Milton’s Congregational Ministers of 1847-90

By Muriel Bristol | February 18. 2019

Continued from Milton’s Congregational Ministers of 1827-46

According to Scales’ History of Strafford County, Milton’s Congregational pastor, Rev. Benjamin G. Willey,

… was succeeded by Revs. Edward F. Abbott, August 1846 to May 1848; James Doldt, May 1848 to January 1870; Frank Haley, February 1870 to April 1874; John N. Lowell, August 1874 to August 1875; Samuel W. Clarke, April 1876 to April 1877; John N. Jewett [SIC], 1877 to 1880; George Sterling, October 1881 to 1890 [SIC].

Scales’ list has several errors. The Rev. John N. Jewett entry was actually a second pastorate of Rev. John N. Lowell; and the Rev. George Sterling actually left in 1884, to be succeeded by a second pastorate of Rev. Frank Haley.

Edward F. Abbott – “August 1846 to May 1848″

Edward Farrington Abbott was born in Andover, MA, December 24, 1816, son of Zebediah and Sarah (Farrington) Abbott.

He married in NH, circa 1838, Charlotte Cushing. She was born in NH in 1818.

Rev. Edward F. Abbot, son of Dea. Zebadiah Abbot, studied theology at Gilmanton, N.H. [Class of 1840]; was ordained minister of church in Milton, N.H., 1846; at Dublin, N.H., 1855; at Ipswich, Mass., 1855 (Bailey, 1880).

Edward F. Abbott, a clergyman, aged thirty-three years (b. MA), headed a Loudon, NH, household at the time of the Seventh (1850) Federal Census. His household included Charlotte Abbott, aged thirty-two years (b. NH), and Clarabel F. Abbott, aged two years (b. NH).

Edward F. Abbott, a clergyman, aged thirty-eight years (b. Andover, MA), headed an Andover, MA, household at the time of the First (1855) MA State Census. His household included Charlotte C. Abbott, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH), and Clara S. Abbott, aged seven years (b. NH). They shared a two-family dwelling with the household of William Course, a bootmaker, aged forty-two years (b. Scotland).

Ichabod Crane, a farmer, aged seventy-six (b. NH), headed a Surry, NH, household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Clarissa A. Crane, aged thirty-three years (b. NH), and Edward F. Abbott, a Congregational clergyman, aged forty-four years (b. MA). Ichabod Crane had real estate valued at $800 and personal estate valued at $2,500; Clarissa A. Crane had personal estate valued at $100; and Edward F. Abbott had personal estate valued at $400.

[Abbott’s landlord happened to have the same name as Washington Irving’s fictional schoolmaster, who was pursued by a headless horseman in his 1820 short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow].

Edward F. Abbott, a Con. clergyman, aged forty-eight years (b. MA), headed an Andover, MA, household at the time of the Second (1865) MA State Census. His household included Charlotte C. Abbott, aged forty-seven years (b. NH), and Clarabel S. Abbott, aged seventeen years (b. NH).

The Congregationalist and Recorder says: At the recent meeting of the Andover Association, held in Lowell, after due enquiry, and hearing statements and confession from Rev. Edward F. Abbott of Andover, a resolution was passed to the effect that the Association are satisfied as to his piety and soundness in the faith, and now recommend him as a Congregational minister in good and regular standing. It will be remembered that, on account of a change of his views on future punishment he withdrew himself for a time from our denomination (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), May 9, 1868).

William Tinker a tanner, aged forty-six years (b. MA), headed an Otis, MA, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Emily C. Tinker, keeping house, aged forty-three years, Pearl S. Tinker, bookkeeping, aged twenty-one years (b. MA), Emma L. Tinker, attending school, aged eleven years (b. MA), Bert S. Tinker, at home, aged two years (b. MA), Catherine Waters, attending school, aged fourteen years (b. Ireland), and Edward Abbot, a clergyman, aged fifty-three years (b. MA). William Tinker had real estate valued at $7,200 and personal estate valued at $4,000.

Charlotte (Cushing) Abbott died in Lebanon, ME, June 17, 1882. Edward F. Abbott died in Andover, MA, June 17, 1888. Daughter Clarabel S. Abbott died in Lebanon, ME, September 26, 1888.

