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Obituaries (1862-63) in the 1864 Register

Rev. Wm. M. Pattee, departed at Felts Mills, Jefferson Co., N. Y., July 20th, 1862, aged 29 years. He was a member of the first class of graduates of our Theological Seminary, and the first of its graduates to enter the world above. After a year's pastorate in Woodstock, Vt., he found that too close application to study had germinated the seeds of consumption, and he returned to his friends, where, only 15 months after his marriage, be went "Home," leaving a widow and an orphan boy. He is said to have been "a manly Christian and a Christian man-an ardent Universalist, yet no bigot; an enthusiast, but no fanatic; he was spiritually minded beyond his years, and had the witness within him to the truth of Christianity, and to the reality of all those things that pertain to the kingdom of God. He had already begun to contribute to our denominational literature, and if his life had been prolonged he would have adorned it. The lamp of faith burned brighter to the last. In spite of the strong ties that bound him to this world, he submissively accepted God's will as his law, and rose to his rest supremely."

Rev. Lemuel Monroe departed in Delaware Co., Ohio, in the fall of 1862, aged 72 years. He was born in Pennsylvania, but emigrated to Ohio at an early age. He was educated and remained until a mature age, a Baptist, of which church he was deacon. He was ordained a minister of the reconciliation about twenty years before his decease, and continued preaching until his death. He was an earnest and faithful laborer, plain and outspoken on all subjects, and his sermons were eminently instructive and interesting. He left an aged partner and several children, and was buried by the Odd Fellows, of which Order he was a respected member.

Rev. Jonathan Phelps departed at Loami, Illinois, Oct. 18th, 1862, aged 48 years. His health had failed for several months, but he pursued his usual avocations, until congestion of the brain set in. He had been in the ministry 21 years, 9 of which he spent in California, where the Republicans elected him to the legislature. For the last four years he lived in Illinois. He leaves a wife and numerous relatives. "To know him was to love him; for he was an Israelite in whom was no guile." He was a good man and minister. Though partially delirious during his last illness, all who knew him in life are satisfied that he died as he had lived-a Universalist Christian.

Rev E. H. Lake departed suddenly by the bursting of a blood vessel in the streets of Richmond, Va., in the fall of 1862, aged about 40 years. He was born in Haverhill, Mass., but moved to Lynn when 15 years old. He soon became constant at church, and active in conference-meetings. In 1839, when only 17, he commenced preparing for the ministry, and soon after began preaching in school-houses in the surrounding towns. In 1840 he entered the family of Br. Jewell, for convenience of study. Shortly afterward he was settled successively in Middleton and Bridgewater, Mass., and East Kingston and Westmoreland, N. H. About 1850 be removed to South Carolina on account of failing health, and travelled extensively in that State, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi. He wrote considerably for the Universalist paper of that region, held several public discussions, published a book, and did the full work of a hearty man. Br. Lake was a ready, fluent speaker, ardent, earnest, keen yet pleasant, and had a retentive memory. He was difficult to manage in controversy, but always orderly, respectful, and kind to his opponent. He had purchased a small house and farm of 100 acres in Magnolia, N. C., where he resided with his family of wife, son about 15 years and two or three daughters, all unitedly industrious. He had seemed to be on the border of the grave with consumption, for two years past, but still kept actively engaged in his profession, and died while on a visit to Br. Bosserman, then just released from prison in Richmond.

Rev. Wm. H. Baldwin, (better known as "Judge Baldwin,") departed at Blanchester, O., Nov. 19th, 1852, about 50 years of age-disease, typhoid fever. He embraced Universalism early in life, as a life principle, the bread of life for the soul-and such it ever was to him in all the business, the duties, the relations of life. In early manhood he engaged in mercantile pursuits, in which he continued to the close of life. But he also studied law, and entered on its practice with success, and was chosen a Circuit Judge and filled the office with dignity, usefulness and honor. But the Gospel was his theme of themes, and to live it, to enjoy it, and to extend its influence, his great concern. He was foremost in organizing a church and Sunday school where he lived, and was prominent in attendance upon his Association and State Convention, of both of which he was frequently chosen Moderator. Later in life, his aim was to settle up his extensive business, and devote himself to the ministry. He obtained the fellowship of the Ballou Association, after preaching a few times as if to test. his powers, but in less than three months afterward, he entered the church above, to proclaim there, in everlasting praise and adoration, the glories of God and the Lamb. He leaves a widow and daughter in a community where all knew him and mourn their loss of the upright man, the just judge, the warm friend, the active citizen and patriot, the kind husband and father, and the faithful Christian.

Rev. Joseph Sargent, of Williston, Vt., and chaplain of the 13th Regt. Vt. Vols., died in camp of typhoid fever, April 20th, 1863, aged about 45 years. He was born inn New Hampshire, and had been in the ministry about 20 years, during which time, be won the respect and confidence of a large circle of friends. As chaplain he was greatly loved by his regiment, the officers of which passed resolutions expressive of their deep sense of his worth and their loss, and embalmed his body and forwarded it to his family. He leaves a wife and four children. [I have been unable to find where the camp was in which he died-an omission too common in similar obituaries.]

