Titus Bishop (c1787-1862)
Thurston, Rebecca A. “Obituary of Titus Bishop.” Signs of the Times, Middletown, N.Y., May 15, 1862, Vol. 30 , No.10, p80.
Died - March 31, 1862, at Eden, Fond du Lac county, Wisconsin, with cancer on his face, Eld. Titus Bishop, in the seventy-fifth year of his age. He was born in Ulster county, N.Y. United with the Baptist church there when about twenty-five years of age. Commenced preaching the gospel in 1832. Has continued to preach wherever a door in Providence was opened, until disease rendered him unfit for service. He moved to Eden, Wisconsin, some fifteen years since. During the past year he was a very great sufferer, but his faith was strong in the Lord. Yea, in the Lord did he put his trust, and was not ashamed. He remained firm in the doctrine of the gospel, until the last. Eld. Sears preached his funeral, from Phil. i. 23, "I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better."
His work is done, his sufferings o'er,
His spirit wafted to heaven's blessed shore;
Gone up to meet his Father God,
To dwell with Jesus in that blessed abode.
O! glorious hope that cheers us here!
Through trials dark and pains severe,
He's entered in that holy joy,
Where's happiness without alloy.
'Twas his desire that we may meet
Around the throne at Jesus' feet,
To sing hosannahs long and loud,
And praise and glorify our God.
Eden, Wisconsin, May 1, 1862.
Susan (Brown) Bogart (c1800-1856)
Hollister, Kinner. “Obituary of Susan (Brown) Bogart.” Signs of the Times, Middletown, N.Y., March 1, 1856, Vol. 24 , No.5, p39.
Brother Beebe: By request of the bereaved husband, I send you for publication the obituary of our sister Susan Bogart, wife of brother Jacob Bogart. She departed this life on the 15th inst. The complaint of which she died was dropsy, from which she had suffered severely for three months, but was enabled to bear her suffering with christian meekness and fortitude, her hope resting upon divine sovereignty. She was baptized in fellowship of the church of Olive, in Ulster Co., N.Y., and removed to Tioga Co., Jan. 27, 1838, and united with the first Baptist church of Caroline, Aug. 30, 1851. She was highly esteemed by the church as a christian, and by the world as an amiable woman.
Yours, truly, K. HOLLISTER
Mott's Corners, N.Y., Feb. 27, 1856.
(Brink) Boice (1817-1874)
Winchell, Jonathan Van. “Obituary of Mary Ann Brink Boice.” Signs of the Times, Middletown, N.Y., October 15, 1874, Vol. 42 , No. 20, p.238.
“Our dear sister, Mrs. Mary Ann Brink, wife of Lemuel Boice, departed this life June 20, 1874, aged just 57 years. Her disease was typhoid fever, with which she laid five weeks. She suffered very much during her sickness, but bore it with Christian fortitude and resignation. She united with the Baptist Church of Olive & Hurley about six years ago, and was baptized by Eld. I. Hewitt. She was of a quiet and meek disposition, and ever ready to minister to those around her, and to her brethren and sisters, of whom many living can testify. She leaves a husband and eight children to mourn, but not as those who have no hope; for if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, them also that sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
Her funeral was very largely attended, by at least one thousand persons, and an able and comforting discourse was preached by Eld. L.P. Cole, from Heb. iv. 9, ‘There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.’”
Though death the remains has enshrouded,
Of one we have known but to love,
Yet our faith in sweet confidence tells us,
She is gone to a home far above.
