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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF DECEASED CLERGY AND LAYPEOPLE


Obituaries (1860-61) in the 1862 Register

Rev. Silas Russell, in East Dover, Me., May, 1860, aged 70 years. He was a very worthy, unassuming, and even retiring man-delighting most to preach in secluded places, where there was little pecuniary reward. His end was peace and joy.

Rev. A. J. Whiteside, of brain fever, in Breese, Ill, in August, 1860, aged 43 years. For many years he had been in the Baptist ministry; but about four years ago his faith was enlarged, and from thenceforward he preached as he believed, universal salvation from sin and death. He was a good man, and a faithful minister.

Rev. Warren A. Bassett, in Marlboro, N. H., in August, 1860. He was born August 7th, 1836, and early showed a fondness for reading, and became a marked scholar in the Sunday School. At sixteen, he left the paternal roof to provide for himself, and overcame the obstacles and difficulties of his lone and destitute condition bravely and cheerfully. In the spring of 1858, he commenced studying for the ministry, under Rev. N. R. Wright, and preached soon after in Williamsville, Vt., half the time. In 1859, he settled in Springfield, Vt., but soon after removed to Marlborough, where he ended his earthly life. He was regarded as a young man of great moral and spiritual worth, noted for his general and accurate. knowledge of the Bible, and esteemed as a true disciple of the Saviour.

Rev. Paul Dean, of paralysis, in Framingham, Mass., October 5, 1860, aged about 77 years. Though he left us for the "Restorationist Association," years ago, yet he commenced his ministry in our denomination, in Vermont, and received our fellowship in 1805-preached extensively in Vermont and New Hampshire, and removed to Whitestown, N. Y., in 1810. He traversed frequently large portions of Central and Western New York and held several successful discussions-two, particularly, with Rev. Mr. Lacy, then a Methodist, afterwards an Episcopalian Bishop. He removed to Boston in 1813, and in 1823 his friends left the First Church, and built for him the church in Bulfinch street, now Unitarian. About 1828 he withdrew from our fellowship, and, with a few others, formed the "Massachusetts Restorationist Association." On its decline, he left Boston, and settled in Framingham in 1840. He officiated for the last time at the funeral of Nathaniel Wright, last fall, also formerly a Universalist preacher, and once settled in Central New York. Mr. Dean was not profound, but easy and ready-attractive and winning in appearance, voice and manner-an eloquent and popular preacher. For many years he was an active Freemason, and held, during the greater part of his manhood, the highest offices of that Order in the United States. He leaves a widow and two daughters in comfortable circumstances.

Rev. J. A. Aspinwall, of dysentery, at Nunda, N. Y., October 24, 1860, aged 47 years. His illness was long and painful, but his patience was strong, and his death serene and peaceful. Br. Aspinwall was born and reared in Henderson, Jefferson County, N.Y. He embraced Universalism in his youth, under the preaching of Rev. Pitt Morse, and after due study, entered the Ministry when about 22 years old. He was settled, at various times, in Leyden, Braman's Corners, South Harford, Fort Ann, Saratoga, Schenectady, Clinton, Cooperstown, Rome and Nunda. For about two years he was the Principal of the Clinton Liberal Institute, and at his decease held the office of Standing Clerk of the New York State Convention. Br. Aspinwall was grave, yet pleasant and amiable, with much natural dignity and modesty. Very conscientious, firm, active, and persevering, he was generally highly esteemed, and was an able preacher and a beloved pastor.

Rev. E. C. Rogers, at Hingham, Mass., Nov. 11th, 1860, aged 44 years. While a Baptist preacher in Southington, Ct., in 1842, he was converted to Universalism, and soon after entered its ministry and was successively settled in Taunton, Foxboro' and West Wrentham, Mass. Failing health compelled him to cease preaching, and he commenced practicing medicine in Boston. But increasing illness finally compelled removal to Hingham, where he passed away. Ever active in all reforms, his last words to his family, as he sunk in death on his wife's bosom, were-"Be true to God, to humanity, and to each other." He was a good man, and a devoted lover of our race.

