Acton & Milton Mills Free-Will Baptist Ministers, 1910-1962

By Muriel Bristol | September 1, 2022


Continued from Acton & Milton Mills Free-Will Baptist Ministers, 1855-1909


At this point we have exhausted the Mitchell-Cony minister list and are left now to compile our own list.

The Acton & Milton Mills Free-Will Baptist ministers described from this period were: James W. Williams, George B. Southwick, Edwin P. Moulton, Harvey E. Whitcomb, Carl R. Bartle, Howard M. Starratt, Frank H. Snell, James W. Currie, H. Leroy Patterson, Joseph B. Bubar, Loring P. Wilkins, and Buell W. Maxfield.

James W. Williams – 1909-1913

James W. Williams was born in Providence, RI, August 23, 1859, son of James F. and Phoebe (Wilmarth) Williams.

James F. Williams, a grocer, aged forty-seven years (b. RI), headed a Providence, RI, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of forty-five years), Phebe A. Williams, aged forty-seven years (b. RI), and his children, James W. Williams, a student, aged twenty years (b. RI), and Charles A. Williams, a clerk in store, aged eighteen years. They resided in a two-family residence at 54 Dexter Street; Albert F. Williams, a grocer, aged thirty-seven years (b. RI), headed the other household.

James W. Williams appeared in the Providence, RI, directory of 1882, as a clerk at 16 Canal street, boarding at 54 Dexter street. (His father, James F. Williams, a grocer at 16 Canal street, with his house at 54 Dexter street).

James W. Williams married in Providence, RI, March 5, 1886, Flora B. (Tillinghast) Williams. She was born in Providence, RI, March 25, 1862, daughter of John G. and Mary E. (Barrett) Tillinghast.

James F. Williams, a grocer, aged sixty-five years (b. RI), headed a Providence, RI, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of forty-five years), Phoebe A. Williams, aged sixty-seven years (b. RI), his son, James W. Williams, a minister, aged thirty-nine years (b. RI), his grandson, Roger Williams, aged seven years (b. RI), his boarder, Cora Fuller, aged twenty-three years (b. CT). James F. Williams owned their house at 98 Dexter Street, with a mortgage. They shared their two-family residence with the household of Charles A. Williams, a grocery clerk, aged thirty-seven years (b. RI). Phoebe A. Williams was the mother of three children, of whom two were still living.

James W. Williams appeared in the Providence, RI, directory of 1901, as a minsiter, boarding at 98 Dexter street. (His father, James F. Williams, a grocer, had his house at 98 Dexter street).

YORK FREE BAPTIST CONFERENCE. The two days’ session of the York county conference of the Free Baptist churches opened in Hollis Wednesday, Rev. John B. Jordan of Saco, president of the conference presiding. The opening sermon was preached by Rev. James W. Williams of Hollis. The devotional service Wednesday afternoon was led by Rev. W.H. Trafton and was followed by an address by B.L. Shah on “A Word from India.” Mrs. S.C.G. Avery made an address and was followed by Miss L.A. DeMerritte of Ocean Park who took for her subject “Our Juniors.” Rev. John B. Jordon of Saco preached Wednesday evening. The closing session of the convention was held Thursday afternoon (Lewiston Sun-Journal (Lewiston, ME), June 2, 1904).

Williams, Rev. James W.J.W. Williams (Milton Mills P.O.) appeared in the Maine Register of 1909, as the Acton F. Bap. minister.

James W. Williams, a clergyman, aged fifty years (b. RI), headed an Acton, ME, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of nine years), Rachel E. Williams, aged forty years (b. RI), his step-children, Ruth S. Richards, aged seventeen (b. RI), and Mervyn E. Richards, aged fifteen years (b. RI), and his children, Phoebe W. Williams, aged seven years (b. PA), and Paul A. Williams, aged six years (b. PA), and Philip W. Williams, aged five years (b. ME). James W. Williams rented their house. Rachel E. Williams was the mother of six children, of whom six were still living.

Jas. W. Williams appeared in the Milton directory of 1912, as the Milton Mills Baptist minister. J.W. Williams (Milton Mills P.O.) appeared in the Maine Register of 1913, as the Acton F. Bap. minister.

Former Maine Woman Centenarian. Milton Mill, N.H., May 9. – “I am not a bit tired, but I am afraid some of the rest of you are.” These were the words of Mrs. Augusta H. Dore to her granddaughters after she had received the congratulations of 300 of her friends and neighbors at a reception at her home in Milton Mills Tuesday in honor of her 100th birthday. The children of the neighborhood public school to the number of 80 marched to her home early in the day to greet her bearing 100 pinks. A shower of letters and cards from all parts of the country was received. Mrs. Dore was the recipient also of three birthday cakes, which with other refreshments, she served to her guests. Late in the afternoon she enjoyed an auto ride and at the close of the day’s observance her pastor, Rev. James W. Williams of the Free Baptist church, spoke words of congratulations and offered prayer. Mrs. Dore was born in Acton, Me., about two miles from her present home, being a near neighbor of Ralph Farnum, the last survivor of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Her maiden name was Fix [Fox]. Seventy-five years ago she married Eliphlet Dore and removed to her present home, close to the State line between Maine and New Hampshire. Her husband died 30 years ago, since which time her only child, James F., cared for her until his death five months ago. A granddaughter has since resided at the home place. Mrs. Dore has each summer done work out of doors in her garden and has been active in the work of the home. All her faculties are acute and she gives but little evidence of her advanced years. For more than 80 years she has been a member of the Free Baptist church in Milton Mills (Kennebec Journal (Augusta, ME), May 14, 1913).

Augusta [(Fox)] Dore died of heart failure in Milton Mills, April 2, 1914, aged one hundred years, ten months, and twenty-seven days. She was the daughter of James and Sally (Thompson) Fox, and widow of Eliphalet P. Dore (1808-1868).

In July 1913, Rev. James W. Williams accepted a call to become pastor at Jackson, NH.

Notes from the Field. Rev. J. Williams, pastor for five years of the Baptist Church, Milton Mills, N.H., has resigned to accept the pastorate of the Jackson Baptist Church (Boston Evening Transcript, July 19, 1913).

[Class of] 1882. James W. Williams, Rev., L.L. B., 82; Clergyman; Supt. Schools, Jackson, N.H. (Columbia, 1916).

James W. Williams died in an accidental railway collision in North Conway, NH, January 5, 1917, aged fifty-seven years, four months, and thirteen days. (See also Milton in the News – 1912).

PASTOR KILLED AS SLEIGH IS HIT BY TRAIN. NORTH CONWAY, N.H., Dec. 4 – (Special to the Express-Advertiser) – Rev. J.W. Williams, 55, was killed instantly at 2.45 and his son Carl, aged 12, was terribly injured when the sleigh in which they were riding was demolished and the horse killed, being struck by a Boston & Maine Mountain Division train, which was backing up from Intervale. The boy was taken to the Memorial Hospital and his life is despaired of as he is badly hurt about the head, bones were broken, and it is believed that he is injured internally. Mr. Williams had preached in Jackson several years and is survived his widow and three children (Portland Evening Express (Portland, ME), January 5, 1917).

The Providence Journal says: Mr. Williams’ wife and daughter are in Providence visiting Mr. Williams brother. Rev. Mr. Williams was lineal descendant of Roger Williams and had been pastor of the Free Baptist church in Jackson three years. Rev. James W. Williams was well known in this city because of his visits here in recent years as well as through his residence here about 20 years ago when he practiced law in this city. Mrs. Williams was visiting at the home of her husband’s brother, Charles A. Williams of 98 Dexter street, with her daughter and they left late last night for the scene of the tragedy. Rev. Mr. Williams’ older son Roger attended the local schools and was graduated from Brown University in the class of 1914. He is a chemist and has made his home here with his uncle on Dexter street. Rev. Mr. Williams, after leaving Providence, went to New Hampshire and had several churches, finally locating in Jackson (Fall River Globe (Fall River, MA), January 6, 1917).

Roger Williams suffered the loss of his father, Rev. James W. Williams, and his 11-year-old brother, Philip W., in a grade crossing accident at North Conway, N.H., January 6. The two were in a sleigh and were struck by a train during a blinding snow-storm (Brown Alumni Monthly, February 1917).

George E. Tillinghast, a widower, aged eighty-three years (b. RI), headed a Providence, RI, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his daughter, Flora B. William, a widow, aged fifty-six years (b. RI), and his granddaughter, Hope T. William, a real estate stenographer, aged thirty years (b. RI). George E. Tillinghast rented their house at 31 Almy street.

Flora B. Williams, widow of James W. Williams, appeared in the Providence, RI, directory of 1922, as residing at 31 Almy street.

John G. Tillinghast, aged ninety-two years (b. RI), headed a Providence, RI, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his daughter, Flora B. Williams, a widow, aged sixty-four years (b. RI), and his granddaughter, Hope T. Williams, a real estate stenographer, aged forty years (b. RI). John G. Tillinghast rented their house at 329 New York Avenue, for $40 per month. They had a radio set.

Flora Williams, a widow, aged seventy-eight years (b. RI), was one of four patients at a convalescent home at 173 Porter Street in Providence, RI, at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census.

Flora B. (Tillinghast) Williams died in Providence, RI, May 12, 1947.

George B. Southwick – 1914-1917

George Barnet Southwick was born in Humphrey, NY, March 22, 1863, son of Barnet and Clara A. (Chapman) Southwick.

George B. Southwick graduated from the Cobb Divinity School at Bates College with its Class of 1890.

Class of 1890. George Barnett Southwick. b. 22 Mar 1863, Humphrey, N.Y. Son of Barnet and Clara A. (Chapman) Southwick. Pastor, E. Warsaw, N.Y., 1890-92; Cherry Creek, N.Y., 1892-94; Kingfield, Me., 1894-01; Littleton, N.H., 1901-03; Franconia, N.H., 1903-06; Dale, N.Y., 1906-12; Madison, Me., 1912-14; Acton, Me., and Milton Mills, N.H., 1914. Res. Milton Mills, N.H. (Bates College, 1915).