Olive, N.Y. J. V. WINCHELL
Coenradt J. Elmendorf (1781-1862)
Lockwood, Sarah M. “Obituary of Conrad J. Elmendorf.” Signs of the Times (Vol. XXX. No.11.) 1 June 1862
Dear Brother Beebe: - By request, I send you for publication the obituary of our beloved brother, Conrad J. Elmandorf [sic], who departed this life April 11, 1862, aged eighty years, six months and seventeen days. His disease was dropsy; he began to fall in the forepart of May, 1861; was up and down alternately through the summer; attended meeting until the first Sunday of September last, and about the middle of that month was confined to the house. He could lay down but little, and his sufferings were beyond description. For some weeks, when he had to keep his bed, he had to be raised up frequently, but had to sit in a chair most of the time, by night and day. His wife spared no pains, night or day, in nursing him: he was the greatest sufferer I ever saw. I stayed with him until the last, and when he was able to talk, I took sweet comfort in hearing him converse on heavenly thing, it was all his theme; he repeated portions of scripture, and hymns, but did not like to hear worldly thing talked about; he frequently repeated these words -
“Pure are the joys above the skies,
And all the regions peace;
No wanton lips, nor envious eyes
Shall see or taste the bliss.”
And he would often exclaim -
“Why does my minutes move so slow,
Nor my salvation come!”
He bore his suffering with christian patience. Toward the last, his distress was so great that he became flighty, by times. But I wondered that he knew anything. His head was filled with water two weeks before he died; but when he died, he went very easily, without a struggle or a grown. He had been a subscriber of the Signs of the Times from the commencement of their publication, (thirty years,) and a strong advocate of the doctrine which they have contained. He was born in Greenbush, Rensselaer county, N.Y., September 25, 1781 - moved to this place, (Olive, Ulster county, N.Y.,) in 1800 - married Sarah Cudney, December 12, 1802. He had seven children, four sons and three daughters, one son and one daughter having died. He joined the Presbyterians at the age of eighteen years, and remained with them nineteen years, and was then constrained to leave them and unite with the Predestinarian Baptists. He was baptized by Eld. Jonathan Van Velson, Nov. 28, 1818, and has continued a worthy member until the time of his death. His seat was seldom vacant at the meetings of the church. He was highly esteemed by his brethren, and by all whom knew him. His house has been open to welcome all his brethren, and friends. His wife died in 1855. He afterward married Ruth A. Knowles, who survives him, to mourn the loss of a kind and affectionate husband; but she mourns not as they who have no hope; for we believe her loss is his gain. His children have lost a kind and tender parent. In September he was so ill that he though his departure was nigh, and made arrangements for his funeral, selected bearers, and chose a passage of scripture as a text at his funeral, namely, “For me to live, is Christ, and to die is gain,” and he spoke to Eld. Winchel to preach, which he did, an appropriate discourse, to a large and solemn audience, April 17th.
SARAH M. LOCKWOOD.
Deacon Peter Winchell (1773-1856)
Olive, Ulster Co., N.Y., May 2, 1856.
Brother Beebe: - I send you for publication, the obituary of my father, Dea. Peter Winchel, who departed this life, April 26th, 1856. His days were eighty-two years, eleven months and three days. He had no particular disease, but seemed to waste away by reason of old age. "Man dieth and wasteth away." He was deprived of the privilege of meeting with the church for about ten weeks before his death. We can truly say, he died in the triumphs of the faith, of God's elect, of which he talked much as he approached the time of his departure. Well may we say in his case - "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord." He received a hope in the redeemer when he was sixteen years of age, and he was one of the constituent members of the church, in 1799, and remained a member of the church to the time of his death. He lived a life of morality and godliness, and was a father to the poor and needy, always ready to lend a helping hand. We can truly say, we have lost a kind and affectionate father, and the church has sustained a loss that will long be felt; for he always filled his seat in the church, from its first organization, and was the last of those who where in the Constitution of the church. His funeral was attended on Sunday, on which occasion, Eld. Joseph L. Purington preached by request of the deceased, from Romans iv. 25 - "Who was delivered for our offences, and raised again for our justification." We could say much in regard to his life and deportment as a man of God, but lest we should extend this notice beyond the space which can be afforded in the Signs, I will forbear. I thought when his earthly remains where being covered, I could use the language of the prophet Elisha, concerning Elijah. "My father! The chariot of Israel, and the horseman thereof; and he saw him no more."
Yours, &c., JACOB WINCHEL
Source: Winchell, Jacob. "Obituary of Peter Winchell." Signs of the Times (Vol. XXIV. No.10.) 2 May 1856