Family Tree


Generation No. 1

1. John Edward GENTNER, born May 14, 1909 in Canandaigua, NY; died May 5, 1989 in Canandaigua, NY.
He was the son of 2. David Fredrick GENTNER and 3. Mary Delores O'REILLY.
  • He married Dorothy Stroble Denniston June 22, 1933 in St. Mary's Rectory Canandaigua, NY.
  • She was the daughter of George Hill Denniston and Lulu Katherina Vogel.

Children of John GENTNER and Dorothy Denniston are:

  • i. Dorothy June GENTNER, born August 06, 1934 in Canandaigua, NY;
    • married Charles Edward Colf November 14, 1953 in Canandaigua, NY.
  • ii. John Edward GENTNER,Jr., born October 28, 1935;
    • married Norma Hayden August 01, 1958.
  • iii. Jean Mary GENTNER, born March 10, 1939 in Canandaigua, NY;
    • married Jerry Richmond Repard July 13, 1957 in Canandaigua, NY.
  • iv. David Fredrick GentnerII, born October 26, 1940;
    • married Jane Coryn August 11, 1962 in Canandaigua, NY.
  • v. Ruth Ann GENTNER, born September 18, 1950;
    • married Craig Sherman Anderson November 02, 1968 in Canandaigua, NY.

Generation No. 2

2. David Fredrick GENTNER, born September 30, 1886 in Canandaigua, NY; died March 10, 1978 in Hudson, NY.
He was the son of 4. David Fredrick GENTNER and 5. Cecelia McCormick.
  • He married 3. Mary Delores O'REILLY June 26, 1907 in Canandaigua, NY.
3. Mary Delores O'REILLY, born September 26, 1888 in Canandaigua, NY; died December 19, 1959 in Canandaigua, NY.
She was the daughter of 6. Thomas O'REILLY and 7. Jane Byrne.

Children of David GENTNER and Mary O'REILLY are:
  • i. Rita GENTNER, born April 18, 1908; died 1959;
    • married Paul R Barendt.
  • 1 ii. John Edward GENTNER, born mAY 14 1909 in Canandaigua, NY; died May 5, 1989 in Canandaigua, NY;
    • married Dorothy Stroble Denniston June 22, 1933 in St. Mary's Rectory Canandaigua, NY..
  • iii. Mary GENTNER, born March 05, 1917 in Canandaigua,NY; died 1990 in Canandaigua, NY;
    • married Leon Taplin.
  • iv. June Ruth GENTNER, born June 10, 1925; died June 26, 1969;
    • married Anthony Bailey.

Generation No. 3

4. Henry David Fredrick GENTNER, born 1851 in Germany; died 1907 in Canandaigua, NY.
  • He married 5. Cecelia McCormick.
  • He had Two brothers
  • ii. John GENTNER, born Unknown. of Buffalo, NY
  • iii. Christopher GENTNER, born Unknown. of Texas
  • iv. GENTNER, birth Unknown married WAGNER of Buffalo, NY
5. Cecelia McCormick, born Aft. 1840.
First Husband was ? MERKLEY
She was the daughter of 10. Francis McCormick and 11. Nancy McAdam.

Children of Henry GENTNER and Cecelia McCormick are:
  • i. Nell MERKLEY
  • 2 ii. David Henry Fredrick GENTNER, born September 30, 1886 in Canandaigua, NY; died March 10, 1978 in Hudson, NY;
    • married Mary Delores O'REILLY June 26, 1907 in Canandaigua, NY.