Rev. John Henry Tyson, in Belvidere, Ill., March 16, 1861, in the 90th year of his age. He was born in Germany and early in life embraced Methodism, of which he subsequently became a preacher, and travelled through Denmark to England. Here his preaching caused his arrest, and, after brief imprisonment, he was fined lightly. He returned to Germany, and went to Africa. About 30 years ago he came to America, and settled in Canada-thence to New York-thence to Illinois. He performed much arduous missionary labor in Canada and New York, for which he received but trifling pecuniary compensation. About ten years ago a Universalist preached in his neighborhood, and Father Tyson went to the meeting to refute the "heresy;" but was himself overcome by the truth that God's love will overcome the sin of the world. From that day until his death, he rejoiced in the fullness of faith, even amid all the pain and suffering of the rheumatic affections which attended his declining years. He desired renewed health and strength, only that he might proclaim to others the unsearchable riches of Christ which filled his own soul with gladness. His departure was peaceful and joyous; for he was a good man, and full of faith and love.

Rev. James Monroe, in Suisan Valley, California, March 20, 1861, aged 39 years. He was a graduate of Yale College, a zealous, devoted lover of the truth "that maketh free indeed," and died in the full enjoyment of his faith in a glorious immortality for the whole family of heaven and earth.

Rev. Daniel Parker, near New Richmond, Ohio, March 22, 1861, in the 80th year of his age. He was born in Newburyport, Mass., Aug. 7, 1781. His parents were Presbyterians, and his early religious training was in accordance with that school of theology. In 1798, his parents removed to Marietta, O.,-and in 1802 to the southern part of Alleghany County, Pa. Here he became acquainted with the members of a religious society known as "Harcyonists," teaching that all men are mortal, and only those who exercise faith in Christ and live accordingly, will the resurrection trump awake from the dead. It was held that an endless sleep was more benevolent and rational than continued existence in sin and suffering. Mr. Parker embraced these views, became a member of the Society, and a public advocate of the doctrine. But even such a destiny for a large portion of the human race, did not satisfy the longings of his soul. He accepted it only as a refuge from the horrid dogma which consigns to hopeless despair and unmitigated suffering the same number. His mind was travelling, as well as his body, in search of a congenial home, and ere long it found "that house not made with hands," where all who "have borne the image of the earthly shall also bear the image of the heavenly." He called the sentiment 'the final Restoration of all things through Christ to God,' and first publicly proclaimed the same at Alexandria, (near where Portsmouth, 0., now stands,) in 1814. His text was-'I, also, will shew you mine opinion.'

This, probably, was the first sermon on "the great salvation" ever preached in Ohio. During the same year his voice was heard in the Market-house in Cincinnati, with a butcher's block for his pulpit. Holding the Gospel to be the free gift of God, he asked no pay for proclaiming it; hence he labored through the week for the food that perisheth, and on Sundays ministered that "which cometh down from heaven and giveth life to the world." We doubt whether any man since the Reformation has performed more labor in the Gospel vineyard, and received less material pay.

He was married in 1816, and soon after settled upon a small farm on the banks of the Ohio, two miles above New Richmond, where he resided till his decease. He never sought or obtained the formal fellowship of the Universal denomination, preferring to be called a Restorationist; but differed from them in opinion no more than they do from each other. His life was above reproach-his zeal in the Master's cause knew no abatement-and his great aim was to persuade men to lead religious lives. He was a thorough Temperance and Anti-slavery advocate. Thus did he live-battling for the right; working to overthrow wrong. And thus did he die-fully and firmly believing that in God's own time and way, all shall be taught of Him, and render willing obedience to His moral Government. W. S. B.

