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Obituaries (1886-1887) in the 1888 Register
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Eleven of our Clergymen have died since the Register for 1887 went to press. Such notice of their life and labors as is possible from the data obtained, and the limited space afforded in these pages, is here given.
George Edwin Forbes died of pneumonia, at Potsdam, N. Y., on the 3d of January, 1887, in the forty-second year of his age. Mr. Forbes was born in Paris, Me., the 3d of November, 1845. He was educated in the common schools and at Paris Hill Academy. For a short time he was en- gaged in secular business, but in September, 1870, he entered the Canton Theological School, from which he grad- uated in June, 1873, and a month later accepted an invita- tion to the pastorate of the church in Marshfield, Yt. Here he was ordained on the 12th of February, 1874, and here remained as pastor till 1880. His subsequent pastoral set- tlements were Calais, Vt., 1880-82; New Gloucester, Me., 1882-83; Canton, N. Y., 1883-87. He was a man of great industry, faithful and conscientious in the discharge of every duty, and enjoyed the esteem of all the people where his lot was cast. His end was peaceful and happy. A wife and one son survive him.
G. M. Cade, M. D., died at Ingram, Texas, on the 17th of March, 1887, in the sixty-sixth year of his age. He was born in Marengo County, Alabama, on the 9th of November, 1821, but resided with his grandfather in Wilkes County, Ga., till 1858. At the close of the war of 1861-65 he moved to Texas, where he engaged in the practice of medicine. He became a believer in Universalism forty-five years ago, and was for the last seven or eight years of his life a lay preacher licensed by the General Convention. He was an acceptable expounder of the faith, and exemplified its blessed influence in his daily life. An invalid the last year of his life, he was patient and resigned, and was comforted and happy when summoned hence.
John Greenleaf Adams, D. D., died at his home at Mel- rose Higblands, Mass., on the 4th of May, 1887, in the sev- enty-seventh year of his age. Born in Portsmouth, N. H., on the 30th of July, 1810, he received the chief part of his school education in his native city. He fitted for the minis- try under the direction of Rev. S. Brimblecome and Rev. A. A. Folsom and was ordained at Rumney, N. H., the 12th of June, 1833. His pastoral settlements were in Claremont, N. H., Maiden, Worcester and Lowell, Mass., Providence, R. I., and Cincinnati, Ohio. During his residence in New Hampshire he edited the Star in the East, and for several years after his removal to Massachusetts was editor of The Gospel Teacher, also of the Myrtle and the Sunday School Helper. Early interested in philanthropic and moral reforms, he pub- lished two books in their illustration and defence, — "Our Day," and the " Fountain," — the late Rev. Dr. Chapin being associated with him in the publication of the latter, as he was also in the compilation of "Hymns for Christian Devotion." Dr. Adams was the author of about twenty books and pam- phlets, chiefly of Universalist literature. He was a Universal- ist in all his convictions and sympathies, and was untiring in his efforts for the spread of the knowledge of the truth. He was an eloquent preacher, exceptionally gifted in prayer, of a constantly devout spirit, and lived a life of consistent Christian motive and action. His final sickness was several months in duration and was at times excruciatingly painful, but. he was uncomplaining, constantly recognizing the love of the Father and trusting without a doubt or murmur in his wisdom and goodness. He longed to be at rest, but waited the will of God in his release. Dr. Adams was twice married and leaves a widow, a daughter and two sons.
Harlow P. Sage died at Huntington, Ohio, May 17, 1887, in the eighty-seventh year of his age. He had been a resident of Huntington, Lorain Co., Ohio, since 1826. In early life he was an Episcopalian, but when about thirty-five years of age became a convert to IJniversalism and was ordained to its ministry in 1836. For a number of years the infirmities of age prevented his preaching, but until within a year of his death he was a constant attendant on public religious services and at Sunday school. The fatal disease — cancer of the face — caused him months of acute suffering. Death came as a weleomed angel of mercy.
Theodore Dwight Cook died in Utica, N. Y., on the 24th of May, 1887, in the seventy-fourth year of his age. lie was born at Mareellus, Onandago Co., N. Y., on the 31st of January, 1814. After pursuing classical and academic studies at Skeneateles and Auburn, Mr. Cook prepared for the ministry under Rev. Geo. W. Montgomery, of Roch- ester. His first settlement was at Gaines, Orleans Co., where he was ordained on the 14th of June, 1838. Before the close of that year he moved to Utica, and thence to Phil- adelphia as pastor of the Second Universalist Church in 1841 (while in Philadelphia he was one of the editors of the Nazarene), in 1844 to South Boston, 1852 to Provi- dence, R. I., and in 1869 to Utica again. He was a man of sterling character, and was useful in his several pastorates. For the last ten or more years of his life he was engaged as sup- ply for several pulpits in Central New York. His wife and three of his seven children survive him.
