Amherst college. Class of 1839.

Statistical catalogue of the Amherst college class of 1839; with brief notices of the class meetings held in 1842, 1847, and 1852, and a summary online

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Held in 1842, 1847, and 1852,






Ah, happy hills! ah pleasing shade!

Ah, fields beloved in vain !
Where once my careless footsteps strayed,

A stranger yet to pain !


At the close of the exercises on Commencement Day, August 28, 1839,
a meeting of the class was held in front of the village church, and it was
voted to meet again in three years at commencement.

In the spring of 1842, several members of the class, being together at
the Andover Theological Seminary, deemed it expedient that a committee
be raised to remind the class of their proposed meeting and to make ar-
rangements for it. Acting in behalf of the class, they accordingly appoint-
ed Messrs. Bancroft, Storrs and Farrar. This committee sent a friendly
greeting to the class, and designated the evening before commencement,
and the Amherst House, as the time and place of meeting. The following
members of the class were present : Alden, Ash, Avery, Bancroft, Barber,
Bartlett, Bonney, Clift, DeForest, Dickinson, Farrar, Fuller, C. Gillett,
E. B. Gillett, Gleason, Gore, Hewit, Huntington, Hutchinson, Kendall,
Miller, Palmer, Ray, Bice, Robbins, Root, Sharp, Spofford,Spaulding, Stone,
Storrs, Todd, Waters and Whitman. A supper was provided at the Am-
herst House. Bancroft presided and Hewit invoked a blessing. Pleasing
reminiscences were revived, personal histories related and letters read from
some of the absent. The fact was noticed with pleasure that our circle
had not been broken by death since graduation. At the close of this
pleasant interview, it was voted to adjourn for five years — to the evening
before commencement in 1847, — and that Messrs. Bancroft, Storrs and
Farrar, be a committee to call and make arrangements for the meeting.
The next day the Masters' orations were delivered by Palmer and Hunt-
ington, and twenty of the class took their second degree.

The second meeting of the class was held in Amherst on the evening
of August 11, 1847, pursuant to a previous vote, and a call from the com-
mittee of the class. There were present Messrs. Alden, Avery, Bartlett,


Bonney, Farrar, E. B. Gillett, Ray, Spaulding, Storrs, Sumner and Tol-
man. Sumner was appointed chairman and Farrar secretary. Storrs
invoked a blessing at the table. After supper the roll was called and
those present reported themselves. Letters from Ash, Baker, DeForest,
Preston, Bice, Tuthill and Wakefield were read as their names were call-
ed. Of others, more or less full accounts were given by those present.
Since the last meeting nine of the class had died, viz : Bailey, Ban-
croft, Carpenter, Clark, Hutchinson, Miller, Palmer, Spofford and Taylor.
As their names were called, tributes were paid to their memories by those
present who had any information of their fives and the circumstances of
their death from personal knowledge, the information of friends, or no-
tice in the public prints. No member of the class was forgotten, and
though over several the grave had closed, their virtues were revived to be
embalmed in the hearts of the surviving. After the roll was finished
sentiments were offered as follows ;

By Bonnet — " The memory of the dead."

By Ray — " Health and prosperity to the absent members of the Class."

By Storrs — " The legal proportion of the Class of '39."

By Spaulding—" The Clergy of the Class."

By Alden — " The Physicians of the Class."

By Farrar — " The Class of '39, a tontine of good fellowship ; the sur-
vivors shall take the shares of the dead."

It was voted that Spaulding be added to the old committee for calling,
and making arrangements for, the next meeting. At one o'clock, after
singing " Auld Lang Syne," the Class adjourned for five years — to meet
the evening before commencement in 1852.

The third meeting of the Class was held at the Amherst House, August
11, 1852. There wore present Messrs. Alden, Avery, Harris, Kendall,
Rice, Sharp, Spaulding, Storrs, Sumner and Tolman. Barber and Stone
were in town but detained from the meeting by distance and the late
hour. At half past nine o'clock in the evening, the members of the Class
present sat down to supper. Spaulding was appointed chairman and
Storrs secretary. Rice invoked the Divine blessing at the table. After
a due compliment paid to the rich viands and fruits of the table, each one
gave his personal history since the last meeting. Letters were read from


