Milton’s Christian Church Elders – 1846-1888

By Muriel Bristol | February 4, 2019

Continued from Milton’s Christian Church Elders – 1827-1845

Scales’ History of Strafford County provided a list of the pastors of Milton’s Christian Church:

The pastors have been Simeon Swett, John Davis, John T.G. Colby, Samuel S. White, Jotham S. Johnson, and A.G. Comings (Scales, 1914).

Continuing from where we left off, John T.G. Colby seems to have resided in Milton, between 1850 and 1857, whereas his named successors were likely itinerant visitors only.

Not included in Scales’ list was Rev. Daniel B. Goodwin, who resided in West Milton, from at least 1850. Goodwin worked as a lay evangelist in the area for many years. He was ordained officially in 1868, and “settled” in West Milton, from 1871 to 1880. He resided there “without charge” until his death in 1888.

Elder John T.G. Colby

John Taylor Gilman Colby was born in Exeter, NH, April 7, 1796, son of Ichabod and Ruth (Norris) Colby.

John Taylor Gilman Colby, Christian, son of Ichabod and Ruth (Rowell) Colby, was born April 7, 1796. Preparatory studies at Hampton and Phillips Exeter Academies. Teaching and preaching in early life. Began preaching in York. Me., 1823. Ordained an evangelist, Durham, May 27, 1827. Labored as an itinerant in Maine, New Hampshire, and Canada East, 1827-32. Acting pastor, Wolfborough, 1832 50; Milton, Mass. [NH], 1850-7; Dover 1857-77. Died there June 5, 1877. Married Camela, daughter of Dea. Jeremiah Horne of Rochester, Nov. 24, 1830 (Carter, 1906).

Brethren John T.G. Colby and John Flanders received ordination in Durham, NH, on May 27, 1827.

On the 25th [May], the New Hampshire conference convened at the house of Elder William Demeritt, Durham, N.H. Many met, and the Lord blessed us in very deed. Elder Elias Smith made another humble and tender acknowledgement of his departure from the truth to Universalism. We held our public meetings at the Falls or Village. The meetings continued three days. On the 27th, and last day of the meeting, brethren John T.G. Colby and John Flanders were ordained to the work of the gospel ministry. In the evening I preached in the Methodist meeting house at Dover (Fernald, 1852).

Itinerant John T.G. Colby preached at a general meeting in Wolfeborough, NH, August 5, 1827.

General Meeting in Wolfborough, N.H. From Elder Joseph Banfield, we have been favored with an account of the General Meeting in Wolfborough. It was held in the east Meeting-house, on the 5th and 6th of August. On the fifth, a discourse was delivered by Elder John T.G. Colby, from Isa. Iv. 3. ”Incline your ear, and come unto me, hear, and your soul shall live.” P.M. a discourse was delivered by Elder John Flanders, from James iv. 14. “For what is your life?” In the evening, meetings were held in different neighbourhoods.

Thursday, A.M. a discourse was delivered by Elder Simeon Swett, upon Isaiah lxii. 10. “Go though, go through the gates: prepare the way of the people, cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people.” P.M. a discourse was delivered by Brother Jacob Davis, from Isa. iii. 11. “Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him; for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe unto the wicked! It shall be ill with him; for the reward of his hands shall be given.”

This was an interesting meeting. The preaching was spiritual, calculated to edify the saints, and awaken the careless.

Elder Banfield further observes, that within a few weeks the Lord has revived his work that town; fifteen or twenty have been brought to rejoice in the Saviour. Our congregations are large, and the prospect is, that the work will spread extensively (Gospel Banner (Woodstock, VT), November 3, 1827).

Elder John T.G. Colby married in Wolfeborough, NH, November 24, 1830, Camela Horne, he of Ossipee and she of Rochester. Rev. Isaac Willey performed the ceremony. (In a duplicate record: he was a clergyman, aged thirty-four years (born Exeter, NH), and she was aged thirty-one years (born Rochester, NH)).

Elder John T.G. Colby formed the Christian Church in East Columbia, NH, December 3, 1831.

Previous to this time, as there were here a few members of the church, they were occasionally visited and some meetings were held in the school-house by preachers from different parts of the state and Massachusetts: among whom Mark Fernald, Joseph Banfield, John T.G. Colby, O.P. Tuckerman, Simeon Sweatt, Daniel P. Pike and Elijah Shaw (Merrill, 1888).

