Milton’s Free-Will Baptist Ministers of 1908-24

By Muriel Bristol | August 22, 2019

Continued from Milton’s Free-Will Baptist Ministers of 1882-07

Baptist Church, Milton, c1910
Milton Free-Will Baptist Church, circa 1910

Scales’ History of Strafford County did not list Milton’s Free-Will Baptist ministers after Rev. Cyrus L. Plummer’s pastorate closed in July 1881. His list is here extended out to 1924.

The Free-Will Baptist ministers of this 1908-24 period were George H. Grey, John T. Clow, Adelbert T. Everett, James W. Tingley, John F. Thurston, and George H. Chambers.

Rev. George H. Grey – 1908-10

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Rev. George H. and Eva A. Grey’s Wedding Picture

George Harold Grey was born in Sheffield, VT, March 29, 1862, son of Orin H, and Lydia M. (Simpson) Grey.

George H. Grey married in Sheffield, VT, September 23, 1893, Eva Arminda Gray. He was a minister, aged thirty-one years, she was aged twenty years. She was born in Sheffield, VT, February 20, 1873, daughter of Percival and Rachel (Sulloway) Grey.

Marriages. At Wheelock, September 26 [SIC], by Rev. P. Buker, George Gray and Eva Gray, both of Sheffield (St. Johnsbury Republican (St. Johnsbury, VT), September 28, 1893).

George H. Gray, a clergyman, aged thirty-eight years (b. VT), headed a New Gloucester, ME, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of seven years), Eva A. Gray, aged twenty-seven years (b. VT), his children, Eula B. Gray, aged five years (b. ME), Harold E. Gray, aged three years (b. ME), and Mildred T. Gray, aged six months (b. ME), and his sisters-in-law Josie R. Gray, a housekeeper, aged thirty-five years (b. VT), and Alice Meserve, a housekeeper, aged thirty-two years (b. VT). George H. Gray rented their house. Eva A. Gray was the mother of three children, of whom three were still living.

STRAFFORD. Since the sudden death of the valued Rev. J.B. Franklin a few months since the Free Baptist church at South Stratford has been without a pastor; but an invitation has been sent to Rev. George H. Gray of Burnham, Me., to assume charge of this church and he has accepted. It is expected he will begin his labors next Sunday (Daily Journal (Montpelier, VT), July 30, 1902).

LYNDON CENTER. Rev. George H. Gray of Strafford has been in this village recently calling on former friends (St. Johnsbury Republican (St. Johnsbury, VT), May 13, 1903).

Rev. George H. Grey was called to be pastor of the First Baptist Church, of Starksboro, VT, June 3, 1905. He was received there, September 2, 1905 and dismissed from there, March 8,  1908. Buell W. Maxfield of Starksboro, VT, remembered him:

George Grey was a very hard-working pastor who loved his people, but was not too effective in showing it. Men liked him as he was right to the point and matter of fact about everything. 

Rev. George Grey of Starksboro, VT, gave a sermon at the Orange County [Baptist] Association’s Quarterly Conference, at South Strafford, VT, in October 1907.

Sunday, at 11 a.m., there was a sermon by Rev. F. Perkins of Washington, followed by communion services; 2 p. m., sermon by Rev. W.F. Harding of Corinth; 7 p.m., sermon by Rev. George Grey of Starksboro. Much interest was manifested, it being one of the largest quarterly meetings for years. About 50 delegates from other churches were in attendance (Bethel Courier (Bethel, VT), October 10, 1907).

Daughter Eva Lydia Grey was born in Milton, June 4, 1908, and died here, of acute meningitis, September 28, 1908, aged three months. Dr. M.A.H. Hart signed the death certificate. She was buried in the Prospect Hill Cemetery in Lebanon, ME.

WEST MILTON. Mrs. Hattie Knowles has been visiting Mrs. G.H. Hurd. Rev. G.H. Gray and wife spent one day this week with Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Hurd (Farmington News, December 1908).

Religious. March 14. – Announced that the Rev. G.H. Grey had resigned the pastorate of the Starksboro Free Will Baptist church to go to Milton. N.H. April 14. – The Rev. Franklin Blake, Sutton, accepts call to Starksboro church (St. Albans Daily Messenger, May 21, 1909).

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Rev. George H. Grey

Geo. H. Grey appeared as pastor of Milton’s Free-Will Baptist church, at 4 Church street, in the Milton business directory of 1909.

George H. Grey, a Baptist Church clergyman, aged forty-seven years (b. VT), headed a Kennebunk, ME, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of sixteen years), Eva A. Grey, aged thirty-six years (b. VT), and his children, Eula Grey, aged fourteen years (b. ME), Harold E. Grey, aged twelve years (b. ME), Mildred I. Grey, aged ten years (b. ME), and Marion S. Grey, aged seven years (b. VT). George H. Grey rented their house in the District of Alewife. Eva A. Grey was the mother of five children, of whom four were still living.

George H. Grey, a minister of the Gospel, aged fifty-seven years (b. VT), headed a Cornish, ME, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Eva A. Grey, a clothing shop seamstress, aged forty-seven years (b. VT), and his children, Harold Grey, a church sexton, aged twenty-two years (b. ME), Morton Grey, a school teacher, aged seventeen years (b. ME), and Lester Grey, aged nine years (b. ME). George H. Grey owned their house on Cumberland Street, free-and-clear.

VERMONT. REV. G.H. GREY, pastor of the churches at Huntington and Huntington Center, has recently been assisted in special meetings by State Worker Sturtevant and as a result thirteen have been received by baptism with others to come in by letter and experience and still others by baptism (N. Bap. Convention, 1922).

George H. Grey, a retired preacher, aged sixty-eight years (b. VT), headed a Cornish, ME, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-three years), Eva A. Grey, aged fifty-seven years (b. VT), and his child, Lester Grey, in school, aged nineteen years (b. VT). George H. Grey owned their house at 7 Cumberland Street, which was valued at $1,500. They did not have a radio set.

George H. Grey died in Cornish, ME, May 28, 1935, aged seventy-three years.

