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Amasa Winch and Elizabeth Terbush of Canadice NY

Photos and information courtesy of Margaret Bott.



Amasa T. Winch and Elizabeth Terbush were married on 20 May 1847 at the Church in Canadice NY. They lived and raised their family in Canadice. They had four children together; Mary and Martha died as infants and Alice died as a young child of seven years. In this picture are Amasa Winch, his daughter Lucy and his wife Elizabeth. It is believed the picture is from circa 1865, sometime after the death of Alice.

Amasa was Supervisor of the Town of Canadice 1870 - 1876 and member of the New York State Assembly, Ontario County, 2nd District 1877 - 1878.

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Amasa T. Winch as an Assemblyman circa 1877.



Elizabeth Terbush Winch year unknown.



Alice and Lucy Winch circa 1864.



Amasa Winch circa 1845.



Amasa Winch in unknown year.

The Family of Amasa Winch and Elizabeth Terbush Winch




birth place

death place

Amasa T. Winch


9 May 1820 - 22 February 1896

Marlow, NH

Canadice, NY

Elizabeth Terbush Winch


9 August1824 - 6 June 1900

Barrington, NY

Canadice, NY



20 May 1847



Mary Winch


12 April 1848 - 3 October 1849

Canadice, NY

Canadice, NY

Martha Winch


1850 - 1850 (1 day old)

Canadice, NY

Canadice, NY

Alice Winch


2 February 1857 - 26 August 1864

Canadice, NY

Canadice, NY

Lucy A. Winch


13 May 1858 - 12 June 1927

Canadice, NY

Canadice, NY





The Parents of Amasa T. Winch

John Winch and Mary Thompson Winch

The Parents of Elizabeth Terbush Winch

Cornelius Terbush and Esther Angel Terbush



An Acrostick for Elizabeth Winch

Every day of your probation

Live by prayer and supplication;

In this world of tribulation

Serve your God with animation,

And enjoy his great salvation

Brought with blood for ever nation,

Ever strive with expectation

Thus to reach that happy station;

Heaven bless your new connection

Where you place your warm affection,

If you make your own selection

Never cast the first reflection,

Call on Jesus for direction

He will lead you to perfection.

Presented to Elizabeth Winch on her wedding.

May 20th 1847 by Caleb Briggs of Richmond.



Amasa T. Winch was an Assemblyman and thus travelled. Here is a collection of travel passes for various railways and steamboats dated between 1877 and 1888. Click the image to enlarge.

The Obituary of Amasa T. Winch

9 May 1820 - 22 February 1896

From the Ontario County Journal, 26 February 1897

Canadice, N. Y. - Hon. Amasa T. Winch, one of the oldest and most respected citizens of the town, died early last Monday morning. About ten days ago he was seized with an attack of pneumonia, which caused his death. Mr. Winch was a man of influence, both in the church and in the community. He has long been a member of the M. E. church, has held many town offices, and was at one time assemblyman from this district.


Death of Amasa T. Winch

Had Twice Represented His District in the Assembly

Was 76 Years Old

From the Livonia Gazette, 12 March 1897

Amasa T. Winch died at his home in Canadice early Monday morning, February 22, aged 76 years, 9 months, and 12 days. He had been suffering for a little more than a week from a severe cold which appeared to be getting better, but on the previous Tuesday morning a severe chill seized him and he was stricken with pneumonia, which developed into pleuro-pneumonia, and for six days he suffered most intensely. Nearly every breath, awake or asleep, was a groan. Even those constantly with him could not realize the acuteness of his sufferings.

Mr. Winch was born at Marlow, Cheshire county, N. H., May 9, 1820. His father’s name was John Winch, and his mother’s Mary Thomson, and both were descended from families of the early Massachusetts settlers. In 1829 he moved with his parents to the town of Canadice, Ontario county, where he ever afterwards made his home. He was educated in the common schools of that town, with one season at the Lima Seminary, and he was engaged in teaching school from 1838 to 1850. He was town superindent of schools for several years previous to the abolition of that office, and practiced some as a land surveyor for a few years, and when not otherwise employed, worked on the farm.