Colby was a close associate of Elder Mark Fernald, whom he succeeded as Wolfeborough elder in 1832. The Colby children John R. Colby, Clarinda Colby, and Harriet R. Colby were all born in Wolfeborough, NH, in 1835-36, August 13, 1837, and May 14, 1846 respectively.

John T.G. Colby headed a Wolfeborough household at the time of the Sixth (1840) Federal Census. His household included one male aged 40-49 years, one female aged 30-39 years, one male aged under-5 years, one female aged under-5 years, as well as one male aged 70-79 years and one female aged 70-79 years. One person in the household was engaged in the Learned Professions or Engineering. The census taker enumerated his household between those of John Fullerton and Silas Whitehouse.

Ichabod Colby, aged seventy-nine years, a Revolutionary pensioner, resided in this Wolfeborough household of John T.G. Colby in 1840.

Elder Mark Fernald attended the NH Conference of the Christian Church in June 1849, presumably held in Milton’s Union Chapel.

In June [1849], I attended the New Hampshire conference, which was held at Milton, New Hampshire, commencing on the 6th. The session was harmonious. On the afternoon of the 6th, commenced the general meeting by a Sermon from Brother Payne, that served as a text the remainder of the meeting, which was attended with good. Visited Wolfborough, Tuftonborough, and Moultonborough. Attended in council for the ordination brother James M. Hodgdon, of Moultonborough, and assisted in ordination on the 19th (Fernald, 1852).  

John T.G. Colby, a Christian B. [Baptist] Clergyman, aged fifty-two years, headed a Milton household at the time of the Seventh (1850) Federal Census. His household included Camela Colby, aged forty-one years, John R. Colby, aged fourteen years, Clarinda Colby, aged thirteen years, Harriet R. Colby, aged four years, Harrison Kimball, a shoe manufacturer, aged thirty years, James Winn, a carpenter, aged twenty-two years, and Samuel Cloutman, a carpenter, aged twenty-five years. His real estate was valued at $1,000. The census enumerator recorded his household between those of farmer John S. Hersey and blacksmith Daniel B. Goodwin (see below).

Clarinda Abby Colby died in Milton, NH, on July 21 of the following year (1851).

The Federal government appointed John T.G. Colby as the Chestnut Hill / West Milton postmaster, July 6, 1853. He served as such until April 28, 1854, when he was replaced by John Colbath.

John T.G. Colby, a Clergyman F.B., aged sixty-four years (b. NH), headed a Dover, NH, household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Pamelia Colby, aged fifty-one years (b. NH), and Harriet R. Colby, aged fourteen years (b. NH). He shared a two-family house with the household of Alvah Champion, a shoemaker, aged fifty-eight years. Colby had real-estate valued at $5,100 and personal estate valued at $175; Champion had person estate valued at $75.

John T.G. Colby, no occupation listed, aged seventy-four years (b. NH), headed a Dover, NH, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Camilla Colby, keeping house, aged sixty-one years (b. NH).

DEATH OF AN AGED CLERGYMAN. Dover, N.H., June 5. Rev. J.T.G. Colby, of the Christian Baptist church, was stricken with paralysis last Friday and died this morning, aged 82 years (Burlington Free Press (Burlington, VT), June 6, 1877).

Camela (Horne) Colby died in Dover, NH, August 4, 1886.

Elder Samuel S. White

Samuel Shepherd White was born in Palmyra, ME, January 1, 1816, son of John and Elizabeth (Jewett) White.

Reverend Samuel S. White married in Marlow, NH, September 30, 1846, Clarissa S. Perkins. Elder Mark Fernald attended the ceremony.

Returned home in a severe cold evening. 23d, had our annual address before the Temperance Society, which was good, and on the 24th, was called from my wood lot to attend the marriage of Elder S.S. White and Clarissa S. Perkins. The year throughout was one of deep depression in the churches of Christ. There were but few revivals of religion, and much backsliding. There was a wicked, cruel war between two republics, the United States and Mexico (Fernald, 1852).

Samuel S. White, an F. Will Bap. clergyman, aged thirty years (b. ME), headed a Freetown, MA, household at the time of the Seventh (1850) Federal Census. His household included Clarissa S. White, aged thirty-five years (b. ME), Moses P. White, aged five months (b. MA), and Elizabeth Durfee, aged eighty-five years (b. MA). Samuel S. White shared a two-family dwelling with the household of Job Pierce, a trader, aged fifty-nine years. Pierce had real estate valued at $6,000 and Durfee had real estate valued at $800.

