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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF DECEASED CLERGY AND LAYPEOPLE


Obituaries (1871-72) in the 1873 Register

Rev. Lewis Leonard Record, the son of Thomas Record, was born September 1, 1816, in that part of the town of Minot, in Cumberland County, Maine, which in 1842, became Auburn. He was graduated from Bowdoin College, in 1845, and soon after was married to Miss Cynthia Munroe, of Auburn, by whom he had a daughter. In 1848, his wife died. For about five years he was engaged in teaching, first in Lowell, Mass., and afterwards in Westbrook Seminary. In 1850, he was ordained as a minister of the Gospel, and in the same year was married to Miss Irene Stevens, of Westbrook, Me., by whom he had one son, who, with his wife, survives him. In 1851, he was settled as a preacher in Houlton, Me.; from which place, in 1855, he removed to Scituate, Mass., and in 1859, to Annisquam, Mass. In 1862, failing health forced him to leave his charge and remove to Westbrook, Me. In 1863, he went into the army as chaplain of the 23d Massachusetts Regiment of Volunteers, and served eleven months. While he was with the army in North Carolina, he was attacked with the yellow fever, from the effects of which he never recovered.

His health was by no means good when he entered the army, but his whole soul was with it and the cause it went forth to uphold, and all his energies were willingly spent fur his country. His life was many times put in peril. He returned from the war completely broken down in health. When his strength was somewhat restored, he engaged in missionary work, and did good service, especially in Biddeford and Saco, Me., preparing the way for a new house of worship and for the prosperity of our cause in that locality. In 1870, he removed to Marlboro, N. H., where he labored earnestly and successfully, until July, 1871, when he was compelled to desist from labor, and from that date he steadily declined, until his death, which took place in Marlboro, December 7, 1871, in the 56th year of his age. His disease was consumption. He had been for some time aware that his end was approaching, and made all due preparations for it. For months, and ever after he began to cough, he was confident that it was his last sickness that was upon him, but the thought did not sadden him. Very calmly and courageously he met his fate, enjoining his family not to mourn for him. He named the minister to preach at his funeral, and selected the text for the sermon. His burial took place in Marlboro, on Sunday, December 10, the clergymen of different denominations in the town acting as pall-bearers. Though he had been settled in Marlboro less than two years, yet the people had become strongly attached to him as a pastor and a citizen. He has left behind him a name which "they will not willingly let die." He was faithful unto death in the ministry, and has left the world the legacy of a good life. He was scholarly in his tastes, and fond of research. He was clear, strong, persuasive as a preacher. He was highly respected as a pastor. His whole being was consecrated to the cause of the Gospel. By his faithful labors and pure character, "he being dead yet speaketh."

Rev. Calvin M. Beard, the son of Thomas and Sallie Beard, was born in Wayne County, North Carolina, September 5, 1822, and was reared under the influence of the Methodist Church.

He was educated at Falling Creek Academy, North Carolina, with the view of entering the Methodist ministry; but while engaged in his studies he lost faith in the doctrines of that church. In 1848, he read Ballou's Treatise on the Atonement, and wrote concerning it as follows: "This is the work of a Universalist writer on the Atonement. I am bound to confess I cannot confute his reasoning. I have thus obtained my first introduction to the Universalist doctrine." In April, 1848, he left North Carolina and went to Caleb Musgrave's, in Union County, Illinois. Here he found a good and true Universalist, who had taken the "Sentinel and Star" for some years. In the year following he was married to Miss Charity Musgrave, daughter of Caleb, aforesaid. Here he was employed for a while in teaching school, occasionally hearing Universalist preaching and reading some standard Universalist books, but did not decide on entering the ministry until the autumn of 1865, after hearing a debate between Rev. G. W. Hughey (Methodist), and Rev. T. Abbot (Universalist). Shortly after this, assisted by Mr. Abbott, he organized a church in his neighborhood to which he preached monthly during the rest of his life. A meeting-house was built and now stands as a monument to his zeal and that of a few devoted friends. He kept up a Sunday-school, taught a Bible-class, made it a point to attend the meetings of the Association, and did all he could to promote Church organization. In November, 1871, he went to visit the brethren and friends at Golconda, Illinois, being at the time in poor health, and said to his wife on leaving home: "You may never see me again; should it be God's will that you do not, all will be right." On the first of December she was sent for, arriving in Golconda on the 9th, but he died on the following day. He was conscious of his condition up to the hour of his death, recognized his family and spoke to them cheerfully concerning his approaching end. About an hour before death, he called to his mother (who had died eighteen years before) and said, "I see my mother, I must go." The last words he spoke were: "I am going higher, higher, higher." Thus he passed away. His widow and three children remain, and have the satisfaction of knowing that he leaves an unsullied name, and lived to do good. The Masonic Fraternity to which he belonged, and a large concourse of people, attended his funeral.