Rev. Thomas Whittemore, D. D., in Cambridgeport, Mass., March 21st, 1861, in his 62d year. He was born in Boston, January 1, 1800. His father was a baker, and the son's earliest labors were in that line. At the age of 14, after his father's death, he was bound apprentice, successively, to a Morocco-dresser, a brass-founder, a shoemaker, and a bootmaker. In Theology, as in business, he was yet "unfitted with an aim." His parents were moderate Calvinists, and educated him accordingly; but the son early attached himself, first to a Universalist, then to a Baptist, and again to a Universalist choir,-the last in Father Ballou's church, where his tendency to skepticism was checked, and he became a confirmed convert. Encouraged by Mr. Ballou, he commenced writing for the "Universalist Magazine," and finally turned his wishes towards the ministry-commencing and pursuing his studies in that direction under his pastor's instructions. He preached his first sermon (in clothes borrowed for the occasion, being too poor to provide otherwise!) before he was free from his apprenticeship, December 10, 1820. He settled in Milford, in 1821, where he married his now surviving partner in the same year. In 1822, he became pastor of the Church in Cambridgeport, in which office he continued nine years, and continued to reside there during life. About the same time he was associated with Hosea Ballou and Hosea Ballou 2d, as editors of the "Universalist Magazine." In 1828, he commenced the "Trumpet," with Sebastian and Russell Streeter, as Associate Editors, and continued to edit it until near the close of his life-preaching, meanwhile, regularly, to various societies in the vicinity, and frequently, when on excursions, in distant places. In addition to editing and preaching, be rendered much civic service in town and State, as Selectman, President of a Bank, Director of one, and President of two Railroads, and in the State Legislature. And besides all this, he wrote and published a number of volumes, the principal of which are, "Modern History of Universalism,"-the second edition in two volumes; "Notes on the Parables," "Plain Guide to Universalism," "Commentary on Revelations," (the only clear, simple and consistent one we have ever seen or heard of,) "Life and Writings of Hosea Ballou," in 4 volumes, a labored and valuable work; "Autobiography," a very interesting volume, two volumes of Church Music, and a number of minor works. He was, emphatically, a fast and a hard worker in whatever he undertook-more earnest than profound, and too earnest and direct to be finished or polished. His mind seemed never at rest. "As an editor, his articles were pointed and seasonable. Universalism was, to him, the Alpha and Omega. He defended it on all occasions, never swerving to the right hand or to the left, but moving onward triumphantly in his course as an able defender of the faith of the saints." "His pulpit ministrations gave general satisfaction." "Of a genial temperament, a ready wit, and a never-failing flow of spirits; full of the love of God and man; widening out his sympathies until they reached to all classes; such a man could not but make a permanent mark on the age and the times." He was struck with paralysis more than a year before his decease, but recovered again to labor; and about four months before his final departure, was reduced to dying, in his own estimation, and that of all who beheld him. But then, as in his last illness and actual dying, his faith ever sustained, consoled, and gladdened his soul, and made his death the triumph-field of his departing spirit.

Rev. Asa Upson, at Steven's Mills, Steuben Co., N. Y., April 27, 1861, aged 70 years. We have been furnished with no details of Father Upson's early life, religious experience, or early ministry. We first find his name, and address at Hornellsville, in the Register of 1839-and remember seeing it in our periodicals some ten years earlier. It is probable that he travelled and preached considerably in his section, at that time; but in later years, his time was mainly devoted to his immediate vicinity and his farm. The faith he so long preached to others, was his abiding support and joy in the closing years of his life.

Rev. Hosea Ballou, D. D., First President of Tufts College, gently passed away, in despite of severe pain from disease of the kidneys, in Somerville, Mass., May 27, 1861, in the 65th year of his age. No death in our ranks has excited deeper sorrow, or will be longer felt than his. "Cousin Hosea," as he was lovingly-or "Hosea Ballou 2d," as he was usually-called, to distinguish him from his eminent grand-uncle, (the "2d" being used in New England somewhat as our "Jr."), was born in Guilford, Vt., Oct. 18 1796. His early love of study led to his instruction in Latin by Rev. Mr. Wood, and at school at Halifax Centre, where his parents then resided. His parents were Baptists, but the studious and thinking boy at sixteen or seventeen, turned his attention to Universalism, and soon afterwards embraced it with his whole mind and heart. His first settlement was in Stafford, Ct., where he remained four or five years. In 1821, he settled in Roxbury, Mass, where he was pastor seventeen years. "The beauty of the pastor's life, his spirit of peace, his discreetness and quietness, drew many to him"-even of the elder clergy of other denominations. In May, 1822, he was associated with the senior Hosea Ballou and Thomas Whittemore in editing the "Universalist Magazine,"-a trio united in that work for several years. About this period he prepared and published his "Ancient History of Universalism," a standard work for its great research, correctness of statement, and purity of style. In 1830, in connexion with his uncle, he projected and commenced the "Universalist Expositor," which he edited for many years with great ability under that title, and as the "Universalist Quarterly." In 1837 he published "A Collection of Psalms and Hymns," which was favorably received. In 1838, he settled as pastor in Medford, where, also, he remained about seventeen years. In 1845, his well-known attainments procured from Harvard University, (of which he was a Trustee for several years,) its honorary degree of D. D. When Tufts College was contemplated, his mind was most relied on to arrange plans for operation; and when it was completed he was elected its President, and entered upon its duties in 1845, after travelling a year in Europe, the better to fit himself for the station, which he so ably and satisfactorily filled until his decease.

