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ANNUAL REPORT
of the
PLYMOUTH CHURCH,
CLEVELAND

January, 1865

     In submitting their Annual Report, your Committee are permitted to bear a grateful testimony to the goodness of God to us as a church through another year - in granting us general outward prosperity, in preserving our harmony unbroken and permitting us to taste the sweets of mutual Christian confidence and love, in  allowing us the privileges of worship and the delights of spiritual communion and fellowship, and in blessing with a saving influence the means of grace.

PRESENCE OF THE SPIRIT

     Early in the year there were indications of the special presence of the Holy Spirit among us, as the fruit of which, twenty individuals were led to make a public profession of their faith in Christ.  Six of these were heads of families, but a larger number were in the youthful period of life; our hope of them as a class is stedfast.  This is the second time within three years that, apart from any general religious movement in the community, the power of divine grace has been manifested among us in the hopeful conversion of several souls to Christ.  It is a call and an encouragement to us, to be always abounding in the work of the Lord.

THE WEEKLY PRAYER MEETING

has, on the whole, been well attended, and its constantly increasing efficiency is vital to our highest spiritual prosperity.  It is observable that the attendants and the absentees are almost habitually the same; and it is worthy of serious inquiry whether some of the uniformly absent might not, by a little effort, be almost uniformly present, and whether some of those who are so situated that they cannot constantly attend, might not occasionally do so.  There can hardly be a truer criterion of the spirit life of a church than the interest which is shown in its meetings for conference and prayer.

SABBATH SCHOOL.

     The Sabbath School, though missing some of its early friends, has enjoyed the same faithful superintendence with which it has been favored from the first.  Both the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent have been unremitting in their care and oversight; the Secretary has cheerfully performed an extra amount of labor in a fuller registration of the school, and the Librarians devoted much time, with the aid of others, to the suitable covering and numbering of the volumes which were added to the library a year ago, and have since been unwearied in their endeavors to make its really valuable treasures in the highest degree serviceable to the school.  The number of scholars on the roll of the school, the present year, is 380; average attendance, 227; officers and teachers 36.

     As an auxiliary of the church, the Sabbath School is invaluable and indispensable; and it is highly desirable that al of the congregation, both adults and youths, who are able to attend it, should participate in its labors as teachers, or avail themselves of its privileges as scholars.  And outside of the congregation, among households that neglect the sanctuary, there is an obvious demand for work on the part of the teachers and friends of the school, which will be most highly remunerative.  The church which "takes care of the children" in any community will be the church of the future, and let not our own neglect that portion of the common work which the Master has plainly committed to our hands..*

     A Sabbath School, embracing nearly 60 members, has been sustained outside the city limits, in Newburgh, under the superintendence of Brother Webster, of our church, aided by teachers from different churches, living in the vicinity.

YOUNG PEOPLE'S PRAYER MEETING.

     This is one of the legacies of a former precious revival and is endeared to many who have ceased to be young converts who associate it with scenes of the Spirit's outpouring.  Some of those who took a special interest in it are away, and the number in attendance has sometimes been very small; but it has had too much vitality to die.  It is not confined to the young, and all classes may receive benefit from it, and were it generally fostered by those who can attend the Sabbath evening service in the sanctuary, they would probably reap a special advantage from reaching the latter through this pleasant atmosphere of devotion.

LADIES' MEETINGS.

     The Female Prayer Meeting and the Maternal Meeting have been regularly held every week and every month - not so generally appreciated and attended as they should be, but prized greatly by the little circle that has cherished and kept alive in them the flame of a true devotion.  Though this is one of the most quiet, and least prominent, among our agencies for good, it may appear, when the secret history of the church shall be made known, that through its relation to the Hearer of prayer, it has been one of the most effective and useful of all.

SOCIAL GATHERING.

     Our pleasant social relations have not been in any way disturbed, or marred, the past year.  The Social Gathering, or Mite Society, which aims to meet every fortnight, has had more interruptions than usual, but the mites contributed have swelled to an amount which would make it an object to keep up the organization, if it subserved no other purpose.  But this is only an incidental gain; its main benefit is the social acquaintance and intercourse which it promotes among fellow-worshipers.  For this object, especially, we hope it will be well sustained during the present year, on which it has entered with favorable auspices, its late anniversary being one of the pleasantest of its kind.

     We may be permitted to suggest that this gathering, the peculiar value of which is that it is spontaneous and free to all, cannot be a substitute for more definite attentions and special invitations.  Society exhibits its choicest and most genial culture in the community, whose families, in the little circles into which they mutually resolve themselves without rivalry, interchange at each other's tables a hospitable welcome, and thus form a tacit alliance of friendship, which in eastern countries is a sacred compact, and which in all lands is no slight bond of social union.  We have but one life to live here, and while its immortal issues are the great concern, its social relations are not, in their place, to be lightly regarded.