Sheffield. Mrs. Wilman Davis received word recently of the death of Rev. George Gray of Cornish, Me., formerly of this place, who passed away last week. He was a brother of the late Amasa and Warner Gray, both of this place (Caledonian Record (St. Johnsbury, VT), June 8, 1935).

John J. Loxton, a post office janitor, aged forty-six years (b. MA), headed a Manchester, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Eula Loxton, aged forty-four years (b. ME), his children, John Loxton, aged nineteen years (b. MA), Muriel E. Loxton, aged seventeen years (b. NH),and Beatrice E. Loxton, aged thirteen years (b. NH), and his mother-in-law, Eva Gray, aged sixty-seven years (b. VT). John J. Loxton owned their house at 574 Lake Avenue, which was valued at $3,200. Itwas a two-family building, which they shared with the household of Arthur Grammatikas, a wholesale fruit salesman, aged twenty-four years (b. Greece). They had all lived in the same place, i.e., a different house in the same city, in 1935, except Eva Gray, who had lived then in Cornish, ME.

Eva A. (Grey) Grey died at 574 Lake Avenue in Manchester, NH, October 16, 1941, aged sixty-eight years, seven months, and twenty-six days. (Mrs. John Loxton of 574 Lake Avenue supplied the personal information regarding her mother).

Rev. John T. Clow – 1909-14

John T. Clow was born in Rothwell, Northamptonshire, England, October 7, 1866, son of John T. and Dinah (Marriott) Clow.

He married, circa 1890, Mary H. Pushard. She was born in Dresden, ME, June 19, 1865, daughter of Charles H. and Susan H. (Matson) Pushard.

John T. Clow, a minister of the gospel, aged thirty-three years (b. England), headed a Rostraver, PA, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of ten years), Mary H. Clow, aged thirty-four years (b. ME), and his daughter, Arobine Clow, aged eight years (b. ME). Mary H. Clow was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living. They resided on Speer Street.

Personals. The Rev. John T. Clow of Belle Vernon, Pa., has been engaged as pastor of the South church in Barrington which has been without a pastor Nov. 1, last, when the Rev. C.H. Tucker accepted a call in Portsmouth (Portsmouth Herald, January 24, 1902).

Religious. May 21. – Announced that the Rev. J.T. Clow, Madison, N.H., had accepted call to Sutton [Milton] church (St. Albans Daily Messenger, May 21, 1909).

Rev. John T. Clow of Milton, NH, preached the inaugural sermon at Madison, NH’s Old Home Week celebrations in August 1909.

The first formal opening exercises will take place tomorrow morning at the Baptist church, when Rev John T. Clow of Milton, formerly pastor of the Baptist church at Madison, is to preach the old-home sermon. A special musical program has been arranged by Mrs. Nellie Hubbard, Mrs. George Plummer and Mrs. S.B. Lawrence (Boston Globe, August 22, 1909).

John Clow, a F.B. Church clergyman, aged forty-three years (b. England), headed a Milton (“Milton 3-Ponds”) household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-one years), Mary Clow, aged forty-three years (b. ME), and his daughter, Arobein Clow, aged eighteen years (b. ME). Mary Clow was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

John T. Clow appeared as pastor of Milton’s Free-Will Baptist church, at 4 Church street, in the Milton business directory of 1912.

Farewell Reception. Rev. John T. Clow, who comes to this village from Milton to preside over the local Baptist parish with the beginning of the new year, leaves pleasant associations and many regrets behind in the hearts of his former townspeople and parishioners. This fact took the form of official manifestation on last Saturday evening, the date preceding the pastor’s farewell service on the following day, when the officers and members of the society and many friends of the church gathered at the house of worship at 8 o’clock. Rev. and Mrs. Clow and daughter were summoned to the receiving line in front of the pulpit and for an hour were recipients of the good words of their friends. At the close of the reception, refreshments were served and a musical and literary program presented, followed by complimentary remarks by Rev. Pike of the Congregational church and responded to by Rev. Clow in an impressive and very feeling manner. Before he could leave his audience Mr. Clow was presented with an envelope containing a substantial amount of money as the gift of his parishioners. The good will which was extended Mr. Clow and family by his former parish, certainly will be accorded him in the local field (Farmington News, January 2, 1914).

John T. Clow, a clergyman, aged fifty-three years (b. England), headed a Hollis, ME, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, aged fifty-three years (b. England [SIC]), and his border, Susan Burnham, a widow, aged seventy-six years (b. VT). They shared a rented three-family dwelling with the households of George Holland, a weaver, aged sixty-three years (b. ME), and Ethel E. Potter, boarders, aged forty-three years (b. ME).

NORTH YORK BAPTIST ASSOCIATION MEETS. The seventh annual meeting of the North York United Baptist Association was held Saturday at the Free Baptist church at Springvale. The program started at 9.30 a.m. with a song and devotional service conducted by Rev. Ruth E. Walsh and Rev. John Clow of West Buxton (Portsmouth Herald, May 5, 1924).

John T. Clow died in Strafford, NH, November 26, 1927, aged sixty-one years, one month, twenty-one years. Mary H. Clow died in December 1960.

Obituary. MRS. MARY H. CLOW. STATE AP NEWS. Dover – Mrs. Mary H. Clow, 95, widow of Rev. John T. Clow, died in a Dover nursing home after a long illness. A native of Wiscasset, Me., Mrs. Clow spent most of life assisting her husband at Baptist churches in Maine and northern New Hampshire (Nashua Telegraph, December 20, 1960).

Rev. Adelbert T. Everett – 1915-19

Adelbert Truman Everett was born in the Waggoner Settlement, Nova Scotia, Canada, April 12, 1877, son of Jeremiah S. and Matilda (Tibbetts) Everett. He immigrated to the US with his parents in 1886.