WYOMING. Rev. George Southwick has been tendered and accepted a call as pastor of the Free Will Baptist Church at East Warsaw for the ensuing year (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, NY), March 12, 1890).

George B. Southwick married (1st), circa 1891, Ella Louisa Cook. She was born in Thetford, VT, March 2, 1865, daughter of James A. and Elizabeth H. (Stevens) Cook.

Ella L. (Cook) Southwick died of typhoid fever in Kingfield, ME, October 28, 1898, aged thirty-three years, seven months, and six days.

George B. Southwick, a clergyman, aged thirty-seven years (b. NY), headed a Kingfield, ME, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his children, Marion Southwick, aged seven years (b. NY), and Louis E. Southwick, aged two years (b. ME), and his mother, Clara A. [(Chapman)] Southwick, a widow, aged fifty-four years (b. NY).

George B. Southwick married (2nd) in Cherry Creek, NY, January 15, 1901, Flora Louise Weaver. She was born in NY, in 1871, daughter of Andrew J. and Cynthia (Akeley) Weaver.

George B. Southwick, a clergyman, aged forty-seven years (b. NY), headed a Middlebury, NY, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of nine years), Flora L. Southwick, aged thirty-nine years (b. NY), and his children, Marion Southwick, aged seventeen years (b. NY), Lois A.E. Southwick, aged twelve years (b. ME), and Ruth A. Southwick, aged four years (b. NH). George B. Southwick rented their house. Flora L. Southwick was the mother of two children, of whom one was still living.

Skowhegan, Me., Pastor Leaving. SKOWHEGAN, Me. Dec. 23. – Rev. George B. Southwick has resigned his pastorate of the Madison Free Baptist Church, to take effect Jan. 1, having accepted a pastorate in Milton, N.H. He has been pastor of the Madison Church for about three years, and under his leadership the church edifice has been extensively remodeled and cleared from debt. Mr. Southwick came to Madison from Dale, N.Y. He was a member of the class of 1890 of Cobb Divinity School of Bates College (Boston Globe, December 24, 1913).

MADISON. Rev. and Mrs. G.B. Southwick left town Saturday morning for Milton Mills, N.H., where Mr. Southwick has accepted a call to the Free Baptist church in that place. Mr. Southwick has been pastor of the Free Baptist church in this place. Their many friends here deeply regret their departure (Waterville Morning Sentinel (Waterville, ME), January 6, 1914).

G.B. Southwick (Milton Mills P.O.) appeared in the Maine Registers of 1914 and 1916, as the Acton F. Bap. minister.

Geo. B. Southwick appeared in the Milton directory of 1917, as the Milton Mills Baptist minister.

SUTTON. There will be services at the church May 6, when Rev. Mr. Southwick of Milton Mills, N.H., will preach as a candidate (Vermont Union-Journal (Lyndonville, VT), April 25, 1917).

George B. Southwick, a Baptist Church clergyman, aged fifty-six years (b. NY), headed an Epsom, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Flora W. Southwick, aged forty-eight years (b. NY), and his daughter, Ruth A. Southwick, aged fourteen years (b. NH). George B. Southwick rented their house on the Turnpike.

George B. Southwick died in Lewiston, ME, December 29, 1923, aged sixty years, nine months.

OBITUARY. George B. Southwick. The death of Rev. George B. Southwick at his home, 36 College street, Lewiston, on Saturday evening comes as a great shock to his associates for he died very suddenly. Altho in Lewiston only a few years, coming here from Epsom, N.H., he had many friends. He conducted the services at the Sabatis and South Monmouth churches each Sunday and thru the week worked as a carpenter being considered efficient in his trade. Mr. Southwick was born in Humphrey N.Y., on March 22, 1863. He graduated from the Cobb Divinity School, Bates College in 1890. He first had the pastorate of the church at East Warsaw, N.Y., and has held many other important ones since that time. He leaves other than his wife: three daughters, a brother of Salamanca, Penn., and a sister in New York (Lewiston Sun-Journal (Lewiston, ME), January 2, 1924).

Flora [(Weaver)] Southwick, a homemaker, aged fifty-nine years (b. NY), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. Her household included her daughter, Ruth Southwick, a high school teacher, aged twenty-three years (b. NH), her boarders, Marjorie Goodwin, a high school teacher, aged twenty-six years (b. ME), and Doris Clifford, a high school teacher, aged twenty-one years (b. ME), and her lodgers Frank H. Tuttle, a fibre mill laborer, aged sixty-three years (b. NH), and Frank S. Tuttle, a fibre mill laborer, aged eighteen years (b. NH). Flora Southwick rented their house on South Main Street, for $25 per month. They had a radio set.

Cherry Creek. Mrs. Flora Weaver Southwick of Townsend, Mass., arrived Saturday night to visit relatives in this vicinity. Mrs. Southwick was formerly Flora Weaver, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Weaver of Maple Hill (Dunkirk Daily Observer (Dunkirk, NY), July 20, 1937).

Franklin Morrison, wet machine, leatherboard co., aged thirty years (b. NH), headed a Townsend, MA, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Ruth [(Southwick)] Morrison, aged thirty-four years (b. NH), and his mother-in-law, Flora [(Weaver)] Southwick, aged sixty-nine years (b. NY). Franklin Morrison rented their house, for $16 per month.

Franklin E. Morrison, a school janitor, aged forty years (b. NH), headed a Townsend, MA, household at the time of the Seventeenth (1950) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Ruth S. [(Southwick)] Morrison, a teacher, aged forty-four years (b. NH), and his mother-in-law, Flora W. [(Weaver)] Southwick, aged seventy-nine years (b. NY). They resided at 196 Brookline Street.

Daughter Ruth (Southwick) Morrison died in Franconia, NH, February 1, 1962, aged sixty-six years.

Madison News Brevities. Woman Dies. Mrs. Ruth Southwick Morrison, 66, died February 6 at Franconia, N.H. Her father was the Rev. George B. Southwick, a former pastor of the Madison Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, Franklin Morrison; her mother, Mrs. Flora Southwick, 90; two sisters, Mrs. Lois Tilton of Deerfield, N.H., and Mrs. Marion Bryant of Farmington [ME] (Bangor Daily News (Bangor, ME), February 23, 1962). 

Flora L. Southwick died in Cherry Creek, NY, October 18, 1964, aged ninety-three years.

Madison Brevities. Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Flora Southwick. Her husband, the late Rev. George Southwick, was a pastor at one time of the United Baptist Church in Madison [ME] and his daughter is Mrs. Marion Bryant of Farmington [ME] (Bangor Daily News (Bangor, ME), November 4, 1964).

Edwin P. Moulton – 1917-1921

Edwin P. Moulton was born in Corinth, VT, October 11, 1848, son of Eli and Louisa (Moulton) Moulton.

MOULTON. Edwin P. Moulton, son of Eli, b. in Corinth, Vt., Oct. 11, 1848, m. in 1872, Mary Ella Foss. He was educated in the common schools, Laconia Academy, New Hampton Institution, and Green Mountain (Vt.) Seminary. He pursued a private course of theological study, and was ordained a Free Baptist minister in L. [Laconia], June 7, 1874. He has been located in the ministry as follows L. [Laconia], May 1874, to Feb. 1876; Alton, Feb. 1876, to Dec. 1879; Rochester, Dec. 1879, to May 1885; Pittsfield, May 1885, to Nov. 1888; Somerville Mass., Nov. 1888, to 1898; and now [1905] at Nashua. Delegate to General Conference, Marion, Ohio, 1886, and Lowell, 1892. Supt. of Schools, Alton, two years I.O.O.F. Two ch. d. in infancy (Jackson, 1905). 

Edwin P. Moulton married in Gilford, NH, August 22, 1872, Mary E. Foss, he of Laconia, NH, and she of Tilton, NH. He was a clergyman, aged twenty-three years, and she was aged twenty years. Rev. A.D. Smith performed the ceremony. She was born in Sanbornton, NH, circa 1852, son of Loran and Mary Ann (Mason) Foss.

Rev. Edwin P. Moulton, a clergyman, aged thirty-one years (b. VT), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. his household included his wife, Mary E. [(Foss)] Moulton, keeping house, aged twenty-seven years (b. NH), his daughter, Gracie Moulton, aged three months (b. NH (March)), and his mother, Loisa Moulton, a widow, aged seventy years (b. VT). They resided on Myrtle Street.

Rev. Edwin P. Moulton appeared in the Somerville, MA, directories of 1890-91, and 1892, as pastor of the Broadway F.B. church, with his house at 12 Lincoln street.

Edwin P. Moulton, a M. Epis. Church pastor, aged fifty-one years (b. VT), headed a Nashua, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-seven years), Mary E. [(Foss)] Moulton, aged forty-seven years (b. NH). Edwin P. Moulton rented their house at 2 Spring Street. Mary E. Moulton was the mother of two children, of whom none were still living.

TIVERTON. Rev. Edwin P. Moulton of the Stone church, Tiverton, has accepted a call to the Welsh Avenue Free Baptist church, Brockton, Mass., and will commence his labors there the first Sunday in April (Fall River Globe (Fall River, MA), January 24, 1903).

Edwin P. Moulton of Brockton, MA, received a NH commission, August 8, 1907, to perform marriages in other states, i.e., to perform them in New Hampshire.

Moulton, Edwin P. - 1905Edward P. Moulton, a Free Baptist Church minister, aged sixty-one years (b. VT), headed a Kittery, ME, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-seven years), Mary E. [(Foss)] Moulton, aged fifty-seven years (b. NH). He did not rent their house on Foyes Lane. (Perhaps it was a parsonage). Mary E. Moulton was the mother of two children, of whom none were still living.