     We may further suggest, that besides this kind of intercourse, there is a general recognition due to all families and individuals that connect themselves with our worship -- that their acquaintance is to be sought so far as to relieve them of the impression that they are among strangers, and cause them to feel at home with us.

CHURCH INDEBTEDNESS.

     A feature of the present year fitted to elicit our special gratitude to God, is that it has witnessed the payment of the last installment of our church debt.  Three years ago, the last installment of our church debt.  Three years ago, a debt of $5,500, on which an interest of ten per cent, was paid, was a serious drawback on our prosperity.  Through the favor of Heaven, it has all been liquidated, and it is of the ability which God hath given us that this result has been accomplished.  And as our current expenses have all along been met, we may now hope to keep clear of the incubus of debt.  For all objects, parochial and benevolent, we have been enabled, the past three years, to raise more than $15,000; and the effort has not exhausted, or weakened our members; as a whole, their temporal affairs were never, probably, more prosperous than now.

BENEVOLENT CONTRIBUTIONS.

     We must now be prepared to meet more fully than ever before the calls and claims of Christian benevolence.  The habit of systematic beneficence is closely connected with the best growth of every Christian church.  We must cultivate the habit of giving liberally, giving freely as we have received, giving according to God hath prospered us, going to the utmost limit of a proper faith in God, and we shall find the habit to be fraught with spiritual health and prosperity.  And honoring God with our substance, and faithful in all our stewardship as a church, we may hope to receive at His hand in the future still richer spiritual benefactions than those with which He has blessed us in the past.

THE CHURCH.

     There have united with the church the past year, 22 on profession, and 15 by letter - 37 in all.  There have 4 members deceased, and 9 have been dismissed and recommended to other churches, making a net increase of 24 members.

     The whole number of living members on our records, as nearly as can be ascertained, is 266.  The number of resident members is 218.

     As no list has been published for several years, it is proposed to include in the items which follow, the three years which are embraced in the ministry of your pastor.

ADDITIONS.

1862.  
January - Miss Elizabeth W. Abell, by letter.
" Miss Minerva Leoanrd " "
March - Mrs. Hannah L. Morgan, on profession
" Grace Gould, "  "
" Samuel Wolcott, by letter
" Mrs. Harriet A. Wolcott, "  "
" James S. Hutchins, "  "
" Mrs. Julia M. Hutchins, "  "
" Adelaide M. Hutchins, "  "
" Henry L. Hutchins, "  "
" Stephen H. Matthews, "  "
" Mrs. Jane G. Matthews, "  "
" Mary L. Gilbert, "  "
May - Henry M. Pomeroy, on profession
" Mrs. Julia Sawtell, "  "
" Mrs. Eliza Orland, "  "
" Mrs. Annie E. Middleton, "  "
" Mrs. Mary Woodin, "  "
" Mrs. Margaret Watson, "  "
" Mrs. Arzelia Porter, "  "
" Jane Graham, "  "
" Sarah Edwards, "  "
" Mary E. Dickerman, "  "
" Anzonette Page, "  "
" Laura Rogers, "  "
" Thomas Eastland, by letter
" Mrs. Margaret Eastland, "  "
" Mrs. Sally H. Birge, " "
" Benjamin S. Cogswell, "  "
" Mrs. Helen M. Cogswell, "  "
" Mrs. Harriet H. Fulsom, "  "
" Lemuel C. Pratt, "  "
" Mrs. Melantia B. Pratt, "  "
" Harvey B. Spelman, "  "
" Mrs. Lucy H. Spelman, "  "
" Laura C. Spelman, "  "
" Mary O. Hovey, "  "
" Adelia M. Sturtevant, "  "
" Samuel A. Wolcott, "  "
July - Mrs. Eunice Dascomb, on profession
" Isabel Hopkins, "  "
" Martha Scott, "  "
" Frances Pealey, "  "
" Sidney F. Dickerman, by letter
" Mrs. Sarah J. Horner, "  "
Sept. - James V. Clute, on profession
" Mrs. Matilda Clute, "  "
" Harriet L. Beckwith, "  "
" Clara Webster, "  "
" Mary A. Seymour, "  "
" Mrs. Viola M. Piper, by letter
Nov. - Miles A. Beebe, on profession
" Amelia Burns, "  "
" Mary Stewart, "  "
" Jerome B. Carman, by letter
" Mrs. Emily A. Carman, "  "
1863.  
Jan'y. - Helen M. Woodcock, on profession
" Mrs. Margaret Cottrell, by letter
Sept. - Flora C. Gridley, on profession
" Mrs. Jane H. Jenkins, by letter
1864.  
Jan'y. - Mabel Turrell, by letter
" Edmund Beckwith, "  "
" Mrs. Achsah Beckwith, "  "
" Mrs. Emma A. Churchill, by letter
" Mary Jane Silcox, "  "
May - Stiles C. Smith, on profession
" Mrs. Katharine Smith, "  "
" Mrs. Sarah R. Burt, on profession
" Mrs. Margaret Rumage, "  "
" Mrs. Eleanor A. McMann, "  "
" Mrs. Adelaid E. Nutt, "  "
" Mary Wilson, "  "
" Ann A. White, "  "
" Ellen Chapman, "  "
" Elizabeth A. Fellows, "  "
" Alice Bisbee, "  "
" Antoinette E. Bracher, "  "
" Elizabeth B. Denham, "  "
" Harriet A. Sherwood, "  "
" Louisa A. Wyckoff, "  "
" Catharine I. Stevens, "  "
" Ella L. Pitkin, "  "
" Ella M. Abbey, "  "
" Harriet A. Wolcott, "  "
" Charles W. Lafler, "  "
" George W. Billings, by letter
" Mrs. Eunice S. Billings, "  "
" Mrs. Louisa Mason, "  "
" Jane A. Willis, "  "
" Anne Wilson, "  "
July - Mrs. Susan Baldwin, on profession.
1865.  
Jan'y. - Hiel H. Newton, on profession.
" Mrs. Sarah E. Newton, by letter
" Mrs. Harriet A. Derby, "  "
" Mrs. Cordelia E. Swett, "  "
" Mrs. Mary M. Stiles, "  "
" Mrs. Sarah Harman, "  "

