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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF DECEASED CLERGY AND LAYPEOPLE


Obituaries (1894-1895) in the 1896 Register

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NECROLOGY

The deaths of the following named preachers, thirteen in all, have occurred since Nov. 1st, 1894:

Alanson Kelsey, born in Smyrna, Chenango Co., N. T., Mav 17, 1810, died at Griffin, Ga., Nov. 15, 1894. He began preaching in 1836, and was ordained at Pavilion, N. Y., in 1845. His minis- try, as a pastor, was wholly in his native state, at Stafford, Pavil- ion, Portageville, Nnnda, Middleport, Newark, Albion, Rochester, and closed at Newark in 1857, although for several years there- after he supplied at Clarendon, Fairhaven, Barre Centre, Ridge- way, Middleport and Albion. He resided several years at Wash- ington, D. C, and subsequently at Savannah and Griffin, Georgia, being compelled by asthma, from which be was a great sufferer, to seek a warm climate. He was a sweet spirited man, living above reproach and made " a ministerial record, humble but hon- orable."

Mosby Lee Hewitt, born at Baltimore, Md., December 31, 1848, died at Linesville, Pa., January 12, 1895. He was reared in the Episcopal faith, but at the age of twenty-two, having just been admitted to the bar, in Washington, D. C, he began to attend the Universalist Church in Baltimore, "and finding in the Universal- ist faith his highest ideal, like a true apostle he left all and fol- lowed it." Licensed to preach in 1875 and ordained in 1876, he began his ministry in western New York, preaching about two years at Boston and Le Roy. His subsequent pastorates were at Bradford and Nicholson, Pa.; McConnelsville, Ohio; Victor, N. Y.; Belpre, Ohio; Honeoye Falls and North Bloomfield, N. Y.; and Linesville, Pa. A diseased condition of the throat and lungs which no medical treatment could cure, was the cause of his death. "He showed a characteristic courage in his struggle with disease, and conscious to within a few moments of the end, bore all with wonderful patience and firmness." He is described by one who knew him well "as an able preacher, alecturer of unusual powers to interest and always a favorite with the young people."

Simeon Hovey, born at Lima, N. Y., Sept. 12, 1814, died at Col- linwood, Ohio, January 17, 1895. He was licensed to preach in 1843 and ordained in 1844, his residence then being at Frederick- town, Ohio. Subsequent residences were at Le Roy, Painesville, Perry, Rutland, Middleport, Mentor, Pennsylvania; Akron and Collinwood, Ohio; and forabrief time at St. Clair City, Mich. "He never filled any prominent position in the church, but loved the gospel and embraced every opportunity that came to him to preach. He will be remembered as a faithful and devout man, whose life was a living gospel, and he will be missed by large numbers who were accustomed to see him at occasional meet- ings."

Almon Gage, born July 14, 1817, died at Rochester, X. Y., Feb. ruary 18, 1895. A student in theology with Rev. Dr. George W. Montgome?-y, Mr. Gage began to preach in 1848. He had pastor, ates at Richmond, Va.; Louisville, Ky.; and in Lewiiton, Maine. For ten years in his early ministry he travelled and itinerated in the South. "Many years ago he practically retired from the min- istry, though he kept his interest in pulpit work and religious themes. With an independent fortune, he was a life long student. He graduated as a lawyer and for a time was the attorney-general of Arizona; he took a medical course, but with no thought of adopting the profession; studied finance and was the first green- back candidate for the governorship of Maine. He investigated nearly every system of religion and every theory of government and was omnivorous in his reading. Few men were more widely read and few excelled him in debate or conversation. His mem- ory was tenacious and he was as fascinating as he was stimulating and instructive in conversation. He was without ambition, and refused many places of honor and profit which were tendered him. Until the last he was a brilliant and effective speaker, but shrank from publicity. His loyalty to friends was marked and his char- ties were as constant as they were unostentatious. He was a man of high character, despising shame and pretence."

