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Subject: [GM-L] The Puritan Recorder
Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2001 17:53:52 -0500
The Puritan Recorder, Boston, Thursday, Aug. 31, 1854
The venerable Dr. Woods, of Andover, is no more. On the evening of
Thursday last, the 24th inst., as the sun went down, his spirit passed
peacefully away from the scenes of his earthly labors to his everlasting
rest. His sickness which was an affection of the heart, was attended
with much distress, from the first attack on the 8th ult., until within
two or three days of his death, when he became comparatively free from
pain and disquietude. Dr. Woods was born on the 19th of June, 1774. His
native place was Princeton in this State. He graduated at Harvard College
in 1796, with the highest honors of the College. He studied theology
with Dr. Azel Backus, of Somers, CT, and ordained pastor of the Fourth
Congregational Church in Newbury Dec. 5, 1798, where he continued until
called to the new post of Professor of Christian Theology in the Seminary
at Andover, Sept. 20, 1808. He continued to give instruction until 1846,
when his active connection with the Seminary ceased.
An Ecclesiastical Council was convened at Spencer on Wednesday, Aug. 23d,
for the purpose of installing Rev. Stephen G. Dodd, late of Milford, Ct.,
over that church and people.
Rev. Joel Huntington, of Waukesha, WI, departed this life at the
residence of his brother, the Rev. Dr. Huntington of Albany, NY, on the
30th ult. His disease was cholera, followed by congestion of the brain.
Gold in Vermont. The Woodstock Age says that there is gold in Vermont;
and says that for the last three or four weeks, from thirty to fifty
workmen, under the direction of Capt. Ira F. Payson, of New York, have
been engaged in digging into and examining the premises of Bridgewater,
where gold has been discovered, and that the result thus far, has been
satisfactory. The Age concludes by assuring the public that there is no
humbug about the matter, and that the mines will prove among the richest
Five Persons Killed by Lightning. The Chicago Dem. Press states that
about a mile from Pecatonica, on the 12th inst., the house of Mr.
Marchant was struck by lightning, by which himself and four of his
children, the eldest twelve years of age, were instantly killed. In
consequence of the extreme heat of the weather, the family consisting of
Mr. and Mrs. Marchant and five children, had left their beds and were
sleeping on the kitchen floor. The fluid entered the kitchen by the
stove pipe, passing down to the floor, whence it spread devastation and
death among the unconscious sleepers. Only the mother and one child
Death of a Veteran. The Albany Evening Journal states that Mr. Ebenezer
Landon, on of the few survivors of that noble band of patriots, to whose
gallantry and devotion we are indebted for the blessings of freedom, died
at Sharon Springs, NY, on the 23d inst., in the 94th year of his age.
Mr. Landon joined the Revolution Army in 1777, and at the conclusion of
the war was one of seventeen who alone survived out of a full company.
He had seen and conversed with Washington, and witnessed the execution of
Andre. He died surrounded by his children, grandchildren and great
grandchildren, leaving more than 140 descendants.
An Extensive Peat Fire. The peat grounds in Wilmington, in the vicinity
of the "17 mile post" on the Lowell Railroad, have been on fire for
several days past and considerable damage has been done. From 800 to
1,000 acres have been burnt over, and at one time great fears were
entertained that the fire would extend into the heavy timber lands
surrounding, but this destruction will probably be diverted. Last
Sunday, some 50 men from Boston, Somerville, &c., principally in the
employ of the Railroad Company, went to the scene and assisted the people
of the town in pretty effectually setting bounds to the fire, by throwing
on gravel along the borders. On Monday, a large gang of men from Lowell
and vicinity were similarly employed.
Great Fire at Waldoboro, ME. On the 25th Inst., about one o'clock a fire
broke out in the rear of the hotel at Waldoboro, and swept away the whole
of the village from Tibbetts; large furniture store at the northward, and
as far eastward as the Baptist Church, which was saved; including every
store in the village, and every building south and west to the river,
extending to Capt. H. Rubin's on the south side. George A. Kennedy's new
ship and Capt. James Cook's barge, both on the stocks, were destroyed, as
also the timber for a new ship in Mr. J. Clark's yard. The Custom House,
both banks and the Post Office were destroyed. The loss cannot now be
approximately ascertained, but it is thought it must exceed $250,000.
