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.
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.
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.
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.