     In the three years 99 have united with us - 49 on profession, and 50 by letter; 8 have deceased, and 39 have removed, leaving a net increase of 52 members.

     Edward P. Ingersoll, a member of this church, has entered the ministry and is now pastor of the Congregational Church in Sandusky; and Chauncey L. Hamlen, who first professed his faith in Christ here, is now studying for the ministry.

BAPTISMS.

     Of the 49 persons who have united on profession, 25 received the ordinance of baptism, which ahs also been administered to the following children of covenanting believers (30,) two of whom were presented by their grandparents.

1862.
 
Doctor Franklin Morgan Luella Carter
Clara Elida Morgan Abbie Beckwith
Antoinette DeForest Ingersoll Herbert Walter Wolcott
Carrie Levira Cogswell Albert Morris
William Perry Frissell Henry Freeman Morris
Derwed Parker Beverley Elizabeth Alston Morris
Omeemee Perry  

1863.
 
John Gillette Matthews Emma Watson
Arthur Clark Cogswell Cornelia Watson
Ella Webster Charles Henry Watson
Dudley Alden Abbey Eugene Wallace Piper
Kate Eliza Middleton  

1864.
 
George Stiles Smith Bessie Rosella Curtis
Caroline Mary Smith Charlotte Augusta Wolcott
Anna Kate Smith William Baldwin Dabney

1865.

Mary Louisa Matthews,

THE CONGREGATION.

     The following statement respecting the congregation, carefully prepared, may be instructive and interesting to the church, and somewhat surprising, withal, as a record of changes which, occurring gradually, attract little notice.  It embraces only those who have taken seats as stated attendants.  Besides some 40 hearers, who thus come individually, there are 118 families now belonging to the congregation.  Three years ago, the number of families was 80, of whom 15 have since removed from our bounds, leaving 65 of the former families.  Within this period, 66 new families have connected themselves with the congregation, and 13 of these subsequently removed from the city, leaving 53 new families remaining.  From this it appears that three-sevenths of the present congregation did not worship with us, three years ago.

DEATHS.

     We give below, with a brief tribute to their memory, the names of those who have been removed from our communion by death.

1862.

     Two members, among the more advanced in life, were this year called away, having trained their children in the ways of virtue, through whom they are still represented in the church.

FEB. 22 - Mrs. Lovina Goodale, - Her strength had failed before the settlement of your present pastor, who knew her only in the sick-room, which was enlivened by her cheerful smile, and from which he bore a pleasant impression of her patient endurance, and calm and Christian resignation, with a tender recollection of her as the first of the flock whom he was called, as pastor, to commit to Him who is Lord both of the dead and living.
AUG. 22 - Mrs. Mary H. Baldwin- Her long and faithful life was closed by an accidental and sudden death.  Until thus providentially arrested, she exhibited an unabated and unwonted interest in the stated means of grace, and through her diligent improvement of them acquired, we trust, a spiritual maturity for her unexpected summons.

