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Obituaries (1881-1882) in the 1883 Register
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Obituaries (1881-1882) in the 1883 Register
The following-named Universalist clergymen have died since the date of last issue: Robert Bartlett, of New Hamp- shire; Robinson Breare, of Ohio; John Brookhart, of Mis- souri ; Joab Clark, of Kentucky ; Isaac George, of New York; Caleb P. Mallory, of Province of Quebec; Rufus S. Pope, of Massachusetts; Orrin Roberts, of New York; William P. Shockey, of Kansas; David Sires, of Oregon. Brief bio- graphical sketches gathered from various sources are here- with appended.
Rev. Robert Bartlett, died in Boston, Mass., January 20, 1882. He was born in New Hampshire in 1793, and was ordained in 1816. For many years he had suffered greatly by the infirmities of age, and had disappeared from public notice so that few among the present generation had knowledge of him. In his early and middle life he was a vigorous preacher, and his name was once familiar as a household word in the Universalist homes of New Hamp- shire and Vermont, where he labored as an evangelist for many years. Although he did not have the culture of the schools, being almost wholly self-taught, he was yet an ardent student of the Scriptures out of which he gathered a theological equipment of no mean order. Earnest and effec- tive in the work of the minisfoy, he deserves to be classed among those pioneers of Universalism to whom is due the tribute of graceful recognition. "Other men have labored, and we are entered in to their labors."
Rev. Robinson Breare, died at Vinton, Ohio, March 4, 1882, in his seventy-second year. He was born, June 17, 1810, at Addingham, in Yorkshire, England. He early showed a fondness for books and a desire for education. When only a lad he joined the Methodist Church, in whose communion he commenced preaching when he was but seventeen years old. In 1832 he was admitted to full fellowship as a preacher, and was sent out as a missionarj- to the Zetland Isles where he remained until 1836. After service at Edin- burgh, Scotland, and at Manchester, England, he was sent by the Wesleyan Association of Scotland to Halifax, N. S. While located at Halifax he experienced a change of faith and came to accept Universalist views. Bj- reason of this change of sentiment he severed his connection with the Methodist Church, and entered at once upon the procla- mation of his new faith at Halifax. This was in 1841. Three years later he dedicated in that city the first Univer- salist church erected in the British Provinces. Afterwards he was pastor at Marblehead, Mass., and at West Scituate, Mass. In 1853 he removed to Ohio and became connected with the " Star in the West," published by Rev. Mr. Gurley. He afterwards did missionary work in various parts of Ohio, residing at Gallipolis and at Vinton, respectively, for several years. From 1873 to 1879 he resided in Haverhill, Mass., preaching as opportunity was offered and as his health would permit. In the last-named year he returned to his Ohio home, resuming his labors in the circuit where his labors were always welcomed, and where he continued to preach until the second Sunday of February, 1882, on which date he preached his last earthly discourse at Middleport. His closing illness was brief; peacefully he passed on to the rewards of the higher life.
For more than half a century be had well sustained the character of a faithful Christian minister. For forty years he had preached the doctrine of Universal Salvation. He had a sympathetic and loving nature, was possessed of great zeal and determination, and gave himself in the spirit of a true consecration to the doing of his Master's work. He was a generous-hearted and true man, every way worthy of the many friends he gained who will long remember him both for love's sake and for his work's sake.
Rev. John Brookhart, died at Prospect Grove, Mo.. December 4, 1881, aged seventy-nine j-ears. For thirty- seven years he had been a Christian minister and honestly devoted to the work of his calling. He was a man of devout faith who was glad of every opportunity to make expression of his religious views. In a humble way and in a restricted field of effort he sought to do the work of a Christian evan- gelist. That he was measurably successful in such a work we cannot doubt. A few days before his death he gave his farewell sermon, speaking as one who knew that the end was near, and imparting loving advice to his neighbors and friends. He met death in the confident hope of another and better life.
Rev. Joab Clark, died in Christian County, Kentucky. Jan. 23, 1882. He was born in the same county July 23, 1807, and had, therefore, attained the age of 74 3-ears and 6 months at the time of his death. He had passed his entire life, excepting a single year, in the county where he was born and died. He was ordained in 1835. Although he did not devote himself exclusively to the work of the ministry, he yet preached regularly to the people near his home and occa- sionally elsewhere. Well versed in the Scriptures, of logical mind, and more than average ability, his preaching was acceptable and attended with marked results of good. To his influence is largely due the growth of Universalist senti- ment in Christian County and the adjoining region. Conso- lation Church, to which he regularly ministered, stands as 1 monument of his zeal and fidelity. This organization now numbers nearly two hundred members.
Mr. Clark occupied a conspicuous position in the community where he lived, being generally respected and loved. In public affairs he alwa}^ manifested great interest, and his opinions had much influence with his fellow-citizens. As a member of the legislature, and in the discharge of various public duties, he made proof of an inflexible integrity joined with good sense and a keen regard for the best interests of the whole people. In the time of the nation's struggle for existence he was a "Union man," and he never faltered in his loyalty.
Thus among his neighbors and friends he won au excellent reputation, and those who knew him best gladly bear testi- mony to his noble character, his useful and unselfish life. Rev. T. Abbott, who was privileged to enjoy an intimate acquaintance with the deceased, writes to us in regard to his manifold virtues and accomplishments, closing with these words :—"And now his mission on earth is closed and a large sphere of honor and usefulness is left vacant. Especially does the cause of God's universal grace suffer serious loss by his ab- sence. Who will take his place and try to fill his sphere in the church he loved so well? The vineyard is indeed large and inviting ; the fruit opens for the vintage — who will go in and gather the rich clusters filled with the sweetness of their mature growth, and calling forth the joy and song of an everlasting life?"