Samuel S. White of the Durham Christian Church signed the anti-slavery Memorial of 3050 New England Clergymen of all denominations in April 1854 (Washington (DC) Sentinel, April 29, 1854).

Nothing definite has been found, but it seems likely that Samuel S. White spent such time as he would in Milton, NH, in the late 1850s. He was in the region – Durham in 1854 and Effingham in 1860 – but had not yet been received by the Baptists (despite what it said in the 1850 census).

The American Baptist Almanac for the Year of Our Lord 1860 noted under the heading Ministers Received from Other Denominations that Samuel S. White, of the Christian Church, of Effingham, NH, had been received as a Baptist minister (American Baptist Publication Society, 1860).

Samuel S. White, a Baptist, aged forty-five years (b. ME), headed an Effingham, NH, household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Clarissa S. White, aged forty-six years (b. ME), Moses P. White, aged ten years (b. MA), and George Hobbs, a stage driver, aged twenty-six years (b. NH). Samuel S. White had real estate valued at $500 and personal estate valued at $925.

The New Hampshire Register and Political Manual listed Samuel S. White as a Baptist clergyman in South-Hampton, NH, in 1865, 1867 and 1868.

Rev. S.S. White, late of South Hampton, N.H., has become pastor of the Baptist church at Jamaica (Vermont Chronicle, November 16, 1867).

BAPTIST. Rev. S.S. White has closed his labors with the Baptist church in Jamaica, and accepted a call to the pastorate of the Baptist church in Pondville. Post office address, Williamsville (Vermont Chronicle, January 9, 1869).

Samuel S. White, a clergyman, aged fifty-six years (b. ME), headed a Newfane, VT (Fayetteville P.O.), household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Clarissa S. White, keeping house, aged fifty-six years (b. ME). He had personal estate valued at $1,500.

MECHANICSVILLE. Rev. Samuel S. White of Vershire, Vt., is supplying the pulpit of the Baptist church of Mount Holly until the first of January, 1875, and the church is in hope of securing his services for the coming year (Rutland (VT) Daily Globe, November 10, 1874).

Rev. Samuel S. White died in Somerville, MA, August 3, 1890. Clarissa S. (Perkins) White died in Cambridge, MA, May 6, 1899.

Elder Jotham S. Johnson

Johnson, Jotham S.Jotham Sewall Johnson was born in Maine, May 31, 1829, son of Elisha and Betsy (Swett) Johnson. His namesake, Rev. Jotham Sewall, was a prominent Maine minister).

Jotham S. Johnson married (1st) in Hancock County, ME, December 19, 1852, Fanny P. Miller. She died October 8, 1868.

The Federal government taxed 3rd-Class Peddler Jotham S. Johnson of Cape Elizabeth, ME, $12.50 in the US Excise Tax of 1865.

Jotham S. Johnson married (2nd) in Portland, ME, September 4, 1869, Elisa C. Parker, both of Portland. Clergyman F. Southworth of Portland, ME, performed the ceremony. She was born in Gorham, ME, February 8, 1835, daughter of Isaac and Ann Parker.

Based upon the census entries, he would seem to have resided in various parts of Maine, between 1854 and 1861; Canada, in or around 1863-64; Maine again, between 1870 and 1871, New York, between 1872 and 1880; Massachusetts, between 1882 and 1883. His closest approach to Milton would seem to have been early in his career, when he was based in Maine.

Jotham Johnson, a clergyman, aged forty-one years (b. ME), headed a Poland, ME, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Eva [Elisa] C. Johnson, keeping house, aged thirty-five years (b. ME), Millie Johnson, aged sixteen years (b. ME), Samuel M. Johnson, aged fourteen years (b. ME), Ellie Johnson, aged eleven years (b. ME), William M. Johnson, aged nine years (b. ME), and Ellen Johnson, aged six years (born British Province). He lived next door to James Johnson, a farmer, aged sixty-five years, Rachel Johnson, aged sixty-eight years, and Lucy Johnson, aged ten years.

J.S. Johnson, a Baptist church pastor, aged forty-six years (b. ME), headed a Coeymans, NY, household at the time of the New York State Census of 1875. His household included his wife, Elisa C. Johnson, aged forty years (b. ME), and his children, Ella F. Johnson, aged sixteen years (b. ME), Willie L. Johnson, aged fourteen years (b. ME), Eddie H. Johnson, aged four years (b. ME), and Charles A. Johnson, aged three years (b. New York [City]). They resided in a framed house, valued at $3,000.

