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Obituaries (1892-1893) in the 1894 Register

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The deaths of the following-named preachers, or former preachers in the Universalist Church, eleven in all, have occurred since the publication of the Register for 1893.

Alfred Barnes, born in Dudley, Mass., April 20, 1816, died in Junction City, Kan., Dec. 10, 1892. An attendant in early manhood on the Ministry of Rev. John Boyden, he was a student in theology with Rev. Abel C. Thomas, in 1841-2. His first settlement was in 1843 at Wrentham, Mass., where he was probably ordained. A year later he took charge of the Church in Oxford, Mass. Never of robust health he was compelled to give up his work at Oxford in 1847, and for the next twenty years was in secular business, mostly in Peoria, 1ll. After this he was in the Ministry again at Earlville, 1ll.,and under the auspices of the General Convention labored for a time in Lawrence, Kan. In 1876 he became pastor at Junction City, Kan., where he remained until his death, zealous, superior administrative abilities, he gave "all the energy his feeble physical powers permitted, in the interest of the Church he served and in the cause of his Master. . . Rarely has a Christian pastor laid his burden down more reverenced and beloved."

Albion Paris Fogg was born in 1824, and died at Morrill, Me., January 19, 1892. He entered the Universalist Ministry in 1862. and from thence till 1879 was preaching in Monroe, Me., his next and last settlement was from 1880 to 1883, in Albion, in the same State. Probably at this time failing health compelled the close of his pulpit labors, for he was an invalid many years. He died a firm believer in the faith he had preached so many years.

Judson Cleveland Crawford, born in Tompkins Co., N. Y., April 26, 1823, died in Augusta, Wis., January 26, 1893. About 1850 he began preaching in Berlin and Eureka, Wis., and was ordained in that State in 1852. Previous to this time he had been a teacher. He subsequently had pastoral settlements at Neenah and Menasha, Oshkosh, Stoughton, Marshall and Reidsburg, Wis., and itinerated extensively in that State. As a controversialist he was well equipped for the work which the times and the localities demanded. In later years he turned his attention to the profession of the law, but without losing his interest in or his zeal for the cause of religion. He was a sincere and earnest Christian.

Nathan Reed Wright, born in Washington, N. H., February 8, 1810, died in Lynn, Hats., March 1, 1893. He was fellowshipped by the New Hampshire Convention, June 1, 1837, and ordained at Lempster, in that State, October 4, 1838. The Register shows his residences after entering the Ministry to have been successively in Dunbarton. Hookset, and Washington, X. H., Reading, Mass., Paper Mill Village and West Swanzey, N. H., Franklin, Lynn, West Amesbury, Woburn and Lynn, Mass, His last residence in Lynn began in 18S3 and continued to the close of his eventful and conspicuously useful life. A consecrated minister of the grace of God, saintly in spirit and of pure life, he was always an acceptable preacher and successful pastor. Among the sick and bereaved he was pre-eminently " a son of consolation."

Lewis Llewellyn Briggs was born in Providence, R. I., in 1839, and died in Lynn, Mass., March 31, 1893. He was educated for the Ministry at the Canton Theological School, in the second class, graduating therefrom, and was ordained at Mohawk, N. Y., where he had his first settlement in 1862. Subsequent pastorates were at Philadelphia, Pa., Boston, Mass., and Auburn, N. T. At the close of his pastorate in Auburn he withdrew from the fellowship of the Universalist Church, and became connected with the Congregationalists but without any change of faith in regard to human destiny, where he remained until 1885, when he returned to our communion and took a pastorate at Brockton, Mass. Two years later he became pastor of the Second Church in Lynn, where he remained until his death. He was a man of great industry, strong as a surmonizer, a faithful pastor, companionable, conscientious in all his ways and eminently spiritual in his thoughts and life.

John Harnden Greene, born in Deerfield, N. H., Aug. 19,1815, died at Dorchester, Mass., May 2, 1893. He was in secular business several years in early life, and was ordained at Manchester, N. H., June 21, 1866. His first pastorate was at Wentworth, in that State, and his second and last at Williamstown, Yt., although he continued to preach, as opportunity offered, some ten years longer, or until 1880, when ill health compelled his retirement from active service. His mind shared to some extent in the weakened condition of his body, but never to the diminishing of his interest in the Church and its work in all its branches.

