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Suffrage – East Bloomfield

Francis M. Brunson

(1871-1956), remained single

  • Born in East Bloomfield, father was a farmer
  • Was a schoolteacher locally, 1894
  • Board member for Wood Library c. 1900
  • Original member of the Fortnightly Club, East Bloomfield, 1896
  • From 1898 to 1909 was assistant/associate editor of the Ontario County Times Journal
  • Became matron of Clark Manor House, 1909 (her mother was there)
  • Was chairman of Canandaigua YMCA auxiliary, 1909
  • Wrote a play entitled “Sam’s Surrender”, a suffrage farce – was performed locally as well as at other Upstate NY communities, 1915-16
  •  Was considered a “prominent suffrage worker who has contributed extensively to the literary side of the campaign.” (Poughkeepsie Eagle News, Oct. 17, 1916r
  • Moved to Batavia in 1918 to care for her 3 young cousins (boys)
  • Started business “C’Nannie’s Plum Pudding” in Batavia in the 1920s

Paulina Wright Davis

(1813-1876), spouses Francis Wright, Thomas Davis, 2 adopted children

  • Born in Bloomfield, parents died when she was young, moved to LeRoy to live with orthodox Presbyterian aunt; joined church but found it hostile to outspoken women
  •  First husband prosperous merchant, Francis Wright from Utica – both heavily involved in Central New York Anti-Slavery Society, women’s rights reform; he died in 1845
  •  Moved to NYC to study medicine, gave lectures on anatomy and physiology to women only, promoted women’s health
  •  1849 married Thomas Davis, lived in RI
  •  In 1850 began to focus energies on women’s rights, helped to arrange first National Women’s Rights Convention in Worcester, MA, presided over and gave opening address
  •  One of founders of New England Woman Suffrage Association in 1868



Amanda Theodosia Jones

Inventor and Owner of All-Woman Business

Amanda Theodosia Jones (1835-1914) was a multi-talented woman who was a prolific inventor and a frequently published writer. Her inventions were in two very different fields—food preservation/canning, and the use of oil as a fuel for furnaces. In 1890 she also started and ran an all-woman canning business.


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