1863.

     Two of the younger sisters in the church were this year transferred to the church above.

MAY 9 - Miss Martha Scott - A year before her deceased, while her prospects of life were fair, she was sought out by the Spirit of God, and led to consecrate herself to her Redeemer.  Her trust in Him was her support as her health declined, and she passed quietly away from the household and the neighborhood in which she was lived, and in which her gentle presence is missed.
SEPT. 20 - Miss Emily M. Curtis - She gave her heart to Christ in her youth, and is said to have shown much promise as a young convert.  By severe attacks of sickness her mind subsequently became enfeebled, but in all her mental wanderings the cause of Christ was still uppermost in her heart.  Her release from the earthly house of her tabernacle has realized to her, we trust, the clear visions of her early faith, and brought the full fruition of her early hopes.

1864.

     The record of this year's dead introduces us to a class of bereavements, from which, as a church, we had been remarkably exempt, considering what casualties have been crowded into the past five years.

APRIL 9. - Alfred W. Churchill - He died at the military hospital at Knoxville, Tenn., while on his way to the regiment in which he had just enlisted.  The cause of his death is involved in some mystery, but it was probably the result of internal injury caused by an accident which befell him at one of the stations on the road.  From the discourse preached by the pastor, the Sabbath after the funeral, we give the following extracts:
     :The question of personal duty to his country rested on his conscience and his heart, as it has rested on the minds of thousands of our ingenuous youths.  Who should engage in this hazardous, but necessary, service!  Who, more than he?  Who, if not he?  This question had often presented itself to him, to be ordered and dismissed for a season, and then come back and demand a re-hearing.  It has pressed itself upon him again, with deeper solemnity than before.  He asks the consent of those, whose wishes, if not binding upon him, he feels to be entitled to a more than fraternal consideration.  He goes to the place of secret prayer, and spreads his case, in all its details, before him, and every providential incident of the day confirms his decision.  The Lord has answered his prayer; he is settled in his mind - calm, clear, and happy.
     "In three weeks from the day of his departure, his mortal remains were brought back to the home in this city which he had left, and the obsequies, of which so many of our patriotic sons have been deprived, were performed for him.  The funeral hymn, with the sweet refrain of 'Rest for the weary,' was sung in notes so plaintive and tender, that its echoes still linger in the souls of those who heard it; and then, with no military pomp or paraphernalia, we bore to his grave as true a hero as those who have fallen in the thickest of the battle.  Not less than theirs was his life an offering to his country, and not less has it contributed, perhaps, towards her deliverance.  His hand smote down no foe in the strife, but back of all the forces of the rebellion, which are impotent apart from it, lies the just anger of an offended God, who has risen to chastise a nation for its sins, and to that this death bears a direct relation.  God has recorded it in his book, and in the costly ransom by which the land is to be redeemed, this life is reckoned at its true value.  The last of our dear brethren who have gone, he is the first who has been taken - the first life that our church has given to the sacred cause, and in him we gave as pure a representative as we had.
     "We laid him down to his peaceful rest, amid the charms of surrounding Nature, prophetic, at this season, of the resurrection from the dead.  We turned away, not without some conscious yearning towards the grave, and with more eager aspiration lifted our thoughts to the home of the spirit on high and its calm repose upon the bosom of God - with tender anticipations of the future re-union of the saints in glory, where the former things - the conflicts and trials of earth - are passed away, and the tears of parting are unknown.

"'Where, hand in hand, firm-linked at last,
And, heart to heart, enfolded all,
We'll smile upon the troubled past,
And wonder why we wept at all.'"

APRIL 22 - Mrs. Mabel Chandler - She was far advanced in years, and having long been prevented, by infirmity, from attending our usual services, she was personally known to few of our present members.  Her death was caused by an accident.  Most of her days were passed in the valley of the Connecticut, and she peacefully closed here her life and her discipleship, and was gathered, we trust - to the rest which remaineth for the people of God.
MAY 14 - William W. Hutchinson. - He fell at the battle of Resaca, under Gen. Sherman, at the head of the 103d Ohio Regiment.  Lieut. Albert H. Spencer, one of our brethren, who now commands a company in the same Regiment, and who in this battle narrowly escaped the same fate - one bullet having passed through his clothes and another through his haversack - in a letter home gives the following account of the death of Capt. H.:
    