Edwin P. Moulton of Acton, ME, received a NH commission, September 17, 1917, to perform marriages in other states, i.e., to perform them in New Hampshire.

Edwin P. Moulton appeared in the Portsmouth, NH, directory of 1912, as pastor of the Free-Will Baptist church, with his house at 163 Melbourne street.

S.P. Moulton (Milton Mills P.O.) appeared in the Maine Register of 1918, 1920. and 1921, as the Acton F. Bap. minister.

Edwin P. Moulton, a church pastor, aged seventy-one years (b. VT), headed an Acton, ME, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Mary E. [(Foss)] Moulton, aged sixty-seven years (b. VT). Edwin P. Moulton rented their farm on the Lebanon Road.

Mary E. (Foss) Moulton died of chronic parenchymatous nephritis at 112 Central Street in Farmington, NH, July 7, 1929, aged seventy-six years, eleven months, and twenty-seven days. She had resided in Farmington, NH, for seven years, i.e., since circa 1921-22, with her having resided previously in Waterboro, ME.

Fred A. Giles, a lumber & boxes mill man, aged seventy-one years (b. NH), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Emma I. Giles, aged sixty-six years (b. NH), and his boarder, Rev. Edward P. Moulton, a widower, aged ninety-one [eighty-one] years (b. VT). Fred A. Giles owned their house at 45 Glen Street, which was valued at $2,500. They did not have a radio set.

LOCAL. Rev. Edwin P. Moulton who has been in very ill health at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Giles for several months, sustained a slight shock last Sunday from which he appears to be slowly rallying (Farmington News, March 6, 1931).

Edwin P. Moulton died of cardio-renal vascular disease on Glen Street in Farmington, NH, March 11, 1931, aged eighty-two years, five months. He had resided in Farmington, NH, for eight years, i.e., since circa 1922-23, with his having resided previously in Waterboro, ME.

IN MEMORIAM. Rev. Edwin P. Moulton. Death came to reward the patient and faithful life of Rev. Edwin Preston Moulton, which closed, after a long period of suffering at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Giles of Glen street, on Wednesday evening of last week. Many months of steadily falling health shattered the great physique and subdued the reason of one of the most energetic clergymen who has risen in the Baptist denomination of New England in a long time. The deceased attained his 82nd birthday on the eleventh day of last October and until the death of his wife about a year and a half ago he was regarded as one of the most remarkable men and ministers in New Hampshire. He was a native of Vermont, the last survivor in a family of three children who inherited indomitable courage and brilliancy from a line age of pioneer ancestry. At the age of 23 years, he entered the ministry, and it may be truly said of this man that God ordained him for his calling. With wonderful contour He endowed him with a superb voice that inspired choirs and thrilled congregations. He taught the Gospel in small hamlets and in large cities he consecrated his life and his resources to the work of his Master and most richly did he deserve the blessed benediction “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” Among the greatest monuments of his career was a ten years pastorate of the First Baptist church in Somerville, Mass., the founding of the True Memorial church in Rochester, and the enlargement of the church in Pittsfield. While these pillars are among the tangible things that will ever point to achievement in the hearts of men and women, he set up greater altars, for he was an evangel of recognized worth. In the denomination he was a member of the Ocean Park Baptist association for over fifty years and was heard at every summer convention of this body until 1930. For many years he was a member of Suncook Lodge, No. 10, I.O.O.F., of Pittsfield. He was pastor of the Farmington Baptist church for two years and subsequently removed to Milton Mills, and after to Waterboro, Maine, from whence he returned to Farmington and having purchased a home on Central street sought retirement but he was privileged to enjoy only a short time before the death of Mrs. Moulton. Shortly afterward he went to live with Mr. and Mrs. Giles and by these good people he was cared for most tenderly until the end. Funeral services were held at the Baptist church Saturday afternoon at 1.30, with Rev. Albert Kenyon, pastor of the Baptist church at Arlington, R.I., and president of the Ocean Park Baptist association, officiating. In the work of the Baptist denomination in New England for many years Rev. Kenyon was closely associated with the deceased both as a clergyman and a personal friend. Rev. Kenyon was assisted by the present pastor of the church, Rev. Emery L. Wallace, and Rev. Chester Doe of Northwood. Following is a list of the flowers, Spray mixed pinks, Suncook Lodge, No. 10, I.O.O.F.; spray pinks, Farmington Baptist church; spray roses and pinks, True Memorial church of Rochester; spray mixed pinks, Mrs. Foss, Mrs. Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Clark, Mr. and Mrs. Bald, Laconia; spray jonquils and pinks, Miss Alice M. Chase and Miss Alice M. Hoyt, Portsmouth; spray Jonquils and pinks, Alonzo S. Brooks; spray mixed pinks, Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Giles and Miss Pearl Giles (Farmington News, March 20, 1931).

CARD of THANKS. We wish to acknowledge the many kind attentions that so assisted us during the illness of Rev. E.P. Moulton and to express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all neighbors and friends whose comforting expressions of sympathy sustain us in this hour of affliction. Especially do we wish to acknowledge the beautiful floral offerings, including the Farmington Baptist church, the True Memorial church of Rochester and Suncook Lodge, I.O.O.F., of Pittsfield, also those who furnished cars for conveyance, and the members of Woodbine Lodge, I.O.O.F., who served as bearers at the funeral. Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Giles (Farmington News, March 20, 1931).

H.E. Whitcomb – 1921-1924

Harvey Edwin Whitcomb was born in St. Johnsbury, VT, July 9, 1865, son of Truman and Ella (Kittredge) Whitcomb.

Harvey E. Whitcomb married in Cambridge, VT, October 31, 1891, Alice L. Eaton, he of Cambridge, VT, and she of Hyde Park, VT. He was a carpenter, aged twenty-five years, and she was aged twenty-two years. Rev. Perrin B. Fisk performed the ceremony. She was born in Warren, VT, circa 1871, daughter of Melville and Lucy (Wilson) Eaton.

Morrisville. Harvey E. Whitcomb of Cambridge and Miss Alice Eton of Hyde Park were married by Rev. P.B. Fisk at his residence last Saturday evening (St. Johnsbury Republican (St. Johnsbury, VT), November 5, 1891).

Morrisville Liquor Agency Again. Two more prosecutions have followed false representations in buying liquor at the town agency. In both these cases the agent used all due caution, but was lied to. Harvey E. Whitcomb, a young man who never drinks himself, bought liquor there, claiming it for sickness in his family, but in reality bought it to furnish another party who wanted it and used it for other than medicinal purposes. Whitcomb was prosecuted and his fine and cost amounted to $24.98, on two counts for misrepresentation at the agency and furnishing which was paid. The second case was a more dramatic one in its results. One Edward Shiner, said to be a resident of Jericho, put up a bluff of being sick, bought some liquor and proceeded to get outside with it. When an attempt was made to take him he fought the crowd, and made a desperate stand for some time before he submitted, was handcuffed, tied with ropes and laid on his back in an express wagon to be taken to the county jail in Hyde Park. It took six or eight good men to do the job. He was fined $31.22 on two accounts; procuring liquor at the agency on false representation and a plain drunk. He was not taken for resisting an officer, as it had been expected be might be (St. Johnsbury Republican (St. Johnsbury, VT), March 30, 1898).

Whitcom & Eaton Patent - 1898Harvey E. Whitcomb and Melville B. Eaton, of Morrisville, VT, filed for a U.S. patent on their acetylene gas generator, December 9, 1898. (Patent No. 649,560, Serial No. 698,793) (U.S. Patent Office, 1900).

Harvey E. Whitcomb, a carpenter, aged thirty-four years (b. VT), headed a Morristown (“Morrisville P.O.”), VT, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of eight years), Alice E. Whitcomb, aged thirty years (b. VT), and his children, Lucy E. Whitcomb, at school, aged seven years (b. VT), and Grace H. Whitcomb, at school, aged five years (b. VT). Harvey E. Whitcomb owned their house on Cherry Street, with a mortgage. Alice E. Whitcomb was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living.

Harvey E. Whitcomb, a house and barn contractor, aged forty-four years (b. VT), headed a Somerville, MA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of eighteen years), Alice E. Whitcomb, aged forty years (b. VT), and his children, Lucy E. Whitcomb, aged seventeen years (b. VT), and Grace H. Whitcomb, aged fifteen years (b. VT). Harvey E. Whitcomb rented their house at 62 Highland Avenue. Alice E. Whitcomb was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living.

Harvey E. Whitcomb, an Ordnance Dept. auditor, aged fifty-four years (b. Canada (American citizen)), headed a Laurel, MD, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Alice E. Whitcomb, aged fifty years (b. VT), and his daughter, Lucy E. Whitcomb, a field director for Services, aged twenty-six years (b. MA). Harvey E. Whitcomb rented their house on Washington Avenue.

NEW HAMPSHIRE. THE NEW PASTOR AT MILTON MILLS, Rev. H.E. Whitcomb, recently baptized seven. This event has given a new impetus to the church life here (The Baptist, August 13, 1921).

H.E. Whitcomb appeared in the Milton directory of 1922, as the Milton Mills Baptist minister.

REV. MR. WHITCOMB GOES TO HYDE PARK CHURCH. STOUGHTON, June 14. Rev. Harvey E. Whitcomb of 1335 Central st. has received a unanimous call to the First Baptist Church of Hyde Park to become associate pastor of that church. The call was the result of a meeting of the church last Friday Evening and was accepted by Rev. Mr. Whitcomb on receiving the news of the action of the meeting. He entered upon his duties Sunday morning. The pastor is Rev. Chellia Velle Smith, of whom Mr. Whitcomb is a great admirer. Rev. Mr. Whitcomb for the most part will work with the young people of the parish and with the brotherhood, which has a membership. Rev. Mr. Whitcomb has lived in Stoughton the past three years, has supplied the pulpit in Hyde Park, has talked to the brotherhood on several occasions, and has preached in the various Protestant churches of Stoughton and other places in this section. He will continue to live in Stoughton (Boston Globe, June 14, 1926).

