, NY uraemia New York City 11 June 1883 67
John Widman Germania, 772, NY septicaemiea Rochester, NY 22 July 1883 61
William H. Cheney Valley, 109, NY typh.pnuemonia Minneapolis, MN 19 Oct. 1883 76
William D. Meeker Valley, 109, NY coma Rochester, NY 23 Oct. 1883 57
George W. Burt Mt. Morris, 122, NY obstruction bowels Mt. Morris, NY March 1886  
Angus G. Boyd Genesee Falls, 507, NY paralysis Brockport, NY March 1886  
William Brown Valley, 109, NY paraylsis Rochester, NY July 1889  
William Hart Yonnondio, 163, NY heart failure Rochester, NY July 1889  
William Burgess Rochester, 660, NY hemorrhage, bladder Rochester, NY Oct. 1889  
John Herrick Rochester, 660, NY heart failure Brighton, NY Nov. 1889  
Austin B. Kirby Rising Sun, 234, NY heart failure Buffalo, NY Dec. 1889  
H. B. Herrick Syracuse, 501, NY heart disease Syracuse, NY Jan. 1890  
Edwin H. Hurd Valley, 109, NY epithelial cancer St. Joseph, MO May 1891  
James W. Craig Churchville, 667, NY acute septicaemia Churchville, NY June 1891  
Joseph Flint Valley, 109, NY paralysis Rochester, NY Feb. 1893  
Charles G. Davis Rochester, 660, NY heart disease Rochester, NY Feb. 1893  
Valentin Gilliard Germania, 722, NY ulceration of bowels Rochester, NY July 1893  
Henry H. Babcock Genesee Falls, 507, NY hydrothera Rochester, NY Sept. 1893  

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