Bartlett, DeForest, Huntington, Todd, Tuthill and Waters. Reports were
also made by those acquainted with the facts respecting others not pres-
ent. Three members of the Class had died since the last meeting, viz: —
Farrar, Gleason and Limber. During the evening, the proposal was made
that a Statistical Catalogue of the Class be published. It was thought
that such a catalogue, by making us acquainted with the leading events
in each other's history since we graduated, would revive pleasant recollec-
tions of by-gone days,— call forth a generous interest in our former com-
panions in study, — awaken a laudable ambition to emulate each other's best
deeds in the conflicts of life, and afford pleasing reminiscences in future time.
This proposal met with a unanimous approval. It was accordingly voted, that
Messrs Rice and Spaulding be a committee to collect the requisite mate-
rials for such a catalogue and to publish and distribute them to the mem-
bers of the Class. Spaulding was appointed Register of the Class in place
of George Farrar, Esq., deceased ; and Storrs, Spaulding and Rice, were
appointed a committee of arrangement for the next Class meeting. After
which it was voted to adjourn to the evening before commencement in 1855.
The next day Mr. Storrs delivered the address before the Literary Societies.
The following allusions to some of the deceased members of our Class in
his introduction, which he has kindly permitted us to transcribe, will not
be unacceptable to the surviving. Having alluded to the changes in the
Faculty by removal and death, he said : — " of my own class, twelve have
fallen by the way: — One,* who then looked forward to "The years of
Toil," and who made them the theme of his graduating oration, but who
first of us all exchanged that toil for the rest which is its crown : — One,f
who honestly and usefully fulfilled an office of instruction here till death
exalted him : — Onc,J who was rapidly rising to distinction at the West-
ern bar, when the bolt of the destroyer fell suddenly upon him : — One,§
who as minister of a leading church on that great river which pours its
tides through a Continent to the sea, was distributing influences more
boundless than its own, of christian purity : — One,|l who to other choicest
qualities of intellect and heart, added the exquisite grace of the poetic
fancy ; and from whose rich and ripening genius and many attainments

*E. C. Spofford. TT. S. Miller. % A. E. Palmer.

5 H. Hutchinson. || J. H. Bancroft.


and ardent love, we parted with a shock : — And one,* more lately and not
least mourned, who as counsellor at a bar distinguished above others for
its learning and ability, was making his name marked and respected, and
promising to invest it with the honors of his profession. All these, and
more, have gone; and the silent eternities have gathered them for-
ever ! Another still hangs tremulousf on the edge of life, if already he
hath not passed it, in a distant metropolis.

" The ground seems strewed to me, as I stand here to-day, with the
fragments of these friendships. The silent permanence of nature contrasts
with the frailness of human fortune. The air has kept no record of the
past. It arches as lovingly as before around these hills. It floods the
scene with as pure a lustre. It is flushed at sunset with as gorgeous a
splendor. It is as vivid at night with as serene a multitude of watching
stars. The solid earth swims peaceful as of old beneath the azure, and
years have only refreshed its charm. But the youthful, ardent, and vig-
orous Class that then went forth to make for themselves a home and a
name among the throngs of human life, shall be gathered not again till
we stand side by side beneath the assize of the judgment."

o G. Farrar. t E. Bartlett.




Born in Randolph, Mass., Aug. 10, 1819. After gradua-
ting, resided at home one year. Studied theology at An-
dover, 1840-1843. Went to Iowa as a Home Missionary
and was located in Tipton, 1843-1848. Returned to Mass.,
and preached in various places the next two years. Was in-
stalled Pastor of the first Congregational Church, in Marsh-
field, Mass., Oct. 30, 1850.

Received the degree of A. M. at Amherst in 1842. While
in Iowa was school inspector for Cedar County and Trustee
of Iowa College. Married Maria Louisa Dyer of South Ab-
ington, Mass., April 4, 1848. Has two children, Maria Lou-
isa and Anna Porter.


Born in Putney, Vt. Studied Theology a Andover 1839-
1842. Preached several months in Halifax, Mass. Was or-
dained and installed Pastor of the Congregational Church
in Westmoreland, N. H., Oct. 25, 1843, and remained there
till the spring of 1846. After this, resided at Andover and
preached in Salisbury, N. H. till fall of 1847. Then went
to llemingsburg, Ky., and took charge of "a Collegiate Insti-
tute." Remained here one year, and then took charge of a
" Female Institute " in Lexington, Ky. In the spring of
1849, removed to Mississippi. There remained for two years


and a half teaching in Grenada and Canton and preaching
a part of the time. In Sept. of 1851 went to Missouri and
taught in Liberty for a year, and also preached as opportu-
nity offered. In the summer of 1852 commenced teaching
and preaching in the town of Louisanna, Mo.