"Capt. Hutchinson was in command of the 103d, our field officers being all absent.  He had shown considerable fitness to command, and now by his words and his example, urged the men to remember that they were to win, or lose, the name of good soldiers and brave men, by the record of the hour that had then arrived.  As we commenced firing, he was close up with the men, encouraging them to deed of valor.  We had hardly been actively engaged five minutes, when a rifle ball struck him in the left side, passing entirely through the body, and causing almost instant death.  He only said, 'Carry me to the rear,' and expired on the field.  He was towards the right of the regiment when he fell, and it was some time before I knew of his death.  I did not see his corpse for two hours - until the regiment was withdrawn from the field.  It had been removed from the immediate scene of conflict.  I assisted to carry it over two miles from the immediate scene of conflict.  I assisted to carry it over two miles to an ambulance station, whence it was taken, the next morning, and buried by the side of Captain Philpot.  Our chaplain has undertaken to forward the remains of both to Cleveland.
     "Thus has perished our friend and brother, my captain and comrade.  Cut off in the prime of life, he has given his all to his country.  His widowed mother is thus called to mourn the loss of her only son, and we, of a brave and efficient officer.  Why our two senior officers present should be taken, and the remaining ones left, is not for us to inquire.  The ways of Providence are past finding out."

     These officers, who "in death were not divided," were both members of the Cleveland Bar, which met and passed resolutions of respect for their memory, and appointed a committee, on the arrival of the bodies, to superintend the funeral services, which were attended by a large assembly, on the afternoon of the Sabbath, in the First Baptist Church - conducted by the Pastor of that church, who has since been called to his rest and reward, and by the Pastor if this church.  From the remarks of the latter we give the following extracts:
     "Our participation in this solemnities is our tribute to the memory of fellow-citizens who have died in the defence of their country.  By this public gathering we honor the virtue of patriotism;  we hold up this virtue to public commendation and imitation; we nourish and strengthen the sentiment in our own hearts, and we encourage its cultivation in the community.  As officers, these were representative men, and we honor, with them, the men whom they commanded; we honor all who fell, or fought, by their side; we honor all who have given themselves to their country; we honor the sacred cause for which they have shed their blood, or in support of which they are still beating back the waves of rebellion.  This I understand to be the meaning of the Cleveland Bar in providing for these funeral rites.
     "Death, whenever and wherever it comes, addresses to the living uniform lessons - the lesson of the frailty of human life and of our dependence on that God in whose hand our breath is - the lesson of our mortality, and the lesson of our immortality.  These teachings are rehearsed here today by voices, which, though mute, are more impressive than any living utterances.  Yet with these there is blended another lesson; and the death of these our fellow-citizens, in such a cause, and at such a juncture, is both an appeal to our gratitude, and a summons to us to rally with fresh devotedness to the cause for which they periled and sacrificed their earthly all.  Over the early graves of these officers, and of thousands who have fallen with them i their early manhood, in the prime and vigor of their powers, we proclaim our convicton that their lives have not been wanted; they have not died in vain, nor have they died prematurely.
     "Often, since this war commenced, as I have seen some infant boy, over whose young life a devoted mother was watching by day and by night, or some lad whose parents were carefully shielding him from danger, and providing him with the choicest means of development and culture, I have involuntarily asked myself, Can it be possible that the form thus protected and cherished, ere its youthfulness has ripened into manliness, is, some day, to became 'food for powder'?  Is this fresh and joyous life, with all the hopes which are garnered in it, and all the destinies which may be suspended upon it, on the very threshold of its rejoicing activities, before it has had a chance to show the fruits of its advantages and fulfill its early promise, to be suddenly smitten and extinguished, as these lives have been, by the bullet of the foe, by the bomb of the rebel battery?  Was all that nursing and training for this?  Was it for this?  And if so - oh! what a contrast between the preparation and the conclusion!  Separated from its adjuncts, who of us does not feel shocked, as he contemplates such a termination to such hopes and promises?
     "Ah! my friends, we are not at liberty to separate such a death from its surroundings, from the objects with which it was associated, and by which it is immortalized.  Those who do thus dissociate it are guilty of the greatest injustice to all the loyal who have suffered, or enlisted, in this cause, both among the dead and the living.  Why do we lument the extinction of youthful life. except that it cuts one of from a career of honorable service on earth for God and humanity?  But the longest life, devoted to peaceful and philanthropic labors, embraces in all its acts no gift so precious, no service so valuable, as the offering of one's life-blood.  The man who gives his life, when that life is called for, bestows more and accomplishes more, than he could possibly have done by length of days and multiplicity of labors.  He does his life-work, and the largest possible, in a day.
     "The brave men whose funeral obsequies we celebrate today, if they had refused to heed the call of their country in distress, and had remained in the peaceful walks which they left, could not, in fifty years, have accomplished a work so great and beneficent as they have now wrought in a single year by their life and their death.  The most dignified and eminent member of the learned profession to which they belonged, the most honored by legal trusts and civil distinctions, cannot claim, nor feel, that he has reached a higher position, or won a fairer fame, than the humblest of his brethren, who has laid down his dear life for his dearer native land.
     "All this would be true, if they had died only for their country, and such a country! - for the maintenance of law and order and the preseration of constitutional government in the Republic.  But when we call to mind the other issues which are providentially embraced in this great struggle - the question of free government and free institutions in this land and in all lands - the cause of natural rights, of civil freedom, and of Christian civilization, for all races and all ages, the world over - as we rise to some comprehension of the magnitude of the vital interests which are staked in this contest, do we not realize that history furnished us with no instances of nobler and more compensating sacrifices than the lives which are now cheerfully and heroically laid upon the sacred altar of our country?"
     Some of our choice young brethren are still in the field, and our prayers are constantly with them.  We hope that they will return to us in safety, and in any event are comforted by the thought that they are treading the path of honor, of patriotism, of Christian duty - that every blow which they strike is a blow against oppression, that every conquest which they achieve is a triumph for liverty, and that in life and death Freedom will ever claim them as her chosen champions.
SEPT. 29. - Mrs. Frances A. Hamlen. - Her sun has gone down while it was yet noon.  The blow which so suddenly, and in circumstances peculiarly tender and afflictive, removed from our brother the wife of his youth, and from our circle a sister lovely and beloved, was keenly felt by us all.  We yielded to the grave for a season her mortal loveliness, and to the Redeemer, forever, her spirit renewed, we trust, in his image, and turned to the unfulfilled duties of our own spared lives, with the reflection that we were called upon, by a voice from the other world, to do with our might whatsoever our hands find to do.
     The following adult persons - some of them belonging to other churches - have been called away from familes connected with the congregation, and with the exception of three who died in the service, and were buried abroad, your pastor officiated at their funerals.

