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Bessie Belle Hanlon Bishop
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Birth: Mar. 28, 1887
Cayuga County
New York, USA
Death: Sep. 8, 1953
Cayuga County
New York, USA

Bessie Belle Hanlon, daughter of William Joseph Hanlon and Ada J. Chapman, grew up on present-day Burtless Road in the Town of Scipio. Bessie was born prematurely in a day when such children did not often survive, "a little thing, the smallest the Dr. ever saw," according to a news item in a local paper. Ada, through unstinting care, fed Bessie with an eye dropper and brought her through this perilous period. Bessie had another brush with death as a young girl when threatened by a bull in the pasture. This time, she was saved by her dog, "Bob," who ran protective circles around her until she could be rescued by adults.

Bessie graduated from the Moravia Training School for teachers in 1907 and taught school in the Booth, Ward, and Bangall Districts in the Town of Scipio until the fall of 1912 when she entered Cornell University. Unfortunately, as the daughter of a widow, Bessie could not afford more than the single year at Cornell that her small inheritance from her father had provided. She returned to teaching rural schools in the Five Corners District in the Town of Genoa and the Ward District in the Town of Scipio until her marriage to Edwin Merle "Ed" Bishop on 22 August 1917 at her family home. Bessie and Ed operated the farm of her grandmother, Eliza Ann Barnes Chapman, for a few years until Ed bought his mother's farm at Bolt's Corners where they resided for several more years before returning to the Chapman farm in 1924. By the end of 1928, Bessie and Ed were back in the Bolt's Corners area. They were censused at Willow Corners (Sherwood Road and Cork Street) in 1930 at the house where she resided for most of the rest of her life.

Bessie was active in the Bolt's Corners Cornell Study Club for more than 20 years serving on the Program and Literary Committees. She was a member of the Scipio Baptist Church and its successor, Scipio Community Church, at Scipio Center; participated in the Scipio Baptist Ladies Aid Society; and hosted a Bible Study Class in her home. Bessie attended a number of reunions for the Moravia Training School, as well as family reunions for Ed's relatives. She served as Secretary and Treasurer for the Powers Family Association. She also assisted the Old Scholars Association with Bolt's Corners School reunions by serving of the Dinner and Arrangements Committees. Bessie's molasses cookies have rarely been equaled and are fondly remembered by her descendants.

Bessie died at home of metastatic breast cancer in 1953 after several surgeries and a long battle with the disease. She was survived by her husband, Ed, and three children.
Family links: 
  William Joseph Hanlon (1858 - 1909)
  Ada J. Chapman Hanlon (1856 - 1920)
  Edwin Merle Bishop (1881 - 1961)*
  Raymond Everett Bishop (1918 - 2008)*
  Barbara Grace Bishop Betz (1921 - 1985)*
*Calculated relationship
Scipio Rural Cemetery
Scipio Center
Cayuga County
New York, USA
Maintained by: Roger Post
Originally Created by: abby
Record added: Mar 02, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 106039885
Bessie Belle <i>Hanlon</i> Bishop
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