6. Thomas O'REILLY, born 1852 in Co. Cavin, Ireland; died 1906 in Canandaigua, NY. He married 7. Jane BYRNE.
He was the son of Thomas O'REILLY and Mary TAYLOR(?)
7. Jane BYRNE, born 1854 in Kilmolin, Ennisberry, Co. Wicklow, Ireland; died 1902 in Canandaigua, NY
She was the daughter of Thomas BYRNE and Margaret McDONNELL Children of Thomas O'REILLY and Jane Byrne are:
  • i. Thomas O'REILLY, born 1884; died 1904 in Canandaigua, NY.
  • 3 iii. Mary Delores O'REILLY, born September 26, 1888 in Canandaigua, NY; died December 19, 1959 in Canandaigua, NY;
    • married David Fredrick GENTNER June 26, 1907 in Canandaigua, NY.
  • iv. Austin O'REILLY, born 1881; died 1917 in Canandaigua, NY;
    • married Katherine Qualters April 25, 1904 in Canandaigua, NY.

  • v. Charles O'REILLY, born Abt. 1880;
    • married Catherine Scantlin June 26, 1907 in Canandaigua, NY.
  • vi. Margaret (Rita) O'REILLY, born Abt. 1880;
    • married Joseph Short.

Notes for young Thomas O'REILLY:
Died of electricution while delivering ice.

Generation No. 4

10. Francis McCormack, died 1868 in Canandaigua, NY.
  • He married 11. Nancy McAdam 1840 in Sackett's Harbour, NY..
11. Nancy McAdam, born August 01, 1825 in Middlebbury, VT; died December 27, 1916 in Canandaigua, NY.
She was the daughter of 22. John McAdam and 23. Nancy ?.

Children of Francis McCormack and Nancy McAdam are:
  • i. Mary Jane (Jennie) McCormack, born Nov 05, 1842 in Oswego, NY;
    died Jun 26, 1905 in Willard, NY;
    married James F DuBois.
  • ii. Francis P McCormack, born Abt. 1844;
    died Mar 09, 1913 in Canandaigua, Ontario Co., NY; married Anna Flynn.
  • iii. Emma McCormack, born Aft. 1846;
    married Owen Doyle.
  • iv. Laura McCormack, born Aft. 1846;
    married Jacob Koons Apr 24, 1883 in Canandaigua, NY.
  • v. Anna A McCormack, born 1850;
    died 1859 in Canandaigua, NY.
  • vi. John H McCormack, born Aft. 1850;
    married (1) Elizabeth Fulham Apr 20, 1892; married (2) Minnie Currie Sep 25, 1907 in Canandaigua, NY.
  • vii. Sarah McCormack, born Aft. 1850;
    married Patrick Meath Sep 30, 1885 in Canandaigua, NY.
  • viii. Cecelia McCormack, born Aft. 1850;
    married (1) Merkley; married (2) Henry David Fredrick Gentner 1884 in Canandaigua, NY.
  • ix. William J McCormack, born 1856;
    died Dec 29, 1906; married Alice M Cowen Jun 26, 1886.
  • x. Anna McCormack, born 1860; died 1875.
  • xi. Edward A McCormack, born 1863 in Canandaigua, NY;
    died Jan 12, 1901 in Canandaigua, NY; married Rose Glew Apr 16, 1885 in Canandaigua, NY.
  • xii. David McCormack, born 1867;
    died 1868 in Canandaigua, NY.
  • xiii. Fredrick McCormack, born 1868;
    died 1876 in Canandaigua, NY.

12. Thomas O'REILLY
married 13. Mary TAYLOR(?)
  • i. Bernard O'REILLY
  • ii. John O'REILLY
  • iii. James O'REILLY
  • iv. Austin O'REILLY
  • v. Ellen O'REILLY
  • vi. Marie O'REILLY
  • 6 vii. Thomas O'REILLY