1862.
Charles C. Dickinson.

1863.
 
Charles L. White Ely Gillett
Eliza Cottrell Maj. Lyman C. Thayer

1864.
 
Mrs. Ellen C. Dickinson Charles Burr
Mrs. Betsey Stevens Charles D. Scott
John W. Welch Lieut. Erastus M. Curtis

Capt. Edward Pitkins.

     The voices of the following children and youths, belonging to our households, have been hushed in the homes which they gladdened.

1862.
Leonard A. Gridley Henriette Clark
Albert Morris Harvey P. Goodwin.

1863.
Emily J. Durgin Edward M. Hutchins,
Eugene W. Piper Sarah L. Hutchins,

1864.
Augustus B. Clay Wallace Ingraham
Francis W. Cleave Cora Jane Jenkins
Willis L. Pitkin Charles H. Abey
Charles L. Dickinson John T. Wakelin
Zada Belle Hardy George W. Jennings

     Some of the bereavements, in all these lists, have been peculiarly crushing, and have called forth the warmest sympathy; but with these afflictions have been mingled the consolations and the hopes of the gospel, and these scenes of affliction have borne witness to the covenant faithfulness of the Lord.  The largest class, as usual, is composed of precious lambs, which the Good Shepherd, as we trust, hath gathered with his arm and doth carry in his bosom.

CONCLUSION.

     On the whole, a review of the year and the three years, and our present position and prospects, so far as we can judge of them, offer to us much ground of encouragement, gratitude, and hope - though also, doubtless, much occasion for humility and penitence before God.  From the facts we can draw no other inference than that the Lord has a work for us to do as a church, that there is an appointed mission for us, that we are needed, and if faithful, may expect to be used, as one of the spiritual forces of the community in which we are planted.  But it is evident from this survey that the only condition on which we can live is that we grow.  In this respect our situation is very different from that of the old established churches in the Eastern States, with a stationary population around them.  With them large occasional accessions may repair the gradual wastes of time, and preserve their strength comparatively unbroken.  It is not so with us.  We must be growing all the time, or we shall soon exhibit the symptoms of a visible decline.  It brings the strongest possible pressure to bear upon our members, to be devoted to their calling, as the disciples of Jesus, instant in season and out of season.
     Therefore, beloved, let us not sleep as do others, but let us watch and be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.  Let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.  With this celestial equipment, we shall be enabled to vanquish our deadly foe, and stand at last on the sea of glass with them that have gotten the victory, crowned with immortal garlands, to sing with a full voice the song of the Lamb, and to sweep with a free hand the harps of God.
 