James Doldt – “May 1848 to January 1870″

James Doldt was born in Groton, MA, September 30, 1809. He was probably a son of Frederick and Nancy (Pell) Doldt, and brother to Nancy Doldt (b. 1804), Mary Dolt (b. 1806), and Frederick Doldt, Jr. (b. 1807). In later records, his father was said to have been a native of Germany.

Rev. James Doldt married (1st), May 3, 1842, Eliza Etta Stevens, he of Effingham and she of Canterbury. She was born in Canterbury, NH, October 29, 1810, daughter of Edmund and Betsy (Shepard) Stevens.

James Doldt, a Con. clergyman, aged forty years (b. MA), headed a Milton household at the time of the Seventh (1850) Federal Census. His household included Eliza Doldt, aged thirty nine years (b. NH), Marietta L. Doldt, aged five years (b. NH), and Eliza A. Doldt, aged three years (b. NH). He had no valued real estate. His household appeared in the enumeration between those of James H. Twombly, a painter, aged fifty-three years, and Daniel Jenness, a carpenter, aged forty-four years.

Eliza E. (Stevens) Doldt died in Milton, NH, March 1, 1856. He married (2nd), February 16, 1858, Lucia Chandler. She was born in Concord, NH, June 14, 1816, daughter of Henry and Ruth (Abbott) Chandler.

James Doldt, a clergyman, aged forty-nine years (b. NH [SIC]), headed a Milton household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Lavina Doldt, aged forty-four years (b. NH), Marietta P. Doldt, aged fifteen years (b. NH), Eliza A. Doldt, aged thirteen years (b. NH), James Kenison, a carpenter, aged twenty-six years, and Chales Jenkins, a shoemaker, aged eight years (b. NH). James Doldt had real estate valued at $500 and personal estate valued at $600. His household appeared in the enumeration between those of William W. Cook, a farmer, aged sixty-two years (b. NH), and Daniel Collins, a R.R. man, aged thirty years (b. Ireland).

James Doldt appeared as Milton’s Congregational minister in the Milton business directory of 1867-68. and 1869-70.

Rev. James  and Lucia C. Doldt went next to Canterbury, NH, in February 1870.

Religious Intelligence. NEW HAMPSHIRE. Rev. James Doldt of Milton,. is to supply the church in Canterbury one year, and will soon commence his labors there (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), December 11, 1869).

James Doldt, a clergyman, aged sixty years (b. MA), headed a Canterbury, NH, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Lucia C. Doldt, keeping house, aged fifty-two years (b. NH). James Doldt had real estate valued at $1,000 and personal estate valued at $1,500.

Lyford’s History of the Town of Canterbury left this portrait of him:

Like his predecessors, Mr. Doldt was of the old school of preachers in the form of his sermons and the manner of his delivery. His pulpit utterances were less of a doctrinal nature than those of Mr. Moody. He emphasized the love of God more than his retributive justice. There was no mistaking that he was a clergyman, his dress and dignity at all times indicating his calling. His greeting, however, was kindly and his apparent reserve disappeared in conversation (Lyford, 1912).

James Doldt, a clergyman, aged seventy-one years (b. MA), headed a Canterbury, NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Lucia Doldt, keeping house, aged sixty-four years (b. NH).

State Religious News. New Hampshire. CANTERBURY. Rev. James Doldt, acting pastor of the church in this place for fifteen years, is sick with Bright’s disease and has resigned his charge. Services were conducted last Sabbath by the young men (Vermont Chronicle (Bellow’s Falls, VT), March 19, 1886).

New Hampshire. CANTERBURY. Rev. James Doldt, acting pastor of this place for fifteen years, has retired and has gone to Orange, N.J., to live with his daughter. He is quite feeble in health. Lucien C. Kimball of Andover, Mass., supplied last Sabbath and a call has been extended for a permanent supply (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), October 29, 1886).

NEW HAMPSHIRE NEWS. Rev. James Doldt of Canterbury died on Sunday at Orange, N.J., whither he went a few days ago for the benefit of his health. He was born in Groton, Mass., Sept. 30, 1809, was graduated from Gilmanton theological seminary in 1841, and was ordained to the Congregational ministry, Sept. 21, 1843. His first settlement was In Wolfboro, N.H., and afterwards he was in Effingham, Milton and Canterbury, where he was pastor of the Congregational church until his resignation a few weeks ago (Vermont Journal (Windsor, VT), [Saturday,] November 6, 1886).

James Doldt died in East Orange, NJ, October 31, 1886. Lucia (Chandler) Doldt died June 14, 1888.

