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Obituaries (1891-1892) in the 1893 Register
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NECROLOGY The deaths of the following-named preachers, or former preachers in the Universallst Church, twenty in all, have occurred since the publication of the Register for 1892.
Frederick Herbrechter, born in London, England, died at Stevens Point, Wis., Nov. 12, 1891. He was originally a Congregationalist and preached for some time at Saluda, Iowa. Afterwards he more closely sympathized with the Methodists but never joined their communion. He was fellowshipped by the Univer- salis! Convention of Wisconsin in 1889, and preached occasionall; in several places near his residences at Norris and Stevens Point, Wis., but had no pastoral settlement, and lils work was in places where we had no organization. "He suffered greatly from spinal trouble, caused by exposure and hard work as a nurse during the late war, and was in constant pain," a fact which often led those ignorant of the nature of his difficulty to speak of him as insane or of unsound mind. One who knew him well says that" he was honest and zealous, had a mind richly versed in Christian thought and had an eloquent tongue." His age was near sixty years.
Edwin Davis, born in Marlboro, N. H., May 8, 1821, died in Quiney, Mass., Dec. 28, 1891. He fitted for the ministry undtr the direction of Rev. W. N. Barber; preached his first sermon at Vernon, Vt., Nov. 20, 1842, and was ordained at Winchester, N. H., June 19, 1845. His pastorates were at Marlboro, Richmond, Hinsdale, Paper Mill Village, N. H., West Acton, Canton and Rockport, Mass. A man of eminently saintly character, he was loyal in all things to the Christian Church and faithful in the discharge of every duty. For a brief time secretary of the Massachusetts Universallst Convention and for many years secretary of its Committee of Fellowship, he was faithful and thorough in his work and was greatly beloved by his brethren. He was an able preacher, a model pastor and the light and joy of his own home. The last five years of his life were years of feebleness, the result of an attack of apoplexy. Patiently waiting the time of his release, and always ready for the call, he passed away while being tenderly cared for by his beloved children.
James Madison Usher was born in Medford, Mass., Nov. 12, 1814, died at his home in West Medford, Mass., Dec. 31, 1891. He was ordained at Danvers, Mass., Dec. 1, 1839. For a year he supplied the pulpit at the West Parish, Gloucester, and was afterwards settled at East Lexington, Southbridge and Lynn. In 1850 he moved to West Medford, which was thereafter his home. In 1841 he became publisher of a Sunday-school paper and from then until 1861 he published Universalist books, in 1860 succeeding Rev. Dr. Thomas Whltteraore as proprietor of The Trumpet. Later he published The Nation, a temperance paper, and was greatly interested iu political affairs, representing his native town in the Massachusetts Legislature. Since 1880 he renewed his labors in the ministry, preaching regularly atTyngsboro' and Dunstable, and often in the summer months at West Rumney, N. H. Quite recently he revised, bringing it down to date, Brook's History of Medford. His wife and children preceded him to the immortal life and the summons to himself found him ready and anxious to join them.
Benjamin Franklin Bowles, born in Portsmouth, N. H., March 4, 1824, died in Abington, Mass., Jan. 1, 1892. He fitted for the ministry under the instruction of Thomas J. Sawyer, D.D., at Clinton Liberal Institute in 1816-48, and was ordained at Salem, Mass., July, 1848. His pastoral settlements were subsequently at Southbridge, Natick, Melrose, Mass., Manchester, N. H , Worcester, Cambridgeport, Mass., Philadelphia, Pa., Osage, Iowa, San Francisco, Cal., Abington and South Weymouth, Mass. He also gave four years in the early part of his ministry to an experiment with others in establishing a socialistic community, and was the agent of Dean Academy for a year before settling at Abington. A man of great industry, he kept himself fully prepared for his pulpit work and was active in all the reforms which the Christian religion sanctions. He was a faithful and sympathetic pastor, a man of pure life and of strong and true friendships. Never strong in body he suffered much from physical prostration and the last year of his life with us was one of bodily weakness and wasting. He was strong in f iith and unwavering in his confidence in the truth and sufficiency of that interpretation of the gospel which he preached so many years and so well.