Samuel Wolcott H. B. Spelman
Jay Odell L. F. Mellen
S. P. Churchill L. C. Pratt
A. F. Holmes Treat Tibballs

MEMBERS.
Abbey, Grove N.
Abbey, Sarah G., Mrs.
Abbey, Ella M.
Abbey, Jennie B., Mrs.
Baldwin, Phineas P.
Baldwin, Susan, Mrs.
Barker, Benajah
Barker, Elizabeth, Mrs.
Barker, Elizabeth 
Barrett, Alpheus
Barrett, Louisa J., Mrs.
Barrett, Harriet L.
Battey, Lindley M. H.
Bauder, Levi
Beach, Emily C., Mrs.
Beckwith, Thomas
Beckwith, Hannah L., Mrs.
Beckwith, Harriet L.
Beckwith, Edward
Beckwith, Achsah, Mrs.
Benham, Hannah, Mrs.
Benham, George H.
Benham, Sarah, Mrs.
Benham, Isabella M.
Beverley, Eliza, Mrs.
Billings, George W.
Billings, Eunice S., Mrs.
Birge, Sally H., Mrs.
Birge, Harriet M.
Bisbeel, Alice
Blakesley, Frances, Mrs.
Bracher, Antoinette
Brokaw, Anna R., Mrs.
Brooks, Cordelia A.
Budge, Mary A., Mrs.
Burt, Sarah R., Mrs.
Cain, Henry
Carman, Jerome B.
Carman, Emily A., Mrs.
Carter, Jane, Mrs.
Chaloner, Sarah, Mrs.
Chandler, Samuel
Chapman, Ellen A.
Churchill, S. Payson
Churchill, Emma A., Mrs.
Cleave, William
Cleave, Harriet, Mrs.
Cleave, Moses
Cleave, Eliza, Mrs.
Clute, James V.
Clute, Matilda, Mrs.
Cogswell, Benjamin S.
Cogswell, Helen M., Mrs.
Cook, Elizabeth, Mrs.
Coon, Maria J.
Corner, Mary T., Mrs.
Cottrell, Margaret, Mrs.
Curtis, Cynthia S., Mrs.
Dabney, Charles W.
Dabney, Cynthia E., Mrs.
Dascomb, Eunice, Mrs.
Denham, Elizabeth B.
Derby, Harriet A., Mrs.
Dickerman, Sidney F.
Dickinson, Harriet A.
Eastland, Thomas
Eastland, Margaret, Mrs.
Fellows, Elizabeth A.
French, George
Frissell, Maria J., Mrs.
Gates, Esther, Mrs.
Gauld, Elizabeth
Goodwin, Erastus L.
Goodwin, Laura D., Mrs.
Gould, Grace
Graham, William
Graham, Esther
Graham, Jane
Gribble, Joseph B.
Gridley, Flora C.
Grover, Betsey, Mrs.
Hamlen, Henry H.
Harman, Sarah, Mrs.
Hayes, Sabra C., Mrs.
Higbee, Edwin C.
Higbee, Mary E., Mrs.
Homes, Amos F.
Holmes, Ada, Mrs.
Holmes, Mary M.
Holmes, Anna C.
Holmes, William
Holmes, Jane
Holt, John P.
Holt, Eunice W., Mrs.
Hopkins, Mary L., Mrs.
Hopkins, Isabel
Horner, Sarah J., Mrs.
Horner, Mary J.
Hovey, Mary O.
Hulburd, Emily L.
Hutchins, James S.
Hutchins, Julia M., Mrs.
Hutchins, Henry L.
Ingraham, Mary J.
Jenkins, Jane H., Mrs.
Keeney, Mary L.
Kendel, Adolphus C.
Knowlton, Gilman
Knowlton, Sarah F., Mrs.
Lafler, Charles H.
Leonard, Minerva, Mrs.
Lewis, William J.
Lewis, Elizabeth, Mrs.
Lewis, Jane L.
Lockerbie, Jane G.
Loud, Ann, Mrs.
Martin, Eleanor, Mrs.
Mason, Louisa, Mrs.
Matthews, Stephen H.
Matthews, Jane G., Mrs.
McClellan, Anna W.
McMann, Eleanor A., Mrs.
Mellen, Lucius F.
Mellen, Susan C., Mrs.
Middleton, Annie E., Mrs.
Morgan, Hannah L., Mrs.
Morgan, Frances L.
Morris, Freeman H.
Morris, Maria A., Mrs.
Newton, Hiel H.
Newton, Sarah E., Mrs.
Nutt, Adelaide E., Mrs.
Odell, Jay
Odell, Mary, Mrs.
Orland, Eliza, Mrs.
Paine, Charles
Paine, Eliza, Mrs.
Paltsgraff, Elizabeth
Parker, Mary E., Mrs.
Pealy, Frances
Perry, Elizabeth, Mrs.
Piper, Fanny A., Mrs.
Piper, Albert N.
Piper, Viola M., Mrs.
Pitkin, Dudley
Pitkin, Nancy, Mrs.
Pitkin, Martha
Pitkin, Hattie E.
Pitkin, Ella L.
Pitkin, Lucius M.
Pitkin, Sarah B., Mrs.
Porter, Arzelia, Mrs.
Potter, Alexander
Potter, Sarah S., Mrs.
Potter, Thomas
Powell, Martha V.
Pratt, Lemuel C.
Pratt, Melantia B., Mrs.
Rockefeller, Laura C., Mrs.
Rogers, Rachel, Mrs.
Rogers, Isaac
Rumage, Margaret, Mrs.
Sawtell, Julia, Mrs.
Sexton, Helen M.
Sherwood, Harriet A.
Shipherd, Esther R., Mrs.
Shipherd, James R.
Shipherd, Minerva A., Mrs.
Silcox, Mary J.
Smith, Keyes
Smith, Elizabeth, Mrs.
Smith, Elizabeth H.
Smith, Abigail A., Mrs.
Smith, Stiles C.
Smith, Katharine, Mrs.
Spelman, Harvey B.
Spelman, Mrs. Lucy H.
Spelman, Lucy M.
Spencer, Orson
Spencer, Emeline P., Mrs.
Spencer, Albert H.
Spencer, Helen A., Mrs.
Spencer, Frank A.
Stebbins, Erastus S.
Stevens, Catharine I.
Stewart, Mary
Stiles, Mary M., Mrs.
Stillson, Laura A., Mrs.
Stillson, Sherwood H.
Strong, George W.
Strong, Mary M., Mrs.
Sturtevant, Adelia M.
Swett, Cordelia E., Mrs.
Swift, Hattie C.
Tait, William J.
Tait, Elizabeth, Mrs.
Thayer, Eliza A., Mrs.
Tibballs, Treat
Tibballs, Lucy A., Mrs.
Turrell, Mabel
Wadsworth, Lydia M., Mrs.
Wadsworth, Mary E.
Wakelin, Joseph
Wakelin, Sarah, Mrs.
Webster, John
Webster, Nancy C., Mrs.
Webster, John H.
Webster, Clara
Welch, William M.
Welch, Margaret, Mrs.
White, Ann A.
Wilkinson, Sarah A., Mrs.
Willis, Jane A.
Wilson, Anne
Wilson, Mary
Wolcott, Samuel
Wolcott, Harriet A., Mrs.
Wolcott, Samuel A.
Wolcott, Harriet A. 
Wood, Sara
Woodcock, Helen M.
Woodin, Mary, Mrs.
Wyckoff, Lucinda, Mrs.
Wyckoff, Louisa A.

