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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF DECEASED CLERGY AND LAYPEOPLE


Obituaries (1882-1883) in the 1884 Register

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Twenty-five Universalist clergymen have died during the year, viz: Simon T. Aldrich, William G. Anderson, John B. Baldwin, Eli Ballou, D. D., Joseph Barber, Alex- ander BoBserman, Jacob Chase, John D. Cargill, William E. Copeland, Alvin Diusmore, Timothy C. Eaton, Thomas G. Farnsworth, Jerome Harris, Fordyce Hitchcock, Tim- othy F. Jones, Joseph W. Keyes, Clement F. LeFevre, D. D., Moses Marston, Ph.D., E. R. Ottoway, Jackson Stebbins, Zenas Thompson, Charles P. West, Edgar M. Whitney, Enos R. Wood, William B. Woodbury. The limits of this publication will allow only a brief mention of these departed brethren.

Simon Taylor Aldrich, of Batavia, N. Y., died June 16, 1883, aged 57 years. Mr. A. was ordained in the Con- gregational communion; but in 1860 was received into the Universalist ministry. He was an earnest and devoted preacher, aud his everyday life well illustrated the faith he inculcated and the purity of the precepts he enforced.

William Gat Anderson, of North Gage, X. Y., died April 27, 1883, aged 72 years. Born in Scotland, he was educated in the doctrines and traditions of the Kirk, but became a Universalist in 1837, and entered our ministry in 1838. He was a good man, and a successful preacher.

John Buell Baldwin, of Sharon, Vt., died January 28, 1883, in the fortieth year of his age. By reason of physical limitations he was unable to be actively interested in the ministry. He had good mental gifts and acquisi- tions, and a strong regard for the faith he cherished.

Eli Ballou, D. D., of Bethel, Vt., died March 10, 1883, aged 74 years. He was ordained in 1832, and he was in active and continuous service as a Universalist minister for more than a half century. For thirty years he was connected with the Universalist press as editor. It has well been said that "few persons have wielded so wide and happy an influence as he." "The whole church mourns his death."

Joseph Barber, M. D., of Alstead, N. H., died Au- gust 27, 1883, aged 82 years. He was ordained in 1833. Dr. Barber was a man of fine gifts and culture. He preached in New York, Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and continued in active service until he was 74. His faith was firm, as his life was Christian.

Alexander Bosserman, of Bethel, Maine, died De- cember 9, 1882, at the age of about 70 years. He was ordained a Lutheran clergyman, but was for thirty years an active, able, devout member of our ministry. He has been aptly described as "a true man and Christian, who was an honor to our cause, and a comfort and joy to those to whom he ministered."

John D. Cargill, of Brewton, Ala., died September 25, 1883. He was nearly 60 years of age. He was a sin- cere and devoted minister, and an able exponent of Chris- tian doctrines. He died rejoicing in the faith which he had preached for many years.

Jacob Chase, of Fairport, N. Y., died January 3, 1883, aged 86 years. He commenced preaching in 1828, and was ordained in 1832. He was connected with our denominational press for a number of years, while actively engaged in ministerial labor. During the later years of his life, on account of physical limitations, he was not actively engaged in the ministry. He was " loyal to his faith" to the last, and "sustained to the end."

William Edward Copeland, died July —, 1883, aged about 45 years. Mr. C. was a private in the Union army during the late war, and actively engaged in a number of its hardest-fought battles. He was severely wounded, from the effects of which.he suffered during the remainder of his life. He was ordained to our ministry in 1876, and performed pastoral service in Vermont, and lastly in Hightstowii, N. J., where he died. Mr. C. was emi- nently respected and beloved for his consecration and Christian virtue.

Alvin Dinsmore, of DeWitt, Iowa, died November 10, 1883, in the 81st year of his age. He was ordained to the Universalist ministry in 1823, and at the time of his death he was the senior clergyman of our church in respect to ministerial service. He was active and influential in the church, and in the departments of education and reform. His was a noble, unselfish life, and his long and useful career was inspired by the loftiest motives.

Timothy C. Eaton, of Minneapolis, Kan., died in East Oakland, Cal., June 28, 1883, aged 73 years. "He was in all things a pattern of Christian rectitude, and he was thoroughly reverent and devout; sincerity, frankness and fidelity embodied." Mr. Eaton's ministry was wide and successful.

Thomas G. Farnsworth, of Waltham, Mass., died May 21, 1883, aged 85 years. He was ordained in 1822, and the senior of our ministry at the time of his death. Physical infirmities had for many years kept him from the active duties of his profession; but his love for our church and faith never wavered. He had the esteem and love of all who knew him.