Harvey Whitcomb, a Baptist clergyman, aged sixty-four years (b. VT), headed a Stoughton, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-eight years), Alice E. Whitcomb, aged sixty years (b. VT), his daughter, Lucy Macdonald, a tea room proprietor, aged thirty-seven years (b. VT), and his lodger, John T. Macdonald, a gas station proprietor, aged thirty-five years (b. MA). Harvey Whitcomb owned their household on Central Street, which was valued at $8,500. They owned a radio set.

JEFFERSONVILLE. Mrs. M.S. Hawley left Sunday for a three weeks’ visit with her brother, the Rev. H.E. Whitcomb at Stoughton, Mass., and with her sisters at Manchester and Haverhill, N.H. (Burlington Free Press (Burlington, VT), August 7, 1939).

FORMER MORRISVILLE RESIDENTS CELEBRATE 58th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY. The Rev. and Mrs. Harvey E. Whitcomb, former residents of Morrisville for many years, celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary on Monday, Oct. 31. Mr. and Mrs. Whitcomb were married by the Rev. Perrin B. Fisk on Oct. 31, 1891. Mrs. Whitcomb was Alice L. Eaton, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. M.B. Eaton. They have two daughters, Mrs. Lucy E. Macdonald and Mrs. Grace H. Bacon; four granddaughters and one grandson; also seven great-grandchildren. While living in Morrisville, Mr. Whitcomb followed the contracting and building trade, building two houses on Cherry avenue and many other buildings in the village and town, also in Johnson and Cambridge. In 1895 he designed and built the Wheelock house, which is now the Copley Hospital. He received part of his high schooling at Peoples Academy and the Morrisville graded school, and his training for the ministry in Maryland. In World War I he was a government auditor of building construction. While in this work he served as supply pastor of a Baptist Church in Savage, Md., and later of one in Washington Heights, D.C. He received his training for the ministry in Maryland, and was ordained in 1921. He then went to Milton Mills, N.H., where he resigned after four years to go to Stoughton, Mass., where he served the church in North Stoughton for eight years, resigning because of ill health and failing eyesight. He was 84 years old last July (Morrisville News & Citizen (Morrisville, VT), November 3, 1949).

Harvey E. Whitcomb died in Stoughton, MA, October 30, 1950.

HARVEY E. WHITCOMB DIES IN STOUGHTON, MASS. A message was received by Ben E. Eaton of Morrisville Monday night announcing the death of his brother-in-law, Harvey E. Whitcomb, of Stoughton, Mass. Mr. Whitcomb was born in Cambridge, July 9, 1864. He married Alice Eaton of Hyde Park Oct. 31, 1891. He is survived in his immediate family by two daughters, Mrs. Lucy McDonald and Mrs. Grace Bacon, and also by several grandchildren. The deceased was an architect and builder and built several houses in Morrisville, one being the summer home of Mr. Wheelock of Dorchester, Mass., which building is the Copley Hospital, and several houses on Cherry street. Mr. Whitcomb died in Stoughton on Oct. 30 at 5:30 p.m., and the funeral was held at Lowes Funeral Home Thursday at 2 :00 p.m. (Morrisville News & Citizen (Morrisville, VT), November 2, 1950).

Carl R. Bartle – 1925-1928

Carle Raymond Bartle was born in Preston, NY, June 23, 1902, son of Chester U. and Julia E. (Eelles) Bartle.

BAPTIST CHURCH NOTES. This Friday C.R. Bartle will be ordained to the gospel ministry in the Baptist church at Milton Mills. Our pastor and Deacons Carter and Giles will represent this church at the ordaining council, and other members are expected to attend the public meeting in the evening (Farmington News, November 26, 1925).

Harry E. Wentworth ran the Acton & Milton Mills Freewill Baptist Church Sunday School in 1925.

MIDDLETON. Memorial exercises were held Sunday afternoon, May 30, in Grange hall at Union, in charge of the Union Woman’s club and Reunion Grange. A very fine program was given by the school children of Middleton and Union, under the direction of their teachers. An interesting address was given by Rev. Carl Bartle of Milton Mills, also very pleasing remarks were given by the president of the Woman’s club, Mrs. Arthur Moulton, and the master of Reunion Grange, Winburn Dudley. We were honored and proud to have with us one of our Grand Army men, George Bickford, and one of our American Legion boys, Winburn Dudley. After the exercises, the children were carried in autos to the two cemeteries, where the graves were decorated. Nearer My God to Thee and Taps were played by B.W. Mooney, past master of Reunion Grange. We missed the faces of those who have passed to the Great Beyond and were sorry Edward Hamlin was not with us – another of our Grand Army men who was not able to come to the hall. Let us not forget this day and each year let us set aside a time to follow out these exercises (Farmington News, June 4, 1926).

PASTOR IN MILTON MILLS ACCEPTS WHITMAN CALL. WHITMAN, Sept. 2 – Rev. Carl R. Bartle of Milton Mills, N.H., today accepted the call recently extended him by the First Baptist Church here and will assume his pastoral duties the last of the month. Rev. Mr. Bartle is a graduate of the Gordon Bible School of the class of 1924 and received the degree of bachelor of theology. He returned the next year for graduate work. He was for a time pastor of the Woodville Chapel of Wakefield and the Hill Memorial Church of Allston. He has been pastor for the past three years at the Milton Mills Free Baptist Church at Milton Mills, N.H. (Boston Globe, September 3, 1928).

Carl R. Bartle married in Farmington, NH, September 25, 1928, Dora E. Austin, he of Milton Mills and she of Farmington, NH. He was a clergyman, aged twenty-six years, and she was at home, aged thirty-two years. Rev. Arthur Jefferies performed the ceremony. She was born in Somerset, MA, January 1, 1896, daughter of Ulysses E. and Mary L. (Fogg) Austin.

Carl R. Bartle, a Baptist minister, aged twenty-seven years (b. NY), headed a Whitman, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of one year), Dora E. Bartle, aged thirty-three years (b. MA). Carl R. Bartle rented their house at 670 Washington Street, for $30 per month. They had a radio set.

WEST MILTON. Rev. and Mrs. Carl Bartle spent the past week with the latter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Austin (Farmington News, May 2, 1930).

Carl R. Bartle, a religious clergyman, aged thirty-seven years (b. NY), headed a Whitman, MA, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Dora E. Bartle, aged forty-three years (b. MA). Carl R. Bartle owned their house at 670 Washington Street, which was valued at $5,000.

Carl R. Bartle, aged forty-seven years (b. NY), a church clergyman, aged forty-seven years (b. NY), headed a Winthrop, MA, household at the time of the Seventeenth (1950) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Dora Bartle, aged fifty-three years (b. MA). They resided at 68 Hermon Street.

MILTON. The 125th anniversary of the dedication of the church building of the Acton-Milton Mills Baptist Church, Milton Mills, N.H., will be observed with special recognition services on Sunday, November 14th. Rev. Carl Bartle, of Bradford, New Hampshire, will be the guest speaker at the 11 a.m. morning worship service. The Reverend Mr. Bartle, a former pastor, was ordained by the Church 40 years ago. He pastored in Milton Mills from 1925 through 1928. A public reception will follow the morning service. Interesting historical items will be on display at this time, including early pictures of the church and an old “paid-pew-holder” arrangement. At the 7 p.m. evening service a tape recording given by Pastor Emeritus Buell Maxfield will describe the early history of the Church. The church as a body was founded in 1781, and it is the second free will Baptist church to be established in America. The present church building was dedicated in 1840 (Farmington News, May 10, 1965).

Carl R. Bartle died in Bradford, NH, January 1, 1974. Dora E. (Austin) Bartle died in Concord, NH, April 29, 1979.

Rev. Howard M. Starratt – 1928-30

Howard Manuel Starratt was born in Everett, MA, March 22, 1900, son of Charles and Elizabeth (Case) Starratt.

Howard M. Starratt married in Couer d’Alene, ID, December 22, 1923, Mabel A. Bishop, both of Spokane, WA. Mrs. George Marvin and Eliza Thompson witnessed the ceremony, which was performed by Baptist minister Rev. Fred H. Thompson of Coeur d’Alene. She was born in Clarksburg, MA, February 25, 1901, daughter of Frank E. and Minnie D. (Sanford) Bishop.

POWNAL. Howard M. Starratt, pastor of the Baptist church for a little more than a year, has left for Boston where he will resume his theological studies at Gordon college and serve as pastor of the church at Milton Mills, N.H. Mrs. Starratt will remain about ten days at the home of her parents in Clarksburg before going to the new home which is on the border line between New Hampshire and Maine. Last Friday evening the Christian Endeavor Society tendered them a reception at Rightholme and presented a Sterling silver cream ladle. Saturday afternoon the Pownal center people entertained them at the town hall and presented a gift of money. The Ladies’ Auxiliary of the church in this village gave a check as a parting gift, following the morning worship yesterday, Dr. W.A. Davison of Burlington, Vt., is taking steps toward securing a new pastor for the local church (North Adams Transcript, November 20, 1928).

Pownal. H.M. Starratt, late of this place, now pastor at Milton Mills, N.H., and a student at Gordon college of Theology and Missions writes of attending the recent Gypsy Smith gospel meetings. These were held in Boston Garden, an auditorium seating 20,000 people and hundreds were turned away for lack of room. The evangelist’s spiritual message has moved Boston he writes. Mrs. Starratt writes of a recent visit to a lung specialist in Boston, who after an X-ray examination pronounced her well on the road recovery but cautioned against overexertion for some time to come. course of treatment she has for the past year and a half bids fair to make her entirely well in time. Work in the church at Milton is very encouraging. About 185 persons attended the Easter morning service and about the same number witnessed a pageant in the evening. An illustrated lecture on the Holy Land was given on Monday by Dr. A.D. Kempton of Baptist church, Cambridge, under whom Mr. Starratt worked before coming to Pownal. Both wish to be remembered to all local friends and offer a hearty welcome to any that will visit them at Milton Mills (North Adams, April 12, 1929).