Adjoniram W. White, a milk dealer, aged sixty-six years (b. MA), headed a Braintree, MA, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-three years), Emma P. White, aged forty-nine years (b. NH), his hired men, Sherman Winott, a farm laborer, aged twenty-eight years (b. Canada), and Charles Johnson, a farm laborer, aged sixteen years (b. Sweden), and his boarders, Susie E. Porter, at school, aged eighteen years (b. NH), Emma R. White, at school, aged seventeen years (b. MA), Mary Seraven, a dressmaker, aged forty-seven years (b. VT), and Adelbert E. Everett, a minister, aged twenty-three years (b. Canada). Adjoniram W. White owned their farm, free-and-clear. Emma P. White was the mother of no children.

Rev. Adelbert T. Everett of Savoy, MA, was accused of misconduct on a complaint by Dr. William W. Pascoe, also of Savoy. The case against him caused quite a stir and ruined his pastorate and reputation, but collapsed when it was tested in court. (The principal accuser had been caught by him previously in a theft for which the accusation was a retaliation).

HUMS A HYMN AS HE LEAVES WITNESS STAND. Minister Denies Under Oath Charges Against Him. Practically the entire population of Savoy, including a great many women were in the district court room at  Adams this morning when the case against Rev. Adelbert Everett, the Baptist minister, was called. Dr. William W. Pascoe, the complainant in the case, charges immoral conduct and lewd and lascivious actions. Savoy is all wrought up over the affair which has taken the proportions of a feud. Sectional lines are clearly defined. On one side are the advocates of the minister, on the other the adherents of the doctor. Among the witnesses were four young men, one of whom is a member of the standing committee of the church. The burden of their story was that the pastor’s actions and conversation and suggestions in their company were immoral. Mr. Everett took the stand and made a sweeping denial of the charges. He was the last witness before the noon adjournment. As he left the stand he was humming a hymn. His friends congregated about him at one side of the court room while the friends of Dr. Pascoe gathered about him on the other. The hearing was resumed this afternoon (Berkshire County Eagle, February 27, 1907).

Dr. William W. Pascoe was born in Fogo, Newfoundland, Canada, May 31, 1869. He practiced in Savoy, MA, from 1894 until he relocated his practice to Adams, MA, February 3, 1913. He died there, December 2, 1928.

Rev. Adelbert T. Everett left Savoy, MA, as soon as practicable, and moved to Farmington, NH, where his sister lived. From there he took a pastorate at Gilmanton Iron Works, in Gilmanton, NH.

REV. ADELBERT T. EVERETT DISAPPEARS FROM SAVOY. Sends Household Goods to Charlemont Station Where They Now Are. Rev. Adelbert T. Everett who for some time has been pastor of the Baptist church in Savoy, has left that town and his present whereabouts is unknown. It is not expected that he is to return, however, as he has packed his household goods and sent them to Charlemont, where they are held at the railroad station awaiting orders for shipment. Rev. Mr. Everett sometime ago was the defendant in an unsavory court case and since that time his ministerial labors have been carried on at a disadvantage (North Adams Transcript, February 1, 1908).

REV. ADELBERT EVERETT GOES TO FARMINGTON, N.H. Savoy Minister Reported to Have Mysteriously Vanished Prepared for Departure Long Ago. Far from mysteriously disappearing from his little flock in Savoy, Rev. Adelbert Everett, who was reported to have left his household goods in the Charlemont station and vanished without leaving a trace behind, has gone to Farmington, N.H., taking his property and his family with him. A member of his church was in this city Saturday and he said that there was absolutely no mystery in the departure of Mr. Everett. According to the first plans the minister was to have gone to New Hampshire six weeks ago. Illness of his mother who is living with him prevented his going at that time and he remained, attending to his duties. A week ago Mrs. Everett became well enough to travel and then the minister left Savoy. His property was immediately placed in a car billed for Farmington, N.H. He has a sister living there. It is not expected that he will return to Savoy (North Adams Transcript, February 10, 1908).

The Farmington sister would have been Mrs. Elizabeth H. “Etta” (Everett) Stevens (1853-1914), wife of James E. “Eugene” Stevens (1858-1935). In 1910, she was a shoe factory vamper, and her husband was a shoe factory laster.

FATE ON THE HEELS O’ FORMER SAVOY MINISTER. Lawyer Goes “Way Back” in Search for Evidence. Rev. Adelbert T. Everett, who was pastor of this Baptist church of Savoy up to two years ago and who left the little town for parts unknown shortly after his trouble with a number of the younger members of his congregation had been aired in the Adams police court has been heard from in Gilmanton, N.H., and again he is figuring in court proceedings, the direct outcome of his trouble in Savoy. Allusion to the case was made by The Eagle yesterday. Edward A. Lane, an attorney of Pittsfield, N.H., has been in Berkshire for the past few days looking up Mr. Everett’s history and securing depositions of the various people who were responsible for his leaving Savoy. When Mr. Everett left Savoy, his goods were shipped to Charlemont but no trace of him could be found in that town. He drifted about for a short time and finally located in Gilmanton, N.H., having secured the pastorate of the Free Baptist church of that town. He had been there but a short time when it is said his whereabouts became known to people in Savoy. A letter was sent to Chief of Police Osborn of Gilmanton by one of Mr. Everett’s former parishioners in which it is said, were set forth in no uncertainty the reasons for Mr. Everett leaving Savoy. The charges in the letter being of a very serious nature, Chief Osborn took steps to substantiate them by writing to various people in Savoy. The letter was then circulated among the parishioners of the Free Baptist church with the result that Mr. Everett entered suit against the chief of police for $5000 alleging defamation of character. Chief Osborn employed Attorney Lane as counsel and Mr. Lane has been working on the case ever since. He has visited North Adams and Adams for the purpose of securing evidence to strengthen his case for the defense. Attorney Lane was in Adams yesterday taking the depositions of the ministers who were appointed by the Baptist conference to investigate the charges which bad been made against the minister at the time of the Savoy trouble and of the people of Savoy who testified in the case in the Adams court. It is said that the lawyer went even further back than the Savoy trouble to the time when Mr. Everett was in charge of a small church near Digby, N.S. It is also said that it has been learned that Mr. Everett was never regularly ordained and that in Nova Scotia anyone can preach who had the ability. It is understood that when Mr. Everett went to Gilmanton, he told the people there that the charges which had been preferred against him had never been proved and that when he left Savoy he left “honorably.” Just what the outcome of the suit will be is of course unknown but many of the people in Savoy became so incensed at the minister at the time he was there that they have expressed their willingness to go to Laconia and testify against him if wanted when the case comes up for trial (Berkshire County Eagle, October 23, 1909).