Eeceived the degree of A. M. at Amherst 1847. Is un-


Born in Griswold, Ct., Oct. 2, 1816. Studied Theology
at East Windsor Hill. Ct., and completed the regular course
in 1842. Afterwards, preached for some time in Pairhaven,
Mass., in Lisbon and Warren, Ct., in Washington Village,
E. I. and South Deerfield, Mass. Was ordained and install-
ed Pastor of the Church in Lewis, N. Y., June 8, 1846.
But soon began to experience a failure of sight and
was for a time threatened with total blindness. Was in
consequence obliged to resign his pastoral charge at the
end of two years. From the time of leaving Lewis till
April 1850, was engaged in such farm work as was adapted
to his impaired health and imperfect vision. Since 1850
has preached as stated supply for the church in Bozrah, Ct.
Suffers much still from impaired sight ; is not able to read
at all in the evening, and has no prospect of recovery.

Was married Oct. 2, 1844, to Olive Huntington, daugh-
ter of Dea. Daniel Huntington of Griswold, Ct., and has
two children.


Mr. Bailey was born in West Newbury, Mass., Sept. 15, 1808.
He joined our class the senior year. After graduating he
studied divinity with Bev. Dr. Ide, of Medway, Mass. He was
ordained and installed Pastor of the Congregational Church
in Dighton, Mass., Jan. 31, 1844, and in November of that
year his labors were closed by death. The following para-


graph is from his funeral sermon preached by Rev. Alvan
Cobb of Taunton, Mass.

" In 1842 he was approved as a christian Minister, by that
ancient and venerable body, Mendon Association. In 1843
he came among this people, when your state was critical,
trying, and at the some time joyful. God was then among
you by his Holy Spirit, effectually calling sinners to repent-
ance and to the Saviour. Your state seemed to require in
a minister, age, experience, wisdom, prudence and consum-
mate skill. Our beloved brother Bailey, by the course he
has pursued, led us to look upon him with astonishment
at the great grace and ministerial discrimination that char-
acterized all his movements in the solemn concerns of the
soul. His ardent and consistent piety, his firmness of chris-
tian purpose, his mildness, sobriety and talent, enabled him
to do his great work more like the matured experienced
Divine, than the youthful unmatured novitiate. He was
able, through Christ who strengthened him, to lead this
beloved people through their then critical state, to preserve
their unanimity, and many of them, to seek a safe retreat
in the bosom of the church of God."


Born in Otisco, N. Y., January 5, 1815. Joined the
class the Junior year. Studied Theologv at Auburn 1839-
1841. Was licensed to preach in April of 1841 and was
ordained and installed Pastor of the Congregational Church
in Hartford, N. Y., in June 1842. In October 1844, re-
moved to Scipio and became Pastor of the Presbyterian
Church in that place. Owing to failure in health, was com-
pelled to dissolve the pastorol relation to that people in 1850.
Went to Illinois and preached two years to the Congrega-
tional Church in Bloomington, as stated supply. Then re-
moved by invitation to Cambridge in the same State and be-



came Pastor of the Congregational Church in that place in
the summer of 1852.

Was married Sept. 20, 1841, to Lucy Dewy, of Westfield,
Mass. Has one son.


Mr. Bancroft was horn in Boston, Mass., May 4, 1819.
He studied Theology at Andover, 1839-1842, and continued
one year as a resident licentiate. He received the degree of
A. M., at Amherst in 1842.

"During his seminary course, Mr. Bancroft was distinguish-
ed for his refinement of taste; his fertility of invention,
and his luxuriant and beautiful imagination. He was
very laborious, though less inclined in the earlier than in the
latter part of his studies, to devote his best strength to the
proper Seminary course. Each successive year found him less
indulgent to his rovings of inclination and more vigorous
in the work of discipline. And the course of intellectual
and theological training which he planned and entered upon
at the close of his Seminary studies, was in the highest de-
gree comprehensive and severe. From the time of his grad-
uation, his mental activity was most intense. His constitu-
tion could not long endure it. In the winter and spring of
1843 he would study and read and write all day, with per-
haps the brief recreation of a social call in the evening, sit
up late, and retire to sleep not more than half the night,
rise in the morning and minute down the plans of sermons
which he had made during those sleepless hours. During
the autumn of 1843 he remained in Boston, preaching oc-
casionally. In the winter ensuing he went to Dover, N. H.,
and supplied that pulpit for several weeks. He returned
home in March with a distressing cough and dyspepsia, and,
as he himself said, symptoms of consumption. Late in the
spring ho started on a journey towards the south, fainted
on the Sabbath in Mr. Barnes' church in Philadelphia, and


hastened home to die. He clung to life strongly at first,
but yielded, and fell sweetly asleep in Jesus on the 25th of
August, 1844,

You ask for my impressions of Mr. Bancroft as a man, as
a christian, and as a scholar.