Howard M. Starratt, a Baptist clergyman, aged thirty years (b. MA), headed an Acton, ME, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of seven years), Mabel A. Starratt, aged twenty-nine years (b. MA). Howard M. Starratt rented their house. They had a radio set.

POWNAL Has New Pastorate. Rev. Howard M. Starratt who has been at Milton Mills, N.H., since leaving here two years ago has resigned there to accept the pastorate of the First Baptist church at LaFayette, Indiana, and will begin his duties at once. The church has a membership of three hundred. Mr. Starratt was accompanied on the trip by his brother, Charles, formerly of North Adams. Mrs. Starratt is staying a few weeks at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.E. Bishop of Clarksburg before going to her new home (North Adams Transcript, October 31, 1930).

Montpelier Pastor Called To Sanford. SANFORD, Dec. 19 (Special) – The Rev. Howard M. Starrett, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Montpelier, Vt., was extended a call to succeed the Rev. Ellory G. Dakin of the Sanford Baptist Church at a church meeting Wednesday evening. The Rev. Mr. Starrett is a native ot Everett, Mass., and has served in churches in Milton Mills, N.H., and Lafayette Ind. The Rev. Mr. Daktn resigned to accept a call to a church pn New Britain, Conn. (PortlandEvening Express (Portland, ME), December 19, 1935).

Rev. Howard M. Starratt, a church minister, aged forty years (b. MA), headed a Sanford, ME, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Mabel A. Starratt, a church worker, aged thirty-nine years (b. MA), his daughter, Nancy E. Starratt, aged five years (b. IN), and his lodger, Ethel Walker, aged fifty-five years (b. NH). They resided at 1 Kimball Street. They had resided in Montpelier, VT, in 1935, except their lodger, who had resided then in the “same place,” i.e., Sanford, ME.

Rev. Howard M. Starratt died in Clarksburg, MA, November 10, 1965, aged sixty-five years.

Rev. H.M. Starratt Stricken at Drury. The Rev. Howard M. Starratt of River Rd., Clarksburg, was stricken ill this morning at Drury High School where he is member of the English department faculty. Mr. Starratt, who serves as pastor of the Blackinton Union Church, went to the high school office shortly before 10 a.m., saying he was ill and was leaving for home. He then became very ill and Dr. Maurice G. Spitzer answered an emergency call to the school and ordered Mr. Starratt taken to the hospital in the Mohawk ambulance (North Adams Transcript, November 10, 1965).

Area Obituaries. Rev. HOWARD M. STARRATT. CLARKSBURG, Mass. The Rev. Howard Manuel Starratt, 65, of River Road, pastor of the Blackinton Union Church of North Adams and Hancock Baptist Church, who served his first pastorate at the Pownal Baptist Church, died Wednesday at North Adams Hospital. Mr. Starratt had been stricken Wednesday morning at Drury High School in North Adams, where he was a member of the English department faculty. Death was attributed to a stroke. Mr. Starratt, whose wife, the former Mabel, Bishop of Clarksburg, is an ordained minister and teacher, was born in Everett, son of the late Charles and Elizabeth (Case) Starratt. He was graduated from Mt. Hermon School and received the bachelor of theology degree from Gordon College. He held his M.A. degree from the University of New Hampshire and did graduate study toward his doctorate at Columbia, Boston University and the University of Vermont. His pastorates besides Vermont had included Maine, New Hampshire and Indiana. He was Protestant chaplain at the Monroe Forestry Camp, and had served as chaplain to the Vermont Senate. He was named a teacher at the Berlin, N.Y. Central School in 1955, and in 1956, was appointed to the Lanesboro School. He became a member of Drury faculty in 1957 and had served as pastor of the Blackinton church since 1959. Survivors besides his wife are two daughters, Mrs. Angelo E. Lorenzo of Buffalo, N.Y., and Miss Ruth Starratt of Amherst; three brothers, John H. of Cambridge, Charles F. of Mattapan and George H. Starratt of New York City; four sisters, Mrs. Ethel Smedberg of Spokane, Wash.; Mrs. Marion Browne of Cambridge, Miss Helen Starratt of Swampscott and Mrs. Florence Stone of Lynn; three grandchildren. The funeral will be held at the Blackinton Union Church Saturday at 2 p.m. Calling hours at the Simmons Funeral Home in North Adams are from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (North Adams Transcript, November 12, 1965). 

Mabel A. (Bishop) Starratt died in Pownal, VT, September 7, 1995.

Frank H. Snell – 1931-1937

Frank H. Snell was born in Fall River, MA, April 3, 1910, son of Lysander F. and Maude B. (Rodda) Snell.

Lysander Snell, a house carpenter, aged forty-four years (b. RI), headed a Tiverton, RI, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Maude B. Snell, aged thirty-nine years (b. England), and his children, Frank H. Snell, aged twenty years (b. RI), Arthur C. Snell, aged eighteen years (b. RI), Dorothy Snell, aged fourteen years (b. RI), Ruth E. Snell, aged twelve years (b. RI), and Marion L. Snell, aged three years (b. RI).

Snell, Rev Frank HFRANK H. SNELL ORDAINED AT MILTON MILLS CHURCH. MILTON MILLS, N.H., June 16 – The ordination of Frank Herbert Snell, pastor of the Baptist Church, to the Christian ministry took place this evening at the local Baptist Church. The ordination sermon was given by Rev. Dr. Nathan R. Wood, president of Gordon College. Rev. Dr. Edwin H. Byington of Needham, Mass., gave the charge to the candidate. The invocation was by Rev. H. Franklin Parker of Chichester, N.H., and the Scripture lesson by Rev. Clarence Sanger of Strafford, N.H. The ordination prayer was offered by Rev. George Kneeland, Lebanon, Me. The welcome to the Christian ministry was tendered by Rev. Dennis S. Jenks of Manchester, secretary of the State Convention. Rev G.S. Cambell of Rochester gave the charge to the church. Organ music was furnished by Mr. Fred E. Gale and vocal selections were by Miss Hazel Grant. Rev. Mr. Snell, who has been a student of Gordon College, has been acting as preacher since last Fall at the local church. He will continue in service as settled minister (Boston Globe, June 17, 1931).

Frank H. Snell married September 12, 1931, Doris M. Hapgood, he of Acton, ME, and she of Whitefield, NH. She was born in Lynn, MA, June 23, 1906, daughter of Roy G. and Florence B. (Kelley) Hapgood.

N.H. PASTOR LENDS HAND TO CUPID IN MAINE MAN’S WEDDING. Rochester, N.H., Feb 25 – (AP) – The part Rev. Vernon Byron played to assist Cupid became known tonight. Gerald White of South Lebanon, Me., and Miss Harriett Frost of East Rochester wanted Mr. Byron, pastor of the local Baptist church, to marry them several nights ago. Miss Frost attends his church. When the bridal party arrived at the parsonage, Mr. Byron said he couldn’t marry them because White’s license was issued in Maine. So the party drove to Milton Mills, N.H., ten miles away, where Mr. Byron’s friend, Rev. Frank Snell, is pastor of the Baptist church. The church is in Strafford county, N.H., but the parsonage is in Acton, York County, Me., and there Mr. Byron performed the ceremony (Lewiston Daily Sun (Lewiston, ME), February 26, 1936).

(The reverse must have been the case. The marriage must have taken place at the Acton & Milton Mills Free-Will Baptist church, which was in Acton, ME, while its parsonage was in Milton Mills, NH, which would have had the same legal difficulty with the Maine marriage license).

WHITEFIELD. Mrs. Frank Snell and daughter Joan of Milton Mills were here last week to visit her relatives (Kennebec Journal (Augusta, ME), October 19, 1937).

Frank H. Snell was pastor of the Green Street Baptist church in Melrose, MA, between December 1, 1937, and February 20, 1949.

Frank H. Snell, a church minister, aged thirty years (b. MA), headed a Melrose, MA, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Doris H. Snell, aged thirty-three years (b. MA), his daughter, Joan M. Snell, aged six years (b. NH), his mother-in-law, Florence Hapgood, retired, aged fifty-one years (b. NH), and his grandfather-in-law, Coleman Kelley, retired, aged sixty-nine years (b. NH). They resided at 14 Farwell Avenue. All had resided in Acton, ME, in 1935, excepting Florence Hapgood, who had resided then in Whitefield, NH.

Frank H. Snell, a Baptist Church minister, aged forty years (b. MA), headed a Cranston, RI, household at the time of the Seventeenth (1950) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Doris H. Snell, aged forty-three years (b. MA), his children, Joan M. Snell, aged sixteen years (b. NH), and Carolyn M. Snell, aged six years (b. MA), and his mother-in-law, Florence B. Reynalds, a private family practical nurse, aged sixty-one years (b. NH). They resided at 44 Philmont Avenue. (Florence B. Reynalds had a marital status of “Separated”).

Frank H. Snell died in Coventry, RI, June 22, 1978. Doris M. (Hapgood) Snell died in Cranston, RI, November 14, 1998.

James W. Currie – 1938-1941

James Whitfield Currier was born in St. Johnsbury, New Brunswick, Canada, June 15, 1906, son of Charles and Ida M. (Camp) Currie.

Charles Currie, a hospital painter, aged fifty-seven years (b. Canada (Eng.)), headed a Malden, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-nine years), Ida M. Currie, aged fifty-nine years (b. Canada (Eng.)), and his children, Nanna Currie, aged twenty-six years (b. Canada (Eng.)), and James W. Currie, a bank clerk, aged twenty-three years (b. Canada (Eng.)). Charles Currie owned their house at 51 Cherry Street, which was valued at $6,000. They did not have a radio set. They had all immigrated into the U.S. in 1921 (Charles Currie was a “permanent alien”).

