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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF DECEASED CLERGY AND LAYPEOPLE


Obituaries (1890-1891) in the 1892 Register

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NECROLOGY

Since the publication of the Register for 1891, the follow- ing-named preachers, eleven in all, have died.

Massena Berthier Ballou, born in Dana, Mass., Nov. 28, 1800, died at Stoughton, Mass., Dec. 10, 1890. He was the second son of the eminent Rev. Hosea Ballon, by whom he was fitted for the ministry. He began to preach in 1822, and was ordained at Hartland, Vt., Sept. 22, 1825. His first pastorate was of four years' duration, at Charlton, Mass. His second and final one was at Stoughton, Mass., lasting twenty-two years. He married in December, 1825, and his four children survive him, living near his old home- stead in Stoughton. When ill health compelled him to relin- quish the ministry, he at once became a faithful parishioner, and was ever in his place in the sanctuary service, even after his defective hearing prevented his catching a syllable that was spoken. Genial and cheerful in spirit, he adorned the profession of the gospel with a godly life and a well-ordered conversation.

Sanford Preston Smith, born in Bingham, Me., Feb. 5, 1846, died at Skowhegan, Me., March 22, 1891. Mr. Smith was formerly a printer, and for several years was foreman in the office of the "Gospel Banner." Entering the theological school at Canton, N. Y., he graduated there- from in the summer of 1871, and was ordained at Claremont, N. H., May 22, 1872. His pastorates were in Claremont, Peabody, Mass., Hightstown, N. J., Winthrop and Read- field, Me., Marblehead, Mass., P'ast Boston, Mass., Thomp- sonville, Conn., and Skowhegan and N. Anson, Me. A devoted, self-sacrificing preacher and pastor, a writer always ready and versatile, he added to his mental gifts a fine musi- cal taste and great ability as a leader of congregational singing, his services in this latter respect being in great demand at grove meetings and on special occasions of con- tinuous meetings. Genial, courteous, conscientious in his work, studious, upright, and spiritual-minded, he was a faithful Christian mraister, and his departure so early in life is deeply lamented by the church which he served so well.

William C. Davidson died at Thornton, Ala., March 29, 18!M, aged seventy-three years. Our information concern- ing him is limited to the following brief statement from the pen of Rev. J. C. Burruss: " Calmly and resignedly he departed, firm in the faith he had preached to others. He came to us about fourteen years ago, from the Baptists, and during his last sickness expressed his regret that he had not seen the light of the gospel of universal redemption earlier in life. He died full of faith and hope, and left the aroma of a good name."

Gamaliel Collins, born in Provincetown, Mass., Oct. 7, 1816, died at Chatham, Mass., April 24, 1891. For several years before attaining his majority he followed the sea, and rose to the position of mate with the noted Hon. Nathaniel E. Atwood, then commanding a brig making voyages from Prov- incetown to the West Indies and other distant ports. Early in his manhood he resolved to enter the Univerealist ministry. Pursuing classical studies at Waterville, Me., and teaching school at Castine and Hallowell in the same State, his name first appears in the Register as a new preacher, located at Waterville, in 1841. He was ordained in 1842. His first settlement was at Yarmouth Port, Mass., in 1844 and 1845; then at Newton Upper Falls in 1846, and from 1847 to 1854 at Hudson, N.Y., when, on account of failing sight, he relin- quished pastoral work and removed to Philadelphia, where, until the breaking out of the war, he had a denominational and miscellaneous book store. During the rebellion he was chaplain of the 72d regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infan- try. As a chaplain he was faithful and courageous, his brav- ery being especially conspicuous at Antietam, where his horse was shot under him, and he received severe and lasting in- juries by the fall. At the close of the war he was commis- sioned chaplain in the regular army, and served at the military posts in Kansas, Colorado, Washington, Wyoming and Alaska. Retired several years ago on generous pay, he made his home until the day of his death at Chatham, the early home of his devoted wife, who suddenly departed this life some two years ago. Mr. Collins was a man of extensive and accurate reading, especially in European" history. He was a forceful writer and a good preacher.