Frank Haley – First Pastorate – “February 1870 to April 1874″

Frank Enoch Haley was born in Tuftonboro, NH, February 20, 1835, son of Enoch and Cynthia (Piper) Haley.

Haley, Frank, M.D., son of Deacon Enoch and Cynthia (Piper) Haley, was born in Tuftonboro, N.H., Feb. 20, 1835. Studied at the Wolfboro and Tuftonboro Academy 1850, 1852-54. Took course of medical lectures at Bowdoin College, 1856. Studied in Dartmouth Medical College, 1857-58, when he was graduated. Practiced medicine at Tamworth, N.H., 1858-59. Studied theology in Andover Seminary and was graduated in 1863. Ordained as pastor at Enfield, N.H., Oct. 7, 1863, dismissed May 1, 1866; Concord, Mass., installed Jan. 3, 1867, dismissed April 30, 1867. Was missionary of the A.M.A. at Macon, Ga., October 1867 to October 1868, as local superintendent of educational and religious work. Pastor at Boscawen, N.H., December 1868 to May 1869; Milton, N.H., February 1870 to April 1874, also practicing medicine there from February 1871. Was missionary under the A.M.A. at Macon, Ga. April 1874 to October 1874; Dover, N.H., Belknap Church, December 1874 to December 1875; Seabrook and Hampton Falls, N.H., December 1875 to June 1881; Boscawen, N.H., June 1881, installed Oct. 11, 1882, dismissed June 11, 1885; Milton, N.H., June 1885 to June 1891. Was trustee of the Nute High School and library, Milton, N.H. from 1889 till his death, and was librarian of the Nute library from 1891. Publications: Funeral Sermon of Mr. Dexter Harris, of Canaan, N.H., Concord, N.H., 1865, 19 pp. A Discourse delivered in the Congregational Church at Milton, N.H., at the funeral services of Dr. Stephen Drew, Lynn, Mass., 1872, 16 pp. A Discourse delivered at the funeral of Hon. Charles Jones, Milton, N.H., Dover, N.H., 1873, 16 pp. Married in Tuftonboro, N.H. Dec. 16, 1857, Rhoda Jane, daughter of James and Mary (Smith) Hayes, who died at Seabrook, N.H., Feb. 23, 1877. Two children, one living. Married at Milton, N.H., May 1, 1878, Sarah, daughter of Deacon Enoch W. and Orinda (Ayers) Plummer, who survives him. One child living. Died of Bright’s disease at Milton, N.H., March 28, 1904, aged 69 years, 1 month, 8 days (Congregational Publishing Society, 1905).

He married (1st) in Tuftonboro, NH, December 16, 1857, Jane Rhoda “Jennie” Hayes. She was born in Tuftonboro, October 1, 1839, daughter of James and Mary D. (Caverly) Hayes.

Candidates for the Ministry. Messrs. Frank Haley, M. L. Severance, Geo. Hardy, Alba L.P. Loomis, William W. Chapin, Lucius H. Higgins, Nathan B. Knapp, Samuel L. Bates, William S. Hazen, Roswell Harris, Jr., Theodore S. Pond, William A. Haselton, John Otis Barrows and M. Bradford Boardman, members of Andover Theological Seminary, were examined by the Derry and Manchester Association, at Manchester, N. H., on the 13th inst., and licensed to preach, the Gospel (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), January 20, 1863).

Frank Haley, a student, aged twenty-eight years (b. NH), married, registered for the Class I military draft in Andover, MA, in June 1863.

RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE. Massachusetts. The orthodox Church in Concord has voted a call to Rev. Frank Haley, late of Enfield, N.H. The salary mentioned is $1400 (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), December 1, 1866).

RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE. Massachusetts. Rev. Frank Haley was installed over the Congregational church in Concord, on Thursday, Jan. 3d (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), January 19, 1867).

One may note that the Congregational church was still considered to be the “orthodox” church.

RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE. South and West. The Congregational Church at Macon, Ga., has received twenty members since April last. Rev. Frank Haley, pastor (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), November 7, 1868).

RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE. New Hampshire. Rev. Frank Haley is engaged to preach at Boscawen for the current year (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), April 17, 1869).

RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE. New Hampshire. Rev. Frank Haley, who has been supplying the Congregational Church in Boscawen, since January, and had engaged for a year, has been obliged to suspend all ministerial labors by the failure of his health (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), September 1869).