As a man, — in pure mindedness, magnanimity, delicacy
and honor, I have known no young man his superior. He
was devoted in his friendship, and decided in his preferences,
yet liberal in his sympathies, kind in his intercourse, and
universally beloved. A character more genial and disinter-
ested, is seldom found.

His mind was more eminently poetic than philosophical.
Though clear and symmetrical, imagination was on the
whole the most striking quality. When in the seminary, it
seemed to me I never met a man of such rich and beautiful
imagination, and I think so still. His perceptions were
quick and his acquisitions rapid ; and had he devoted him-
self to the assigned studies of his class, he was capable of
very high relative attainments. His mind was remarkably
fertile and suggestive. He was literally an ever flowing
spring. He could not be dull. His thoughts were always
fresh and bright, and his wit and humor always ready to
sparkle. It was the remark of his most distinguished in-
structor in the seminary, " Mr. Bancroft was one of the few
young men of genius that have gone from this Institution."

He was a man of fervent piety. His mind and his heart
clung intensely to the doctrines of grace. His religion
mingled naturally and unaffectedly in the current of life
and thought and feeling. His mirthful temperament might
convey to some the impression that he lacked deep serious-
ness of mind and heart, but it would have been a mistake.
There were defects in his religious character, but they were
disappearing ; and especially during the last eighteen months,
spiritual affections were ripening under the hand of disci-
pline. And when God took him at last from his opening


promise and his many friends, lie leaned tranquilly on the
arm of Christ, and passed pleasantly away to brighter
hopes and purer loves in the mansions of God." s. C. B.


Born in Canton, Cfc. Sept. 3, 1815. Joined the Class
Senior year. After graduating, taught school at South wick,
Mass., one year. Studied Divinity at the Theological In^
stitution East Windsor Hill, Ct., 1840-1842. Soon after leav-
ing the seminary, was settled in the ministry at Hitchcock-
ville, Ct.

Was married August 23, 1842, to Lucretia Taylor of Can-
ton, Ct. Has one adopted child.

Received the degree of A. M. at Amherst in 1842.


Mr. Bartlett was horn at Plymouth, Mass., June 15, 1817.
After graduating, he taught school some time in New Bed-
ford. Subsequently he established himself in mercantile
business in New York City.

He was married August 15, 1843, to Sophia Ashmead of
Philadelphia, and died at New Bedford, November 14, 1852,
leaving two sons.

He received the degree of A. M. at Amherst 1842.

The following is a copy of the letter which Mr. Bartlett
sent to be read at the class meeting in 1852.

Brooklyn, N. Y., Aug. 2, 1852.
Dear Class-mates of Amherst : —

God, in wisdom and mercy, no doubt, has prostrated me
on a bed of sickness, which prevents my meeting with you,
but very shortly will gather me to the beloved Bancroft, Car-
penter, and others who have gone to their reward.

Brethren and Fellows, work while the day lasts. The
death-bed works wonderful changes in the estimates of heav-
en and earth, of soul and body.



Mercantile pursuits have engaged my attention since last
we met, in 1847. In eight months, consumption has wasted
me nigh to death. By the sovereign grace of God, and
through Christ to a poor sinner, I hope to reach the heaven-
ly Canaan. Pray, brethren, that Jordan's waters may he
low when I pass through them. Too weak to write more.
God bless you ; bless the guardians and instructors of our
Alma Mater, with the Holy Ghost, is the last prayer of
Yours, Ellis Bartlett,

Class of 1839.

Is a physician in Brooklyn, N. Y. Has not reported.


Born in Hadley, Mass., Nov. 4, 1817.