In politics, Mr. Winch was originally an anti-slavery Democrat, but became a Republican upon the organization of that party, and voted for Fremont, Lincoln, and all the succeeding nominees for the presidency. He was elected supervisor from Canadice in 1870, and was re-elected to the same office for the six following years, several times with no opposition. He was chairman of the Board of Supervisors in 1874 and again in 1876. In the fall of 1876 he was made the Republican nominee for member of Assembly in the second or western district of Ontario county, and was elected by a majority of 800, serving through the succeeding legislative session on the committees of public education, grievances, and public lands. Re-elected in 1877 for the session of 1878, he was appointed to membership on the general laws and manufacture of salt committees, and chairman of the public lands committee. Following his retirement from the Legislature, he continued to reside on his farm in Canadice, and afterwards held no public offices except those of notary public and justice of the peace. He was elected to the last mentioned office without his consent, and so great was his dislike of litigation, and he found the duties so distasteful, that he resigned after a single year’s service.

In 1847 Mr. Winch was married to Miss Elizabeth Terbush, who survives him. Next May was to have been their golden anniversary. They had four children of whom the youngest, Mrs. Lucy W. Doolittle, is also living. He leaves three young grandchildren, Alice, Mary and Martha, and is reunited to his own little Mary, Martha, and Alice.

Mr. Winch was converted in 1837 in a revival conducted by the Rev. Thomas Castleton, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church, and he united with the church and continued as an active member of the church and Sunday school for nearly 60 years. During most of that time he was a teacher in the Sunday school, and held various offices in Sunday school and church, being at one time superintendent of the Sunday school for 16 consecutive years during which he never was absent a Sunday from his duties.

Two years ago he had a very severe attack of the grip, and for days his life was despaired of. He thought he was dying, and bade all good-by. He was asked, “what was the outlook, whether the prospect was bright.” In the last illness he was taken so deathly sick that he was never able to hold conversation, and could hardly talk or hear. He left no good-by, said nothing about whether he expected to live or not, but about two hours before he died he turned toward the window, althought outside it was still dark and the curtains were down, and looked earnestly at what mortal eyes could not see, and said: “What a magnificent sight!” It was his last sentence on earth, but it told what was the outlook. The question of two years ago was answered.

The Obituary of Elizabeth Terbush Winch

9 August 1824 - 6 June 1900

From the Ontario County Journal, 15 June 1900

Canadice, N. Y. - Mrs. Elizabeth Winch died at her home here last week Wednesday, aged 76 yrs. Mrs. Winch had been in poor health for a long time, but had been a patient sufferer. The funeral was held from the church on Friday and was conducted by Rev. I. B. Bristol of Rochester, and Rev. A. W. Decker of Springwater. She leaves one daughter, Mrs. Lucius Doolittle of this place; two sisters, Mrs. Asher Norton of East Bloomfield, and Mrs. Sarah Hancock of Hemlock; one brother, Osband Bush of Canandaigua.


From an unidentified source on unknown date

Elizabeth Terbush Winch died at Canadice, New York, June 6, 1900, at the age of seventy-five years, nine months, and twenty-eight days. She was born at Barrington, Yates County, New York. She united with the church when young and for about sixty-three years was an influential member. She moved with her parents to Canadice, Ontario County, New York, when fifteen years old and was united in marriage to Amasa T. Winch, May 20, 1847. Four children were born to them, but only one, Lucy, lived beyond childhood. This daughter, now Mrs. Lucius Doolittle, survives her parents and lives with her husband and three children at the old home in Canadice.

Sister Winch was the worthy helpmate of her excellent husband in all his plans, domestic, public or for the church which they loved. In 1877 Sister Winch had the misfortune to break her ankle, from which accident she never recovered, but although crippled and in pain, she attended public worship when possible. For some months she had expected the death messenger and calmly and almost joyfully awaited the summons which should reunite her with the loved ones gone before.

The Burial of Amasa T. Winch

Canadice Corners Cemetery in Canadice NY

The Burial of Elizabeth Terbush Winch

Canadice Corners Cemetery in Canadice NY