Lyman White Daggett, born in North Attleborough, Mass., July 28, 1812, died at Attleborough Falls, Mass., Jan. 10, 1892. After receiving all possible aid from the schools in his native town, he fitted for college at Phillips Academy, Andover, but was prevented from entering college by pecuniary losses which fell upon his father. After teaching several years he entered the Divinity School of Harvard College and after finishing the course there was for some time prevented from entering active service by threatened decline from pulmonary weakness. He entered the ministry, however, in 1841, having the fellowship of the Old Colony Association, was ordained at Mattapoisett, Mass., Aug. 4, 1841, while pastor of the Universalist Church at Holliston, Mass. From Holliston he removed, in 1843, to Andover, and was subsequently at Woodstock and Hartland, Vt. From family considerations he returned to his birthplace in 1848, and for a few years thereafter supplied the pulpit at West Wrenthara. Since 1853 his home has been at Attleborough Falls, where lie filled many town offices, and was for three terms representative of the town in the Legislature. "He was ever a faithful, upright citizen, a useful, honest, godly man, a Christian in love with his church aud deeplyiuterested in all its affairs."
Alson Scott, born at Halifax, Vt., Feb. 11, 1816, died at Plainfield, Vt., Feb. 8, 1892. He studied theology under the direction of Rev. Hosea F. Ballou, preaching while with Mr. Ballou, alternately at Keansboro, Vt., and Monroe, Mass. He was ordained at Williamsville, Vt., July 6, 1843. His pastorates have been at Colrain and Shelburne Falls, Mass.; Northfleld, Barre and Roxbury, Vt.; Monroe, N. H., during his four years' residence there doing missionary work in Dalton, Littleton, Lisbon, Lyman, Warren and West Chesterfield; Jericho, Williamstown, Lynden, Glover and Marshfleld, Vt ; North Orange and Prescott, Mass. In 1875 he returned to Vermont, since which time he preached only occasionally. He survived his wife, to whom he was married in June, 1842, nine years, making his home with one of his two daughters. The cause of his death was paralysis, and his departure was so sudden and quiet as to be hardly noticeable. A good man, he leaves a precious memory.
Willard Spaulding, D.D., born in Lempster, N. H., Jan. 28, 1822, died at West Peabody, Mass., Feb. 11, 1892. He was ordained at Methnen, Mass., Nov. 22, 1845, where he was then settled. His subsequent pastorates were in the following order, as noted from time to time in the Register: West Cambridge, Essex, Methuen, West Haverhill, Methuen, West Haverhill, Ncwburyport, Salem, Mass.; Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1872 he retired to his farm in West Peabody, after which he had no pastorates, but spent his Sundays quite regularly in pulpits in Maine and New Hampshire. In 1873 Buchtel College gave him the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity. Dr. Spaulding was a man of intensely earnest convictions, and enthusiastic, perhaps sometimes rash, in their utterance, but always sincere and single in his purpose. His oratory was peculiar to himself and at times produced a wonderful effect on his hearers. Devoutly religious in his feelings he was especially in sympathy with the great questions of the hour and gave himself to an unreserved advocacy of what seemed to him to be just and right. He was companionable and affectionate, a true lover of his fellowmen.
Albert Harrington Marshall was born at Lincklaen, Chenango County, N. Y., Nov. 13, 1824, and died in Madison, Madison County, N. Y., Feb. 1C, 1892. Educated at the Cazenovia and De Ruyter Academies and at Clinton Liberal Institute, he began to preach at Clinton. N. Y., in 1859, and in 1801 settled over the parish at Madison, for several years giving a portion of his time to parishes at North Brookfield and Hubbardsvllle. He was ordained at Madison, Jnne 8, 18C5. Mr. Marshall was of an extremely quiet and retiring disposition, and, with the exception of a faithful performance of his duties as standing clerk of the Central Association for twenty-five years, was never identified with denominational work outside the lines of his parishes. He was a clear thinker and good sermonizer, and his character was unblemished. Greatly interested in education, he generously assisted by gifts of money several young men in completing their course of study. He did not accumulate large means, but out of his savings bequeathed 82,000 to the parish at Madison, and made its trustees the administrators of his estate.
Eri Garfield, born at Langdon, N. H , Feb. 3, 1805, died at Sanborn, Iowa, Feb. 29, 1892. He was ordained in 1831. His first settlement was at Bethel, Vt., and from thence, according to the Registkr, he went to Randolph, in 1850, to North Enfield, N. H., in 1851, and to Jefferson, Wisconsin, in 1854. He also had pastorates at Columbus and Stoughton, in the latter State, ceasing from pastoral work a few years ago. A wife and daughters survive him. "For years the aged veteran had been patiently and lovingly waiting his Maker's call, and when it came he gladly obeyed, fully believing that he was simply stepping from this life into another and better one, where the loving Father of all provides-a home for all his children, with endless possibilities for growth and development in knowledge and virtue"
Amory Battles was born in Stoughton, Muss., June 1, 1823, and died at Bangor, Me., March 1, 18!>2. His theological training was at Harvard Divinity School. He was ordained in the Uuiversalist Church at Bangor, where he had already been settled some months, Jan. 1, 1851. His pastorate at Bangor closed March 1, 1872, covering a period of twenty-one years. Although he never took pastoral charge of another church, and retained his residence in Bangor, he supplied "one year in West Newton, Mass., about four years in Orono, two years in Waterville and six years in Dexter" He was a scholar, an able and eloquent preacher, a reformer and philan- thropist. Always fearless in utterance, but courteous and candid, he was a power among his townsmen, a faithful soldier of the cross.
