Milton’s Free-Will Baptist Ministers of 1860-81

By Muriel Bristol | February 14, 2019

Continued from Milton’s Free-Will Baptist Ministers of 1843-50

According to Scales’ History of Strafford County, Milton’s Free-Will Baptist church reactivated (or revived) itself, through construction of a church building in 1859 and reorganization in the Spring of 1860:

Although for the lack of pecuniary ability to build a meeting-house and support the regular preaching of the gospel, this little church was obliged for the time being, to give up its organization, many of its members continued to feel a lively interest in the cause, and in 1859 succeeded in building the present very neat and tasty meeting-house, which was dedicated on the 25th day of December of that year.

On the 17th day of May, 1860, a new church was organized under the supervision of Revs. Daniel I. Cilley, Ezra Tuttle, and E.P. Gerrish, with twelve members, viz.: Ezra Tuttle, Samuel Jones, N.B. Varney, Eli G. Downs, Eleanor Hubbard, Martha A. Varney, Luther Hayes, Benjamin Scates, Fred H. Tuttle, Mary H. Tuttle, Francis Jones, Mary A. Jones.

Luther Hayes was chosen clerk, and has continued in that position to the present time.

Samuel Jones was chosen deacon, and Rev. Ezra Tuttle was called to the pastorate, and remained in charge of the church nearly three years, resigning April 26, 1863. He was succeeded by Rev J.M. Bedell, May 1864, to May 4, 1865; Rev. N.C. Lathrop, Dec. 3, 1865, to Dec. 2, 1867; Rev. I.C. Guptill, May 2, 1868, to April 3, 1869; Rev. Ezra Tuttle, April 10, 1870, to Jan. 6, 1872; Rev. J.P. Jay, Aug. 31, 1872, to June 6, 1874; Rev. E.G. York, Sept. 28, 1878, to April 5, 1879; Rev. C.L. Plumer, Aug. 12, 1879, to July 2, 1881. Rev. E. Owen of Portsmouth preached one-half the time from April 1, 1876 to Dec. 30, 1877, but was not settled over the church. His labors resulted in much good sixteen members being added to the church during his term of service (Scales, 1914).

Ezra Tuttle – First Pastorate

Ezra Gardner Tuttle was born in Nottingham, NH, July 16, 1817, son of Nicholas and Rachel (Lucy) Tuttle.

Tuttle, Ezra G. -Younger
Rev. Ezra Tuttle

Ezra Tuttle, Free Baptist, son of Nicholas and Rachel (Lucy) Tuttle, was born July 16, 1817. Licensed to preach by the Deerfield and Nottingham Quarterly Conference, at Deerfield, May 1843. Supplied the Methodist Church, West Newbury, Mass., 1843-5; Charlestown, Mass., 1845-6. Ordained an evangelist, Nottingham, Sept. 6, 1846. Laboring as an evangelist, 1846-7; Pastor, South Boston, Mass., May 1847-53; Deerfield, July 1853-60; Milton, May 1, 1860-3; Deerfield, May 1, 1863-5. Without charge, Richland Centre, Wis., Oct. 1865-6, Organized a church there and was pastor, May 1866=70; Pastor, Milton, April 10, 1870-2; North Lebanon, Me., Jan. 1872-3; Second Church, Strafford, Nov. 11, 1873-4; West Lebanon, Me., Nov. 1874-7; Without charge, Lebanon Centre, Me., meanwhile acting briefly as domestic missionary, March 11, 1877, & Pastor Second Church, Strafford, May 1878-82; North Berwick, Me., May 1, 1882-5; Without charge, Providence, R.I., 1885-8. Member of the executive boards of Education, Home, and Foreign Missionary Societies many years, clerk of the New Durham Quarterly Meeting, and often moderator; town treasurer, Richland, Wis., one year; member of school board, Deerfield, Milton, and North Berwick, Me. Died Providence, R.I., June 7, 1888. Married Mary Harris Savage, at Charlestown, Mass., April 5, 1842 (Carter, 1906).

Religious Intelligence. Rev. Ezra Tuttle, who for five years has been pastor of the Free Will Baptist Society in South Boston, has accepted an invitation to settle in Deerfield Centre, N.H. (New England Farmer, July 30, 1853).