Asher Moore, born in Philadelphia, Pa., Jan. 18, 1810, died at Hammontou, N. J., April 27, 1891. Although of Quaker parentage, he became a Uuiversalist early in life, and began to preach in 1831, receiving ordination in 1832. His pastorates were at Reading, Pa., New London, Conn., Hart- ford, Conn, (two settlements), Roxbury, Mass., Lombard Street church, Philadelphia, Hightstown, N. J., New York City, Church of the Messiah, Philadelphia, Newark, N. J., Springfield, Vt., Claremont, N. H., Norwich, Conn., Joliet, Ill., Cleveland, Ohio, Brooklyn, N. Y., Easton, Pa., and Hammonton, N. J. He has been well characterized as " one of the stalwart men of the Uuiversalist ministry. . . a deep thinker, particularly of the older school, yet always a learner. He was a grand orator; voice, bearing and vocalization were his by birth, and there was majesty as well as power when he stood before a congregation to give his message." In 1840-43 he was one of the editors of "The Nazarene," a weekly Universalist paper, published in Philadelphia. He was also author, in 1840, of "A Memoir of the late Rev. Savillion W. Fuller;" in 1841, of "Universalist Belief: or the Doctrinal Views of Universalists ; " in 1847, of " Univer- salisin the Doctrine of the Bible ;" and of numerous pam- phlets and tracts.

William Woodford Clayton, formerly quite active in our ministry in the West, though of late engaged in secular business in Chicago, Ill., died suddenly in that city, April 29, aged fifty-seven years. "A certain timidity prevented a large acquaintance and interfered with pastoral usefulness, though his intellectual force was recognized. His record, we believe, was unstained."

Alexander Gretton Laurie died at Erie, Pa., May 3, 1891, aged seventy-five years. Mr. Laurie's name first appears in the Register in 1842 as a new preacher, located at Mason, Ohio. In 1843, the year of his ordination, he was at Simcoe, Can., then at London, Can.; from 1849 to 1853 at Buffalo, N. Y., from 1853 to 1803 at Charlestown, Mass., from 1863 to 1865 at Newark, N. J., 1865 to 1874 at Erie, Pa., his last settlement. He was intensely loyal to Scotland, his native land, and never became a naturalized citizen of the United States. Thorougbly familiar with Scotch phi- losophy and literature, and passionately fond of its poetry, he probably had no peer as an interpreter of Burns. Him- self a poet of no inferior order, and a writer of purest English, he was a strong thinker, and in the days of his activity was a mighty champion of the truths of revealed religion.

Gilbert Foster Barnes, the son of Rev. G. W. Barnes, born in the city of New York, June 8, 1854, died at Mor- rison, 1ll., May 18, 1891. Graduating with honor at Clinton Liberal Institute, he took the prescribed course of theological training at the theological school at Canton, graduating in 1879, and taking a pastorate at Gaysville, Vt. He was ordained at Bethel, Vt., Sept. 1, 1880. Subsequently he was pastor at Oswego, N. Y., Tidioute, Pa., the Church of our Father, North Chicago, and had just commenced his labors at Morrison, 1ll., when he was stricken down by typhoid fever. His ministry has been useful, and gave promise of still greater usefulness. His grand physique seemed fitted to cope with any malady, and indicated that his days would be long upon the earth; but it pleased God to take him from us.

Jonathan Marsh Johns died at Salina, Kan., September 24, of consumption, in his fifty-first year. A graduate of the Canton Theological School in 1876, his first settlement was . at Hammond, N. Y., where he was ordained May 27, 1877. He was also for a short time at Shelburne Falls, Mass., and at Claremont, N. H. In 1883 he went to Kansas on account of failing health. He has not been able to preach, except occasionally, for several years. For months he has expected and desired the summons to go hence. Rev. Mr. Barnes communicates to "The Universalist": "Up to the very last moment of Bro. John's life, his mind was clear and he dictated a brief history of his conversion to Universalism and labors in the ministry, with quite a lengthy war record. It is the voice of those who knew him best that he had a very successful ministry, and his character was above reproach."

Mrs. Sarah C. Pratt died suddenly at North Mont- pelier, Vt., Oct. 2, 1891. She has been for some months in charge of tbe parishes at Marshfield and North Montpelier, where she was industrious and intent on the duties of her chosen calling. "Her career in the ministry was brief indeed, still she left results, in sowing many a seed of truth."

Nathaniel Crary, born July 27, 1823, died in Hicksville, Ohio, Oct. 7,1891. He was ordained in 185G, and "leaves an honored record among us. He was a man of the most genial character and great kindness of heart. A pioneer preacher, living on bis own farm, he ministered to churches in Ohio and Indiana with unusual acceptance. He was always welcome at our gatherings, and brought with him a sunny presence and an atmosphere of good cheer, which was always delightful We will meet him no more on earth, but his memory will abide." His death was caused by paralysis, and to all appearance was painless.

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