Frank Haley, a clergyman, aged thirty-five years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Jenny R. Haley, keeping house, aged thirty years (b. NH), Mary L. Haley, at home, aged eleven years (b. NH), and Agnes C. Haley, aged six years (b. NH). Frank Haley had personal estate valued at $300. His household appeared between those of Nancy J. Dixon, keeping house, aged forty-four years (b. ME), and John M. Hanson, a teamster, aged fifty years (b. ME).

Rev. Haley evidently considered relocating to Candia, NH, in 1871, but does not seem to have done so (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), January 14, 1871).

Frank Haley appeared as Milton’s Congregational minister in the Milton business directories of 1871, 1873, and 1874.

RELIGIOUS NEWS. Congregational. Rev. Frank Haley who has supplied the church in Milton. N.H., for the last four years, has removed to Macon, Georgia (Vermont Journal (Bellows Falls, VT), April 25, 1874).

Jane R. “Jennie” (Hayes) Haley died in Seabrook, NH, February 23, 1877. He married (2nd) in Seabrook, NH, May 1, 1878. Sarah Plummer. She was born in Milton, NH, June 17, 1848, daughter of Enoch W. and Orinda (Ayers) Plummer.

Ministers and Churches. New Hampshire. BOSCOWAN. Rev. Frank Haley was installed as pastor of the First Congregational church on the 11th. Eight churches were represented on the Council. The examination was very satisfactory. Sermon by Rev. George B. Spalding, D.D., of Dover; prayer by Rev. Edward Buxton of Webster; charge to the pastor, by Rev. James Doldt of Canterbury; right hand of fellowship by Rev. John H. Larry of Fisherville. Mr. Haley has been acting pastor of this church since June, 1881. and thirteen years ago he labored in this field for several months, but sickness obliged him to abandon his work (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), October 20, 1882).

Continued in his second pastorate (see below).

John N. Lowell – First Pastorate – “August 1874 to August 1875″

John N. Lowell was born in South Newburgh, ME, in September 1846, son of Jeremiah and Lucy M. (Fernald) Lowell.

Elijah Noyes, a farmer, aged forty-seven years (b. MA), headed a Newbury, MA, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Martha Noyes, keeping house, aged fifty-five years (b. Ireland), Albert A. Noyes, at home, aged nineteen years (b. MA), John N. Lowell, a boarder, aged twenty-two years (b. ME), John M. Potter, a boarder, aged seventeen years (b. MA), George N. Does, a boarder, aged twenty years (b. NH), Charles A. Does, a boarder, aged eighteen years (b. NH), Jesse H. Bickford, a boarder, aged twenty-six years (b. ME), Frank M. Porter, a boarder, aged eighteen years (b. ME), Edward H. Potter, a boarder, aged eighteen years (b. MA), and Bernard Damon, a boarder, aged seventeen years (b. MA). Many of the surrounding houses had also taken in boarders, all of them young men, which might suggest that they were all students.

NEW ENGLAND NEWS BY MAIL. At the meeting of the Piseataqua Association of Congregational Ministers, held at Newmarket, N.H., Tuesday, with the Rev. Swift Byington, pastor of the First Church, Exeter, Mr. John N. Lowell, a member of Andover Theological Seminary, was licensed to preach for two years. Mr. Lowell has received and accepted an invitation to supply the pulpit, of the Congregational Church in Milton for one year (Boston Globe, January 22, 1875).

J.N. Lowell appeared as Milton’s Congregational minister in the Milton business directory of 1876.

Continued in his second pastorate (see below).

Samuel W. Clarke – “April 1876 to April 1877″

Samuel Worcester Clarke was born in MA, February 7, 1828, son of Benjamin F. and Sarah (Chapin) Clarke.

He married, probably in Johnstown, NY, circa 1853-54, Catherine Bruce. She was born in Washington, NY, July 4, 1833, daughter of James Bruce (b. Scotland).

Samuel W. Clark, a cabinetmaker, aged twenty-six years (b. MA), headed a Johnstown, NY, household at the time of the First (1855) NY State Census. His household included Catharin Clark, aged twenty-three years (b. Washington, NY), and Ernest C. Clark, aged five months (b. Tarlton, NY). He lived in Johnston for seven years, while she had lived there for only six years.