James Henry Chapin, Ph.D., born at Leavenworth, Indiana. Dec. 31, 1832, died suddenly from heart disease in the City National Bank at South Norwalk, Connecticut, Marcli 14, 1892. He was a graduate from Lombard University, class of 1857, and subsequently received the degrees of M.A. and Ph.D. from his Alma Mater. He was ordained at Pekln, 111., June 3, 1859. His pastorates have been at Pekin and Springfield, Illinois and Meriden, Conn. During the late war he was in the service of the United States Sanitary Commission on the Pacific Coast, as the successor ot the late Rev. T. Starr King, and at the close of the rebellion he was for several years Secretary of the New England Freedman's Aid Society. In 18G8 he became the Financial Agent of the Massachusetts Convention and as such greatly aided in securing the quota for the Murray Fund of the General Convention, from that State. In 1871 he was elected to the Chair of Mineralogy and Geology in St. Lawrence University, which he held till his death, giving three months In alternate years, sometimes oftener, to his work in the College. He was greatly interested in these sciences and was an active Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and one of the founders of the Association of American Geologists. Always zealous for the welfare of the Universalist Church, he was many years President of the Connecticut Convention and active in the work of the parish at Meriden. A graceful and instructive writer, a learned and able preacher and an eminently good man, he faithfully discharged all duties and his death is sincerely lamented by his brethren.
John Francis Gates, born in Gallipolis, Ohio, Dec. 16, 1880, died at Perry, N. Y., April 23, 1892. Receiving an academic education at the Marietta (Ohio) Liberal Institute, he became deeply interested in religion under the ministry of Rev. Dr. G. S. Weaver, under whose advice, some years later, he entered the Theological School at Canton, N. Y., in 1867. In the interval lie had been school teacher and merchant in California, and in the spring of 1867 was admitted to practise at the bar in Ohio. The death of an only son, soon after, made him resolve to enter the ministry. He was ordained at McConnelsville, Ohio, Sept. 1, 1869, and had pastorates at McConnelsville and Le Roy, Ohio; Springfield, Ver- mont; and Bristol, Le Roy and Perry, N. Y. At the latter place he founded the Perry Weekly Newt, which he made a model country journal, conducting it with great ability. For six months he was an intense sufferer from cancer, but in all was patient and resigned. He was an able preacher, a faithful pastor and a devout Christian.
Francis Benson Peck, born in Oppenheira, Fulton Co., N. Y., May 14, 1827, died at Olcott, N. Y., April 29, 1892. A student in theology with Rev. Dr. T. J. Sawyer, at Clinton, N. Y., Mr. Peck was ordained at Braman's Corners, N. Y., Sept. 7, 1854. After four years' service at Braman's Corners, he located at East Hamilton, taking into his field of labor North Brookfleld, Hubbardsville and Poolville. From thence he removed to Oxford, where for seven years he took the missionary field of the Chenango Association, in which he organized several new parishes. Subsequently he had pastorates in Cortland, Bristol, Clarendon, Olcott, supplying also at Cambria, all in the State of N. Y. A victim of disease for several years he persisted in his work uutil he fainted in the pulpit in January last, when lie gave up and took to his bed from which he did not rise. He was a successful minister, was exceptionally gifted in prayer, and was greatly beloved wherever he made his home.
Sumner Ely Darrow, born in Herkimer Co., N. Y., July 3, 1814, died in Freehold, Pa., May 15, 1892. Fellowshipped by the Chenango Association in 1849, he was never ordained, but had pastoral settlements in Friendsville, Orwell aud Standing Stone, Pa., and Whitesville, N. Y. , and was active several years in missionary labors. lie retired from the ministry some years ago, on account of ill health. He " was an honest, upright man and lived the religion he professed."