Ezra Tuttle, of the Freewill Baptist church, of Deerfield, NH, signed the anti-slavery Memorial of 3050 New England Clergymen of all denominations in April 1854 (Washington (DC) Sentinel, April 29, 1854).

Ezra Tuttle, a clergyman, aged forty-three years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Mary H. Tuttle, aged thirty-nine years (b. NH), F.H. Tuttle, aged seventeen years (b. NH), P.E. Tuttle, aged five years (b. NH), A.C. Tuttle, aged one year (b. NH), and Abbie Ayer, aged fifteen years (b. NH). Ezra Tuttle had real estate valued at $500 and personal estate valued at $500. His household appeared next to that of L.L. Leighton, with unoccupied buildings on either side of them.

He moved next to Deerfield and then Wisconsin, returning to Milton in 1870 (see below).

Samuel P. Fernald

Fernald, Rev. Samuel P., was born in North Berwick, Me., May 25, 1809, and died in Melvin Village [Tuftonboro], N.H., June 9, 1888. His parents were Tobias and Sally (Pray) Fernald. He became a Christian at the age of twenty-one, received license to preach Oct. 23, 1831, and was ordained at East Wolfborough, N.H., May 26, 1833, by Rev.’s H.D. Buzzell, James Emery, Samuel Knowles, and Hiram Holmes. He itinerated a few years in Maine and New Hampshire, and had several revivals. He then settled with the East Tilton and Second Belmont churches. He organized the latter with fourteen members, and saw it increased to sixty-four members. He settled at Northwood in 1838. A large number were added, a house of worship built and equipped. He was pastor at Candia, at Gilmanton Iron Works, nine years, and three years at Bristol, where, in 1850, the church edifice was built. Returning to Northwood, fifty were added to the church, and a parsonage built. His next pastorates were in Portsmouth, Wakefield, Union, Gorham, Me., White Rock, and in Moultonborough and Tuftonborough, N.H. The church of these towns was increased from ten to fifty members, and a house of worship erected. He closed a four years pastorate here in 1870. After serving the Holderness and Centre Harbor church, one year, and the Water Village church, two years, and the Third Holderness, one year, he ceased his public labors on account of ill health. He has baptized about three hundred. He married March 28, 1838, Miss Hannah E. Palmer of Tuftonborough, N.H. who died July 1, 1888. They leave two children: Prof. O.M. Fernald of Williams College, Mass., and the wife of G.B. Files, Principal of the High School at Augusta, Me. She graduated from the Maine State Seminary at Lewiston, and taught in the Maine Central Institute, six years (Burgess, et al., 1889).

Samuel P. Fernald, a clergyman, aged sixty-one years (b. ME), headed a Tuftonboro, NH, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Hannah E. Fernald, keeping house, aged fifty-nine years (b. NH). Samuel P. Fernald had real estate valued at $1,000 and personal estate valued at $220.

Rev. Samuel P. Fernald died in Tuftonboro, NH, June 9, 1888. Hannah E. (Palmer) Fernald died a month later, July 1, 1888.

J.M. Bedell

Bedell, Rev. I.M., son of John and Mary (Mills) Bedell, was born in Springvale, Me., July 11, 1820. He studied at Parsonfield Seminary, and in the Biblical School at Whitestown, N.Y. Converted in 1834, he was licensed in 1850, and the next year ordained by Rev.’s G.P. Ramsey, W.H. Littlefield, C.B. Mills, and L.H. Witham. Among his pastorates have been Woolwich, Farmington, and Topsham, Me., and Meredith, Belmont, and Strafford Centre, N.H. He has seen revivals in seven of the churches with which he has labored, and one church organized June 1, 1846; he married Ella E. Roberts and has three children. He retired on account of ill health and resides in Lynn Mass. (Burgess, et al., 1889).

Isaiah M. Bedell of the 1st FW Baptist church, of Upper Gilmanton, NH, signed the anti-slavery Memorial of 3050 New England Clergymen of all denominations in April 1854. Peter Clarke, of Upper Gilmanton’s 1st Baptist church; James Polley, of its Christian church; and R.U. Sergeant, of its Centre Congregational church, signed also (Washington (DC) Sentinel, April 29, 1854).