Henry Gifford died at Columbus, Ohio, on the 31st of May, 1887, in his seventy-eighth year. He was bom in Albany, N. Y., the 2oth of March, 1810, and was a mechanic in his early manhood. He studied for the ministry under the direction of Rev. Dr. I. D. Williamson, and preached his first sennon at Duanesburgh, N. Y., in July, 1832. His first settlement was at Shrewsbury, Vt., in January, 1833. Here he was ordained on the 14th of November, the same year. In 1837 he took charge of the Universalist Society in Wren- tham, Mass., but returned to Shrewsbury in the spring of 1839. A year later he went to Oxford, Ohio, and in 1843 to Erie, Pa. This was his last pastorate. While in Erie the lake winds sadly affected his throat, causing him to lose his voice, so as to be unable to speak in public for three years. Subsequently he so far recovered as to be able to preach occasionally. Before this affliction came upon him he was in great demand as a preacher and debater, always success- ful in either position. He was a good man, a faithful and efficient pioneer.
Nelson Snell died at his home in Vine Valley, N. Y., the loth of June, 1887, in the sixty-sixth year of his age. He was born in Danube, Montgomery Co., N. Y., on the 20th of February, 1822, and obtained his education at the Acad- emy in Cazenovia and at the Clinton Liberal Institute. His theological studies were pursued at the latter place under the direction of Rev. Dr. T. J. Sawyer. He was ordained in 1848, and his pastorates were, in their order, atMinden, Kel- logsville, Mottville, New York, Lockport and Hudson, all in his native State. He was a good sermouizer, a man of unimpeachable character, and genial and hearty in his inter- course with his brethren.
Daniel Brewer, born the 8th of January, 1811, died at Gordon, Georgia, the 211th of July, 1887. He was a primi- tive Baptist in his early life, but became a Universalist about thirty-five years ago. He was ordained the 3d of October, 1869, at a session of the L'niversalist Convention at the Plains of Dara, Georgia. Never settled as pastor, he preached as opportunity offered, — in schoolhouses, groves and private residences. His educational privileges were small, but he had strong native powers, a tenacious memory and was familiar with the Scriptures. His faith was firmly anchored in the Divine Word, and was the chief theme of his conversation so long as the power of speech was granted him. A man of pure life, of great charity and of untiring zeal for the spread of the knowledge of the truth.
Edwin Burnham Burgess died in Wakefield, Mass., on the 20th of August, 1887, aged fifty-nine. A mechanic in early manhood, and brought up in the belief of the Baptist faith, he came, through great struggles of mind and diligent searching of the Scriptures, to accept the Universalist inter- pretation of the Gospel. Relinquishing his secular business he pursued a course of study in Tufts College Divinity School, was licensed to preach in 1875 and was ordained at Claremont, N. H., the 4th of October, 1877. His pastoral settlements were at Marlborough, N. H., Hammond, New- port and Middleville, N. Y. He was happy in his faith and helped many out of the gloom of unbelief into the light and joy of the truth. For several months in failing health, he looked forward to death with great longing and bade his wife rejoice that the hour of his departure had come. He was an earnest and faithful preacher and a good man.
Thomas Jones, born near Edinburgh, Scotland, the ICth of February, 1805, died at Phillipi, West Va., on the 3d of September, 1887. Without any especial advantages from schools, Mr. Jones was a painstaking student all his days, and was noted among his neighbors for his varied and accu- rate knowledge. Brought up a Presbyterian, he became a Universalist more than half a century ago, and formally united with the Universalist Church in 1842. We are not informed of the date of his ordination, but are told that he never bad pastoral charge of a church, but preached in vari- ous parts of Virginia, as opportunity offered. He was retir- ing in bis habits, but was an acceptable preacher and firm in his religious faith, and died in full assurance of its truth, rejoicing that he was soon to meet his companion who had but a few months before beeu called from earth. The testi- mony of all who knew him is that "he was a good man and full of the Holy Spirit."
Josiah Marvin, of St. Paul, Minn., died at the home of his sister in his native place, Alstead, N. II., on the 19th of September, 1887, in the sixty-ninth year of his age. He fitted for the ministry under the direction of Rev. Charles Woohouse, at Westmoreland, N. H., in which town lie preached his first sermon in 1841. lie was ordained in 1844, and his pastorates were in Stoneham, Saugus, Fitchburg, Mass.; Springfield, 111.; Springfield, Mass.; St. Paul, Minn., twice; and Nashua, N. II. He was a zealous and successful worker in each place. For about two years before bis death he had been in failing health. He was of a cheerful and loving disposition, pure in life and of great use- fulness as a Christian pastor and preacher.