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Adelbert T. Everett (Photo: J. Pettigrew)

Adelbert Truman Everett married in Gonic, Rochester, NH, January 26, 1910, Elsie Mae Glidden, he of Gilmanton and she of Alton, NH. He was a clergyman, aged thirty-two years; she was a schoolteacher, aged twenty-four years. She was born in Alton Bay, Alton, NH, January 28, 1886, daughter of Fred E. and Mary L. (Jones) Glidden.

ALTON. Rev. Everett, pastor of the Free Will Baptist church of Gilmanton Iron Works, was united in marriage on Thursday of last week to Miss Elsie Glidden of Alton Mountain. Mrs. Everett is a graduate of Alton High school and the Plymouth Normal school, a successful teacher very highly respected by all who know her. Friends extend their congratulations and wish Rev. and Mrs. Everett much happiness in their married life (Farmington News, February 4, 1910).

Adelbert T. Everett, a Free Baptist clergyman, aged thirty-three years (b. (Canada (Eng.)), headed a Gilmanton, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of zero years), Elsie M. Everett, aged twenty-four years (b. NH), and his mother, Matilda Everett, a widow, aged seventy-eight years (b. Canada (Eng.)).

Mrs. Matilda (Tibbetts) Everett died in Gilmanton, NH, September 29, 1911, aged seventy-nine years, four months, and twenty-one days. She had been a resident there for four years, having previously lived in Farmington, NH.

Alumni Notes. Rev. Adelbert T. Everett of Gilmanton Iron Works, New Hampshire, special student 1900-1, pastor of the Baptist church, on April 12 was surprised by a call from twenty-six young people, the organized class in the Sunday school, taught by his wife, summoning him to the vestry of the church for the celebration of the anniversary of his birth. During the evening a handsome four-piece silver service was presented to him (American International College, 1913).

A.T. Everett appeared as pastor of Milton’s Free-Will Baptist church, at 31-33 So. Main street, in the Milton business directory of 1917.

Adelbert Truman Everett of Milton, NH, aged forty-one years, registered for the WW I military draft in Milton, September 12, 1918. He was a subject of Great Britain, having been born in Canada, April 12, 1877. He was employed in Milton, NH, by the Free-Will Baptist Society. His nearest relation was Elsie May Everett of Milton, NH. He was of medium height, with a stout build, with blue eyes, and brown hair.

WEST MILTON. In a downpour of rain a little group assembled at Nute chapel last Sunday afternoon to listen to the farewell sermon of Rev. A.T. Everett, who has been the supply pastor in this parish during the past five months. At the close of the service Mrs. Lola Hyland presented Mr. Everett with a salad set, in token of esteem and appreciation of the parishioners here. Mr. Everett very feelingly responded, expressing hearty thanks in behalf of himself and Mrs. Everett, who was unable to be present. Their departure from Milton to the new pastorate in Lynn, Mass., is attended with good wishes of a host of friends to whom they have endeared themselves during their period of faithful service both here and in the village church (Farmington News, October 31, 1919).

Adelbert T. Everett, a church clergyman, aged forty-two years (b. Canada (Eng.)), headed a Lynn, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Elsie M. Everett, aged thirty-two years (b. NH), and his boarder, Murilla Straw, a widow, aged eighty-six years (b. NH). They resided in a mortgaged house at 232 Lynnfield Street.

REV. A.T. EVERETT OF LYNN RESIGNS HIS PASTORATE. LYNN, Aug 29. Rev. Adelbert T. Everett has resigned the pastorate of the Lynnfield Street Baptist Church, his resignation being read at a special meeting of the official board. Rev. and Mrs. Everett are spending their annual vacation at Milton, N.H., and the pastor’s letter of resignation was forwarded to the board. The resignation was accepted with regret and Rev. Lewis Malvern, D.D., was engaged to fill the pulpit until the church can make arrangements for another minister. It is understood that Rev. Mr. Everett and his wife will leave soon for California, where the pastor has a sister, and it was stated that he will take a pastorate in that State. Rev. Mr. Everett preached his first sermon in Lynn, Nov 2, 1919. His early life was devoted to missionary work in Nova Scotia. He is a member of the Milton Lodge of Odd Fellows and of the Knights of Pythias (Boston Globe, August 30, 1921).

Adelbert T. Everett, a market meat cutter, aged fifty-two years (b. Canada), headed a Los Angeles, CA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. He rented his dwelling at 5226 Santa Monica Boulevard, for $20 per month. He did not have a radio set. (Adelbert T. Everett identified himself as a widower).

Meanwhile, Elsie M. Everett, a saleslady of corsets, etc., aged forty-four years (b. NH), headed a Lynn, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. Her household included her roomer, Fred Harriman, a catering truck driver, aged twenty-two years (b. NH), and her boarder, Willard Mudge, an express truck driver, aged twenty-nine years (b. MA). Elsie M. Everett owned their house at 232 Lynnfield Street, which was valued at $8,500. She had a radio set. (Elsie M. Everett identified herself as a widow).

Adelbert T. Everett died in Los Angeles, CA, August 6, 1934. Elsie Mae (Glidden) Everett married (2nd) in Lynn, MA, in 1937, Isaac Willard Mudge (1901-1993). She died in Salem, MA, September 17, 1945.

Rev. James W. Tingley – 1919-20

Tingley, James W - GM1901James William Tingley was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada, May 24, 1852, son of Joshua and Charlotte (Trenholm) Tingley.

James W. Tingley married, circa 1888, Naomi Grace Elliott. She was born in Nova Scotia, Canada, circa 1868.