Rare Instance of Long Continuance in Office. The Portsmouth, NH Journal
states that Capt. John McClintoch, the renewal of whose commission as
Collector at that port we chronicled a few days since, entered upon his
ninety fourth year on Monday last, from which date his new commission
runs for four year. He was born Aug. 28, 1761; his father was Rev. Dr.
Samuel McClintoch of Greenland, NH, a chaplain in the Revolutionary Army,
present at the Battle of Bunker Hill.
The Drought. From all parts of New England and the Middle States, says
the Transcript of Friday the 25th inst., we have sad accounts of the
drought which now so extensively prevails. Pastures are dried up, the
corn and grain crop in many sections will be an entire failure; whole
fields of Indian corn have been cut for fodder, as not an ear had set.
Mills and factories are still for want of water to move the machinery.
Fires are extensive in many districts, and thousands of acres of valuable
woodlands have been laid waste by the devouring element. In Portland,
ME, the beautiful elms, the ornament of the city and the pride of the
citizens, are dying for want of nourishment. There is a great scarcity
of water, and seventy-five cents is the price paid for a barrel of
drinking water, and nearly all the soft water for washing has to be
carted from the canal. In the whole White Mountain region, the streams
are remarkably low, the roads dry, and the uplands bare of verdure. In
parts of New York State the drought is equally severe, and the telegraph
reports extensive and disastrous conflagrations in Ohio.
Fires in the Woods. The Petersborough Transcript states that in
Stoddard, NH, several days since, two or three hundred acres of woodland
belonging to the Stoddard Glass Company, were burned over by fire. While
the fire was burning, Mr. Curtis Hunt attempted to drive a team, laden
with store goods to the amount of $700, belonging to Mr. Fisk, of Marlow,
through a road which passed by the woods. The flames were then some ten
rods distant; but a strong gust of wind drove them so rapidly, that he
was forced to quit the wagon and fly for his life,--saving only one of
his three horses. The other horses, with the wagon and goods, were
destroyed. Mr. Hunt himself barely escaped; his shirt being burnt from
his back, and his face and hands blistered. The horse which he saved was
The Taunton Gazette of last week stated that a destructive fire in the
Raynham woods was raging fiercely, and extending, notwithstanding the
efforts of the farmers to arrest its progress. A tract of about 1,000
acres had been burnt over, and the lost of property was very large.
The Albany Evening Journal states that many fires have been raging
among the vast forests of Northern New York.
We learn that the pine woods near London, Canada West, are on fire, and
the inhabitants of the district are escaping for their lives. The smoke
is so dense along the track of the Great Western Railroad at this point,
and also at Chippewa Creek, that the trains will have to be temporarily
In this city, Mr. Edwin BROWN, of St. Louis, MO, to Miss Frances A.,
third daughter of Mr. Newell H. MOULTON; 23d inst., Eben S. STEARNS,
Esq., Principal of the State Normal School at Framingham, to Miss Ellen
A., daughter of John KUHN, Esq., of this city; 24th inst., by Rev. Alfred
L. BAURY, Dr. Samuel JACKSON, of the U. S. Navy, to Miss Kate H.,
daughter of the officiating clergyman.
In Reading, 15th inst., by Rev. Mr. WHITING, Mr. John A. CATTANACH, of
South Reading , to Miss Jessie MOFFATT, of Scotland; 27th inst., Mr.
Robert M. BOYCE, of Reading to Miss Betsy L. GALUCIA, of Salem.
In Beverly, 20th inst., by Rev. A. B. RICH, Mr. Charles A. DOWNING, to
Miss Helen, daughter of Mr. Stephen W. WOODBURY.
In Concord, 1st inst., by Rev. L. H. ANGIER, Mr. Alonzo BURGESS to Miss
Sarah E. WHEELER; 15th inst., Mr. Sereno D. HUNT, Principal of the
Concord High School, to Miss Sarah, daughter of Capt. John STACY,--all of
In North Middleboro, 24th inst., by Rev. T. E. BLISS, Mr. Rowland BUNKER,
of New Bedford, to Miss Sarah CLARK, of N. M.
In Southboro, 21st inst., by Rev. D. M. ELWOOD, Mr. Nathan CARTER, of S.,
to Miss Ladara SWEET, of Strong, ME.
In Nashua, NH, Prof. Frederick A. SAWYER, of South Reading, MA, to Miss
Delia E., daughter of the late Ira GAY, Esq., of N.
