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Phillip Robert Saunders, the eight child of William and Susan (Tyrie) Saunders, was born on the 1st December 1850 in High Street, Newark, New Jersey. He married - possibly -Susan PERKINS in Rochester, N.Y. in about 1880.

According to the 1900 Census for Rochester, Susan PERKINS was born in June 1857 in New York State and had been married for 20 years. This Census also states that Phillip and Susan had three children but only two were living at that time. They were;-

Alice M. Saunders - Born May 1884
Elizabeth "Besse" Saunders - Born July 1886

Phillip Robert Saunders at No 373 Troup Street was an engineer and worked in various factories in Rochester over the years. Latterly from 1914 to 1924 he was employed as a watchman at 15 James Street. He died on the 16th October 1938, aged 88.

A notice appeared in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle the next day -

SAUNDERS - Entered into rest at his home, 373 Troup St., Sunday morning, Oct. 16, 1938, Philip Saunders. He leaves one daughter, Mrs. James Harris, of this city; also several nieces and nephews. Funeral from the home, Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 18, 1938. at 2pm. Interment at Parma Corners Cemetery. Please omit flowers.

His wife, Susan, appears to have predeceased him and had certainly died before 1920. According to the 1910 Census she had been born in Ireland. She was possibly Susan Perkins as her brother, John W. Perkins of Spencerport is mentioned in her daughter, Alice’s, obituary below.

Their eldest daughter, Alice M., was firstly a music teacher, then a clerk and from the early 1920’s until 1937 was employed as a bookkeeper at 155 Exchange - possibly a shoe company. She appears not to have married and died on the 6th September 1937, aged 53.

A report in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle of Tuesday, September 7, 1937 (Page 23) states;

SAUNDERS; Entered into rest, Monday, Sept. 6, 1937, Miss Alice M. Saunders. She leaves her father, Phillip S. Saunders; one sister, Mrs. James Harris, both of this city; one aunt, Mrs. F.M.Perry of Brockport; one uncle John W.Perkins of Spencerport. Funeral from 373 Troup Street, Wednesday, Sept 8 at 2.30 o’clock. Interment in Parma Corners Cemetery.


Their youngest daughter, Elizabeth (Besse), was a stenographer from 1910 to 1927 working for a printing company. According to the late Carmen Saunders Sawyer, her cousin, once removed, she married a man named Harris who worked for the Education Department of New York State and was based mainly in Albany, the state capital.

She did indeed marry a James A. Harris about 1928 as her name disappears from the Rochester Directory from that year. The 1928/29 Directory shows Mr. & Mrs. James Harris living at 373 Troup Street. They lived there until James died on the 4th January 1957.

"HARRIS - On Friday, Jan. 4, 1957, James A. Harris of 373 Troup Street. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Harris, several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the D.W.Mansell Funeral Home, 17 Phelps Ave., from 2-5 and 7-9 pm. Service Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery, Penfield, N.Y., Rev. N. Johnson officiating."

By 1960 she is shown in the directory as Elizabeth Harris, widow of James A., (John Rogan Printing Co) living at 26 Portsmouth Terrace. The business directory for the same year has Rogan John Printing (Mrs. Eliz. S. Harris) 36 St. Paul St, Room 308. She appeared to have ran this firm of jobbing printers until about 1974 as the 1976 directory shows her as retired but still living at 26 Portsmouth Terrace.

From the Social Security Index it would appear that she died in January 1982. If this is correct she had reached the good old age of nearly 96. No local newspaper obituary has been found. They had no children.


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