14. Thomas BYRNE, born 1809; died Aug.19, 1894 in Kilmolin, Ennisberry, Co. Wicklow, Ireland; He married Margaret June 22,1835
He was the son of Thomas BYRNE and Ellen ? . 15. Margaret McDONNELL.
  • i. Thomas BYRNE born Mar. 26,1836 died Oct. 28,1864
  • ii. Matthew BYRNE born June 19,1838 died Nov. 15,1853
  • iii. David BYRNE born Oct.31,1840 died Oct. 27,1907
  • iv. Richard BYRNE born Jan. 16,1843 died 1875
  • v. Robert BYRNE born Mar. 28,1846 died in Canandaigua, NY; married Louisa
  • vi. Ellen BYRNE born Dec. 31,1849 died 1872
  • 7. vii. Jane BYRNE born Jan. 28,1854 died Dec. 13,1901
  • viii. Margaret BYRNE born Sept. 12,1853 married Robert KAVANAGH
  • ix. Matthew BYRNE born Nov. 8,1855 married Liz DEMPSEY
  • x. Mark BYRNE born Oct. 7,1857
  • xi. Mary Anne BYRNE born May 24,1860 died July 27,1888

Generation No. 5

22. John McAdam, died 1909 in Eloise, Mich..
  • He married 23. Nancy.
23. Nancy, born 1799; died 1881 in Canandaigua, NY.

Child of John McAdam and Nancy is:
  • 11 i. Nancy McAdam, born August 01, 1825 in Middlebbury, VT; died December 27, 1916 in Canandaigua, NY; married Francis McCormack 1840 in Sackett's Harbour, NY..

28. Thomas BYRNE died Dec. 26,1834
29. Ellen ? died Oct.29,1830

Child of Thomas BYRNE and Ellen is:
  • 14. i. Thomas BYRNE

Nancy McAdam McCormick
News Article
A small exerp from an article about the pier; 
On the pier a small building on the left side served as a waiting room for the travlers. Next to it was a lunch room, known as " The Daisy" " operated by the Widow Nancy McCormack.
Known as a pioneer buisness woman of Canandaigua, she also ran an ice business and a small boat livery and served as toll collector for all vehicles whish used the pier and all boats that landed there.

Francis S. McCormack - documents pertaining to his Estate's administration. July 9, 1868.

To the Surrogate of the County of Ontario.
The Petition of Nancy McCormack of the Town of Canandaigua in the County of Ontario respectfully showeth:
That Francis S. McCormack of the Town of Canandaigua in the County of Ontario died in the said Town of Canandaigua on or about the 5th day of May in the year of our Lord on thousand eight hundred and sixty eight.
That at the time of his death he was a inhabitant of the County of Ontario. That he left no will, as so far as your petitioner has heard, or been able to discover: That he left your petitioner his widow, Mary J. Dubois, Sarah E. McCormack, Cecelia McCormack, John H. McCormack, Emma E. McCormack, William McCormack, Anna McCormack, Edward A. McCormack, Laura E. McCormack, David h. McCormack, all of Canandaigua & Francis P. McCormack Watertown N.Y. his children.
And your petitioner further showeth, that all the goods, chattels, and credits of the said deceased do not exeed in value the sum of 500 dollars, (this next line is stricken out on the original copy)and his real property does not exeed in value the sum of 200 Dollars: and your petitioner prays that Letters of Administration of the goods, chattels and credits be granted by the surrogate to the petitioner.
Dated July 9th 1868.        Nancy McCormack

Ontario County Surrogate Court } SS.
On this 9th day of July 1868, personally appeared before me, in open Court Nancy McCormack the above named petitioner, and made oath that the matters set forth in the above petition are true, to the best of the knowledge, information and belief of said petitioner.
         Elihu M. Morse Surrogate.

Ontario County, ss.
I do swear, that I will well, honestly and faithfully discharge the duty of Aministratrix of the estate of Francis S. McCormack deceased, according to the law.
Subscribed and sworn the 9th day
of July 1868, before me      }        Nancy McCormack
Elihu M. Morse