Isaiah M. Berdell, a clergyman, aged fifty years (b. ME), headed a Gorham, ME, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Ellen C. Berdell, keeping house, aged forty-five years (b. ME), Lula A. Berdell, teaching school, aged twenty years (b. ME), Vianna O. Berdell, at school, aged eighteen years (b. ME), Felinda M. Berdell, at school, aged fifteen years (b. ME). Berdell has real estate valued at $1,200 and personal estate valued at $500. They resided next door to a hotel managed by Samuel B. Brown, aged seventy-two years (b. VT).

Isiah M. Bedell, no occupation, aged fifty-nine years (b. ME), headed a Lynn, MA, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included Ellen E. Bedell, housekeeping, aged fifty-five years (ME), Lilla A. Bedell, works in shoe factory, aged twenty-seven years (b. ME), Vienna O. Bedell, works in shoe factory, aged twenty-five years (b. ME), Fida M. Bedell, a music teacher, aged twenty-three years (b. NH), and a boarder, Frederick Jones, works on ice cart, aged twenty-two years (b. ME). They resided on Rockingham Street.

Ella E. (Roberts) Bedell died in 1880. Rev. Isaiah M. Bedell died in Lynn, MA, February 9, 1893.

Nathan C. Lothrop

Lothrop, Rev. Nathan C., son of Solomon and Fanny (Chase) Lothrop, was born in Norton, Mass., June 19, 1839. He was converted at the age of seventeen under the labors of Rev. S.D. Church, in Taunton, Mass., and two years after was baptized and united with the church at Taunton. He graduated from the New Hampton Institution in 1861, and from the Theological School in 1864. In September following he was ordained at South Berwick, Me., where he was pastor eighteen months. He was pastor at Milton NH, two years, Pelham over two years of the Second Strafford church, three years of Caudia Village church, four years where he baptized thirty six and added fifty to the church. During the next four years he was at Bristol, where he baptized thirteen and twenty-six were added to the church. He then settled in Deerfield for nearly five years, and baptized thirty-seven, receiving forty-two into the church. In all he has baptized 101 converts. He is now settled at West Lebanon, Me., 1887. He was married Nov. 16, 1865, to Miss Sarah J. Lovejoy of Laconia NH, and has a son and daughter (Burgess, et al., 1889).

Nathan C. Lothrop appeared as Milton’s Free-Will Baptist minister in the Milton business directory of 1867-68.

Nathan C. Lothrop, a clergyman, aged thirty years (b. MA), headed a Strafford, NH, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Sarah J. Lothrop, aged twenty-six years (b. NH), Ormsby A. Lothrop, aged two years (b. NH), Fanny B. Lothrop, aged one month (b. NH; in May), and Josephine Woods, a domestic servant, aged twenty-nine years (b. NH). Nathan C. Lothrop had personal estate valued at $300.

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Rev. Nathan C. Lothrop died in Bristol, NH, February 15, 1920. Sarah J. (Lovejoy) Lothrop died in Bristol, NH, April 30, 1930.

I.C. Guptill

GUPTILL, Ira Clark, M.D., of Northborough, is a native of Maine, born in Cornish, York County, April 9, 1844, son of Obadiah True and Harriet Newell (Cilley) Guptill. His ancestors on both sides were closely connected with the early history of the Pine Tree State. His great-grandfather, Daniel Guptill, was a native of North Berwick, Me., where he married Miss Sarah Morrill, and they reared a large family of children. His maternal grandfather was Benjamin Cilley of Limerick, Me. Dr. Guptill’s early education was obtained from the common high schools, and the classical institutes, and his collegiate training at Bowdoin and Dartmouth. He graduated from the medical department of Dartmouth College, November 4, 1874, and further fitted for his profession through clinical practice in connection with the office of his instructor, Dr. Alvin Brawn, who was city physician of Biddeford, Me. Soon after his graduation he settled in Manchester, N.H., and was in active practice in Manchester and Auburn for three years, when on account of poor health he travelled for a while. Upon his return he resumed practice in his native State, and in October 1879 removed to Northborough, where he has since remained in the enjoyment of an extensive practice and a very pleasant home. He is a member of the Worcester District Medical Society, and a Fellow of the Massachusetts Medical Society. He has read several papers before the societies, has been concerned in a number of literary works, and has also contributed poems to magazines and newspapers, which have been quite extensively copied. He belongs to the Masonic fraternity, the Odd Fellows, to the Royal Society of Good Fellows, and is president of the Fredonia Club of Social Fellows. He has been a lifelong Republican, and has served on the town committee. In his professional work, by offices of kindness and gratuitous service, he has done much often, at a sacrifice, to ameliorate the condition of the poor and unfortunate, which has been the pleasure of his ambition. Dr. Guptill was married November 4, 1871, to Miss Jennie J. Jones, of North Lebanon, Me., a graduate the West Lebanon Seminary and a very successful teacher. No children have been born to them (Bacon, 1896).