Rev. John Duvall, died in Buford, Highland County, Ohio, April 20, 1872, aged 72 years. He was educated in the old school of Calvinistic theology, to believe that he was born a reprobate; but when the more liberal views of Wesley and the other Reformers were brought to his knowledge, embracing an atonement made and a salvation provided for all mankind, he made still further progress in the direction of the new light which beamed upon his pathway, and he delighted to tell his experience to his brethren, and point them to the Lamb of God "that taketh away the sin of the World." He joined the Universalist Church in Pricetown, and lived a worthy member, filling every station assigned him with honor to himself and advantage to the church. Having been for many years a local Methodist preacher in good standing, he continued to exercise his gifts as a preacher after his conversion to Universalism. He was the recipient of civic honors, having been elected an associate judge. He was an able and consistent advocate of temperance. He exemplified his Christian faith in his daily walk. His last illness was protracted, but he bore it patiently and trustfully. His funeral took place under the direction of the Masonic order, to which he belonged, April 22, 1872.

Rev. Alexander MacArthur, was born January 9, 1817, at Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland. He was married April 20, 1840, to Jane Ralston, at Androssan, Ayrshire. In the spring of 1842, he emigrated to America. He was ordained to the ministry at Mendon, Illinois, August 29, 1845, and began his labors at Union Grove, in the same State, where he remained five years. He then for two years labored as a missionary in the Province of Ontario, in Canada. Afterwards he accepted a charge at Pictou, Nova Scotia, where he labored with good acceptance for about seven years. He then spent three years in missionary labor in his native Scotland, but returned to this country in 1862; and then for six years he was engaged in lecturing and preaching in the Province of Nova Scotia. The last scene of his labors was Halifax, where he ministered between four and five years in the Universalist Church. In the year 1853, while living in Canada, Mr. MacArthur began to read Swedenborg's writings, and ever after was a diligent student of the Swedish seer; and the stores of wisdom thence gathered gave tone to his preaching for the last fourteen or fifteen years of his life.

There remains little more to be said, save that Mrs. MacArthur, having departed this life January 21, 1868, Mr. MacArthur contracted a second marriage with a countrywoman of his own, May 10, 1870. A protracted, illness, greatly aggravated in severity for three months previous to his death, terminated his earthly career on the 8th of June, 1872. Two sons and four daughters survive, a son and a daughter having died a few years ago.

Rev. Hallam Eldridge Whitney, died of congestion of the brain at Flint, Franklin County, Ohio, August 12, 1872, in the 55th year of his age. He was born April 18, 1818, in Binghamton, Broome County, New York, and was the son of Ebenezer Whitney. He married Miss Betsey P. Morse, of Binghamton. He studied for the ministry with Rev. Charles W. Brown. He was licensed to preach by the Chenango Association of New York, January 1, 1840, and was ordained September 17, 1846, at Springfield, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Twenty-five years of his life were spent in preaching the Gospel in the northern part of Pennsylvania. In the summer of 1871, he wrote us from Austinburg, Ashtabula County, Ohio, and said: "In consequence of very poor health, I have charge of no parish at present. I am doing some missionary work in this county and also in western Pennsylvania." He left a widow, who resides at Ripton, Lorain County, Ohio. A friend of his, writing from Flint, Ohio, says: "I do not know of his former life, but all that ever knew him say he was always a good and just man, ever doing good to his fellow men. I know that while he was with us here at Flint, he won the esteem of all."