Rev. Isaac George, born in Gainesville, Wyoming Count}-, in 1818, died at Fredonia, N. Y., Aug. 20, 1882. He was early brought to accept the Universalist faith, and soon after attaining his majority became a preacher. He was not ordained, however, until 1843. His love for Christianity as presented in the Universalist interpretation was exceptionally strong and steadfast. He counted it all joy to do the work of a teacher and evangelist. His abilities were of no common order, and these, assisted by an intense enthusiasm, gave him a large measure of success. The greater part of his active life was spent in Western New York, where he made man}' friends and gained the respect of all who knew him. Of late \-eai\s he has only preached occasionally, but his mental faculties were well preserved, and his love for his church and faith was not lessened by failing health. At the General Convention session in Detroit in 1881, he had a special part in the service of installation held at that time, and most earnestly and fittingly did he speak the word of exhor- tation on that occasion. Now the strong and faithful minister has finished his work on the earth, and passed on to life and light immortal.
Rev. C. P. Mallort, died at Huntingville, P. Q., July 13, 1882, aged 72 years. Nearly his whole life was passed in the Province of Quebec. For more than forty years he preached the "Gospel of the grace of God, which bringeth salvation to all men," helping many souls to a larger light and liberty. He was ordained in Glover, Vermont, Sept. 19, 1843. For many years his home was at Huntingville, P. Q., where he had gathered a large church, of which he was pastor at the time of his death. In all the adjoining region he was known as a Christian teacher and reformer, ready for every good word and work. No man could have been taken from that community whose loss would have been more widely felt. He endured with resignation a long and painful illness, and was calm and hopeful to the end.
Rev. Rufus S. Pope, born in S tough ton, Mass., April 2,1809, died in Hyannis, Mass., June 5, 1882. Gifted with strong intellectual faculties, and having a desire for knowledge, he made the best use of the books and schools by means of which he obtained his early education. He was early led to examine and accept Christianity according to the faith which afterwards he proclaimed with so much ability. "He pur- sued a course of theological study with the late Rev. Sylvanus Cobb, D.D., and early in 1833 entered into the work of his chosen profession, preaching his first sermon at South Ded- ham that year. He was settled over the following parishes: South Dedham (now Norwood), Milford, Sterling, and Hard- wick." In 1843, he removed to Hyannis, where he resided until the time of his death. His pastorate at that place con- tinued for more than thirty years. After resigning his pastoral charge at Hyannis, Mr. Pope continued to preach at various points, supplying the church at Orleans for several years. He was an earnest and interesting preacher, accustomed to appeal to the understanding of his hearers, and given to a logical presentation of whatever subject engaged his thought and pen.
"Beside his ministerial labors, which have ever been faithfully and acceptably performed and fruitful of good, Mr. Pope served Barnstable for years very efficiently upon the board of school committee, and two years (1855 and 1856) as representative in the General Court, and filled for a con- siderable time the office of register of probate for Barnstable Count}*, and was for several years postmaster of Hyannis." He was a zealous member of the Masonic fraternity, and a steadfast worker for the advancement of its principles and prosperity. Genial and companionable, he found its com- munions acceptable to his social nature, and the ministries and associations of this brotherhood were always greatly esteemed. Impressive funeral services were held at the church in Hyannis, on Thursday, June 8th, after which the Masons took charge of the remains and sent a delegation with the same, accompanied by the family, to Woodlawn Cemetery, near Boston, where the interment took place.
Rev. Owen Roberts, died at Montrose, N. Y., Jan. 22, 1882, in the 73d year of his age. He began preaching over fifty years ago. He was ordained in 1833, at Lakeville, N.Y., where he was pastor for seventeen j'ears. Afterwards he removed to Illinois, and followed the work of his calling in different parts of that State. He was always loyal to his faith and church, ever anxious to bring men to see the truth as the gospel sets it forth. Both as a preacher and a writer he did good ser- vice for the cause which he loved. He had ability, energy, and consecration, whereby he was able to do good work in the years of his active ministry. By reason of bodily dis- ability he had been without a pastorate and unable to preach regularly for nearly twenty years, but he continued to use his pen in the advocacy of the faith he cherished. He was an able preacher, a forcible writer, a faithful, true-hearted Christian
Rev. William P. Shockey, died at Ozark, Kansas, May 2, 1882, in the 68th year of his age. He commenced preaching when he was about thirty years old, being at first in the fellow- ship of the " Disciples," but, " finding his way into the larger hope," he preached the faith held by Universalists, in Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. Rev. T. W. Woodrow testifies of the deceased that he was "a great and good man, an ardent lover and supporter of the Bible truth. His was a clear head and a warm heart; he was firm and true to his convictions ot truth, and never flinched from expressing it." He reached the close of mortal life in great peace and hope- fulness, being sustained by the power of :!;it faith which he had so earnestly commended to others.
Rev. David Sires, died at Seattle, W. T., in the early part of the present year. He was about fifty years of age. He was formerly a preacher in the Methodist church, and was "set aside" by that denomination for heresy in 1874, having come to believe and advocate the doctrines of the Universalist faith. In the same year he was admitted to the fellowship of the Oregon Convention, and since that date he has been a faithful and worthy minister of the Gospel of Christ. His character was above reproach, and he was greatly esteemed by all who knew him. At the time of his death he was acting as special police-officer, assisting in the arrest of a desperado, by whom he was shot. He lived a few hours after receiving the fatal wound, his mind being calm and composed, and then his soul passed on to the blessed experiences of the immortal state.