OFFICERS.
1865

PLYMOUTH CHURCH

SAMUEL WOLCOTT, PASTOR
DEACONS.
S. Payson Churchill Jay Odell
Lucius F. Mellen Harvey B. Spelman.

COMMITTEE.
Edwin C. Higbee James S. Hutchins

Treat Tibballs.

 
Charles W. Dabney, Clerk
S. P. Churchill, Treasurer
Lucius M. Pitkin, Sup't. Sunday School
R. C. Higbee, Ass't "   "   "
.

PLYMOUTH SOCIETY.

TRUSTEES.

Orson Spencer L. M. Pitkin
William J. Tait E. C. Higbee

Stiles C. Smith

Henry H. Hamlen, Clerk
Grove N. Abbey, Treasurer


    

 

* Extracts from the Superintendent's Annual Report.
     "
God, in his wise pr
ovidence, has chastened us.  We mourn the departed, and we may never forget them here - may we be prepared to meet them hereafter.  God has also been very gracious, and many can hear testimony to his mercies tonight.  Ten members of the school have been received into this church on profession of faith in Christ, the past year.  To God be all the glory.  How out this to encourage the heats of Christians to labor and pray for the conversion of the children and youth of our congregation.  Let al the church take an interest in the Sabbath School.  Let al who can, take classes, and others come into Bible classes, and thus by example encourage their children and the young people connected with our church and congregation.  If they would elevate the standard of piety in the church, and secure its enlargement, from those who have learned the great truths taught in the Scriptures, let them enlist in the Sabbath School army and become valiant soldiers of the cross.  Labor in the Sabbath School will develop the Christian character and make them more useful Christians.
     "We have about 600 volumes of books in our library, and these have been well read.  It may be advisable to replenish our stock, and money will, I have no doubt, be supplied.
     "On the second Sabbath of January, we held a Sabbath School Concert.  The exercises were singing, reading of scripture and prayer by our pastor, recitations of verses or texts of scripture by the children, and addresses by our pastor and others.  If such meetings are held once in two months, it is desirable that the members of the church should be present, and we trust the exercises will be interesting and profitable alike to the members of the school and the church."

    

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