Samuel W. Clark, a mechanic, aged thirty=two years (b. MA), headed a Johnstown, NY, household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Catherine Clark, aged twenty-eight years (b. NY), and Ernest Clark, aged five years (b. NY). Samuel W. Clark had real estate valued at $1,600. The Clarks shared a two-family dwelling with the household of Alvira Hall, a glove maker, aged twenty-two years (b. NY). Her household included Myra M. Scudder, a milliner, aged forty-five years (b. NY), and Elizabeth Van Allen, aged twenty-two years (b. NY).

Samuel W. Clark, a cabinetmaker, aged thirty-seven years (b. MA), headed a Johnstown, NY, household at the time of the Second (1865) NY State Census. His household included Cate Clark, aged thirty-three years (b. Washington, NY), E.C. Clark, aged ten years (b. Tarlton, NY), Luella Clark, aged two years, and Ethel Clark, aged four months.

S.W. Clark, works in cabinet shop, aged forty-two years (b. MA), headed a New Milford, CT. household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Katy Clark, keeping house, aged thirty-seven years (b. NY), Ernest Clark, aged fifteen years (b. NY), Luellah Clark, aged seven years (b. NY), and Ethel Clark, aged five years (b. NY). S.W. Clark had no valued real estate.

Samuel Worcester Clarke was ordained in Warwick, MA, January 14, 1874, where he then served as pastor.

Samuel W. Clark appeared as Milton’s Congregational minister in the Milton business directory of  1877.

Ministers and Churches. NEW HAMPSHIRE. REV. S.W. CLARKE closed his labors with the church at Milton April 29, and goes to Wenham, Mass. (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), May 19, 1877).

Ministers and Churches. Massachusetts. REV. SAMUEL W. CLARKE has closed his engagement at Wenham (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), April 20, 1878).

Samuel Clark, a clergyman, aged fifty-two years (b. MA), headed a Holyoke, MA, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Catherine Clark, keeps house, aged forty-five years (b. MA), and his children, Ernest C. Clark, insurance agent, aged twenty-five years, Luella Clark, at school, aged seventeen years (b. NY), and Ethel L. Clark, at school, aged fifteen years (b. NY). They resided on Dwight Street.

In an August 1897 Boston Globe gossip column, Rev. Clarke received a visit from his daughter, Luella Scott, and  her children.

BARNSTABLE. At West Barnstable, … Rev S.W. Clarke is entertaining Mrs. Wm. Scott and children (Boston Globe, August 15, 1897).

Samuel W. Clark, a clergyman, aged seventy-two years (b. MA), headed an Ashford, CT, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of forty-four years), Catherine B. Clark, aged sixty-seven years (b. NY). She was the mother of five children, of whom two were still living.

Luella K. Scott, a music teacher, aged forty-seven years (b. NY), headed a Springfield (Ward 4), MA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. Her household included her son, Everett C. Scott, aged fourteen years (b. MA), and her mother, Catherine B. Clarke, aged seventy-seven years (b. NY). both women were widows.

Rev. Samuel W. Clarke died November 12, 1906. Katherine (Bruce) Clarke, of Springfield, MA, died in Granby, MA, September 11, 1911, aged seventy-two years, two months, and sixteen days.

John N. Lowell – Second Pastorate – “1877 to 1880″

Continued from his first pastorate (see above).

John N. Lowell married in Rowley, MA, July 5, 1877, Harriet B. Richardson, he of New Haven, CT, and she of Rowley. She was born in Ipswich, MA, circa 1841, daughter of Edward and Sarah J. (Appleton) Richardson.

Ministers and Churches. Other States. Mr. John N. Lowell was ordained and installed as pastor of the church in Milton, N.H., on Thursday of last week. The sermon was by Rev. John Pike, D.D., of Rowley, Massachusetts (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), [Saturday,] December 1, 1877).

J.N. Lowell appeared as Milton’s Congregational minister in the Milton business directory of 1880.

John N. Lowell, a clergyman, aged thirty-three years (b. ME), headed a Milton (3-Ponds Village) household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Harriet B. Lowell, keeping house, aged twenty-nine years (b. MA).

NEW ENGLAND NEWS. NEW HAMPSHIRE, Rev. John N. Lowell of Milton has been invited by the Congregational Society of West Haverhill, Mass., to become their pastor (Boston Post, July 26, 1880).