Joseph Bartlett Morse, born at North Haverhill, N. H., May 21, 1814, died at Hanover, N. H., June 26, 1893. A graduate of Dartmouth College, he prepared for the Ministry under the instruction of the late Benjamin Whittemore, D. D., was fellowshipped by the Boston Association Nov. 3, 1835, and was ordained at Haverhill, Mass., Jan. 30, 1836. His first settlement was at New Rowley, now Georgetown, Mass., and his subsequent pastorates were at Oxford, N. H., and Strafford, Vt. For sixteen years he was Master of the Harvard Grammar School, in Charlestown, Mass., standing high in the company of instructors. Loss of sight compelled his retiring from the School, and he located on a farm in the town of Hanover, N. H. He did not wholly abandon the clerical profession, but while teaching and even after retiring to his farm, he preached as opportunity offered. When too blind to read the Scriptures and hymns, he, with the assistance of his wife, committed them to memory and repeated them in the pulpit. He was an intelligent, scholarly, faithful Christian man and an accept- able and profitable preacher.

Silas Milton Simons, born in Lexington County, S. C, July 6, 1817, died at Ramsey, Ark., July 3, 1893. Early interested in religion he became a member of the Baptist Church in his native county, and was ordained in that communion in 1813. By diligent study of the Scriptures he became convinced that they taught the final salvation of all men, and he was fellowshipped by the Universalist Convention of South Carolina in 1816. Until the breaking out of the rebellion he itinerated through S. C. Being zealously patriotic and loyal he was opposed to secession and was made to feel the keen displeasure of former friends who espoused the cause of the Confederacy. His property was swallowed up during the war, and sickness and age pressed heavily on bim in his later days. "He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith, and much people were added to the Lord" by his ministration of the word.

William Riley French, D. D., born June 8, 1814, in Turner, Me., died in Turner. August 7, 1893. After learning the trade of cabinet maker, he fitted himself for and entered Waterville College, which on account of failing health, he was obliged to leave at the end of the second year. Invigorated by rest he prepared for the Ministry under the direction of the late Rev. Zenas Thompson, with whom he remained till his ordination at Fryeburg, his first pastoral settlement, in 1811. His next settlement was atAuburn,then at North Auburn,then in his native town,where, with the exception of five years at Brunswick and a pastorate at Bowdoinham, he passed the remainder of his days. Always interested in education he was for many years Superintendent of Public Schools. In recognition of his scholarship and service in the Church, Tufts College conferred upon him, in 1885, the degree of Doctor of Divinity. He was greatly interested in the young, especially those who were ambitious to learn, and aided such in many ways. A student of the Bible his pen was almost constantly in service in the interpretation and enforcing of its teachings. "He was a pure and simple man, upright and thoroughly unselfish." Shortly before his death, he said, between paroxysms of pain: "I think the end is near. I have tried to live an upright life and to do the beat 1 knew, and so all is peace."

Hiram Pratt Osgood was born in Eden, (now Madison), N. H., Dec. 15, 1823, and died in Haverhill, Mass., Sept. 17, 1893. He studied for the Ministry under the direction of the late Rev. George Bates, and was ordained in 1840. He had pastoral settle- ments in New Gloucester, Addison, Fozcroft, Me., Cuttingsville, Vt., Granby, Conn., and Chicopee, Mass. Un account of ill-health he retired from active service in 1885. He maintained "an honor- able record as a Christian minister."

Webster Bettes Randolph, born in Randolph, Vt., Aug. 22, 1816, died at Clinton,N. Y., Oct 7, 1803. He was ordained in 1830, probably at West Boylston, Mass., where he was then preaching. His subsequent pastorates were in Alstead, N. H., Woburn, Macs., Newark, Cortland, Oswego, Ridgeway, and North Bloomneld, N. Y., and Tidioute, Pa. "For the last three years he had been re- tired. His sickness was of nine weeks' duration, though he had long been feeble." He was a good preacher and a wise and faith- ful pastor.


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