BRIGHTON. The Summer schedule at Hill Memorial Baptist Church, North Harvard st., will begin Sunday. During the season the evening service at the church will be omitted. James W. Currie, a senior at Gordon College, will conduct the services (Boston Globe, June 26, 1935).

Rev. James Currie, pastor of the Baptist Church at Milton Mills, NH, was an usher at the wedding of Rev. Leland Maxfield, July 21, 1938 (Boston Globe, July 21, 1938).

J. Whitfield Currie, a Protestant minister, aged thirty-three years (b. Canada (Eng.)), headed an Acton, ME, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his father, Charles W. Currie, a house painter, aged seventy-seven years (b. Canada (Eng.)), and [his father’s] wife, i.e., his mother, Ida M. Currie, aged sixty-nine years (b. Canada (Eng.)). J. Whitfield Currie rented their house “near Milton Mills, New Hampshire,” for $10 per month. They had all resided in Malden, MA, in 1935; and they were all aliens, i.e., immigrants.

ROCHESTER, N.H. James W. Currie, who has been pastor of the Baptist Church at Milton Mills, was ordained to the ministry Friday night at the church (Potland Evening Express (Portland, ME), June 14, 1941).

James W. Currie married in Quincy, MA, in 1942, Edith Charlotta Victoria Serberg, both of Quincy, MA. She was born in Quincy, MA, July 16, 1912, daughter of Victor E. and Edith E.L. (Svenson) Serberg. (Edith C.V. Serberg was a niece of Milton’s Ruth H. (((Svenson) Anderson) Iovine) Dawson and Ingeborg V. “Ivy” (Svenson) Townsend).

James W. Currie was not the head of a Milton household at the time of the Seventeenth (1950) Federal Census. His name was scratched out in favor of his wife, with the notation “Should not be listed – Chaplain in U.S. Army.” His wife, Edith C. Currie, aged thirty-six years (b. MA), headed instead their Milton household, which included his children, Charlotte V. Currie, aged seven years (b. MA), and Elizabeth V. Currie, aged one year (b. NH). They resided in the fifth house on the left on Main Street. (Whether that was Milton Main Street or Milton Mills Main Street was not clear).

ACTON. Next Sunday the Rev. James W. Currie of Swampscott, Mass., will be the guest speaker (Biddeford Journal Tribune, Biddeford, ME), August 17, 1967).

ACTON. The Rev. James W. Currie of Swampscott, Mass., former pastor of the Acton-Milton Mills Baptist Church, was the guest speaker at the church Sunday (Biddeford Journal Tribune, Biddeford, ME), August 24, 1967).

Edith C.V. (Serberg) Currie died in Volusia, FL, December 17, 1981, aged sixty-eight years. James W. Currie died in Boston, MA, April 14, 1984.

DEATHS. CURRIE – In Boston, formerly of Fla., April 14, James W. Currie, husband of the late Edith C.V. (Serverg) Currie, father of Charlotte V. Hartwell of Glendora, Cal. and Elisabeth V. Borgioli of Melrose, also survived by 4 grandchildren. Memorial Service at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., MELROSE, Tuesday. April 17 at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friends invited. Gifts in his memory may be made to the American Lung Assn., 263 Summer St., Boston (Boston Globe, April 17, 1984).

H. Leroy Patterson – 1941-1943

Harold Leroy “Leroy” Patterson was born in Altoona, PA, April 2, 1918, son of George W. and Virginia (Frontz) Patterson.

Patterson, H. Leroy - 1940Harold Leroy Patterson of 30 Evans Way, Boston, MA, registered for the WW II military draft in Boston, MA, October 16, 1940. He was a student at Gordon College of Theology (30 Evans Way, Boston, MA), aged twenty-two years. His next of kin was his father, George W. Patterson of Juniata, PA. He was described as being 5′ 10″ tall, 190 pounds, with blue eyes, blond hair, and a light complexion.

H. Leroy Patterson married in Detroit, MI, September 13, 1941, Inez Genevieve Peterson, he of Juniata, PA, and she of Detroit, MI. Rev. Warner E. Cole performed the ceremony. She was born in MI, circa 1919. daughter of Otto and Teckla (Engmar) Peterson.

Maids Wear Fall Shades for Wedding. Inez Peterson Speaks vows at Church Service. DEXTER BOULEVARD BAPTIST CHURCH was the setting for the marriage on Saturday, Sept 13, of Inez Peterson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Peterson, of Rosedale Park, to Leroy Patterson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Patterson, of Altoona, Pa. The bride wore a high-necked, white silk Jersey gown with long bishop sleeves. Tiny covered buttons marked the back of the gown from the neckline to below the fitted waist. An extremely full skirt flowed into a fan-shaped train, and she wore a floor-length veil held in place by a Juliet cap. The bride’s bouquet was of white roses and stephanotis centered by an orchid. Her attendants were her sister, Ella Peterson, maid of honor, and two bridesmaids, Astrid Drage and Marguerite Vine. THE MAID OF HONOR wore a quaint gown of bronze taffeta fashioned with a velvet midrift. Her flowers were roses, baby mums and dahlias in yellow and bronze. The bridesmaid’s gowns were replicas in green, and they carried yellow and bronze baby mums and asters. The three wore sweetheart bonnets of velvet to match the midrift trim on their dresses. Don Patterson, of Wheaton College, brother of the bridegroom, was the best man. The ushers were Jim MacDonald, of Chicago, and Ralph Patterson, also a brother of the bridegroom. Immediately following the ceremony, a reception was held at the home of the bride’s parents. After a brief honeymoon In the East, the couple will live in Boston, Mass. (Detroit Free Press, September 21, 1941).

Rev. Leroy Patterson was pastor of the [Acton &] Milton Mills church as early as December  1941.

To Hold Roll Call at New Monmouth. … The [New Monmouth, NJ, Baptist] church now has four men who have gone out from the church to become ministers. They are Rev. John Wubbenhorst, who is pastor of Seneca Falls Baptist church, Seneca Falls, New York; Rev. Samuel Haddon Johnston, pastor of North Haven Baptist church, North Haven, Maine; Rev. Carey Johnston, pastor of Glendale Baptist church, Everett, Massachusetts, and Rev. Leroy Patterson, pastor of Milton Mills Baptist church, Milton Mills, New Hampshire (Daily Register (Red Bank, NJ), January 8, 1942).

Baptist Group Meets This Week. SANFORD, May 2 (Special) – The 26th annual meeting of the North York United Baptist Association will be held at the First Baptist Church at Springvale Tuesday. Taking part in the morning service, opening at 9:30, will be Thurber R. Weller of West Lebanon, the Rev. Lawrence N. Selfridge, the Rev. John S. Pendleton of Waterville, the Rev. Thomas Brindley and Leroy Patterson of Milton Mills. The Rev. Lester R. Norton of Waterboro will lead the afternoon praise service and there will be election of officers and a women’s hour in charge of Mrs. Mary Moody. The evening service at 7 o’clock will be in charge of young people. Taking part will be Miss Norma Hanscom, Miss Caroline Greenwood, Horace Emmons, the Rev. James B. Ranger, and the Rev. Mr. Selfridge (Portland Evening Express, May 3, 1943).

Rev. Leroy (Inez) Patterson appeared in the Attleboro, MA, directory of 1944, as pastor of the Grace Baptist church, with his house at 33 Benefit street.

CHURCH BRIEFS. Three chaplains from Fort Oglethorpe’s chaplain’s school, Lt. Joseph Hodges of Massachusetts, Christian and Missionary Alliance; Lt. H. LeRoy Patterson of Michigan, Northern Baptist; and Lt. George E. Lang, Christian and Missionary Alliance, will speak at the 7 p.m. service tomorrow evening at the Grace Methodist Church in Avondale (Dodson at Wilson). This special service will honor the men on the honor roll of the church and those from the church who gave their lives for their country. Relatives of the men are asked by the pastor, the Rev. A.G. McCoig, to be present (Chattanooga Daily News (Chattanooga, TN), October 6, 1945).

Rev. H. LeRoy (Inez G.) Patterson appeared in the Saginaw, MI, directory of 1948, as pastor of the Congress Avenue Baptist Church, with his house at 1752 W. Michigan Avenue.

Harold L. Patterson, a minister, aged thirty-two years (b. PA), headed a Saginaw, MI, household at the time of the Seventeenth (1950) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Inez G. Patterson, aged thirty years (b. MI), his children, Patricia L. Patterson, aged seven years (b. NH), and Linda R. Patterson, aged four years (b. MI), and Dale Patterson, aged three months (b. MI). They resided at 1752 Michigan Avenue.

Patterson, Rev. H.L. - 1950Flying Ex-Chaplain Speaking as Pietsch’s Ministry Ends. A former outstanding athlete who entered the chaplaincy upon completion of his seminary training and who frequently flies an airplane to distant Youth-for-Christ speaking engagements will speak here Sunday at the Grace church, as a candidate for the pastorate. He is Rev. H. Leroy (Roy) Patterson of the Congress Avenue Bible church of Saginaw, Mich., and president of the Saginaw Valley Youth-for-Christ organization. At the 11 a.m. service here, he will speak on the theme: The Foundation of the Church.” At the 7:30 p.m. service, his topic will be “The Cross and the World.” The services will also conclude the year’s ministry of Rev. Paul J. Pietsch, Jr., who, with his family, plans to sail toward the end of March for Evangelical Alliance mission work in Portugal. He plans to spend the months of January and February on a speaking tour. Mr. Patterson, the pulpit candidate, is a native of Altoona, Pa., and a graduate of Wheaton (Ill.) college. He won all-state and all-wrestling honors during his student days and received his theological degree at Gordon Divinity school, Boston. Upon graduation, he served as a wartime Army chaplain in the European theater, and while in Germany helped organize the first Youth-for-Christ rallies among service men in Nurmberg and other cities (Pomona Progress Bulletin (Pomona, CA), December 30, 1950).