Bond of Administrator.
Know all Men by those Presents:
That we, Nancy McCormack, James F Dubois & Thomas B. Lyon all of Canandaigua are held and firmly bound unto the People of the State of New York in the sum of One Thousand Dollars, to be paid to the said People; for which payment well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves and our and each of our Heirs, Executors and Administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by those Presents.
Sealed with our seals. Dated this 8th day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty eight.
The condition of this obligtation is such, that if the above bounden Nancy McCormack Administratrix of all and singular the goods, chattels and credits of Francis S. McCormack, late of the Town of Canandaigua deceased, shall faithfully execute the trust reposed in her as such; and also if the said Administatrix shall obey all the orders of the Surrogate of the County of Ontario, or the person charged by the constitution and laws with the preformance of the duties of the office, or of any other office or Court having juisdiction in the premises, touching the Administation of the Estate committed to her then the above obligation to be void; otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.
Sealed and Delivered in Presence of    Nancy McCormack
         Thomas B Lyon
         James F. Dubois

State of New York,
Ontario County }ss.
James F. Dubois & Thomas B. Lyon the surities, named in the above bond, being duly sworn, each for himself says, that he is a resident of the County of Ontario, and that he is a freeholder, and is worth more than one thousand Dollars, over and above all just debts and liabilities existing against him, and over and above his property exempt from seizure on execution.
Sworn this 9th day    Thomas B. Lyon
of July A.D. before me.   }   James F. Dubios
Elihu M. Morse

State of New York,
Ontario County   }ss.
On this 9th day of July A.D. 1868, before me the subscriber Surrogate of said County, appeared Nancy McCormack, James F. Dubios & Thomas B. Lyon to me personally known to be the same persons described in , and who executed the foregoing Instrument, and severally acknowledged to me that they executed the same.
     Elihu M. Morse

A true And Perfect Inventory
Of all the goods, Chattels and credits which were of Francis S, McCormack late of the town of Canandaigua in the County of Ontario , deceased, made by the Adinistratrix of the Estate of the said deceased, with the aid, and in the presence of Thomas B. Lyon and Seymour H. Jackson they having been duly appointed as Appraisers; containing a full, just and true statement of all the personal property of the said deceased, which has come to the knowledge of the said administratrix of said estate, and particularely of all moneys, bank bills, and other curculating madium belonging to the said deceased, and all just claims of the deceased, against said administratrix and all bonds mortgages, notes and other securities, for payment of money, belongings to the said deceased, specifying the names of the debtor in security, the date, the sum origanally payable, the endorsements thereon, with their dates, and the sum, which in the judgement of Appraisers, may be collectable on such security.
Upon completion of this inventory, duplicates thereof have made and signed at the end thereof by the Appraisers.

The following articles are exempted from appraisement, to remain in the possession of the Wodow and minor children of the deceased, persuant to Revised Statutes.

  • 1 Cook Stove 2 Parlor Stoves
  • Family Bible. all pictures
  • All School & all other books
  • 1 Cow 2 Swine
  • All Beds Bedsteads & Bedding
  • All clothing of the Widow & Children
  • 1 Table 6 Chairs 6 K & Forks
  • 6 plates 6 cups & Saucers 1 Suger Bowl
  • 1 Cream Cup 1 Teapot 6 Shams(?)

In addition to the above enumerated articles from appraisal, the Appraisers, in the exercise of thier discretion, persuant to the statute, set apart the following articles of necessary household furniture and other personal property, for the use of the Widow and minor children. of the deceased, the same not exeeding in value one hundred and fifty dollars.
  • 1 Table 1. 12 Chairs 1..........2.00
  • Crockery ware 3 Stone ware 3 .........6.00
  • Lamps 2.50 Clocks $2 .................4.50
  • 1 Dem. Wagon $20 & Nancy 5............25.00
  • Ice Tools 5. 4 kegs @$1...............9.00
  • 1 Cultivator...........................3.50
  • 1/2 acre(?) Wheat.....................50.00
  • 1 Cow & Calf..........................50.00
  •         150.00
    (hand written on seperate paper contents of Ice Buisness and Misc.)
  • 1 New Boat......................25.
  • Boats Henns(?)..................15.
  • 1 Cutter........................10.
  • 2 Old Wagons @$8...............16.
  • 1 Ice Plow.......................5.
  • 1 Culling Box .50 Old Stove $3..3.50
  • Old Ice House...................25.
  • Ice in Same ...................100.
  • New Ice House..................300.00
  • Ice in Same.....................50.
  • 10 Cords Sline(?)...............30.
  • 2 (?) Wagon & Nancy............120.
  •         699.50