Ira C. Guptill is said to have been in Milton as a minister in 1868-69. I.C. Guptill was pastor in North Lebanon, ME, in 1870-71.

Ira C. Gubtail, a clergyman, aged twenty-six years (b. ME), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census, in June 1870. His household included Mira L. Gubtail, keeping house, aged twenty-seven years (b. ME). Gubtail had real estate valued at $400 and personal estate valued at $200.

The York conference report of for 1871 stated that his North Lebanon church had 26 additions by baptism, 3 additions by letter [transfers], 1 dismissal [by letter, to another congregation], 1 exclusion, 0 deaths, 129 resident members, 12 non-resident members, 141 whole number, and 95 scholars (FWB Printing, 1871).

What followed next was certainly unusual. Ira C. Guptill obtained a divorce from Almira L. (Allen) Guptill in York County, ME, in September 1871. He then married (2nd) in Biddeford, ME, November 4, 1871, Joanna Jones, he of Biddeford [and she of North Lebanon, ME]. These events likely explain his dropping the ministry and returning to school. He went next to Dartmouth College, where he took a degree in medicine. (His ex-wife, Almira L. [(Allen)] Guptill, married (2nd) in Sanford, ME, December 21, 1873, John A. Dennett, both of Sanford).

Ira C. Guptill, a physician, aged thirty-four years (b. ME), headed a Northborough, MA, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included Jennie J. Guptill, keeping house, aged twenty-eight years (b. ME). The Guptills shared a two-family dwelling with the household of Augustus M. Staples, a comb factory worker, aged thirty-six years (b. ME).

Northboro. Mrs. [Harriet N. (Cilley)] Guptill, who makes her home with her son, Dr I.C. Guptill, Main st,, is seriously ill with pneumonia (Boston Globe, January 1, 1904).

Jennie J. (Jones) Guptill died in September 1918. Ira C. Guptill died in Northboro, MA, December 3, 1918.

Funeral of Dr Guptill Saturday. NORTHBORO, Dec 5. The funeral of Dr. Ira C. Guptill will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock. He was 74 years old and was born in Limerick, Me. He was graduated from Bowdoin College and the Dartmouth Medical School. He came to Northboro 38 years ago. He married Miss Joanna Jones of Biddeford, Me. in January, 1871. She died last September (Boston Globe, [Thursday,] December 5, 1918).

Ezra Tuttle – Second Pastorate

Tuttle, Ezra G.
Rev. Ezra Tuttle

Rev. Ezra Tuttle (see details above) returned from Wisconsin for a second Milton pastorate in 1870 through 1872.

Ezra Tuttle, a clergyman, aged fifty years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Mary Tuttle, keeping house, aged forty-eight years (b. MA), Eldora Tuttle, at school, aged fifteen years (b. NH), Alvah C. Tuttle, at school, aged eleven years (b. NH), and Washington I. Tuttle, at school, aged nine years (b. NH).

Note the name of the third child. Ezra Tuttle and his wife were evidently fans of author Washington Irving (1783-1859).

Ezra Tuttle appeared as Milton’s Free-Will Baptist minister in the Milton business directory of 1871. He performed innocently a Milton marriage in that year that featured later in a sensational bigamy trial of 1886. (The Milton marriage was the first, non-bigamous marriage) (Oakland Tribune, June 9, 1886).