In Somers, CT, 2d ult., by Rev. Dr. VAILL, Mr. Sharon W. CHAPIN, of
Springfield, MA, to Miss Emily C. HANCOCK, of Suffield, CT; and at the
same time, Mr. H. H. EVERTON, of Westfield, MA, to Miss Amanda LOOMIS, of
the same place; 13th inst., Mr. Theodore F. MILLER, of Suffield, CT, to
Miss Fanny BUGBY, of Somers.
In this city, 26th inst., Mrs. Rebecca NOYES, 67; 28th inst., John ODIN,
Esq., 80; Mr. James WASHBURN, 80.
In Winthrop, 4th inst., Mr. David FLOYD, Sen. 87; 20 inst., of croup,
Sally Lavina, only daughter of Mr. David and Mrs. Sally T. FLOYD, 3 yrs
In Shirley, 4th inst., Mrs. Mary, wife of Mr. Eleazer ANDREWS, formerly
of Wenham, 83.
In West Newton, 27th inst., at the residence of his son, Mr. Joshua
HENSHAW, of Leicester, 75.
In Newton Centre, 27th inst., suddenly, Mr. Augustus H. TOMBS, 28.
In Westboro, 21st inst., Mrs. Susan B., widow of the late Rev. Charles
FORBUSH, pastor of the Congregational Church in Northbridge, 51.
In Marblehead, 21st inst., Mrs. Martha, widow of the late Mr. Neil LEMON,
In Stoughton, 21st inst., Mr. Abraham CAPEN, 80.
In East Abington, 22d inst., Philip A., youngest child of Rev. H. D.
In Fitchburg, 26th inst., Ellen Sophia, daughter of Mr. Charles IDE,
In Nantucket, 22d inst., Mr. Ichabod ALDRIDGE, 86.
In Barre, 17th inst., Seth WINSLOW, 90.
In Winchendon, 16th inst., Joseph Bassett, and on the 23 inst., Lucy J.,
only children of Rev. Joseph B. MITCHELL.
In Goshen, 18th inst., Mrs. Susan MOORE, 87.
In Kennebunkport, ME, 13th inst., Mrs. Sarah WILDES, 93.
In New Haven, CT, 17th inst., Dea. Jabez BACKUS, formerly of Bolton, 66;
18th inst., Lucy, daughter of Rev. Dr. Leonard BACON, 13.
In Somers, CT., Mr. Edwin S. PEASE, 22, a member of the Sophomore Class
in Brown University. He was a young man of great promise, both as a
scholar and a Christian.
Died, in Dunstable, 6th inst., Miss Sarah, daughter of Dea. Isaac Taylor,
39. This much lamented lady was about two months since, suddenly called
to part with her mother, who had watched with maternal solicitude, by her
side, during a long and distressing illness, of more than two years.
Died in Manchester, MA, 15th inst., Mrs. Sarah Allen, 87. For nearly
fifty years Mrs. Allen had been a professed follower of Christ, and for
more than half of that time a widow.
Died in Southboro, 13th inst., Mrs. Esther Fay, 79, widow. A paralytic
shock, after a distressing sickness of ten days, removed her to that
better land. Thus has death for the third time, within the short period
of nine months, entered one house. Mrs. Edmund C. Flagg, daughter of
Mrs. Fay, died in Nov. last, and Mr. Nathan Fay, who married another
daughter, deceased in March.
Died in Kingston, 12th inst., at the house of Mrs. Amelia Russell, Mrs.
Sarah Lewis, wife of Dea. George Russell, aged 50 years, a member of Park
Street Church, Boston, while on a visit at Kingston. The funeral was
attended on the Tuesday following her decease; buried in Evergreen
Cemetery--a beautiful pine grove lately set apart as a "city of the
dead". The first interment here was that of an Aunt of Mrs. R., who died
in the same house just eight weeks before her. At the grave, some
touching remarks were made by her brother-in-law, Rev. Joseph Peckham,
Pastor of the Church in Kingston, of which she was formerly a member.
The parents of Mary Louisa Taylor, in behalf of their infant daughter,
would acknowledge the kindness of "A Friend" in constituting her a Life
Member of the American Tract Society, on the day she was dedicated to God
in the sacred ordinance of Infant Baptism.
Manchester, Aug. 28, 1854
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