William Willis Hayward, born in Hancock, N. H , died atMed- fleld, Mass., July 26, 1892. In early life lie was a teacher in New Hampshire and Vermont. He was ordained at Enfield, N. H., June 18, 1859. His settlements were at Hancock and Keene, N. H., Paris Hill and Kendall's Mills, Me.; also Williamsvllle, Vt., So. Beading, now Wakefield, West Acton, Methuen, Plymouth and So. Framing- ham, Mass. After the opening of Tufts Divinity School he entered as a student, graduating with the degree of B.D. in 1871. During the war he served as Chaplain of the 13th Maine Regiment. In 18S9 he became pnstor of the Unitarian Church at Medfleld, Mass. "He was a man of quick sympathies, a temperance worker and of large social connections."
William T. Downer, of Wimbledon, England, a licentiate, died Aug. 17, 1892, aged about thirty. Rev. Dr. Demarest, in the Necrology appended to the Report of the Trustees of the General Convention, 1892, says of Mr. Downer: "He was born at Tenterden, England, but came to America two or three years before his entrance Into the Canton Theological School, from which he graduated In 1889. He was licensed in 1888, and served for about a year as pastoral supply at Waterloo, P. Q. He then returned to his native land, hoping to achieve better results among his Unitarian countrymen than he had been able to do here. With a bright mind and endearing qualities, his failure was doubtless owing to his infirm health. He died of consumption, leaving a wife and child."
Thomas B. Luster, born April 20, 1864, died in Whitesville, Ind., Aug. 81, 1892. He was educated for the law, but before fully entering upon his profession was convinced that the Christian ministry opened a wider and nobler field of usefulness, and he at once took up his new work. He was pastor at Lafayette, Ind., nearly four years, when the ravages of disease forced him to retire. "He died firm In the faith he so loved to impress upon others."
Granville Wallingford Jenkins, born in Boston, Mass., Aug. 4, 1851, died at Norwich, Conn., Oct. 16, 1892. A carpenter by trade, he fitted himself to enter Tufts Divinity School when in his twenty-third year and took the full four years' course. He was ordained at Orleans, Mass., Aug. 21, 1878, and remained pastor of the church there two and a half years. Pastorates at St. Johnsbury, Vt., Belfast, Me., and Norwich, Conn., followed. "Always broadminded, large-hearted and liberal to a fault, he won innumerable friends, who always regarded him as the synonym of integrity and uprightness. The church, in his death, loses an excellent preacher and a hard worker, and the members a sympathetic friend. His place will be hard to fill."
Eben Francis, born in Boston, Mass., May 28, 1819, died in Cambridge, Mass., Oct. 31, 1892. He studied for the ministry under the direction of Rev. Dr. Hosea Ballon 2d, was ordained at Dover, N II., Oct. 13. 1841, and had settlements at Dover, Chelsea, Mass., Utica and Perry, N. Y., Newark, N. J., Iowa City, Iowa, Stamford, Conn., and last at Huntington, N. Y. In all these places his success was marked, noticeably so in Utica, whore, on account of previous failure, the people were scattered and greatly discouraged. Mr. Francis, by untiring industry and perseverance against many obstacles, gathered a large congregation, which developed into and still remains one of our strongest and most influential churches. Always greatly interested in Sunday-school work, he was a regular contributor, during the ten or more years of its existence, to the "Sabbath-School Contributor," edited by the late John G. Adams, D.D., and enriched by the productions of those who in that day (1839 to 1850) were most interested In establishing such schools in our parishes. Mr. Francis was a faithful pastor, an earnest preacher, a strong friend, gentle, genial and winning in his ways, and of unsullied purity of life. In 1867 he withdrew from active ministerial life and returned to the home of his aged parents, who were sinking into the decline of life, and to whom, while they remained on earth, he devoted himself with loving care. A good man and true, his memory is gratefully enshrined in many hearts, and his Christian character is a priceless legacy to his children.
George Henry Harris, born in Minersville, Schuylkill Co., Pa., July 26, 1870, died at North Orange, Mass., Nov. 12, 1892. Mr. Harris was of Welsh parentage and early in life took up his father's occupation and became a coal miner. He was early attracted to the Dunkards and became a member of one of their churches. Later he became a Universalis and with slender preparation entered the Canton Theological School, from which he graduated In .Tune, 1891. Rev. Dr. Atwood says of his student days: "He read widely beyond rhe topics of the prescribed course, and along with so much discursive study it was a continual surprise how accurate his knowledge was. He wrpte with ease and a good degree of elegance, his speech was fervid, poetic and eloquent, and his capacity of thought equal to the demands of the severest studies." He was ordained at North Orange, Oct. 27, 1892, and was successful as preacher and pastor. He was subject, however, to spells of great depression and on such an occasion, at the last, reason reeled from its throne and he ended his mortal career.