Clarence Axtell

Clarence Lee Axtell (1885 - 1911)

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Clarence Lee Axtell
Born in Rochester, NYmap
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Died in Rochester, NYmap
Profile last modified 13 Mar 2019 | Created 29 Dec 2010
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Early Life

Clarence was born in Rochester, NY on August 24, 1885, to John and Mary Axtell. He was the youngest of nine children.Note1 In 1892 Clarence was six years old. At that time he lived with his father and mother, as well as his brothers Harry and Ray, in Ward 12 of Rochester, NY.[1]It appears that Clarence was raised Christian and was part of the Intermediate Society of Christian Endeavor of Cavalry Church. The society hosted a play in 1899 called "Courting of Mother Goose", in which Clarence played the little bachelor. The play raised money to send a Zulu boy to missionary school.[2]
The 1900 census occurred when Clarence was fifteen years old. The census notes that Clarence was attending school.[3]

Adult Life

In 1904, Clarence was around eighteen years old and a working adult. He worked as a clerk at Sibley, Lindsay & Curr Company, located at 250 Main East, still living out of his family home[4] Note 2. He continued going to school, possibly attending night classes which were a popular option at the time.[5] Over the course of his schooling, Clarence learned how to both read and write.[6] When he was nineteen years old, he probably graduated or stopped attending classes due to his age. He seemed to have a steady job, so pursuing education beyond what was required was not necessary.
As an adult, Clarence appears to have kept his circle of friends. In 1907, he had the honor to be a groomsman at the wedding for George Suter and Albertena Busch.[7]
Tragedy struck on October 22, 1909 when Clarence's mother passed away. Mary was 65 years old.[8][9] This is probably the reason for Clarence being out of work for five weeks.[6] It is also possible that he fell sick himself or was simply in between jobs. After his mother's death, Clarence lived with his brother Harry and Harry's wife Eva. Their house is located in Rochester's 5th Ward. Clarence still worked as a dry goods salesman.[6]


Sometime during 1910 or 1911, Clarence fell sick. He had pulmonary phthisis, commonly known now as tuberculosis.[10] On May 25, 1911[11] Clarence's passed away in Harry's house due to the disease.[12] Clarence was aged 24 years and 9 months.[10] He shares a grave marker with his brother Harry. The marker has an inscription for "Woodsmen of the World", which is a life insurance fraternity. [13]


  1. "New York State Census, 1892," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 22 May 2015), Monroe > image 6 of 11; county offices, New York.
  2. "Courting of Mother Goose" Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester), April 22, 1899. Accessed January 26, 2017.
  3. "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 5 August 2014), New York > Monroe > image 5 of 36; citing NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. The Rochester Directory. 1907 ed. Rochester: Drew Allis, 1907. Monroe County Library System. Web. 27 Jan. 2017.
  5. "New York State Census, 1905," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 22 September 2016), Monroe > Rochester > image 9 of 42; county offices, New York.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 5 April 2016), New York > Monroe > Rochester Ward 5 > image 9 of 28; citing NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. "Suter-Busch:" Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester), 1907. Accessed January 26, 2017.
  8. "Record of Deaths" Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester), October 28, 1909. Accessed January 30, 2017.
  9. Mount Hope Cemetery, (Rochester, NY), Mt. Hope & Riverside Cemetery Records, card-file database ( accessed 1 Mar 2017), entry for Mary E. Axtell citing section Mt. Hope 1907/JANUARY/01 TO 1919/JUNE/30, page As1. Subdivision 4.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Mount Hope Cemetery, (Rochester, NY), Mt. Hope & Riverside Cemetery Records, card-file database ( accessed 31 Jan 2017), entry for Clarence L Axtell citing section Mt. Hope 1907/JANUARY/01 TO 1919/JUNE/30, page As1. Subdivision 1.
  11. The Rochester Directory. 1911 ed. Rochester: Drew Allis, 1911. Monroe County Library System. Web. 31 Jan. 2017.
  12. "Died" Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester), May 26, 1911. Accessed January 31, 2017.
  13. Mt. Hope Cemetery (Rochester, New York, USA). Clarence and Harry Axtell's headstone. Personally photographed by Natalie Buchanan, 3 Sept 2016.

Research Notes

Note 1

Rough birthday calculated from cemetery records. Exact birthday is taken from the GEDCOM Note. The rough calculations matched the GEDCOM so accuracy was assumed. GEDCOM also provided parental and sibling relationships.

Note 2

Place of work found by cross referencing Clarence's employment address given in the directory with the business addresses found in the business directory. Sibley's is found under "Dry Goods". The store was large and spanned across addresses. It was assumed that since 250 fell in the range, that Sibley's was where Clarence worked.


This person was created through the import of 384-edited.ged on 29 December 2010. The following data was included in the gedcom. You may wish to edit it for readability.
Note: b. Aug. 24, 1885, at Rochester, N.Y. Died May 25, 1911. Unm.
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