Ezra Tuttle, a minister, aged sixty-three years (b. NH), headed a Strafford, NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Mary H. Tuttle, keeping house, aged fifty-nine years (b. MA), A. Chesley Tuttle, a printer, aged twenty-one years (b. NH), and Irving W. Tuttle, works in a shoe shop, aged seventeen years (b. NH).

Rev. Ezra Tuttle died in Providence, RI, June 7, 1888 (Boston Transcript, July 10, 1888). Mary H. (Savage) Tuttle died in Milton, NH, January 31, 1907.

J.P. Jay

Joy, Joseph F.
Rev. Joseph F. Joy

Joseph Franklin Joy was born in New Durham, NH, May 15, 1838, son of Samuel and Watie (Pettigrew) Joy.

Joseph Franklin Joy, Free Baptist, son of Samuel and Watie (Pettigrew) Joy, was born May 15, 1838. Graduated at Dartmouth College, 1863. For a time teacher, Rochester, N.Y. Attended medical lectures at Brunswick, Me. 1865. Licensed to preach at Northwood, Jan. 1865. Ordained New Durham, May 1865. Labored in New Durham and vicinity, 1865-72; Milton, 1872-5; New Durham, 1875-83; Without charge, Frankfort Dak 1888-91; Farmington, 1891-6; New Durham, 1896-7; Farmington, 1897-1904. School committee of New Durham, several years. Married Addie F. Berry at New Durham, May 14, 1868 (Carter, 1906). 

Joseph F. Joy, a clergyman, aged thirty-two years (b. NH). headed a New Durham, NH, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Addie F. Joy, keeping house, aged twenty-four years (b. NH), and Anna Joy, aged six months (b. NH). Joseph F. Joy had personal estate valued at $740.

J.F. Joy appeared as Milton’s Free-Will Baptist minister in the Milton business directories of 1873 and 1874. (He served as one of three Superintendents, i.e., Superintendents of Schools, with J.U. Simes and H. Wentworth, in 1874).

Serena O. Berry, keeping house, aged fifty-eight years (b. NH), headed a New Durham, NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. Her household included her daughter, Georgianna O. Berry, a teacher, aged thirty-five years (b. NH). Serena O. Berry shared a two-family dwelling with the household of her son-in-law, Rev. Joseph F. Joy, Rev. Joseph F. Joy, a clergyman, aged forty-two years (b. NH). His household included Serena O. Berry’s daughter, aged thirty-four years (b. NH), and her [grand] daughters, Annie M. Joy, aged ten years (b. NH), Eda O. Joy, aged seven years (b. NH), and Gracie Joy, aged three years (b. NH).

Rev. Joseph F. Joy died in New Durham, NH, June 13, 1912.

E.G. York

Elbridge Gerry York was born in Gilmanton, NH, November 29, 1830, son of Jonathan and Betsy York. He married (1st) in Belmont, NH, October 5, 1858, Laura M. Bowles, he of Gilmanton and she of Whitefield. She was born in Lisbon, NH, circa 1832-33, daughter of Benjamin and Mercy L. (Taylor) Bowles.

Elbridge G. York, Free Baptist, was born Nov. 29, 1830. Began to preach, 1854. Ordained, Woodstock, Jan. 11, 1860, and pastor, 1860-2; Lower Gilmanton, 1862-4; First Church Wolfborough, 1864-74; Moultonborough and Tuftonborough, 1874-9; Nottingham, 1879-81 (Carter, 1906).

Elbridge G. York, an F.B. clergyman, aged twenty-nine years (b. NH), headed a  Woodstock, NH, household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Laura M. York, aged twenty-seven years (b. NH), and Edwin K. York, aged three years (b. NH).

Elbridge G. York, a clergyman, aged thirty-three years (b. NH), married, registered for the Class II military draft in Londonderry, NH, in June 1863.

Elbridge G. York, a clerk, aged thirty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Wolfeborough, NH, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Laura M. York, keeping house, aged thirty-seven years (b. NH), Amy E. York, at home, aged five years (b. NH), Don E.E. York, at home, aged three years (b. NH), and Orland B. York, aged one year (b. NH). Elbridge G. York had real estate valued at $300 and personal estate valued at $400.