Rev. H. LeRoy (Inez G.) Patterson appeared in the Lansing, MI, directory of 1951, as pastor of the Inter-City Tabernacle church, with his house at 807 Jerome street.

Joseph B. Bubar – 1944-1946

Joseph Bedell Bubar was born Weston, ME, August 27, 1919, son of Benjamin C. and Mary L. (Heal) Bubar.

Benjamin C. Bubar, a church clergyman, aged sixty-two years (b. ME), headed a Weston, ME, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Mary L. Bubar, aged forty-nine years (b. ME), his children, Benjamin C. Bubar, Jr., a printer (own business), aged twenty-two years (b. ME), Joseph B. Bubar, a clergyman, aged twenty years (b. ME), Rachel C. Bubar, aged seventeen years (b. ME), John H. Bubar, aged fourteen years (b. ME), David N. Bubar, aged twelve years (b. ME), Paul L. Bubar, aged seven years (b. ME), and his mother-in-law, Anna C. Heal, aged seventy-two years (b. ME). Benjamin C. Bubar owned their farm, which was valued at $4,000. They had all resided in the “Same House” in 1935.

New York Girl Engaged To Wed Linneus Man. Miss Ruth Hughey To Be Bride of Joseph B. Bubar. NEW YORK, Feb. 8. – Rev. and Mrs. Philip C. Hughey of New York City have announced the engagement of their daughter, Miss Ruth Ella Hughey, to Joseph Bedell Bubar, son of Rev. and Mrs. Benjamin C. Bubar of Linneus, Maine. Miss Hughey is a graduate of Teaneck High school in New Jersey and is a student at Wheaton college in Illinois, where she is majoring in music. Her father, the Rev. Phillip C. Hughey, a native of Portland, is pastor of the Wadsworth Avenue Baptist church. He is president of the Evangelical Ministers Association of Greater New York. Mr. Bubar, after graduating from Danforth High school, was assistant pastor of the Aroostook Larger Parish for two years. He is a sophomore at Colby college, Waterville and is student pastor of the Baptist churches in North Vassalboro, Winslow, and Smithfield. His father, Rev. B.C. Bubar is pastor of the Baptist church in Linnaeus and a well-known evangelist. Mr. Bubar’s brother, Benjamin C. Bubar, Jr., is a member of the Maine State Legislature and is pastor of the Hainsville Baptist church (Bangor Daily News (Bangor, ME), February 9, 1942).

Joseph B. Bubar married in New York, NY, September 5, 1942, Ruth Hughey, he of North Vassalboro, ME. She was born in Waterboro, ME, in February 1923, daughter of Phillip C. and Grace D. (Walsh) Hughey.

Bubar, Joseph B. - 1944Joseph B. Bubar To Be Ordained Tuesday Night. With his father, his father-in-law, his wife, brother and wife’s mother having parts in the services Rev. Joseph B. Bubar, pastor of the Baptist church in North Vassalboro, will be ordained to the Baptist ministry at the Church in North Vassalboro Tuesday night at 7.30. The public has been invited to attend the ceremony. Taking part will be the candidate’s brother, Rev. Benjamin C. Bubar, Jr., of Hodgdon, who will offer the invocation. Mrs. Bubar’s father, Rev. Philip C. Hughey, pastor of the Wadsworth Avenue Baptist church New York City, will preach the ordination sermon. Rev. Benjamin C. Bubar of the Allagash larger parish will deliver the charge to the candidate, while Mrs. Bubar and her mother, Mrs. Hughey, will assist in the music. Others who will assist in the ordination are Rev. A.W. Brown of Norridgewock; Rev. Paul Scruton, Hartland; Rev. Sterling Heliner, Pittsfield; Rev. George Hammond, Fairfield; Rev. Howard A. Welch, Madison; and Rev. Waldo Putnam and Rev. Herbert L. Newman of Waterville. Rev. Joseph B. Bubar is a native of Danforth, where he graduated from the high school. He was graduated from Colby college in the class of 1944 last month. He has served as assistant pastor of the Danforth larger parish, which comprises 11 towns, for two years. For the past four years he has been pastor of the church in North Vassalboro, also serving in the churches in East Winslow and Smithfield. He will leave his work in Maine next month to enter Gordon seminary in Boston for further study, meanwhile serving as pastor of the church in Milton Mills, N.H., where he will make his home. His wife was the former Miss Ruth Hughey of New York City (Morning Sentinel (Waterville, ME), June 19, 1944).

Joseph B. Bubar died in Chicago, IL, June 27, 1976.

Obituaries. BUBAR. Rev. Joseph B. Bubar of Muskego, Wisc., formerly of Addison, beloved husband of Ruth, nee Hughey; loving father of Joseph (Charlotte), Philip (Lisa) and Mary (David) Davis; dear brother of Rev. Benjamin C., Rev. John, Rev. David N. and Rev. Paul and Mrs. Henry Kelly; three grandsons. Funeral services Thursday July 1 at 2 p.m. at the Addison Bible Church, 325 S. Addison Rd, Addison, Ill. Visitation on Wednesday from 4 to 10 p.m. at The Villa Park Funeral Home, 305 S. Princeton Ave. (a block west of Ardmore Ave.), Villa Park. Lying in state at the Church Thursday from 1 p.m. till time of service. He was pastor of the Calvary Evangelical Free Church of Muskego, Wisc., and the former General Director of Christian Service Brigade. In lieu of flowers memorials appreciated to the Calvary E.F.C. of the Christian Service Brigade. Interment Elm Lawn. 834-6656 (Chicago Tribune, June 30, 1976).

Ruth (Hughey) Bubar died April 8, 2015, aged ninety-two years.

Loring P. Wilkins – 1946-48

Loring Peabody Wilkins was born in Beverly, MA, October 18, 1923, son of Melville O. and Beatrice T. (Dodge) Wilkins.

GORHAM NEWS. The Rev. Loring Wilkins, Milton Mills, N.H., will preach at the Eight Corners and South Gorham Baptist Churches Sunday morning, as a candidate for the pastorates (Portland Evening Express (Portland, ME), October 14, 1948).

Loring P. Wilkins married, September 2, 1945, Thelma Arlene Bentley. She was born in Manchester, ME, July 13, 1919, daughter of Ellsworth B. and Alice G. (Flewelling) Bentley.

Ellsworth B. Bentley, a chicken farmer, aged fifty-three years (b. MA), headed a Plymouth, MA, household at the time of the Seventeenth (1950) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Alice S. Bentley, aged fifty years (b. ME), his daughter, Thelma B. Wilkins, aged thirty years (b. ME), his son-in-law, Loring P. Wilkins, a student minister, aged twenty-six years (b. MA), his grandchild, Tyler B. Wilkins, aged two years (b. NH), and his hired hand, Francis B. Marsh, a farm laborer, aged nineteen years (b. MA). Ellsworth B. Bentley owned their farm on Bartlett Road.

Wilkins, Loring P - 1954Rev. Loring Wilkins Begins Pastorate In Middlebury Sunday. MIDDLEBURY, June 2. The Rev. Loring P. Wilkins begins his pastorate at the Middlebury Memorial Baptist Church Sunday, June 6. Mr. Wilkins attended Moody Bible Institute of Chicago for a year, and then transferred to Gordon College of Theology and Missions in Boston. After graduation there in 1946 he served as pastor for two and a half years in Acton, Maine, before returning to Gordon Divinity School, from which he was graduated in 1952. He has since been pastor of the First United Church of Swampscott, Massachusetts. Mrs. Wilkins is also a graduate of Gordon College, Boston. They have three children: Tyler, age 7, Arthur, 3, and Sharon, 2 (Burlington Free Press (Burlington, VT), June 3, 1954).

New St. Albans Baptist Church Pastor Named. ST. ALBANS – A native of Beverly. Mass., will become the new pastor of the First Baptist Church here Sept. 1. He is the Rev. Loring P. Wilkins, who will succeed the Rev. Alfred Scott. Mr. Wilkins has served as pastor of the Acton and Milton Mills Baptist Churches in Acton, Maine, the First United Church, Baptist Disciples, of Swampscott, Mass., the Memorial Baptist Church of Middlebury and the Community Baptist Church of Panton. He is a trustee of the Vermont Baptist State Convention and president of the Vermont Baptist Historical Society. Mr. Wilkins is married to the former Thelma Bentley of Manomet, Mass., and they have three children – two sons, Tyler and Arthur, and one daughter, Sharon. He was commissioned a chaplain in the Navy Reserve with the rank of Lieutenant, junior grade, in 1936, and is on duty status with the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Reserve training program at Burlington (Burlington Free Press (Burlington, VT), June 21, 1958).

Thelma (Bentley) Wilkins died in Hatfield, PA, January 9, 2008. Loring P. Wilkins died in Lansdale, PA, May 16, 2008.

Rev. Loring P. Wilkins Navy chaplain, 84. The Rev. Loring P. Wilkins, 84, a retired Navy chaplain and Baptist minister, died of complications of diabetes May 16 at Elm Terrace Gardens, a retirement community in Lansdale, where he had lived for more than 20 years. Mr. Wilkins grew up in Worcester, Mass. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., where he met Rev. Loring his future wife, Thelma Bentley. After graduating from Gordon Theological Seminary, he was a minister in Baptist churches in Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts. In 1956, he began an 8½-year stint in the Navy, serving as a chaplain on bases in California, Hawaii, Thailand, Guam and South Carolina. He was the first chaplain to be assigned to a submarine, said his daughter, Sharon Barone, and in 1967 he served aboard the USS Benjamin Franklin on a two-month tour in the Pacific. He continued to remain in the Naval Reserve until retiring as a lieutenant commander in 1974. Following his active military duty, Mr. Wilkins was chaplain at Christ’s Home for Children and Christ’s Home Retirement Community in Warminster for 12 years. He then served as the first chaplain at Elm Terrace Gardens for several years. A talented photographer, he chronicled his travels with the Navy and his vacations, his daughter said. He loved dogs, she said, especially Boston terriers. Mr. Wilkins’ wife of 63 years died in January. In addition to his daughter, he is survived by sons Tyler and Art; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Elm Terrace Gardens, 660 N. Broad St., Lansdale. Friends may call at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in Christ’s Home Cemetery, Warminster (Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA), May 23, 2008).