AUGUST GAYETY. Mountain Resorts Crowded With Tourists. Jackson, Intervale, North Conway and Kearsage Scenes of Festivity. Dancing, Driving, Card Parties and Mountain Climbing Popular Pastimes. INTERVALE. A party from Haverhill, composed of John N. Lowell, Miss Harriett B. Lowell, Miss Elsie G. Webster, Miss Lilla A. Hayes, Miss Josephine L. Elliot and Messrs. Perry and Lowell O. Elliot, are having things pretty much their own way for few weeks at the Idlewild (Boston Globe, August 6, 1899).

John N. Lowell, a clergyman, aged fifty-three years (b. ME), headed a Haverhill (Ward 5), MA, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-two years), Harriet B. Lowell, aged forty-nine years (b. MA).

Harriet B. (“m.n. Richardson”) Lowell died in Haverhill, MA, November 24, 1901, aged fifty-one years, eight months, and twenty-one days. (Buried Rowley, MA).

Rev. John N. Lowell conducted the funeral services for two of the fourteen victims of the Isle of Shoals excursion sinking known as the “Tragedy of the Waitresses.”

MARSHALL SISTERS. Haverhill Victims of Isles of Shoals Burled. HAVERHILL, July 20. Miss Ena and Miss Mary E. Marshall were buried in Hillside Cemetery here today. Rev. John N. Lowell conducted services in West Parish Congregational church, which were largely attended (Boston Globe, July 21, 1902).

John N. Lowell died in Haverhill, MA, May 30, 1903, aged fifty-six years, eight months, and ten days.

NEW ENGLAND BRIEFS. Rev. John N. Lowell, pastor of the West Congregational church, Haverhill, Mass., died from pneumonia. He was born at Newburg, Me., in 1846.(Vermont Tribune (Ludlow, VT), June 5, 1903).

Hiatus

The Milton business directories of 1881 and 1882 listed no Congregational minister at all.

George Sterling – “October 1881 to March 1884″

George Sterling was born in New Milford, CT, July 27, 1842, son of Samuel B. and Minerva (Beard) Sterling.

[Andover Theological Seminary] CLASS OF 1873. George Sterling. Son of Samuel B. Sterling and Minerva Beard; born at New Milford, Conn., July 27, 1842; united with the church at New Milford, July 1, 1866; studied at the Union School, Schenectady, NY; Union College 1866-68; was graduated from Amherst College, 1870; studied at Union Theological Seminary, 1870-72, and was graduated from this Seminary, 1873. He was licensed to preach September 10, 1872; supplied the pulpit at West Stockbridge Centre, Mass., 1872, and at Grattan and Smyrna, Mich., 1873-74; was ordained at Wayland, Mich., December 8, 1874; acting pastor, Wayland, Mich., 1874-75; acting pastor, Stacyville, Io., 1875-76; acting pastor, Lenora, Minn., 1876-78; acting pastor, Higganum, Conn., 1878-80; supplied Templeton, Mass., 1880-81; installed Milton, N.H., Nov 30, 1881, dismissed April 1, 1884; installed at Glover, Vt., July 8, 1885, dismissed May 23, 1888; acting pastor, North Hyde Park, Vt., 1888-89; installed Dunbarton, N.H., November 13, 1889, dismissed June 16, 1892; acting pastor, Berkley, Mass., 1892-94; acting pastor, Manomet, Mass., 1894-97; acting pastor, Windsor, Mass., 1897 until his death. He married October 20, 1874, at West Stockbridge Centre, Mass., Lovina Reed, daughter of Uriah Reed and Mary Van Deusen of Alford Mass. She survives him with one daughter. Mr. Sterling died at Windsor, Mass., suddenly, of heart disease, November 26, 1901, aged fifty-nine years, three months, and thirty days (Andover Theological Seminary, 1902).

Geo. Sterling, a student, aged twenty-seven years (b. NY [SIC]), resided in an Amherst College residence, in Amherst, MA, at the time of the Seventh (1870) Federal Census. Alva B. Kittredge, a teacher, aged twenty-five years (b. MA), headed the residence list, which housed sixty-six students.

George Sterling married at West Stockbridge, MA, October 20, 1874, Lovina Reed. She was born in MA, in February 1852, daughter of Uriah and Mary (Van Deusen) Reed.

Geo. Sterling, a clergyman, aged thirty-seven years (b. CT), headed a Haddam, CT, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Lovina Sterling, housekeeping, aged twenty-eight years (b. MA), and his daughter, Alice M. Sterling, aged three months (b. CT (in March)).

