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Anna White Furman

  • Birth 24 Sep 1830 Saratoga County, New York, USA
  • Death 27 Jan 1913 Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA
  • Burial Perinton, Monroe County, New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 52933126

[From THE FAIRPORT HERALD, Wednesday, January 29, 1913, page 2, columns 2-3]

Annie White Furman

Mrs. Annie White Furman passed away Monday, Jan 27th, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wm. Ellsworth, 560 Birr st., Rochester.

Deceased was born in Saratoga county, this state, Sept. 24th, 1830. She was the fifth child of the ten children of Sarah Sumner and Sanford White. While yet a baby her parents journeyed by packet boat on the Erie canal to Western New York, and settled in the town of Macedon, where they made their home. While yet a tiny child she was taken back to Saratoga county and made her home with her grandparents, where she lived until she reached young womanhood. Upon the death of her grandparents, she returned to her parent's home in Macedon, and in that vicinity has the greater part of her life been spent.

On Oct. 25th, 1850 she became the bride of Garry Furman, one of the sons of Jane Baisley [sic] and Benjamin Furman, who were among the pioneer settlers of Monroe county. The young couple, in company with Hiram Furman, a brother of Garry, and his bride, who were married the day following, enjoyed what would seem to the bride and groom of today, a rather novel wedding trip. They took a carriage drive of several days, driving along the old "Ridge Road" nearly to Buffalo, stopping each night at the now almost obsolete country Inn. And yet, nearly sixty three years ago, is it so much different than the "auto trip" that so often the bride and groom of today consider the best sort of a honeymoon trip.

Upon their return from their wedding journey, they commenced housekeeping at the old Furman homestead, where still lived the father and mother and two younger brothers. In the new life Mrs. Furman showed her marvelous adaptability of character. She became a real daughter to the aged parents and a real sister to each of her new brothers.

No task was too hard for her to undertake for each and every member of the family into which she had entered. How well and how sincerely she did her duty by them all is shown by the blessings the [mother-in-law] gave her 'ere she was called to her Heavenly home.

Two daughters were born to Mr. and Mrs. Furman. One of whom, Sarah Jane, passed away in her young womanhood, only a few years after her young husband's death. She left one son, Ernest D. Merrifield, of Rochester, who survives his grandmother. The other daughter, Rosalie, also survives.

In 1897 her husband died. Since that time she has lived the greater part of the time with her daughter, Mrs. Wm. Ellsworth.

A few years ago she was stricken with that deadly disease, cancer. Although the best possible care was given her by her loved ones and she received the best of medical care and attention, the disease could not be averted. During these years of suffering her wonderful patience and cheerfulness has been a source of admiration and wonder to all who knew her.

All her life she was one of the kindest and most sympathetic friends and neighbor. No one ever called upon her in vain for aid or sympathy. [Hers] was a nature that the years sat lightly upon. She was as intensely interested in everyday events, the progress of the world, and the lives of the' young people about her, as though her years were few. Although called upon to pass through deep and bitter [trials], suffer losses and the last years of her life suffer the most excruciating physical agony possible, yet never once did her bright happy spirit fail her. Thoughtful of and interested in others up to the very last, [hers] is a life that will long live in the memory of all who knew her, as one of their choicest recollections. And her influence will be felt many more years than she has lived out in her earthly existence.

Besides the daughter and grandson, already mentioned, there are left two sisters, Mrs. Edna VanTassel of Elmdale, Mich., and Mrs. Fannie Brandt of Fruitland, also three [sisters-in-law], Mrs. Emma White and Mrs. Sarah White of Clarksville, Mich., and Mrs. Lucy Furman of East Rochester, and a large number of nieces and nephews, to whom she seemed more like a mother than an aunt.

Services were held at the home of her daughter Mrs. Wm. Ellsworth at 11:45 a. m. today and the funeral at 2 o'clock at the Brick church, East Penfield, where she has been a member for nearly twenty-years, taking a very active part in the work of the church as long as she lived in that vicinity. Interment in Carter's Cemetery, East Penfield.

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  • Created by: Craig Caplan
  • Added: 28 May 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 52933126
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Anna White Furman (24 Sep 1830–27 Jan 1913), Find A Grave Memorial no. 52933126, citing Elmwood Cemetery, Perinton, Monroe County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Craig Caplan (contributor 47072250) .