La Fayette Porter, born in Orleans County, N. Y., January 27, 1827, died at Clarinda, Iowa, March 13, 1805. At a very early age he was identified with the Methodists, but before reaching his majority he became a Universalist. Teaching school in Albion, N. Y., he pursued theological studies under the direction of Rev. Dr. Montgomery of Rochester, and was ordained at Coudersport, Pa., where he had organized a parish, in 1856. He afterwards had settlements at Webster, N. Y.; Brooklyn, Pa.; Afton, N. Y.; Scran- ton and Conneautville, Pa ; Morris and Oneonta, N. Y.; Susque- hanna, Pa.; Waterloo, Iowa; Anoka, Minn; Bloomfleld, Clarinda, and Villisca, Iowa "During his long ministry of over forty years he was largely engaged in missionary work outside of his regular parish ministrations. He organized a great mauy parishes and churches, and personally superintended and built three churches and was the chief instrumentality through which two other churches were built. He also rebuilt three other churches." He was widely known and greatly beloved as a preacher and a man. Death had no terrors to him, his last words being "I am ready to go, the sooner the better, for my faith is paramount to all others, because it contains all tbat.their's does and a great deal more."

Timothy Hannibal Tabor, born in Rutland County, Vt., August 21, 1824, died in Chicago, 111., April 11, 1895. "His religious training in youth was of the old school Presbyterian order as his parents were both members of that denomination. He soon out- grew Presbyterian tendencies and in early manhood was born into Universalism, in which faith he lived and labored and died." He was ordained in 1852, and had his first pastorate at South Danville, N. Y. He afterwards had settlements in Mc Henry and Woodstock 111.; Briggsville and Markesan, Wis.; Blue Island, Macomb, Kirk- wood, Yates City, Bradford, La Fayette, 111.; Bloomfield, Iowa; New Salem. 111. He became proprietor, publisher and editor of Manford's Magazine in 1886, and removed to Chicago, where he resided uutil his death, which resulted from paralysis. His two sons, James B. and Mauley W. also became Universalis! preachers. The former succeeds his father in editing and publishing the mag- azine, and the latter resides in central New York. "Mr. Tabor was a man of faith and strong convictions and of constant indus- try as a pastor and preacher. His work is attested by the success which has'followed his labors as a church organizer and builder. His Universalism was rock bottomed; he could never be moved from the fundamental principles of that faith as outlined in Chris- tianity. . . .Universalism in Illinois owes much to the faithful man whose earthly career is now terminated. In this state and in Iowa and Wisconsin there are substantial parishes founded by him and blessed by his faithful and self-sacrificing labors."

Clark Rice Moor, born at Rutland, Yt., May 15,1825, died at Cambridge, Mass., April 27, 1895. He studied theology with Rev. Dr. T. J. Sawyer, xt Clinton, N. Y.; and was ordained in 1848. His pastoral settlements were at Brattleboro, Yt.; Watertown, Mass.; Portland and Augusta, Me. Since 1875 he had been with- out pastoral charge and had resided in Cambridge where he had been a helpful parishioner. His death was sudden and wholly un- expected, but his life was a grand preparation for any change. A man of high character and of unsullied reputation, endowed in an unusual degree with mental and moral power, he was a sennon- izer of more thnn ordinary ability and a forcible preacher. The ages of the Universalist Quarterly were frequently enriched by is thoughtful and well finished papers, and be often wrote for our weekly journals. He was active and influential in organizing and for a while in the management of the Universalist Publishing House, was also a trustee of Tufts College, and in many ways gave himself to whatever enterprise or work promised intellectual and moral elevation and the enrichment of our literature. A good man and a true friend passed from the earth when death touched him.

Andrew Oliver Warren, born in Jaffrey, X. H., June 5, 1817, died at Montrose, Pa.. April 28, 1895. He fitted for the ministry under the direction of Rev. Messrs J. V. Wilson and Charles Wood- house, and was licensed to preach in 1840, and ordained at Mc- Donough, N. Y , in January, 1842. His pastorates in New York were at McDonough. Upper Lisle and Smithville Flats. In 1849 he moved to Montrose, Pa., where he was pastor nine years, and where he made his home during the remainder of his life. He was also pastor at Brooklyn, Pa., several years. For nearly half a century he was identified with Universalism in northeastern Penn- sylvania and his services were much sought on funeral and mar- riage occasions. He was an eminently good man and an effective preacher.