Sunday,August 1,1915 Rochester Demicrat & Cronicle
Bore Thirteen Children and Ran a Business Thirty-three Years;
Active on Her Ninetieth Birthday Although the span of her years is four score and ten, Mrs. Nancey McCormack who lives with her son William J. McCormack, at 457 Main Street West, has few of the infermeties that come with advanced age. Mrs. McCormack is today celebrating her nintieth birthday and she said yestereday that she expected enjoy the occation fully as much as do her sons and daughters and the friends who are expected to drop in.
There has been not a little action in Mrs. McCormack's life. She was born in Middlebury, Vt. on August 1,1825 and a few years later her parents removed to Franklin Co. in this state. She was Married to Francis McCormack at Sackett's Harbour in 1840, when she was but more than 11 years old.
Mrs. McCormack and her parents, Mr. and Mrs McAdam, started from Franklin county for Rochester on a lake boat but her mother was so badly upset by the rough weather encountered that the captain of the boat refused to take the party farther than Sackett's Harbour.
Mrs. McCormack's husband died in Canandaigua in 1868. Some years before his death he had established an ice buisness in that town, and Mrs. McCormack continued the buisness , conducting it for thirty-three years.
She was the first Buisnesswoman in Canandaigua and is well known in that place. When help was scarce she frequently did a mans work in the cutting and harvesting of ice.
Some years ago the town of Canandaigua built a pier into the lake, and Mrs. McCormack was made piermistress, or toll collector, a fee being exacted from all vehicles that drove on the pier and from the boats that landed there. It was the duty of Mrs. McCormack to collect these fees, and it is a matter of record that she did her work well.
Mrs. McCormack had thirteen children, six of whom are living. Besides her son William J. McCormack, with whom she has made her home for eight years, she has two children in Rochester, Mrs. Owen Doyle and Mrs. Laura Koons. Her other living children, John McCormack, Mrs. Sarah Meath and Mrs. David GENTNER, are in Canandaigua. Her oldest son, now dead, enlisted in the Civil war when he was 17 years old.
Except for difficulty in walking due to rheumatism, Mrs. McCormack is exeptionally active for a person who has attained her years. She is able to read without glasses and also to do tatting her faverite occupation. She says the counting necessary to tatting keeps her from thinking. She has an unusually retentive memory for things that happened long ago and is able to recite verses she learned as a child.
Mrs. McCormack has done considerable traveling. She visits Canandaigua a year ago and hopes to go again. She has a vivid recollection of the Civil war and says that the present European conflict impresses her as being a more horrifying struggle.

McCormack- At Rochester,
Dec. 27 1916, Mrs. Nancy McCormack aged 91 years. Interment at Canandaigua.