Rev. James W. Tingley was pastor of the First Baptist church in Middleboro, MA, in 1887-88, and then again in 1890-92.

James W. Tingley, a Baptist clergyman, aged thirty-seven years (b. Nova Scotia), headed a Freeport, Digby, Nova Scotia, household at the time of the 1891 Canadian Census. His household included his wife, Naomi G. Tingley, aged twenty-three years (b. Nova Scotia), and his daughter Helen M. Tingley, aged one year (b. Nova Scotia).

Tingley-Smith. HYDE PARK, June 21. Hiram J. Tingley and Miss Eda L. Smith were married last evening at the home of the bride’s brother, Leslie J. Smith, 34 Everett st., by Rev. Guy C. Lamson, pastor of the First Baptist church, assisted by Rev. James W. Tingley of Berlin, N.H., brother of the groom. Murdock Mcleod of East Dedham was best man and Miss Marsina R. Smith, sister of the bride, the bridesmaid. The bride was attired m white silk muslin with applique trimmings, and carried a cluster of white carnations. The bridesmaid wore white muslin and carried pink carnations. A wedding march was played by Miss Harriet Bentley. The ushers were Miss Marion C. Morse. niece of the groom, and Miss Grace C. Corson. Mr. and Mrs. Tingley will reside at 2 Maple st. and will be at home after July 15 (Boston Globe, June 26, 1896).

Several Hopkinton Baptist Church parishioners paid for Rev. James W. Tingley’s perpetual membership in the General Theological Library, April 15, 1891. James W. Tingley was pastor of the First Baptist Church Hopkinton, MA, in 1893-95, and then again in 1899-190?.

James W Tingley, a clergyman, aged forty years (b. Canada), headed a Hopkinton, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twelve years), Naomi G. Tingley, aged thirty-one years (b. Canada), and his children, Helen M. Tingley, aged ten years (b. Canada), and Harold E. Tingley, aged four years (b. Canada). James W. Tingley rented their house in Hopkinton Village. Naomi G. Tingley was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living.

Rev. James W. Tingley appeared in the Hopkinton, NH, directory of 1904, as pastor of the Free Baptist Church of Hopkinton, with his house on Main street.

James W Tingley, a clergyman, aged fifty-three years (b. Canada), headed a Greenville, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-two years), Naomi G. Tingley, aged forty-two years (b. Canada), and his children, Helen M. Tingley, a public school teacher, aged twenty years (b. Canada), and Harold E. Tingley, aged fourteen years (b. Canada). James W. Tingley rented their house on River Street. Naomi G. Tingley was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living.

Rev. James W. Tingley appeared in the Laconia, NH, directory of 1913, as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Laconia, with his house at 386 Union avenue. Miss Helen M. Tingley appeared also, as a teacher, with her home at 386 Union avenue. The directory of 1916 indicated that both had removed to Boston, MA.

Atlantic Coast. NEW HAMPSHIRE. RETURNING TO THE STATE. Rev. J.W. Tingley becomes the pastor at Milton. Mr. Tingley has held successful pastorates in New Hampshire. His last pastorate was at Weymouth, Mass. (Baptist, February 14, 1920). 

James W. Tingley, a city clergyman, aged sixty-six years (b. Canada), headed a Boston, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Naomi Tingley, aged fifty-seven years (b. Canada), his son, Harold E. Tingley, a general practice dentist, aged twenty-three years (b. Canada), and his sister-in-law, Odessa Elliott, aged sixty-three years (b. Canada).

James W. Tingley died suddenly while conducting church services in Milton, July 11, 1920, aged sixty-eight years, one month, and eighteen days. (See also Milton in the News – 1920).

DEATHS. TINGLEY – In Milton, N.H., the Rev. James W. Tingley, suddenly. Funeral from the home of Dr. L.M. Crosby, 31 Avon st., Wakefield, Mass. Notice of time of funeral later (Boston Post, July 13, 1920).

WEST MILTON. The people of this parish were much shocked and saddened upon hearing of the sudden death of Rev. J.W. Tingley, which occurred Sunday evening while he was conducting service in the Free Baptist church in Milton. He commenced his pastorate there last November, since which time he also has supplied at Nute chapel Sunday afternoons. Those whose privilege it has been to know Mr. Tingley during the brief period of his ministry here will remember him very pleasantly, and in the hour when their hearts are touched with sorrow, they will share the feeling that a good and faithful servant has answered the summons that has bidden him to “enter into the joy of his Lord” (Farmington News, July 16, 1920).

Naomi Tingley, a widow, aged sixty-two years (b. Canada), headed a Boston, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. Her household included her sister, Odessa Elliot, aged seventy-five years (b. Canada). Odessa Elliot owned their two-family dwelling at 62 Hobson Street, which was valued at $6,800. They had a radio set. They shared the dwelling with the household of tenant Frank R. McKenzie, a Hood rubber supervisor, aged thirty-eight years (b. MA), who paid $50 per month.

Naomi Tingley, a widow, aged seventy years (b. Canada) headed a Boston, MA, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. Naomi Tingley owned her house at 62 Hobson Street, which was valued at $6,500.

Naomi G. (Elliot) Tingley died in Boston, MA, November 21, 1963.

DEATHS. TINGLEY – In Brighton, Nov. 21, Naomi (Elliott), of 62 Hobson st., widow of the Rev. James W. Tingley and mother of Helen T. Robinson of Wellesley, and Dr. Harold E. Tingley of Newton Center. Funeral from the Short & Williamson Funeral Home. 173 Brighton av., Allston, on Friday, Nov. 29. at 11:00 a.m. Kindly omit flowers. Memorial contribution! to the Heart Fund greatly appreciated. Interment at Lake Side Cemetery, Wakefield (Boston Globe, November 27, 1963).

Rev. John F. Thurston – 1920-22

John Franklin Thurston was born in Thornton, NH, in 1869, son of Franklin J. “Frank” and Julia A. (Merrill) Thompson.