Salmon Ward Squire, born in Canton, St. Lawrence Co., N. T. April 1, 1819, died in Franklin, Mass., April 26,1895. While study- ing for the Methodist ministry he had the opportunity of hearing Universalism preached and became a convert thereto. He was ordained in 1843, and did his first preaching and parish work at Massena and Nicholville, N. Y. Afterwards he was at Glover and Bethel, Vt.; Jeffrey and Wentworth, N. H.; Stoneham, Lynn and Franklin, Mass. In 1867 he withdrew from pastoral work and turned his whole attention to his farm. When the rebellion broke out he enlisted but was rejected on examination, but he did good service for the Union in conducting war meetings and raising vol- unteers. He was greatly interested in general education and while in New Hampshire was, for a number of years, a Commissioner of Schools and for more than twenty years was a member of the School Committee in Franklin. He had a good presence, was a forceful speaker and impressed all who listened to him as being sincere in his convictions. He had hosts of friends and a deserved- ly excellent reputation.

Almond Wood Mason, born at Cheshire, Mass., April 5, 1807, died at Minneapolis, Minn., May 1, 1895. Born into a close communion Baptist family he made public profession of that faith and at the age of sixteen was immersed by the celebrated Rev. John Leland. He occasionally heard Universalism preached and although it was approved by his reason, he dared not believe it nor listen to it without prejudice. While engaged in superin- tending a mill in Lowell, he directed a choir in the Universahst Church and listening to the preaching of the late Rev. Dr. T. B. Thayer, came into the full light and joy of the truth, and began to soriously contemplate entering the Universalist ministry; eight years later, in 184), he was ordained at Marblehead, Mass. His first preaching was in Cummington, Adams, North Adams and Cheshire, Mass. In 1852 he located on a farm in Pulaski, near Concord, Mich., where he had a pastorate and afterwards at Han- over, Jackson, Pulaski, Baldwins, Manchester, Mattawan, Jones- ville and Grand Rapids, in the same state. His last pastorate was at Waukesha, Wis., which he closed in 1877, since which time he made his home with his children. He was a genial, happy man, passionately fond of music, the principles of which he taught to thousands. "He was always a Bible preacher, holding the gospel as the foundation of all exalted lite and character."

Edward Payson Baldwin, born in Ridgefleld, 111 , Oct. 26,1856, died in Minneapolis, Minn., May 25, 1895. He was the son of a Presbyterian clergyman and was always serious and devout. Graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1883, he entered the McCormick Theological School, Chicago, in preparation for the ministry in the Presbyterian Church, but doubts in regard to the truth of its tenets caused him to withdraw and to enter upon teaching in the public schools of Minnesota. He was licensed as a Universalist preacher in 1889, and ordained at Albert Lea, Minn., Jan. 9, 1890. His settlements were at Albert Lea, and at Oshkosh, Wis., and for a year at Minneapolis, Minn. He was proprietor and editor of the " Western Leader," which he made the organ of the Prohibition party in Minnesota. Having disposed of this paper he had made arrangements to follow a literary career, when he was suddenly struck down while on his bicycle, by an electric car, receiving injuries from which he died on the follow- ing day. "He was a man of pronounced versatility and superior attainments. As a preacher his sermons were always logical, ear- nest and convincing. . . . His severe Calvinistio training was apparent in many of his thoughts about the world of humanity, but to do the world good, to lead it up to higher levels, was the aim of his whole life of thirty-eight years."