Rev. Thomas Childs, died at Fayetteville, Tennessee, August 17, 1872, in the 78th year of his age, rejoicing in the hope of universal redemption. He was originally a Primitive Baptist preacher; but about twenty years ago he embraced Universalism, and since then has preached it as he had opportunity. His snowy locks and benign countenance, it is said, gave him a very venerable appearance in the pulpit. His life was pure, and he has left to his family and his church the legacy of a good name. His last sickness, the result of a severe cold, was of short duration, for he was confined to his bed only eleven days. Being visited by some of his neighbors of a different faith a day or two before his death, he gave distinct and emphatic utterance to his hope that Jesus Christ will finally bring the whole human family into holy reconciliation with God.

Rev. Mark Powers died at his home in West Concord, Vermont, September 21, 1872, aged 44 years. In the autumn of 1870, Mr. Powers attended the Centenary Convention at Gloucester, Massachusetts, where he was taken with a hemorrhage of the lungs from which he never recovered. Still, in the spring of 1871, having gained a little strength and feeling as usual a deep interest in the work of the ministry, he attempted a few times to speak to the people, but being soon prostrated he was forced to desist. In the month of June, 1872, he became convinced that his time was short for this world; he made all preparations for his departure, and selected a brother minister to officiate at his funeral, enjoining him, however, to use no words of fulsome praise on the occasion. His wishes were fully carried out and were in harmony with the sincerity and unostentatious manners of the man, whom we knew well and esteemed highly for his sterling integrity, his sound judgment and hearty devotion to the cause of truth. His funeral took place on the 22d of September, and on the following day his remains were taken to the home of Mrs. Powers' parents, in Washington, Vermont, for interment.

Mr. Powers began his preparation for the ministry, with Rev. L. H. Tabor, then of West Charleston, Vermont, in February 1854, and in July 1855, was ordained as a minister of the Gospel, at Washington, Vermont, where, for four years he lived, preaching there and at Strafford, 20 miles distant, dividing his time equally between the two places. At the end of that period he removed to Strafford, where he continued to preach for six years, making in all ten years of labor in the latter place.

From thence he removed to Gaysville, Vermont, where he labored four years, and from thence he removed to West Concord, from which he was soon called to the better country. In Strafford, he induced our people to buy out the Free Will Baptists, who claimed to own one half of the meeting-house, and to repair it, and was thus instrumental in giving them a house of their own and freeing them from the endless annoyance to which a union house had always subjected them. Essentially the same thing was accomplished while he lived in Gaysville, while the effort there resulted also in a better edifice. In West Concord, his ministry, though short, was successful. His sermons were sound, his spirit excellent, and the result of his teaching every way good. He was too wise and far-sighted to be carried away with the weak, sentimental Liberalism, and miscalled Spiritualism of the day, and though not a highly educated, nor a brilliant, nor a sensational preacher, his influence has been, in all the region of his labors, most salutary and enduring. As his life was eminently a useful one to the Church and the world, so also the Christian fortitude with which he bore his sufferings and the triumphant faith with which he met death, will leave a blessing with his family, his ministering brethren, and the denomination at large.

Rev. George Messenger, died October 14, 1872, at Springfield, Clarke County, Ohio, in the 75th year of his age. He wrote us in the summer of 1871, that he was licensed as a preacher of the Gospel, at Madison, New York, June 3, 1824, and ordained at Eatonsbush, New York, October 12, 1826; and he also said: "I was born February 18, 1798. I preach only occasionally; sometimes attend weddings and funerals, officiate as one of the trustees of Buchtel College, and each week take an active part in our conference and prayer-meetings."