He married (1st) in Starksboro, VT, May 20, 1903, Ida May Fuller, he of Starksboro, and she of Brattleboro, VT. He was a minister, aged thirty-four years, she was aged thirty-five years. She was born in Waterbury, VT, February 13, 1868, daughter of Ezra B. and Lucy A. (Minet) Fuller. She died in Lincoln, VT, February 21, 1907, aged thirty-nine years, six months, and twenty-five days.

LINCOLN. Mrs. Ida Fuller Thurston, whose death occurred Thursday morning, was a daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. Fuller, a well known Free Baptist clergyman, who preached in Starksboro, Huntington, Waterbury and other places in the Huntington Free Baptist association. She was born February 13, 1S68, in Waterbury, Vermont. She attended and later taught in Green Mountain Seminary and was a graduate of the University of Vermont. She taught in different places and was very successful. In June, 1903, she was married to the Rev. J.F. Thurston then located in Starksboro. Never very strong in the summer of 1904 cancer developed, for which she was operated upon. After a year she seemed to have regained her health. In May, 1905, her husband took charge of the church work in this place and for a year she was a most efficient co-worker with him in all branches of Christian work; She was taken sick last June after which time she was never dressed, a greater part of the time suffering beyond description. During all this time, no word of complaint passed her lips and her friends were always greeted with a smile when able to do so. She wrote letters to the sick, to her Sunday school class and others. She leaves besides her husband, an aged mother, from whom she had never been separated, a sister, Mrs. Wilcox, of Brattleboro. The funeral was held at the Union Church Saturday, the Rev. J.W. Burgin of Lyndonvllle officiating. The bearers were Luther Rhodes, John Benton, Clayton Bicknell and Mahlon Purinton. Music was furnished by Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Butterfield, Mr. and Mrs. Rhodes, Mrs. John Benton organist. Mrs. Thurston’s Sunday school class of young people, the Ladies’ Aid society and Industria in both societies of which she was an officer, attended in a body. Mr. and Mrs. George O’Bryan were present as representatives of the Baptist Church of Starksboro. Beautiful flowers were furnished by the Aid society, Industria, Good Templars and other friends. The remains were taken to Waterbury Center, Sunday and buried by the side of her father, the bearers accompanying the body. (Burlington Free Press (Burlington, VT), February 28, 1907).

John F. Thurston married (2nd) in Wethersfield, NY, June 25, 1908, Sarah J. “Sadie” (Mansell) Neeley, he of Bliss, NY, and she of Wethersfield, NY. He was a clergyman, aged thirty-nine years, and she was a school teacher, aged thirty-nine years. She was born in Pauri, Uttaranchal, India, in May 1859, daughter of Rev. Henry S. and Anne E. (Benschoff) Mansell. (Her first husband, Arthur E. Neeley, had died in Syracuse, NY, January 27, 1899).

ADDISON. TO HEAR NEW PASTOR. Addison. April 30. The new Baptist pastor, the Rev. John F. Thurston, will preach tomorrow morning on “Fidelity and Authority”; Sunday School, 11:45; Christian Endeavor. 6:30; evening subject, “A Good Soldier” (Star-Gazette (Elmira, NY), April 30, 1910).

John F. Thurston, a Baptist minister, aged forty years (b. NH), headed an Addison, NY, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of two years), Sadie Thurston, aged forty years (b. India (American citizen)), and William Fergison Dadier, aged ten years (b. PA). John F. Thurston rented their house on Front Street.

ADDISON. RESIGNS PASTORATE. Addison, Feb. 22. The Rev. John F. Thurston, for the last two years pastor of the Baptist Church, has resigned. He does not say where he expects to go. Last Sunday Mr. Thurston preached in the Baptist Church in Elmira Heights and it is possible that he may be called there (Star-Gazette (Elmira, NY), February 22, 1910).

John F. Thurston, a Baptist minister, aged fifty years (b. NH), headed a Woodstock, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Sarah M. Thurston, a piano teacher, aged fifty years (b. India (American citizen)). John F. Thurston rented their house.

CLASS OF 1904. MISSING LINKS IN THE CHAIN. SARAH M. NEELEY (Thurston). Mrs. Neeley taught in the high school, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 1904-5; Hempstead, Long Island, N.Y., 1905-6; Warsaw, N.Y., 1906-8. Contributor to the Educational Gazette and Northern Christian Advocate. Married Rev. John F. Thurston of Bliss N.Y., June 25, 1908. Last known address Woodstock, N.H. (Syracuse University, 1921).

Atlantic Coast. NEW HAMPSHIRE. REV. J.F. THURSTON of No. Woodstock has accepted the call to the Church in Milton. He will succeed Rev. J.W. Tingley, who died in the pulpit on Sunday evening, July 11 (Baptist, September 18, 1920).

Atlantic Coast. NEW HAMPSHIRE. REV. J.F. THURSTON has become pastor at Milton. Mr. Thurston recently closed his labors at Woodstock (Baptist, September 25, 1920). 

WEST MILTON. Religious services were conducted at Nute chapel at 2 p.m. last Sunday by Rev. Mr. Thurston, pastor of the Baptist church at Milton. It is expected that a service will be held at the same hour next Sunday and it is hoped that a larger congregation may be present (Farmington News, October 16, 1920).

Hampton News. The union meeting Sunday night at seven will be held in the Baptist church. The preacher will be Rev. John Franklin Thurston, who has been heard already by our community with pleasure (Hamptons Union (Hampton, NH), February 23, 1922).

John F. Thurston died at his home in Millville, NJ, July 1, 1923, aged fifty-four years.