Rev. Robert Stinson, of Croyden, N. H. died in that place in March, 1863, of consumption, contracted in the hardships and dangers of the battle of Newbern, N. C. and while chaplain of the 6th Regt. N. H. Vols. "The old flag of '76 was to him the symbolization of the individual worth of every man, out of which grows the stability of the nation and the unity of the world, and he could not look calmly on and see it trampled on by Southern rebels. Hence it was that when the war broke out, he enlisted his soul in the cause of his country, and encouraged enlistments, and did what he could to induce others to go at the call of the President for the suppression of the rebellion. He not only did this, but gave himself, and went out and suffered the severest hardships-from which he never fully recovered. And though his health was shattered, and death rendered certain by the hardships of campaigning, he never faltered in his fealty to the Union nor did or said aught to cause any man to withdraw his confidence from its rulers, but threw himself upon the altar of patriotism, a willing sacrifice for Liberty and the Union." He was settled in Croyden many years ago, and was always esteemed one of our most faithful and efficient preachers. In the camp, the same qualities won the esteem of officers and men. He was buried in the church in which be had so long and successfully preached the Gospel he loved.

Rev. S. H. Fifield of Fayette, Me., died in the Hospital, Alexandria, Va., in January, 1863, of wounds received in the battle of Fredericksburg, in December previous. He had entered the ministry and preached about one year, when he felt it his duty to volunteer to defend the life of the government, by entering the 16th Regiment Me. Vols.

Rev. J. Hemphill, late of Ridgeway, N. Y., departed at Yarmouthport, Mass., May 19th, 1863. He had labored for several years in New York, and but lately settled at Orleans, Mass., when failing health induced him to visit some relatives, and on his way was confined at Yarmouthport, where he shortly ended his mortal life, resigned to God's disposal and in peace with all mankind. He was a warm-hearted, intelligent and devoted preacher.

Rev. Wm. Hard departed life in Nebraska, Michigan, March 21st, 1863, after four years of suffering with consumption. Father Hard had a good report in our churches as a faithful minister of the Lord Jesus Christ, and died rejoicing in the faith.

Rev. J. H. Cleveland was killed in the charge on the rear of the enemy's works at Vicksburg, May l9th, 1863. Br. Cleveland was a native of Kentucky, and possessed a delicate organization. Notwithstanding his strong bias in favor of the South, he decided in favor of sustaining the government against the rebellion, and entered the army for the Union, where he did his duty well, though unfortunately opposed to some of the measures adopted for suppressing the rebellion. He was noble-hearted, a zealous minister, and possessed fine talents as a writer and speaker, and thus became a valued sacrifice on the altar of his country's salvation. His labors in South eastern Indiana were of great value to our cause, and it is hoped that God will incline some hearts there to adopt and rear his orphan daughter.

Rev. O. H. Tillotson departed at Northfield , Vt. in June last, of consumption. He had been many years in the ministry, and made full proof thereof by his efficiency and zeal. He was not only resigned to depart, but desired his family and friends not to clothe themselves in mourning garb-"Let everything be as cheerful as possible."

Rev. Moses B. Smith, departed at Newark, N. Y. on April 10th, 1863. Father Smith was for many years a much esteemed medical practitioner in Otsego County; but feeling it his duty to proclaim the Gospel in its fullness, he entered the ministry about 30 years ago, and after laboring to great acceptance in the section of his early residence, he removed to Western New York, where, after some years of labor he was called to his rest. Father Smith was a man of grave and pleasant manners, somewhat diffident and unassuming, but dignified in deportment. His sermons were sound and instructive. His life was free from blemish, and his truly Christian spirit and amiability won the confidence and affection of all who knew him well.

Rev. Daniel St. John departed May 25th, 1863, in his 87th year, in Marion County, about 12 miles from Indianapolis, Ind. For many years he resided in Franklin County, Ind. and was often called to serve his fellow citizens in civil offices. But he was better known, all through western Ohio and south eastern and central Indiana, as an earnest, genial, pure-hearted preacher for forty years or more-often a pioneer amid reproach and bitter opposition-continuing to itinerate until loss of hearing and other infirmities confined his ministrations to his more immediate vicinity; and of late years, rheumatism limited even these ministerial labors to the warm seasons. He was feeble, but in usual health on the day of his death. He had walked half a mile or more, and feeling some pain in his chest desired to lie down. While being assisted to his bed, his spirit gently departed in peace. His remains were interred with Masonic ceremonies.

Rev. T. L. Marshall is reported to us as having died during the past year, but no particulars of date, place, or of his past life, have been furnished.