Alonzo Ames Miner, D.D., LL.D., born in Lempster, N. H., August 17, 1814, died in Boston, Mass., June 14. 1895. "Dr. Miner seemed ' to have been born religious and a Universalist.. This doctrine early commanded bis deliberate approval and whole hearted allegiance. In those days this was not only unpopular as a heresy, but was generally deemed morally reprehensible as mili- tating against moral principle. But young Miner's character very early proved its own vindication, inspired respect and confidence, and secured for him positions of responsibility and trust.' Before reaching his majority he was a highly approved and successful instructor. But the force of bis religious convictions impelled him to enter into the Universalist ministry, and he was ordained in 1839. His initial pastorate was at Methuen, Mass. Thence he was called in 1842, to the Second Universalist Church in Lowell, Mass. Here, in a pastorate of six years, he achieved great suc- cess, and began a career of public influence enduring to the end of his life. In Lowell, "trusts and various official positions were rapidly laid upon him. Though never robust he showed an extra- ordinary power of work, combined with a public spirit, a patience and kindliness of temper, a balance of judgment and a hopeful progressi veness of practical thought, which make him a tower of strength.' In 1848, the Rev. Hosea Ballou welcomed Mr. Miner as Associate Pastor of the Second Universalist Church of Boston; and after the decease of the former in 1852, he became sole pastor. Dr. Miner's relations with that church continued until the close of his life, making a record of 47 years as associate pastor, pastor and senior pastor, and of 56 years in the ministry of the Universalist Church. In the founding of Tufts College, Dr. Miner did impor- tant service; and after the decease of Dr. Hosea Ballou 2d, the first president, in 1861, Dr. Miner was urged to accept the presi- dency. He was inducted into this office in 1863, a junior sharing in the labors of the pastorate. During Dr. Miner's presidency the funds of the college were largely increased and the foundations of its later prosperity laid. He continued in the office nine years, when his parish insisted upon his exclusive attention to its inter- ests. He was, however, during the whole life of the college, until his decease, a member of its Board of Trustees, actively engaged in the oversight of its affairs. He was especially interested in the Divinity School connected with the college, and presented for its use a fine building, Miner Hall, a monument of his practical inter- est and beneficence upon College Hill. His perpetual interest in education was also shown in his membership of the State Board of Education of Massachusetts, of which he was one of the most active and aggressive members. In all philanthropic movements he was foremost. Whether regarding slavery, in its day; the maintenance of the Union intact; the abolition of capital punish- ment; the cause of national arbitration; the promotion of total abstinence from intoxicants, and the suppression of drinking shops: in whatever form his love for God and man could manifest itself; his voice and counsel were as ready as welcome. 'Yet Dr. Miner never sank the church in these various and scattered labors. This he always regarded as the bulwark of moral and religious truth and life, and the most firm ground on which to build our hope of future progress.'"

Robert Chadwick Brown, who was a native of Noank, Conn., where he lived and died, came of sea-faring stock, and at an early age began a sea-faring life as cabin boy, and through the natural order of promotion passed the intervening positions of seamanship to that of master of a vessel. At about the age of 35 years he retired from this calling, and soon after became a preacher of the Great Salvation. He was settled by the influence of the late state missionary, Abraham Norwood, over a missionary station at Winchester and Goshen in his native state, where he remained about two years. It is believed by his friends that the customs and habits and modes of living of an inland, farming community were distasteful to one whose life had been upon the sea, and al- ways near its associations; so he returned to his home and acres which he inherited, and foregoing business, devoted his life to an unpretentious and quiet ministry among the sea-faring community of bis native town. He carried the light of a sunny spirit and the cheer of a brotherly faith into their homes, and was a welcome guest always. Occasionally he was called to a funeral service and sometimes to a church supply. He was an enthusiastic singer of home songs and devotional hymns, and made his visits pleasura- ble from his almost inexhaustible repertory. He was wonderfully familiar with the Bible and the standard poets, and read with ease several languages. All in all. he was a useful worker in many fields where his religious convictions were made acceptable by his life and love. He was killed by the cars on the 12th of July, 1895. endeavoring to avoid a freight train on one track he was struck by an express on another and instantly killed. He was 72 years old and never married. A. T.

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