J. FRANKLIN THURSTON DIED SUNDAY MORNING. Passed Away at His Home on Bridgeton Pike After a Long Illness – Was a Retired Minister and Member of the First Baptist Church. John Franklin Thurston died at his home on the Bridgeton Pike, Sunday. Mr. Thurston was a minister of the gospel and a member of the First Baptist Church of this city. He came to Millville from New England two years ago in search of a better climate for his health. He bought a property on the Bridgeton pike and conducted a poultry farm. Since coming to Millville his health improved and he had preached on several occasions at various churches in South Jersey. His profession, together with his pleasing personality, won many friends for him and his death will be a marked loss to all who. knew him. A few weeks ago he suffered a relapse and was removed to the Millville Hospital, under the care of Dr. Frank Sheppard. After a minor operation he was taken to his home, where he died, Sunday morning, from an illness which had afflicted him for many years. The deceased was 54 years of age and was born In Woodstock, N.H., April 23, 1869. He was a member of the Odd Fellows and Masonic lodges. towns He had held pastorates in half a dozen towns in New Hampshire and Main. Previous to coming to Millville he was at Milton, N.H., where he was pastor of the First Baptist Church. The funeral services will be held in the First Baptist Church on Thursday, July 5, at 10.30 A.M. The interment will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Friends may call at his late residence Wednesday evening (Millville Daily, July 2, 1923).

VITAL STATISTICS FOR MONTH OF JULY. Deaths. 1 – Rev. John F. Thurston, Bridgeton pike, at Millville hospital, aged 54, cerebral hemorrhage (Millville Daily, August 11, 1923).

Sarah Thurston, a school teacher, ages sixty years (b. India), headed a Millville, NJ, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. She rented her house on East Main Street, for $25 per month.

Sarah J. ((Mansell) Neeley) Thurston died in Millville, NJ, January 10, 1935.

Rev. George H. Chambers – 1923-24

George Henry Chambers was born in Sharon, VT, October 18, 1875, son of Stephen W. and Ellen M. (Aldridge) Chambers.

Henry W. Hastings, a teacher, aged thirty-six years (b. MA), headed a Gill, MA, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of five years), Anna G. Hastings, aged thirty-three years (b. DE), his children, Hellen W. Hastings, aged four years (b. MA), Henry W. Hastings, aged two years (b. MA), his mother-in-law, Martha P. George, a housekeeper, aged sixty-two years (b. NJ), and his boarder, George H. Chambers, at school, aged twenty-four years (b. VT). Anna G. Hastings was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living. The page was headed Mt. Hermon Boys’ School.

George H. Chambers married in Cavendish, VT, December 24, 1902, Olive May Jackson, both of Cavendish. He was a weaver, aged twenty-seven years, and she was aged twenty years. She was born in Mount Holly, VT, circa 1882, daughter of Cyrus H. and Nancy A. (Elliot) Jackson.

George H. Chambers, a congregational clergyman, aged thirty-four years (b. VT), headed a Hardwick, VT, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of seven years), Olive M. Chambers, aged twenty-seven years (b. VT), his children, Ruth M. Chambers, aged five years (b. VT), and Floyd E. Chambers, aged two years (b. NH), and his hired girl, Jennie Barnett, a private family servant, aged twenty-one years (b. VT). Olive M. Chambers was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living. They resided in a rented house on Church Street in East Hardwick.

REPORT OF MINISTERIAL CHANGES FOR 1912. DANVILLE ASSOCIATION. Rev. George H. Chambers. East Hardwick to Smithville, N.Y. (Vermont Baptist State Convention, 1912).

George H. Chambers, a clergyman, aged forty-four years (b. VT), headed a Sutton, VT, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Olive M. Chambers, aged thirty-seven years (b. VT), his children, Ruth N. Chambers, aged fifteen years (b. VT), Floyd E. Chambers, aged twelve years (b. NH), Ruby E. Chambers, aged seven years (b. NY), Clifford J. Chambers, aged two years (b. CT), and Pearl E. Clifford, aged nine months (b. ME). They resided in a rented house.

Atlantic Coast. VERMONT. THE SUTTON CHURCH, Rev. George Chambers, pastor, has recently made an every member canvass, raising enough money so that the salary hereafter will be $1200 and house. The young people recently had a social night and entertainment, given for the purpose of raising money to make improvements on church property, and the men of the church entertained all the ladies of the church and congregation with a chicken pie supper, clearing nearly $100. During the present pastorate thirteen have been received into the church, eight of them by baptism and the others by letter and experience (Northern Baptist Convention, November 20, 1920).

Atlantic Coast. VERMONT. REV. GEORGE H. CHAMBERS, for two years pastor at Sutton, has closed work on that field and removed to Newport Center where he has already begun his labor (Northern Baptist Convention, December 4, 1920).

Atlantic Coast. VERMONT. THE NEWPORT CENTER CHURCH, Rev. George H. Chambers, pastor, has suffered a severe loss through the death of one of the efficient young members, Mrs. E.B. Dickinson. She was one of the singers in the choir, a worker in the Sunday school, and was always present at the services of the church (Baptist, February 26, 1921).

NEWPORT CENTER. Rev. G.H. Chambers and family are leaving town this week to take up work in Maine. Floyd Chambers will remain behind until his school finishes. Miss Ruth Chambers will complete her year as teacher in one of the Westfield schools before joining her folks in South Parsonsfield, Maine (Express and Standard (Newport, VT), May 12, 1922).

NEWPORT CENTER. Rev. G.H. Chambers and family went to South Parsonville, Maine, Saturday where he has a pastorate. Damon Hyde took them by auto. Mr. Hyde also went to Old Orchard (Express and Standard (Newport, VT), May 26, 1922).

Rev. George H. Chambers performed the very first wedding ceremony ever held in Milton’s “new” Baptist church building, although it had been open for more than thirty years. (It replaced the earlier building that had burned in December 1890).

30-YEAR-OLD MILTON, N.H., CHURCH’S FIRST WEDDING. MILTON, N.H., June 26. Miss Gladys M. St. John, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Napoleon St. John, and Elwood M. Dixon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen E. Dixon, were married Sunday morning at the Free Baptist Church here. They are the first to be married in this church, which has been built more than 30 years. Rev G.H. Chambers performed the ceremony and the double ring service was used. The picturesque little church was beautified with flowers and ferns. Miss Stella Wentworth played the wedding march. The bride wore white crepe de chine and carried a bouquet of pink peonies. Miss Enaise St. John, sister of the bride, and Paul J. Dixon, brother of the groom, were the attendants, with little Ruth Dixon as flower girl. The bride is a graduate of the Rochester High School, ’17, and for the past three years has been employed in the office of I.W. Jones & Co. The couple left for an automobile trip through Vermont and New York. They will spend the Summer at Camp Fairview, Milton (Boston Globe, June 26, 1923).