Jotham S. Johnson was the “present pastor” of the First Baptist Church at Yorkshire, NY, in 1879 (Ellis, 1879).

Rev. J.S. Johnson, Baptist clergy, aged fifty-one years (b. ME), headed a South Bradford, NY, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included Elisa C. Johnson, keeping house, aged forty-five (b. ME), Edwin H. Johnson, at school, aged nine years (b. ME), and Charles A. Johnson, aged eight years (b. NY).

A Lynn, MA, city directory of 1883 had Rev. Jotham S. Johnson living at 2 Acorn street in Lynn. By 1885, he had “removed to New York.”

Jotham Sewall Johnson died in 1908.

Elder Albert Gallatin Comings

Albert G. Comings was born in Cornish, NH, March 19, 1812, son of Warren C. and Mary (Taylor) Comings.

Albert Gallatin Comings, Christian, son of Warren and Mary Comings, was born March 19, 1812. Preparatory studies at Woodstock, Vt. High School. Began to preach in Upton, Mass. Ordained Boston, Mass., 1837. Labored in Salem, Boston, and Freetown, Mass., 1837-57 and Lee, about 1857-87. Died there, June 8, 1887. Married Cynthia Jewett, daughter of Luther and Lydia Robbins of Mason, June 10, 1839 (Carter, 1906).

A.G. Comings of Mason, NH, attended the N.E. Christian Convention as a Member, when it was held at the Lyceum Hall, on Hanover Street in Boston, MA, May 30, 1837. The convention passed resolutions opposing slavery, intemperance, war, and licentiousness, and supporting freedom of the press (Liberator (Boston MA), June 9, 1837).

He married, probably in Mason, NH, June 10, 1838, Cynthia Jewett Robbins. She was born in Mason, NH, July 28, 1820, daughter of Luther and Lydia (Buttrick) Robbins.

A. Cummings headed a Ward 4, Salem, MA, household at the time of the Sixth (1840) Federal Census. His household included one male aged 20-29 years, one female aged 20-29 years, and one female aged 40-49 years.

A.G. Comings represented Salem, MA, at the First Annual Meeting of the New England Non-Resistance Society, when it was held in the Chardon Street Chapel in Boston, MA, September 25, 1839 (Liberator (Boston MA), October 11, 1839).

Mr. A.G. COMINGS, of Salem, Massachusetts, will PREACH at the DISCIPLES MEETING HOUSE, St. Paul’s street, on TO-MORROW, (Lord’s day) at half past ten in the morning, and at half past seven in the evening. Seats free, and the public are respectfully invited to attend (Baltimore Sun, August 27, 1842).

A monthly periodical, the Millennial Harbinger, advertised two publications by A.G. Comings in 1845. They were the Genius of Christianity, published semi-monthly in Boston, for $1, and the Mirror of Christian Evidences, published in Boston, for 50¢.

Albert G. Cummings, a Christian minister, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Mason, NH, household at the time of the Seventh (1850) Federal Census. His household included Cynthia J. Cummings, aged thirty years (b. NH), Joseph T. Cummings, aged ten years (b. MA), Mary L. Cummings, aged six years (b. MA), Albert L. Cummings, aged four years (b. MA), and Cynthia J. Cummings, aged one year (b. NH).

A.G. Comings wrote frequently for the New England Farmer, between 1851 and 1871. He penned articles on potatoes, cows, onions, turnips, etc. He spoke at the Grafton County Cattle Show and Fair, when it was held at Lebanon, NH, September 23, 1853 (The New England Farmer printed a lengthy summary of his remarks in its issue of January 28, 1854).

At two o’clock, a discourse was listened to, (except what it was not listened to, for there was some noise), from the Rev. A.G. Comings, of Mason, Hillsborough County – a Christian minister. Among other things, he showed the wisdom of adapting cultivation to climate, and surface, and other peculiarities. New Hampshire has its own, and requires its own cultivation. The discourse was well received by those who could be interested in an agricultural subject (New England Farmer (Boston, MA), October 8, 1853).

A.G. Comings of the New Bedford (MA) Christian Church signed the anti-slavery Memorial of 3050 New England Clergymen of all denominations (Washington (DC) Sentinel, April 27, 1854).

Jesus in his Offices. Rev. A. G. Comings proposes to publish a volume containing thirty-two discourses on “Jesus in his Offices,” to be issued in four quarterly parts. We have received the first part, containing six discourses. The author may be addressed at Assonet Village, Mass. (October 16, 1858).