Buell W. Maxfield – 1949-62

Buell Wade Maxfield was born in Monkton, VT, March 30, 1897, son of Newton J. and Flora I. (Tomlinson) Maxfield.

Buell W. Maxfield married (1st) in Starksboro, VT, June 26, 1917, Beulah Sherman, he of Starksboro, VT. He was a student, aged twenty years, and she was aged twenty years. Rev. J.S. Braker performed the ceremony. She was born in Burlington, VT, June 26 [or 29] 1896, daughter of Herbert and Hattie H. (Greeve) Sherman.

Beulah (Sherman) Maxfield died of scarlet fever in Boston, MA, February 22, 1920.

OBITUARY. Mrs. Buell W. Maxfield. Mrs. Beulah (Sherman) Maxfield, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert B. Sherman, died in Boston yesterday morning of scarlet fever. Besides her husband, she is survived by one son, Keigwin, an infant daughter and her parents. Mrs. Maxfield was born in this city June 29, 1896 and attended the graded and Burlington high schools. In June, 1917, she married Buell Wade Maxfield, of Starksboro, and has since made her home in Boston. The sudden death of Mrs. Maxfield comes as a shock to her wide circle of friends and acquaintances here (Burlington Free Press (Burlington, VT), February 24, 1920).

Buell W. Maxfield married (2nd) at the Hill Grove Baptist Church in Salisbury, New Brunswick, Canada, September 1, 1920, Bertha Margaret Holmes, he of Winchendon, MA, and she of Hill Grove, New Brunswick, Canada. He was a widower, aged twenty-three years, and she was a spinster, aged thirty-three years. Both were Baptists and both could read and write. Rev. Milton Addison performed the ceremony. She was born in Hill Grove, New Brunswick, Canada, daughter of Charles R. and Phoebe (MacMonagle) Holmes.

Rev. Buell W. Maxfield (Bertha H.) appeared in the Worcester, MA, directory of 1927, as pastor of the Dewey St. Baptist Church, with his house at 162 May street.

Rev. Buell W. Maxfield appeared in the Boston, MA, directory of 1928, as pastor of the Bethany Baptist Church in Roxbury, with his house at 57 Melville avenue in Dorchester. (Roxbury and Dorchester being parts or wards of Boston, MA).

Buell W. Maxfield, a church minister, aged thirty-three years (b. VT), headed a Boston, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of ten years), Bertha H. Maxfield, aged forty-three [thirty-three] years (b. Canada), and his children, Keigwin B. Maxfield, aged eleven years (b. VT), and Atta B. Maxfield, aged ten years (b. MA). Buell W. Maxfield rented their house at 25 Woodville Street, for $50 per month. They had a radio set.

Rev. Buell W. Maxfield (Bertha H.) appeared in the Dover, NH, directories of 1933, 1935, 1936, and 1938, as pastor of the Dover Baptist Church, with his house at 14 Richmond street.

Buell Maxfield, a Baptist minister, aged forty-three years (b. VT), headed a Dover, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Bertha H. Maxfield, aged fifty-one years (b. Canada), and his children, Keigwin Maxfield, aged twenty-one years (b. VT), and Alta B. Maxfield, aged twenty years (b. MA).

Rev. Buell W. Maxfield (Bertha H.) appeared in the Dover, NH, directories of 1941, and 1943, as pastor of the Dover Baptist Church, with his house at 14 Richmond street.

Rev. Buell W. Maxfield (Bertha H.), Th. B.B.D., appeared in the Manchester, NH, directory of 1947, as pastor of the First Baptist Church, with his house at 39 Auburn street (Tel. 1876).

Buell W. Maxfield, pastor of the Acton & Milton Mills Baptist church, aged fifty-three years (b. VT), headed an Acton, ME, household at the time of the Seventeenth (1950) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Bertha H. Maxfield, aged sixty-three years (b. New Brunswick, Canada), and his lodger, Alice A. King, a telephone operator for NET&T, aged thirty-six years (b. NH). His enumeration line had the additional information that he had lived in Concord, NH, ten years earlier, and that he had worked fifty-two hours in the previous week.

Rev. Buell W. Maxfield was a guest at the ordination of Charles Shelley at the Nute Chapel on Monday, August 1, 1950. (See Milton’s Nute Chapel Ministers of 1922-53).

Rev. Buell W. Maxfield gave the benediction at Milton’s sesquicentennial celebration on Sunday, August 10, 1952. (See Milton in the News – 1952).

In the following Summer 1953 schedule one may note with interest that those substituting for Rev. Maxfield were a sequence of his predecessor ministers, Rev. Wilkins, Rev. Bubar, and Rev. Snell.

South Acton, By Mrs. Irl R. Hurd. Acton-Milton Mills Baptist Church. Rev. Buell W. Maxfield, Pastor. Milton Mills, New Hampshire. Welcome To All Faiths. 11 a.m., Sunday. Aug 2, Evangelist Roy Egar will conduct the worship service. He currently is holding tent meetings in Center Ossipee, Route 16. Other guest speakers for next month will be: Aug. 9, the Rev. Loring Wilkins; Aug. 10 Rev. Joseph Bubar; Aug. 23, Rev. Frank Snell; Aug. 30, Rev. Roy Bohanan. Friday, July 31, at 10 a.m., there will be an all-day sewing meeting at the home of Abbie Anderson. Each member is asked to bring a favorite dish for lunch, either salad or dessert. Coffee will be furnished by the hostess. The Rev. Buell W. Maxfield, pastor, will spend his vacation next month at his old home in Pittsfield, N.H. (Journal Tribune (Biddeford, ME), July 30, 1953).

Rev. Buell W. Maxfield officiated at the funeral of Nute High School Principal Walter J. Foster, on Sunday, June 23, 1957. (See Nute High School Principals, 1923-57).

Acton. BY MRS IRL HURD. Baptist Church. The Rev Buell Maxfield spoke on “Religious Gate Crashers” at the Sunday morning worship service in the Acton-Milton Mills Baptist Church. His resignation as pastor of the church was accepted at a special business meeting of the church at noon. A meeting of the Dorcas Society is planned today at 1:30 pm at the home of Mrs. Helen Wentworth. A blind auction is planned. The weekly church prayer meeting will be held with Mrs. Alice Reynolds tonight at 7:30 o’clock (Sanford Tribune (Sanford, ME), March 15, 1962).

Buell W. Maxfield died of an acute coronary occlusion in his home on South Road in Pittsfield, NH, March 30, 1969, aged seventy-two years.

Deaths and Funerals. REV. BUELL W. MAXFIELD. PITTSFIELD, N.H. – The Rev. Buell Wade Maxfield, 72, of Pittsfield, N.H., died unexpectedly at his home Sunday morning. He was born March 30, 1897, in Starksboro, Vt., the son of Newton John and Flora (Tomlinson) Maxfield. The Rev. Mr. Maxfield was a retired Baptist minister after serving pastorates in Worcester, Winchendon, and Roxbury, Mass.; Dover, and Milton Mills, N.H. He was first married to Beulah Sherman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Sherman of Burlington, Vt. Later he married Bertha Holmes who survives him. He is also survived by a son, Keigwin of Knoxville. Tenn., a daughter. Mrs. Alta Gibbs of South Schroon, NY.; three grandsons, Kenneth Maxfield, Robert and Russell Gibbs; and three nieces, Mrs. Beatrice Marshall and Mrs. Marjorie Bennett of New Haven and Mrs. Alice Lewis of Davenport, Iowa. Burial will be in Starksboro at a later date (Burlington Free Press (Burlington, VT), April 3, 1969).

Bertha (Holmes) Maxfield died at Concord Hospital, in Concord, NH, October 17, 1969, aged eighty-two years.

Deaths and Funerals. BERTHA H. MAXFIELD. PITTSFIELD – Mrs. Bertha H. Maxfield, 82, of South Road died at Concord Hospital Friday after a long illness. A native of Petitcodiac, N.B., she had lived here seven years. She was the widow of the Rev. Buell W. Maxfield. She was a member of the Acton-Milton Mills Baptist Church. She had attended Gordon College. She leaves a son, Keigwin B. Maxfield of Ooltemwail, Tenn.; a daughter, Mrs. Alta B. Gibbs of St. Petersburg, Fla. and Schroon Lakes, N.Y.; three grandsons, Robert Gibbs, USN, Russell Gibbs of St. Petersburg and Kenneth Maxfield of Ooltemwail; two brothers, Cecil and Floyd Holmes of Petitcodiac; a sister, Mrs. Robert Colpitts of Petitcodiac; nieces and nephews. Services will be conducted at the Acton-Milton Mills Baptist Church Tuesday at 10 a.m. by Rev. Galen Robertson. Burial will be in Green Mountain Cemetery, Starksboro, VT, at 4 p.m. Rev. William Bosch will officiate. There will be no calling hours. It has been requested flowers be omitted and suggested contributions be made to the Buell W. Maxfield Memorial Fund, Alumni Office, Gordon College, Wenham, Mass. Hussey and Wiren Funeral Chapel, Concord, is in charge of arrangements (Concord Monitor (Concord, NH), October 20, 1969).


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