George H. Chambers, a Baptist Church clergyman, aged fifty-four years (b. VT), headed an Ira, VT, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census, His household included his wife, N.O. May Chambers, aged forty-seven years (b. VT), and his children, Ruby E. Chambers, aged seventeen years (b. NY), Clifford J. Chambers, aged twelve years (b. CT), Pearl E. Chambers, aged eleven years (b. ME), and Olive R. Chambers, aged eight years  (b. VT). They resided in a rented house; they did not have a radio set.

Electrically Hatched Duck Lays 9 Oz. Egg. Rev. G.H. Chambers, owner of the electric hatchery, had on display this week an egg laid by one of his white Pekin ducks last Saturday which measured 10 1-2 inches lengthwise around, eight and one-half inches crosswise around, and weighed nearly nine ounces. The duck which laid this unusually large egg was hatched a year ago last April and began to lay in January of this year and with the exception of a few two or three day intervals has continued to lay up to the present time. Mr. Chambers sorts his eggs into five different grades according to weight and has one grade which he calls “Jumbo Eggs,” these weighing from 30-33 ounces per dozen and most of them. having a double yolk. He has recently sold over 1,000 pullets so has only about 700 hens at the present time. From this number of hens he is selling over 100 dozen eggs per week in Brandon and vicinity (Brandon Union (Brandon, VT), August 27, 1937).

George Chambers, a chicken dealer (own farm), aged sixty-four years (b. VT), headed a Brandon, VT, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Olive M. Chambers, aged fifty-eight years (b. VT). They owned their farm, on the Carver Street Extension, which was valued at $9,000. Olive M. Chambers supplied the information.

Rev. G.H. Chambers, Retired Pastor, 80, Feted On Birthday. BRANDON – Rev. George H. Chambers, who retired in 1934 as pastor of the Ira Baptist Church, observed his 80th birthday at his home here Sunday. His twin sister, Mrs. Gertrude Ralph of Warren, was unable to attend the family party. Present with Rev. and Mrs. Chambers were a son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Chambers of Glens Falls, N.Y., a grandson and his family, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Chambers and Brenda, Lawrence and Matthew, also of Glens Falls, and a daughter and her three children, Mrs. Pearl Hayes and Ronald, Richard and David, of Forest Dale (Addison County Independent (Middlebury, VT), September 23, 1955).

George H. Chambers of Brandon, VT, died in Waterbury, VT, January 17, 1961, aged eighty-five years

Obituary. REV. GEORGE H. CHAMBERS. BRANDON – The Rev. George H. Chambers, 85, of Brandon, retired Baptist Minister, died Tuesday. He was born in Sharon, Sept. 18, 1875, son of Stephen and Ellen (Eldridge) Chambers. He leaves his wife, [Olive] May Jackson Chambers of Brandon; two sons, Floyd Chambers of Glens Falls, N.Y., and Clifford Chambers of Bradford; three daughters, Mrs. Ruth Wolfe of New York City, Mrs. Roger Libby of Mountain Home, Idaho, and Mrs. Pearl Hayes of Brandon; and a sister, Mrs. Gertrude Ralph of Waterbury. The Rev. Mr. Chambers was pastor in Baptist churches in New England and New York State for 30 years. He belonged to the Neshobe Grange and St. Paul’s Lodge, F&AM, both of Brandon. The funeral will be conducted Friday at 2 p.m. at the Methodist Church in Brandon by the Rev. Alfred Johnson, pastor of the Baptist Church of Brandon. Entombment will be in Pine Hill Cemetery, Brandon, with burial to be at North Springfield in the spring. Friends may call at his home on Maple St., Brandon, Thursday afternoon and evening (Rutland Daily Herald, January 17, 1961).

Olive M. (Jackson) Chambers died in Brandon, VT, in February 1980, aged ninety-seven years.

Obituary Notices. Olive May Chambers. BRANDON – Olive May (Jackson) Chambers, 97. died Friday at Eden Park Nursing Home in Rutland. Mrs. Chambers was born on May 23, 1882, in Mt. Holly, daughter of Cyrus and Nancie (Elliott) Jackson. She was a former member of the Grange in Brandon and became a member of the King’s Daughters in 1938. She also belonged to the Brandon Baptist Church and had been a resident of Brandon since 1934. She was the widow of the late George Chambers, who died in 1961. Survivors include two daughters, Ruby E. Libby of Caldwell, Idaho, and Pearl E. Hayes of Brandon; two sons, Floyd E. Chambers of Glens Falls, N.Y., and Clifford J. Chambers of Bristol, N.H.; also 10 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and 9 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Monday at 2 p.m. at the Forest Dale Wesleyan Methodist Church. The Rev. Arthur Getz, pastor of the Brandon Baptist Church, will officiate. Entombment will follow the services in the Pine Hill Cemetery in Brandon. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery in North Springfield at a later date. Friends may call at the home of the daughter, Pearl Hayes, in Forest Dale on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon 05733. The Miller and Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon is in charge of arrangements (Rutland Daily Herald, March 1, 1980).

Milton's Two Churches - 1888
The Milton Baptist Church location, to the left on Church Street (now Steeple Street), and the Milton First Congregational Church, to the right at 17 South Main Street (now Dawson Street)

During the pastorate of Congregational Rev. Newell W. Whitman, the Milton Congregational church and the Milton Free-Will Baptist church would amalgamate, merge, or “unite” as the Milton Community Church. The combined group held their meetings in the former Milton Free-Will Baptist church building. It stands today at 7 Steeple Street, then Church Street, at its intersection with what is now School Street but was then an empty field (until construction of the Nute High School and Library (1891) and the Milton Grammar School (1892)).

The combined group used the Congregational church building at 17 South Main street, now Dawson street, as its parish house.

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