A.G. Cumings, a Baptist clergyman, aged forty-eight years, headed a Lee, NH, household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Cynthia J, Cumings, aged forty years, Joseph T. Cumings, aged nineteen years, Mary L. Cumings, aged sixteen years, Albert L. Cumings, aged fourteen years, Cynthia J. Cumings, aged eleven years, Willis J. Cumings, aged seven years, Carrie W. Cumings, aged five years, and Frederick P. Cumings, aged two years.

TRAGEDY IN LEE, N.H. – The funeral of. Mr. Crawford, who was shot by his son at Lee, N.H. Tuesday, took place on Saturday at the old farm in Nottingham, and was attended by a large concourse of people from that, the adjacent towns, where the deceased was well known. A very impressive sermon was preached on the occasion by Rev. A.G.G. Comings, of Lee. The appearance of the afflicted family of the deceased excited much sympathy. His widow and children are overwhelmed with grief, especially the son who shot his father. His sorrow is acute and he has the sympathy or the entire community, who fully justify him In the deed, as committed solely in self-defence. Mr. Crawford (writes a correspondent at Lee) was a man of generous impulse and had many good qualities, but was subject of late to uncontrollable fits of passion, and many of his friends have believed that he was partially insane. The affair has occasioned great excitement, as the family was of the first respectability. – Boston Traveler, July 13 (New York Herald, July 14, 1869).

The NH Prohibitory Party held its convention at Angelos Hall in Concord, NH, December 6, 1871.

After considerable discussion, Rev. A.G. Comings of Lee, having declined a re-nomination, Dr. John Blackmer of Sandwich was nominated for Governor, receiving 42 out of 49 votes cast. Dr. Blackmer accepted the nomination (Vermont Chronicle, December 16, 1871).

The New Hampshire Register business directory of 1873 had A.G. Comings as both postmaster, Christian Church pastor, and Union Church pastor, of Lee, NH.

The Rev. A.G. Comings of Lee, having relinquished his pastorship of the Christian church, the same has been resumed by the Rev. Henry Plaisted of Wells, Maine (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), October 3, 1874).

Albert G. Comings died in Lee, NH, June 8, 1887, aged seventy-seven years, and three months. Cynthia J. (Robbins) Comings died in Lee, NH, July 8, 1900.

Elder Daniel B. Goodwin

Daniel B. Goodwin was born in Middleton, NH, February 22, 1811, son of Deacon Joseph and Anna (Hanson) Goodwin.

He married in Boston, MA, November 9, 1836, Susan H. Knight, he of Hingham, MA (Columbian Centinel (Boston, MA), November 16, 1836). She was a daughter of Robert and Susan (Kimball) Knight.

Daniel Buzzell Goodwin, Christian, son of Dea. Joseph and Anna (Hanson) Goodwin, was born Feb. 22, 1811. Labored as a lay evangelist at times for many years in Middleton, Wolfborough, Tuftonborough, Moultonborough, and Milton; and in Maine in Lebanon, Sandford, Berwick, and other towns, prior to 1866. Ordained by the Strafford Conference, at Moultonborough, Jan. 1868, and pastor, 1868-71; and West Milton, 1871-80. Without charge there, 1880-8. Residence previously Middleton and Moultonborough. Died West Milton, Oct. 10, 1888. Married Susan Hanson, daughter of Robert and Susan (Kimball) Knight, at Boston, Mass., Nov. 9, 1836. She died Moultonborough, March 6, 1896, aged 89 (Carter, 1906).

Daniel Goodwin headed a Milton, NH, household at the time of the Sixth (1840) Federal Census. His household included one male aged 30-39 years, one female aged 30-39 years, and one male aged under-5 years. One member of the household was engaged in agriculture. The census enumerator recorded his household between those of Sarah Matthews and Tobias Banfield.

Daniel B. Goodwin, a blacksmith, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Milton, NH, household at the time of the Seventh (1850) Federal Census. His household included Susan H. Goodwin, aged forty years (b. NH), Edward L. Goodwin, aged eleven years (b. NH), Martha L. Goodwin, aged nine years (b. NH), Emily A. Goodwin, aged six years (b. NH), Clara J. Goodwin, aged two years (b. NH), Ira Nute, a shoe manufacturer, aged twenty years (b. NH), Alvah Wentworth, a shoe manufacturer, aged twenty years (b. ME), and Susan Knight, aged eighty years (b. NH). Daniel B. Goodwin had real estate valued at $1,000. The census enumerator, Benjamin Cook, recorded his household between those of John T.G. Colby, a Christian B. clergyman, aged fifty-four years (see above), and Charles H. Goodwin, a trader, aged twenty-five years (b. NH).