E. Tuttle appeared as Milton’s Free-Will Baptist minister in the Milton business directory of 1876. This was an error: the directory should have listed the minister as E. York or E.G. York.

Laura M. (Bowles) York died in Milton, NH, in 1878-79, aged forty-six years and ten months. Her death was “reported for year ending March 31, 1879.”

Elbridge G. York married (2nd) in Exeter, NH, April 24, 1880, Cynthia Abby ((Withee) (Thompson) (Randall)) Ellison, he of Nottingham and she of Exeter. He was a clergyman, aged forty-nine years, and she a domestic, aged forty-eight years. She was born in Skowhegan, ME, circa 1831-32, daughter of Walton and Pathenia Withee. (Yes, Pathenia). This was said to be the 4th marriage for each (It was his second and her fourth).

Elbridge Gerry York, an F.W. Baptist clergyman, aged forty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Nottingham, NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Cynthia A. York, keeping house, aged forty-eight years (b. ME), his daughter-in-law, Carrie Thompson, a table girl, aged eighteen years (b. NH), his sons-in-law, Freddie C. Randall, at school, aged thirteen years (b. NH), and Granville D. Randall, at school, aged eleven years (b. NH), and his children, Amy E. York, at school, aged fifteen years (b. NH), Don E. York, at school, aged thirteen years (b. NH), Arlen B. York, at school, aged eleven years (b. NH), and Lucia A. York, at school, aged seven years (b. NH).

Elbridge G. York died in Taunton, MA, September 7, 1900. Cynthia A. York died in 1903. (She is buried in Exeter, NH, with her first husband, Sylvester E. Thompson, who died in Potomac, VA, while serving with the 12th NH Regiment).

E. Owen

Owen, Rev. Eleazar, was born in Belchertown, Mass., Oct. 11, 1834. His parents were Artemas Owen, of Belchertown, and Betsey Wright, of Hanover, N.H. He was educated in the seminaries of Monson and Wilbraham, Mass., For a number of years he was employed as a mechanic in the U.S. Armory at Springfield. He was ordained by the Advent Christian Conference, of Connecticut, at New Britain in 1867. He organized and became pastor of the church at Westfield, Mass. For several years he was secretary of the Massachusetts Advent Christian Conference. In 1870, he accepted a call to the Hanover Street chapel, Portsmouth, N.H. He resigned his office in the Advent Conference and at his request was dismissed from that body. In 1876, he became stated supply in an abandoned Free Baptist church at Milton N.H. There was a revival, and the church was renewed and has since prospered. After two years he received a call from the Pearl Street church, Portsmouth. He became its pastor after an examination by a council consisting of Rev.’s I.D. Stewart and others. After two years with this church, he resigned and accepted a call to the Lyndon Centre church, Vt. The Lyndon Institute was closed, and the school was passing out of the control of the denomination. Through his efforts, seconded by others, the school was recovered, an endowment of $25,000 was raised, the building repaired, and the school started again in a prosperous condition. He was in the work of endowing the school considerably, for three years, and in the pastorate nearly five years. He settled at Meredith Village, N.H. in July 1885, where he is now pastor. The church there has prospered under his labors (Burgess, et al., 1889).

Eliazar Owen, a clergyman, aged thirty-five years (b. MA), headed a Westfield, MA, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Census. His household included Mary Owen, keeping house, aged thirty-three years (b. MA), Frederic Owen, attending school, aged eleven years (b. MA), and Eliazar Owen, attending school, aged nine years (b. MA). Eliazar Owen [Sr.] had personal estate valued at $300.

E. Owens appeared as Milton’s Free-Will Baptist minister in the Milton business directory of 1877.

NEW ENGLAND NEWS. NEW HAMPSHIRE. Agreeable to an invitation from the Pearl Street Free Will Baptist Church of Portsmouth, the Council met Tuesday to advise that body in reference to a settlement of Rev. Eleazar Owen as their pastor. Mr. Owen, who was recently an advent preacher, changed his doctrinal views and become a Free Will Baptist. The Council was organized by choosing Rev. O.T. Moulton of 8onth Berwick moderator. and Rev. G.C. Waterman of Dover clerk. After a searching examination of the candidate the Council voted unanimously to recommend him to the fellowship of this church and denomination, and to advise his settlement as pastor of said church. In accordance with the above, Rev. Mr. Owen will commence his pastorate with the Free Will Baptist Church there next Sunday (Boston Post, January 2, 1878).