After graduating, taught some time in Ashfield and Had-
ley, Mass., in Westmoreland Co., Va., and in Williamsburg,
Mass. Studied Theology in the Union Theological Semina-
ry, N. Y. city, 1841 — 1844. Taught the ensuing autumn,
in Eoyalston, Mass., and spent the winter following in Had-
ley. Preached a year in Bennington, Vt., from May, 1845 ,
then went to Pawlet, Vt., and was ordained and installed
pastor of the Congregational Church, Feb. 25, 1847. Was
dismissed Sept. 27, 1853, and went to Bellows Falls, Vt., to
preach for one year.

Was married July 10, 1848, to Jane M. Jones, of Pawlet,
Vt. Has one daughter.


Mr. Carpenter was born in Ashford, Ct., Aug. 8, 1812.
At the age of 19, he became personally interested in the Be-
deemer, made a public profession of his faith, and joined the
Congregational Church in Eastford, Ct. Of his circumstan-
ces in early life, he said : — " I am but a poor farmer's boy,



whom the Lord has condescended, as I trust, to call from fol-
lowing the plough, to go forth and speak in the ears of lost
and dying men, his messages of grace."

He fitted for college at Monson Academy. After graduat-
ing from college, he taught in Pittsfield, Mass., somewhat
more than a year, after which he entered the Theological In-
stitution at Edit Windsor Hill, Ct. While absent from the
Seminary, engaged in teaching, in the Autumn of 1851, he
was attacked Avith hemorrhage from the lungs, which ren-
dered it necessary for him to suspend his studies for a seas-
on. Being on a visit to his friends in western New York, for
the improvement of his health, he received license to preach,
from the Chatauque Association. Subsequently he returned
to the Seminary, and prosecuted his studies till sometime in
1844. He was married Sept. 8, 1844, to Sarah A. Field, and
immediately started for Sinclearville, Chatauque Co., N. Y.,
where he had been invited to preach, and in September of
the following year, he was ordained and installed as pastor
of the Congregational Church in that place. In the early
part of the next summer, it became evident that his health
was failing, and that relaxation from the severity of his la-
bors was necessary. He accordingly left his people, and
visited Boston, with the intention of preaching in vacant pul-
pits, as opportunity offered. Here he was again attacked
with bleeding at the lungs, and it became necessary for him
to cease preaching altogether.

In the autumn of this year, an opportunity for temporary
employment at the South, was offered him, which he accept-
ed, in the hopes of receiving benefit from a milder climate,
and went to Mobile, where he spent the winter, but contin-
uing to decline, he started for home in the following March.
Having proceeded as far as Beaver, Pa., his strength failed,
he ceased journeying, and on the 17th of April, 1846, the
day after his arrival at Beaver, he sweetly fell asleep in Je-
sus, without a struggle or a groan. His remains were car-


ried to Sin clear vQle, and interred among the people of his
pastoral charge.

Mr. Carpenter possessed great mildness of disposition, uni-
ted with more than ordinary talents, and no small degree of
energy of character. Had his life and health been spared,
there is reason to believe that he would have earned a wide-
spread reputation, having true merit for its basis, and caus-
ed the savor of his life to be like ointment poured forth.
But God took him ; his sun went down at noon-day. He
left a bereaved wife and child, and many, many friends to
mourn his too early death. As a preacher, he was able ; as
a man, greatly respected ; as a friend, judicious, and as a
christian, eminently pious.

He received the degree of A. M. at Amherst, in 1842.


Born in Westhampton, Mass., July 15, 1816. Studied the-
ology at Cambridge, 1839 — 1842. Was ordained in Nov.
1843, and became pastor of a church in Savannah, Ga. In
Nov. 184G, he became pastor of the then 2nd church in Box-
bury, Mass., now the 1st church in West Boxbury. In Dec.
1851, was invited to the East Church in Salem, Mass., and
was installed as colleague with Bev. James Flint, D. D. Be-
ceived the degree of A. 31. at Amherst.

Was married Sept. 1, 1845, to Susan Frances Preston,
daughter of Judge Preston, of Maine.


Sometime after graduating, Mr. Clark became a member
of the Auburn Theo. Sem., which he left in 1841. He
then preached a year in Groton, N. Y., and in the autumn
of 1843, he removed to South Doerfield, Mass., where he re-
mained through the winter. In the spring of 1844, he went
to Sullivan, N. H., and was about to be ordained and instal-
led ; but on the fourth of July he made an address in the



open air, and took a violent cold, which soon became seated
on his lungs, and terminated in consumption. He died at
South Deerfield, Oct. 12, 1844. He was a zealous and de-
voted christian, and gave promise of much usefulness as a

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