Rev. Charles Spear, the "Prisoner's Friend," formerly of Boston, Mass, died in Washington, D.C., in April, 1863. He had been Chaplain in the St. Elizabeth Hospital, but had, been removed some time previous to his death, probably from disability, or in consequence of changes constantly occurring in the Hospital arrangements. Notwithstanding Br. Spear's peculiarities of mental character and personal habits, he was a remarkable man. He commenced life in humble condition, and his constant liberality to every object and form of distress, kept him poor. He was a printer by trade, but his high religious zeal and strong philanthropy forced him into the ministry, and into ministrations especially connected with human degradation and suffering-the abandoned, the outcast, the down-trodden, the intemperate, and especially the prisoner were his parishioners. To reach them with the Gospel to ameliorate their sufferings, to improve their minds, to elevate their moral and social condition, he travelled far and wide, and even crossed the ocean. He had a large family, but even their claims were not allowed to restrict his exertions or to stint his bounties; and it is believed that they were helpers of his joy-his wife, it is known, was with him in Washington, laboring for those who needed her help, until the President appointed him a Hospital Chaplain, when she became his helper there. His absence of mind, forgetfulness of self, and disregard of (if not inability in) pecuniary matters, often subjected him to painful embarrassments when from home; but that Providence on which he relied for aid as for guidance, always provided friends and means to deliver him. Br. Spear's work on Capital Punishment, and especially his larger and more exhaustive work on the Titles of Jesus, will long be read and admired among us. Besides these, his literary labors produced Voices from Prison, and a periodical called (like himself) "The Prisoner's Friend," extended through several years. Had Br. Spear belonged to almost any other denomination than the Universalist, he would have been much wider known and more highly praised during life, and his death would have been announced and his funeral attended with greater eulogy and higher honors. But "the world cares for its own," and "the children of light" are often less wise, (or certainly less demonstrative of their wisdom,) than "the children of this world in their generation." His funeral services in Washington were attended by a Presbyterian, (a patriotic one, Dr. Sunderland,) in a Presbyterian church, after an announcement so brief as to escape the notice of his religious and personal friends, few of whom knew it in time; and the body was removed to Boston for burial, with almost as little notice in our papers of his life and death, as if he had been undistinguished by any peculiarity of effort or of worth.

John E. Holmes, who died in the service of our country, a martyr to Southern prison hardships, at Annapolis, Md., May 7th, 1863. Br. Holmes was born in Hartford Co., Ct., in 1809. His thirst for knowledge led him to travel to Hamilton, N. Y., wholly dependent on his own labor to obtain an education in our Academy there. Becoming interested in religion, he changed his purpose of studying law, and commenced preparations for the ministry by the aid of Rev. John Freeman, and afterwards of Rev. S. R. Smith, then at Clinton. He was fellowshipped in 1833, and preached in New York, Michigan, and Ohio, until in 1836. Not succeeding as well in speaking as he desired, he returned to his first life-purpose, the law, and removed to Illinois, where, in two years, he was admitted to the bar, but afterwards, under strong solicitation, preached one year for the church in Joliet. He made his permanent home in Jefferson, Wis., in 1843. In 1846-7, he was a member of the Territorial Council-in 1848-9, Lieutenant Governor-in 1852, elected to the State legislature-all which positions he filled with honor and usefulness. But his "chief concern" was religious principle and duty. He was identified with Universalism always and everywhere-a leader and pillar of support in our cause. But when the rebellion against republican government and freedom arose, he felt it his duty to lead there-to leave church and home for the battle-field. He received his commission August, 1862, and immediately commenced the discharge of his duties. He was taken prisoner at Brentwood, Tenn., March 25th, and was hurried by rapid and exhausting marches to Richmond, where he was imprisoned four weeks, and then exchanged, when he was sent to Annapolis, May 7th, where he died the next day. A widow, manly sons, the church and the community in which he lived confirm the testimony of his upright, amiable and useful life.

Abner Chichester, of New York city, and for many years the able and faithful Treasurer of the Harsen Relief Fund, departed September 23, 1862, aged 71 years. Br. Chichester's early and middle period of life were spent in mercantile pursuits. And he embraced Universalism early also, and shortly after connected himself with our church and became active in our cause. From the formation of the Fourth Society he has been an honored member of the same; unobtrusive, but ever active, and always efficient. To his judicious care the ministerial Relief Fund owes not a little of its increase. But it was in the circle of friends, and especially in the bosom of his family, that his affections found richest play, and his virtues were best known and appreciated, where his amiable and cheerful spirit beamed most brightly and beautifully.

Dr. Jacob Harsen, for many years President of the N.Y. Relief Fund Board, established by his father, the late Col. C. Harsen, departed in New York city, December 31st, 1862. Though Dr. Harsen studied medicine well, and was an honored member of the profession, yet he never practiced it to any extent. He was unobtrusive, but diligent and zealous in his religious profession, and lived esteemed and honored by all who knew him. He bequeathed $10,000 to swell the Relief Fund, to which his father and a sister had already generously contributed.

Benjamin Ellis, Esq., of Williamsburg, N.Y., formerly of Cincinnati and New York cities, deserves mention for his long continued activity in our cause; his steady attention to our church and conference meetings, and his unwearied efforts in the cause of common schools and education generally. He died in Williamsburg, October 8th, 1862, aged 76 years.

Note-Rev. B. L. Luce, of Harbor Creek, Pa., we are informed, has departed during the year; but we have received neither dates of birth and death, nor any details of his life.

Rev. W. L. Gilman, died in hospital, at Gettysburg, Pa., of bleeding of his amputated leg, on July 28th, 1863; resigned and cheerful to the last.


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