His scholarship was not only general and varied, but exact in details, and frequently astonishing by its minute acquaintance with things and events out of ordinary channels of information; and his knowledge was so unostentatiously held, and kindly and modestly imparted, that it required special enquiry to elicit it, and seemed but natural to him. His compositions are remarkably clear and pure in style, yet occasionally flashing a pleasant wit and quiet humor, which amuses even those whose faults it rebukes and whose opinions it opposes. His gentle manners; and readiness to impart information, and his mild and loving spirit, won for him the esteem of all who became acquainted with him, so that their admiration of the scholar and teacher, were often lost in their affection for the friend. One who lived long in his family, and is capable of judging him well and truly, has pronounced him free from weakness or fault. In truth,

"None knew him, but to love him,
Or named him but to praise."

Rev. Henry A. Eaton, of pulmonary consumption, in Worcester, Mass., May 26th, 1861, in the 36th year or his age. He was born in South Reading, Mass., Nov. 27, 1826, the youngest of seven children, and lost his mother at an early age. He was an apt scholar; but at sixteen was compelled to earn his livelihood, which he did by serving in a store for two years; then went into a shoe store with an older brother, and subsequently set up for himself in the same business, in Newburyport, where his brother, Rev. E.A. Eaton, then resided. With the encouragement of that brother, he commenced preparations to enter the ministry, and quit secular employments. He spent a brief period in Dr. Sawyer's Theological Class in Clinton, N. Y., for his studies were mainly prosecuted with his brother, until he preached his first sermon. He first settled in Hanson, Mass., for one year; then at East Bridgewater for about the same time; then in Milford several years; then in East Cambridge, two years; then in Waltham, a year; and last in Meriden, Conn. Overworking, and injured health, compelled most of these changes; for in each place he was much esteemed for his labors, and beloved by those who knew him. The illness and decease of his beloved wife, at East Cambridge, and his devoted attention to her, day and night, exhausted his vital powers beyond recuperation, and bronchitis, followed by hemorrhage from the lungs, finally compelled him to abandon the ministry. He retired to Worcester, and engaged in business for the support of himself and children-battling manfully with various difficulties. Having provided for his little ones, and arranged all his affairs, he calmly met death, and serenely went up higher-Home!-sustained in his last hours, as he had been guided and governed in life, by an unfaltering trust in God as the Father, and in Jesus as the Saviour of mankind.

Rev. Samuel Goff, of small-pox, at Farmington Falls, Me., July 29th, 1861, aged 50 years. He was born in Ludlow, Vt., May 5, 1811-educated through his own unaided endeavors, at Burtonsville Academy-and preached his first sermon in Fulton, N. Y., July 2, 1837-settled in Alexander in 1838-was fellowshiped by the Genesee Association in 1839, and ordained in 1840. For nearly 20 years he continued in Western New York, preaching regularly, generally three sermons every Sabbath, and frequently lecturing on week-day evenings in the vicinity of his residence-sometimes on five evenings in the week. He also wrote considerably and acceptably for our periodicals. In 1855, he went to New England, and finally settled as pastor of the Society in Saco and Biddeford, Me., where he remained until 1858, when he removed to Essex, Mass. After about a year he returned to Maine, preached one year in Winthrop, and then removed to Farmington Falls, where be bought a "home" on the banks or the Sandy River, hoping, with his improved health, to abide many years with his family and friends. He had just returned from a visit to New York, when he was attacked with illness, which proved to be small-pox, and terminated in his death. He was married twice, and leaves a wife and two children to mourn their loss of a kind and excellent husband and father.

One who knew him in early and in latter years, says-"I have seldom known a purer minded Christian than Br. Goff . . . Uniformly studious, thoughtful, and perfectly correct in deportment, . . . though fond of company, and keenly relishing the innocent pleasures incident to such a gathering of blithe young spirits, be was never known to utter a word, or to countenance an act, not strictly in accordance with either the rules of the school, or the most exact propriety." "Since the renewal of that early acquaintance, I have been much in his society, . . . and I have never been intimate with one possessed, as it seemed to me, of a finer spirit or of a purer heart. Humble, truthful, conscientious and simple in habits and tastes, he has always appeared to me a living exemplification of the Christian spirit." Br. Goff was a good writer and instructive preacher. His voice, which was almost a treble, and rather weak, detracted from his efforts in speaking; but those who looked beyond that, to the matter and the spirit, were pleased with his pulpit efforts. He was too sensitive for the hardships of a minister's career, and probably lacked that robust energy and persistance which are necessary to success. But in him we have lost a good and useful man and preacher-one whose example was a strong proof of the sincerity and purity of his faith in universal salvation from sin.


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