Daniel B. Goodwin, a farmer, aged forty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Milton (West Milton P.O), NH, household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Susan H. Goodwin, aged fifty-three years (b. NH), Edward L. Goodwin, aged twenty years (b. NH), Martha S. Goodwin, aged eighteen years (b. NH), Emily A. Goodwin, aged fifteen years (b. NH), and Clara J. Goodwin, aged eleven years (b. NH). Daniel B. Goodwin had real estate valued at $2,000 and personal estate valued at $100. The census enumerator, Elias S. Cook, recorded his household between those of John E. Goodwin, a shoe manufacturer, aged forty years, and Stephen H. Knight, a shoemaker, aged forty-seven years (b. NH).

Martha S. Goodwin, of Milton, NH, aged twenty-three years (b. Milton, NH), married in Milton, NH, December 17, 1863, Benjamin Fitch, of Boston, MA, a provisions dealer, aged twenty-four years (b. Bedford, MA). Her parents were Daniel B. and Susan H.; his parents were Nathaniel and Louisa. Rev. Ezekiel True “at Milton” performed the ceremony (Boston VRs).

Note that he did not perform the 1863 marriage of his daughter Martha S. Goodwin. The Strafford County Conference ordained him in January 1868 and he did officiate at the 1868 marriage of his daughter Clara J. Goodwin.

Clara Jane Goodwin married in Moultonborough, NH, September 12, 1868. Horace Alfred Smith, both of Moultonborough. He was a boatman, aged twenty-four years (b. Moultonborough), son of Caleb and Azilla M. (Meloon) Smith, of Moultonborough; and she was aged twenty-one years (b. West Milton), daughter of Daniel B. and Susan H. (Knight) Goodwin, of West Milton. Daniel B. Goodwin of West Milton, clergyman, performed the ceremony.

With the advent of Rev. Daniel B. Goodwin, Milton’s Christian Church center seemed to relocate from Three Ponds to West Milton.

Daniel B. Goodwin, a clergyman, aged fifty-nine years (b, NH), headed a Milton, NH, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Susan H. Goodwin, keeping house, aged sixty-three years (b. NH), Edward F. Goodwin, aged four years, and George E. Peavey, at school, aged eleven years (b. NH). Daniel B. Goodwin had real estate valued at $1,600 and personal estate valued at $1,500.

DIED. In Somerville, Nov. 6, Martha S., wife of Benjamin Fitch and daughter of Rev. D.B. Goodwin of W. Milton, N.H., 33 yrs. 10 mos. (New England Farmer, November 14, 1874).

Daniel B. Goodwin, a clergyman & farmer, aged sixty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Milton, NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Susan H. Goodwin, keeping house, aged seventy-two years (b. NH).

Mr. Goodwin’s Hands. A story comes from Milton, N.H., of an old clergyman named Goodwin. He was a tall, broad-shouldered man and was said to have the largest hands of any man for miles around. One noon a young man named Allen was taking dinner at the elder’s house. It was the elder’s custom to ask a blessing at the table, and Allen had not been used to this sort of thing, for instead of waiting he began to eat. The elder raised his hand with restraining gesture and said: “Pause, young man.” “Paws,” was the reply, “I should think they was paws.” – Chicago Inter Ocean (Funk & Wagners, 1906).

Milton business directories of 1873, 1874, 1876, 1877, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1884, 1887, and 1889 listed D.B. Goodwin as Christian Church pastor of Milton, NH. (They continued to so list him inaccurately in 1892 and 1898).

BROOKLINE LOCALS. The report published by several of the local papers of this vicinity, that the venerable Rev. Daniel Goodwin of Mason, formerly of this place, was dead, proves without foundation, as he is enjoying his usual good health. The mistake doubtless arose from the death of Daniel B. Goodwin of West Milton, N.H. (Hollis Tomes, October 19, 1888).

Daniel B. Goodwin died in Milton, NH, October 10, 1888. Susan H. (Knight) Goodwin died in Boston, MA, March 6, 1896.

With his passing the Milton Christian church seems to have come to an impasse, in that nobody appears to take his place.


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