Mrs. Nancy McCormack,
widow of Francis McCormack, and well known business woman of Canandaigua, died at the home of her son William J. McCormack, in Rochester, on Wednesday, at the great age of 91 years.
Mrs. McCormack was born at Middlebury Vermont , on August 1, 1825, but a few years latter became a resident of Franklin County, this state, where her parents made their home. She was united in marrage in 1840 to Francis McCormack, the ceremony being preformed at Sackett's Harbour, were the family had settled, following an effort to reach Rochester by means of a lake boat. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. McAdam, were so badly upset by the rough weather encountered that the captain insisted upon their debarkationat Sackett's Harbour.
Settling in Canandaigua Mr. McCormack established an ice businjess and boat livery at the lake, the first enterprise of the kind conducted in the place and upon her husbands death in 1868, Mrs. McCormack assumed it's management, a business that she followed with success for a succeeding thirty-three years.
When the village built a pier into the lake for the accommodation of the steamboats, she was made the piermistress and toll collector, fees being exacted for all vehicles that drove on the wooden structure and from the boats which landed passengers and fright thereon.
She was faithful in the preformance of this public service as she was in looking after her own private business and made the aquaintance and gained the respect of almost the entire population of the village.
Mrs. McCormack was a woman of large stature and in her prime of vigerous physique, giving the harvesting and storing of ice and it's distribution to customers her personal supervision.
Notwithstanding her great age, she continued active and mentally alert to very near the end. Her memory was exelent and she recalled with interest her experiences as the pioneer business woman of Canandaigua, where she is remembered as a most interesting character.
She had thirteen children, six of whom survive, as follows; John H. McCormack of Canandaigua; William J. McCormack of Rochester; Mrs. Patrick Meath and Mrs. David GENTNER, of Canandaigua, and Mrs. Laura Koons of Rochester. The funeral service was held at St. Mary's church in this city, Friday morning. with interment in Calvery cemitary.

Notes on Thomas O'REILLY

The Story of the O'REILLY family begins in Ireland in the mid 1800's.

Mary TAYLOR(?) came from an Irish Protestant family that lived on a large estate with many tennant farms.

Amusements were few and far between then and the most exiting thing each fall and spring were the Hiring Faires, which became carnivals and fetes for the neighborhood. As well as places for young workers to find seasonal work.

This is where Mary Taylor met the young red headed Irish Tinker who was to become her husband. His name was Thomas O'REILLY. A Tinker was a mender of pots and pans and he would travel the countryside visiting all the farms to mend the family's metal pans.

Mary knew that her tinker would not be welcomed by her father. So they met secretly for a short time and then decided to elope. Mary's father soon came to accept the marriage and gave the couple a small farm fully stocked. Mary and Thomas started their family but although Thomas was a good father it soon became apparent he was not a good farmer. Soon the farm was gambled away.

Mary's father, as did all landowners of the time , would make periodic rounds of his land holdings. On the days when he was expected, Mary would dress the children in their best clothes and line them up along the road.

Mary and Thomas' oldest son Bernard left home at about the age of 16 when Young Thomas (My ancestor) was just a baby. Bernard became a priest and then a bishop. For a time he lived at the Vatican and was biographer to several Popes as well as writing many religious books. The other children of the family were John, James, Austin, Ellen and Marie

When young Thomas was 9 years old his mother died. Thomas the father left shortly there after, presumably to return to the life of a Tinker, and the family simply scattered. Thomas and his older brother John decided to make their way to America and their sister Ellen in Warren Center, PA. During the voyage Thomas took a bad fall and for the rest of his life walked with a slight limp. upon landing in either Philadelphia or New York John and Thomas were separated. Thomas made his way to Ellen in Pennsylvania and stayed there for several years. Ellen was married to a John RILEY and they had possibly five children. John RILEY was killed in an accident and Thomas decided to travel to Binghamton, NY to find his other sister Marie, who was a housekeeper for the parrish priest. From there he made his way to Canandaigua NY.where he met the McCormack family who had an ice business. Nancy McCormack took in the young boy and gave him a home and work. She encouraged him to get an education and so he enrolled in the Canandaigua Academy.

The seasonal nature nature of the ice business allowed him to study and go to school while he worked. The family story is told that each day when he went to work packed with his lunch was a page from his book, which he was suppose to learn that day.

As time went on it was decided that Thomas should go to work full time and besides he had met Jane BYRNE, who was on a visit to relative in Fairport from Ireland. Jane returned to Ireland to prepare for her wedding and returned to marry Thomas on January 12, 1880 at St. Mary's Church in Canandaigua, NY.

Jane's Grandmother Mrs. Mc DONNELL is said to be buried in the old cemetary on Turk Hill Rd. in Fairport, it seems she came to Fairport of Egypt to visit her Son and Passed away while here. Jane used to say her Mother was buried in Ireland and her Grandmother was buried in America.

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