Jerome Harris, of Stockton, Me., died January 30, 1883, aged 66 years. He was ordained in 1839, and until 1870 continued to be actively engaged in the pastoral office. For twenty-five years he was pastor of the church in Stockton. There was no other church and no other minister in the town: "a town where no liquor was sold, where there was not a drunkard, where there were no crimes, and where there were no indigent poor." His life w«s a fit illustration of his Christian faith.

Fordyce Hitchcock, of Newark, N. J., died August 31, 1883, aged about 70 years. He was ordained in 1834, but for a number of years was engaged in secular life. The ministry, however, was never out of his heart and sym- pathy. He was "a good and true man, a sincere and devout Christian." He was a faithful and trusted leader in our church, for whose prosperity he ever manifested an ardent zeal.

Timothy Faustus Jones, of Big Bun, Athens Co., 0., died July 31, 1883, aged 69 years. He was ordained in 1867, although he began to preach many years before. A parishioner says, "Father Jones was a self-made and self-educated man, of great natural abilities, and one of the most conscientious and faithful ministers I ever knew." Joseph Willard Keyes, of Dunstable, Mass., died at Warren, B. I., March 31, 1883, aged 42 years. He was ordained in 1864. He had mental gifts and acquisitions of no inconsiderable order. He had intense aspirations for large accomplishments in the way of noble service for his church and faith. He was a preacher of more than ordinary ability, and his influence was extensive. His memory is tenderly cherished by his friends and par- ishoners.

Clement Fall Le Fevre, D. D., of Milwaukee, Wis., died December 12, 1882, aged 85 years. Dr. Le Fevre was ordained in 1821, as a presbyter of the Church of England, and placed over the parish at Sherbrook, Can- ada. Here he was eminently successful; but having be- come drawn to the Universalist faith, against all the prej- udices of his education and all dictates of interest, he entered its ministry in 1829. For many years he was a beloved and honored pastor, a part of the time connected with the denominational press. In the latter years of his life he had retired from the active duties of his profes- sion; but his faith remained strong to the last, and he ever cherished a fond desire for the prosperity of that branch of the Church with which he had so long been connected.

Moses Marston, Ph. D., of Minneapolis, Minn., died July 11, 1883, aged 51 years. He was ordained in 1859, and administered the pastoral office for a few years in Vermont and Northern New York; but in 1868 he accepted a professorship in St. Lawrence University, which he relinquished in 1873, on account of the failure of his health. He then went West, regained his health, and for nine years was one of the faculty of the Univer- sity of Minnesota. He was an accomplished scholar, a ripe teacher, an able and influential minister. Our church and the cause of education suffer a great loss by the death of a man possessed of large abilities and of consecrated purposes.

E. R. Ottoway, of Rochester, N. Y., died April 29, 1883, aged 65 years. Engaged largely in secular pur- suits, he preached for many years, as occasion served, but was not ordained until February last, some two months before his death. He was greatly esteemed and fondly loved. His life was noble, unselfish and useful. He was an able advocate of the Universalist faith.

Jackson Stebbins, of Des Moines, Iowa, died October 20, 1882, aged 67 years. Mr. Stebbins was ordained in 1846. His first ministry was in the East; but for a num- ber of years he resided in the West, employed in minis- terial service. He was a patient, faithful, consecrated man, who did the work possible for him in the spirit of the Christian.

Zenas Thompson, of Deering, Me., died November 17, 1882, aged 78 years. He was ordained in 1829. Mr. Thompson "did eminent service in leading our people forward and upward to higher views of the Christian faith, and diviner motives to the Christian life." He was a man of strong mind, upright character, and a faithful worker for the truth. He has an abiding memory in the hearts of thousands by whom he was known and loved. Charles Prince West, of Anita, Iowa, died October 6, 1883. He was ordained in 1842. He was a pioneer of our faith in Western States; but is best known for his untiring labors in the establishment of Lombard Univer- sity. He was highly respected and widely beloved.

Edgar Mortimer Whitney, of Morris, N. Y., died May 14, 1883, aged 54 years. He was ordained in 1859. He was a man of great ability and industry. He was em- ployed the last few months of his life in work under the auspices of the State Temperance Alliance of New York. Enos K. Wood, of Denver, Col., died July 23, 1883, aged 61 years. Mr. Wood was ordained in 1846, and did pastoral work principally in Ohio and Iowa. In the lat- ter years of his life, however, he was largely engaged in secular business. Kegarding this, the secular press tes- tifies: "In all his dealings he displayed and exemplified those principles of honor and uprightness which for many years he had eloquently preached from the pulpit."

William B. Woodbury, of Granville, 0., died Decem- ber 3, 1882, aged 57 years. He had been engaged in the ministry for twenty-five years, although not ordained until 1860. His work was all done in Central Ohio, with faithfulness and love. He was one of the most saintly of men, and abundantly illustrated the Christian graces in his life. His painful illness of twenty months was borne with patience, resignation and faith. .


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