It appears that Mr. Messenger was originally from Berkshire, Massachusetts, removing from thence to the State of New York; and that he removed to Springfield, Ohio, as long ago as 1838, where he ever after lived, a widely known and highly respected citizen. His obituary might well be summed up in the New Testament words: "He was a good man and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith." As one of the trustees of Buchtel College, he gave much of his time and attention to the supervision of the erection of the College building. For the last few months of his life, he was very hard at work at Akron, and while thus engaged he contracted a sickness which terminated in death, after an illness of about ten days. "It may be said of him," says the "Star in the West," "that he died a martyr to the work which had enlisted his sympathies, namely, establishing Buchtel College on a permanent basis. He subscribed largely and liberally to the fund for its erection, and was an unceasing worker in its behalf."

NOTE. [In the Register for 1872, we gave a single paragraph to the memory of a brother who perished in the great Chicago fire, of October 7, 8, and 9, 1871. We now add a few particulars concerning him, gathered from an extended and very cordial eulogy of him, by Rev. J. J. Austin published in Oxford (N. Y.) Times, of May 15, 1872.]

Rev. John Temple Goodrich, was born in Middlefield, Otsego County, New York, May 28, 1815. In childhood and youth he resided in that town and in Cooperstown, laboring on a farm in summer and studying and teaching school in winter. His more advanced opportunities for study were at Hartwick Seminary and Clinton Liberal Institute. He studied theology with Rev. Stephen R. Smith, then in the zenith of his power and influence. In 1836, when less than 21 years of age, he was settled as a preacher, in Oxford, Chenango County, New York, where he remained some twelve years. In 1849 or 1850, he was called to the pastoral charge of our Church at Canton, New York, where he remained about five years. He organized the church at Canton, and assisted in the gathering and organization of the churches at Potsdam, and Madrid, as he had done before in Oxford. About this time an affection of his throat induced him to accept a call to Reading, Pennsylvania, where he labored two years, and where his influence was strong and extended, as it had been elsewhere.

After this he was persuaded to return to Canton, and take the agency of the new Theological School and College, projected at that place, and served in that capacity for five years, successfully; preaching in the mean time in Canton, and elsewhere, as occasion required. It was largely through his efforts that the New York Legislature appropriated $25,.000 to the Canton schools. Released from this work, he became pastor of the Eighth Street Church, Philadelphia, where he remained some three or four years, when he left them out of debt, and himself out of health. After an interval spent in traveling, he went to Wilmington, Delaware, and supplied that missionary station for about two years.

In domestic life he was fortunate and happy. His wife was Miss Margaret M. Bolles, daughter of Deacon Elias Bolles, of Oxford, New York. Of their five children, three died before the father.

While he lived in Canton, he held an oral discussion with Rev. Mr. Wheeler, Baptist, which continued several evenings, and was a marked success for our cause. In Wilmington, he held a written controversy with Rev. Mr. Hoffman, a Presbyterian minister; which was a success also. Years before this, he had held a written and oral discussion with Rev. Mr. Dyer, a Presbyterian, of Preston, New York, which gave the cause of Universalism an impetus in that place. Mr. Goodrich was not combative, and would not seek a controversy, nor would he shrink from one if duty called him to engage in it. He was devotedly attached to his family, and was anxious to close up all his secular concerns, and settle down over some parish where the labor required was such as his strength and health would be sufficient for. With this purpose in view, he left home on the 25th of September, 1871; went to Fulton, then to Watertown, to Rochester, and to Chicago, where he was seen by acquaintances, and where his name was entered on the register of the Metropolitan Hotel, for room No. 36, on the 5th of October, and where it remains, with bill unsettled. The most diligent search has developed nothing further. He with many others perished in that dreadful conflagration. Such is a brief outline of an active and useful life, and we felt constrained from the eminent service he has rendered the cause of Universalism, and from the peculiarity of his end, to add this note to the paragraph in our last issue, relative to Bro. Goodrich.

We also desire to correct a mistake (pointed out by Rev. T. H. Tabor, of Young America, Illinois), into which we were led by the denominational journals, namely, that the late Mr. David Bowsman, was a clergyman. Our notice of him in the last "Register," was correct in all the particulars mentioned, except that he was not a preacher.


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