Eleazar Owen, a clergyman, aged forty-five years (b. MA), headed a Portsmouth, NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Mary Owen, keeping house, aged forty-two years (b. MA), and his sons, Eleazar F. Owen, an apprentice machinist, aged twenty-one years (b. MA), Ellery B. Owen, clothing store clerk, aged nineteen years (b. MA), and Bernard Owen, at school, aged nine years (b. NH).

Rev. Eleazar Owen died November 6, 1896. Mary A. (Walker) Owen died in Concord, NH, January 18, 1917.

Mrs. Mary A. Owen. – Mrs. Mary A. Owen, aged 80 years, died in Concord, N.H., January 18, at the home of her son, E. Scott Owen. She had been ill for several months. She was the widow of Rev. Eleazar Owen, a Free Baptist clergyman, who died in Portsmouth, N.H., 20 years ago. Mr. Owen held pastorates in different places in New Hampshire and Maine and was at one time in charge of the church at Lyndon Center (St. Johnsbury Caledonian (St. Johnsbury, VT), January 31, 1917).

Cyrus L. Plumer

Cyrus Lemuel Plumer was born in Fremont, NH, October 26, 1841, son of Rev. Abraham and Mary Ann (Ladd) Plumer.

A. [Abraham] Plummer, a Meth. clergyman, aged fifty years (b. ME), headed a Vinalhaven (Carver’s Harbor P.O.), ME, household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Betsy Plummer, aged fifty-three years (b. NH), and Lemuel C. Plummer, a student, aged eighteen years (b. NH). A. Plummer had personal estate valued at $1,000.

Cyrus L. Plummer graduated from Boston University’s School of Theology, with its class of 1860.

C. Lemuel Plumer married in Concord, NH, June 17, 1863, Henrietta M. “Etta” Harrington, both of Concord. He was a clergyman. She was born in NH, circa 1841-42, daughter of Thomas and Harriet Harrington.

Plummer’s son, Edwin H. Plumer, reported his own birth as having occurred at Mt. Desert, ME, circa 1865-66 (at the time of his own 1892 marriage to Ruth Given).

C. Lemall Plummer, an M.E. preacher, aged twenty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Pembroke, ME, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Etta M. Plummer, keeping house, aged twenty-nine years (b. NH), Estella L. Plummer, aged six years (b. NH), and Eddy H. Plummer, aged four years (b. ME).

Cyrus L. Plumer, a clergyman, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included Henrietta Plumer, keeping house, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH), Estella L. Plumer, at school, aged fifteen years (b. NH), Edwin H. Plumer, at school, aged fourteen years (b. ME), and Herbert F. Plumer, aged eight months (b. NH, in October 1879). His household appeared on a “3 Ponds Village” page.

C.L. Plumer appeared as Milton’s Free-Will Baptist minister in the Milton business directories of 1880, 1881, and 1882.

Harriet H. Shapleigh, Calvin L. Hayes, and Cyrus L. Plumer served on the Kittery, ME, school committee in 1884.

Cyrus L. Plummer, Canvasser Broom Co., aged fifty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Braintree, MA, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included Etta M. Plummer, aged fifty-eight (b. NH), Herbert Plummer, at school, aged twenty years (b. NH), Mabel E. Plummer, at school, aged seventeen years (b. ME).

Cyrus L. Plummer died in Boston, MA, October 1, 1910.

BRAINTREE. The funeral of Cyrus L. Plummer of 29 School st., who died suddenly on the [Faneuil Hall Sq.] Street in Boston last Saturday night, was held yesterday afternoon at his home. The services were conducted by Rev Thomas Simms, pastor of the First Congregational church. Burial was in Lakeside cemetery, South Braintree (Boston Globe, [Thursday,] October 6, 1910).


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