Ministers and Churches. New Hampshire. MILTON. Rev. George Sterling has accepted a unanimous call to the pastorate of the Congregational society. A larger sum than was required for the stipulated salary was raised in one day (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), October 8, 1881).

Ministers and Churches. New Hampshire. MILTON. A council is called by the Congregational Church to install as pastor Rev. George Sterling. The churches invited are the First church, Dover, and the churches at Farmington, Salmon Falls, Wakefield, Wolfeboro and Lebanon, Maine. Rev. Dr. Spalding is expected to preach the installation sermon (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), November 26, 1881).

Geo. Sterling appeared as Milton’s Congregational minister in the Milton business directory of 1884.

Ministers and Churches. New Hampshire. MILTON. Rev. George Sterling has preached as a candidate before the Congregational church at Greenfield for two Sundays past (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), March 21, 1884).

Ministers and Churches. Vermont. GLOVER. The church in Glover again has a pastor. A council assembled at the West Village, July 8, to examine and install Rev. George Sterling. Ten churches were represented in the council. The examination of the pastor-elect was thorough and well sustained. The written statement of his doctrinal belief was especially worthy of commendation for its fulness, clearness, soundness and strength, evincing a determination like Paul’s to hold and preach nothing but the gospel of Christ. The parts of the installation service were these: Sermon by Rev. S. Knowlton of Greensboro, prayer by Rev. W.N. Bacon of Coventry, right hand of fellowship by Rev. C.B. Moody of Barton, charge to the pastor by Rev. S.K.B. Perkins of Middleton, Mass., and address to the people by Rev E.P. Wild of Newport. Mr. Sterling is the fifth pastor of this church, which was organized in 1817. Rev. Reuben Mason was installed in March, 1826, and dismissed in 1836. Rev. Ora Pearson was installed in January, 1840, over the two churches in Glover and Barton, and was dismissed in November, 1844. Rev. S.K.B. Perkins was ordained pastor in January, 1860, and dismissed in 1876. Rev. C.B. Thomas was installed in January, 1878, and died in January, 1881. The present pastor is a graduate of Amherst College and Andover Seminary. He was ordained at Wayland, Mich., in 1874; was installed pastor at Milton, N.H., in November, 1881, from which charge he was dismissed in March, 1884. He has supplied the church in Glover for more than a year, and the people have become warmly attached to him. Quite a number of additions have been made to the church . during the year, seven persons having united by profession at the July communion. SCRIBE (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), July 27, 1885).

George Sterling, no occupation listed, aged fifty-seven years (b. CT), headed a Windsor, MA, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Lovina R. Sterling, aged forty-eight years (b. MA), and his daughter, Alice M. Sterling, aged twenty-three years (b. IA).

Rev. George Sterling died in Windsor, MA, November 28, 1901. Lovina (Reed) Sterling died in 1935.

Frank Haley – Second PastorateMay 1885 to 1890 [?]

Continued from his first pastorate (see above).

Ministers and Churches. New Hampshire. MILTON. Rev. Frank Haley has accepted a call from this church, and began his services two weeks ago. All are glad at heart to recall our pastor of years ago, and hope the time is far distant when he will make another change (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), June 12, 1885).

Frank Haley appeared as Milton’s Congregational minister in the Milton business directory of 1887 and 1889.

Frank Haley was one of eleven trustees of the Nute High School and Library at its founding in 1889, and he served as its original librarian from its opening in September 1891 until his death. (His widow, Mrs. Sarah P. Haley, succeeded him as Nute librarian, through at least 1923).

Frank Haley, a retired clergyman, aged sixty-five years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Sarah Haley, aged fifty-two years (b. NH), his daughter, Susan P. Haley, an accountant, aged twenty years (b. NH), and his sister-in-law, Susan E. Plummer, aged sixty years (b. NH).

Frank Haley died in Milton, NH, March 28, 1904. Sarah (Plummer) Haley died in Milton, NH, April 10, 1931.

DEATHS. HALEY. In Milton, N.H., March 28, Rev. Frank Haley, aged 69. He graduated from Dartmouth Medical in 1857, and practiced medicine for some years, then entered Andover Seminary where he graduated and has preached since in Enfield and Milton, N.H., and Concord, Mass., and was in charge of a home missionary church and school in Macon, Ga. Although hampered by ill health all his life, he did important work wherever he was along educational lines and in the pulpit (Congregationalist and Christian World, May 21, 1904). 


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