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1844. FRANCIS WILLARD SAYLES was killed on the New-
York and New-Haven Eailroad, at Norwalk, 6 May, 1853, as
he was on his return from a journey to the South. He was son
of Willard Sayles, and was born in Boston, 30 September,
1823. Was a merchant, of the firm of Sayles, Merriam, and
Brewer, in Boston.

1846. JAMES MORRIS died at Staten Island, N.Y.,
28 January, 1853, aged 27. He was born in the city of New
York, 19 March, 1825 ; and was, by profession, a civil en

1847. Dr. JAMES BEMIS ADAMS died of yellow fever at
CuraQoa, West Indies, 16 January, 1853, aged 28. He was
son of William Henry Adams, and was born at Lyons, Wayne
County, N.Y., 12 January, 1825. He studied medicine, and
received the degree of M.D. at the New-York Medical School
in 1851.

1847. MARK SIBLEY ADAMS died in San Francisco,
19 February, 1853, aged 25. He was son of William Henry
Adams, and was born at Lyons, Wayne County, N.Y. , 10 April,

1849. JAMES PIERCE, of Brookline, died at sea of con
sumption, 29 May, 1853, on board ship "Parliament," on the
passage from Liverpool to Boston. He was son of James
Pierce, and was born in Dorchester, 20 November, 1825.

1849. AUGUSTUS WARREN WHIFFLE was scalded to death,
4 September, 1852, at Saugerties, N.Y., on board the steam
boat " Reindeer," in consequence of the bursting of the boiler.
He had just completed his studies at the Theological School at

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1852. ALFRED WELLINGTON COOKE died at Weston,
Mass., 3 August, 1852, aged 22 years. He was the son of
Josiah Wellington and Sarah (Hancock) Cooke, and was born
in Cambridge, Mass., 25 August, 1830. He began his prepa
ratory course for college at the Cambridge High School, where
he remained till the last two years, which he spent at the classi
cal school of Edmund Burke Whitman (H.C. 1838), in the
same city. During his last school vacation, before entering
college, he suffered an attack of bleeding at the lungs, from
which, in a few days, he appeared to entirely recover ; but
though after that his health seemed to be good till the last year
of his college-life, yet the seeds of disease were probably lurk
ing in his system, and he gradually sank under confirmed pul
monary consumption. By class-day he had become so ill, that
he was unable to take part in its exercises. During his whole
college-course, he was an earnest, faithful student, and performed
his scholastic duties with untiring perseverance. In spite of his
failing health, he continued to labor, till, from bodily weakness,
he could no longer attend the recitations. Never was a more
worthy example of scholarly devotion shown than was displayed
by him in feebly going to and from his college-exercises, after all
could see that the hand of death was already upon him. His
energy, though quiet, was indomitable ; and, if a resolute will
could ever avert the approach of mortality, his would have
done so.

From his earliest years, he was impressed with the need of
a religious life ; and, at the age of twelve, he made a profession
of his faith, and united with the First Baptist Church of Cam
bridge (of which Rev. Joseph White Parker was then the
pastor), 24 March, 1842. When very young, he had displayed
great talents for music and painting. He played with much
ability upon the piano and the organ ; and his first and untaught
efforts with the pencil showed a hand by no means unskilful.
He was extremely persevering, and never idle. When not
engaged upon his college-studies, he was always busy with his
brush or pencil, or playing upon some instrument of music.
Careful in his choice of friends, and invariably preferring merit


to numbers, he was faithfully devoted to those he had. They
who knew him best thought most highly of him, and warmly
appreciated both his talents and his unassuming virtues. It was
ever his earnest desire to visit Italy, for the purpose of perfecting
himself in the arts he loved so well. He would often exclaim,
with true artistic fervor, " I shall certainly see Italy before I
die ! " but Providence had ordained that he should look upon a
fairer land than that.

Only a few days before his death, he received an appointment,
at a liberal salary, as teacher of music in a Southern academy.
He had applied for this in the hope that rest from mental exer
tion and a year s residence in a warmer climate might restore
his failing health ; but, when the letter announcing his engage
ment reached him, he was too weak to answer it. Reserved
and gentle in his manners, ever fearful of obtruding himself
upon the society of others, cordial and kind towards all, his
short life flowed on peacefully into the ocean of eternity. With
his promising talents and abundant sources of enjoyment,
he had much to live for ; and it is matter for deep sorrow, that
a youth so bright was so early clouded by the approach of

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1784. THOMAS GREENLEAF died in Quincy, 5 January,
1854, aged 86. He was son of John Greenleaf, and was born
in Boston, 15 May, 1767. He was for many years an apothe
cary in Boston : his shop was No. 62, Cornhill, now Washing
ton Street.

1786. Eev. EBENEZER HILL died in Mason, N.H., 27
May, 1854, aged 88. He was son of Samuel Hill, and was
born in Cambridge, 29 January, 1766 ; was ordained at Mason,
3 November, 1796.

Cambridge, 5 November, 1853, aged 87. He was son of
Nathaniel Prentiss, saddler, of Cambridge, and his wife Mercy
(Pierce) , and was born in the old tavern building near Porter s
hotel, in Cambridge, 7 August, 1766. He studied medicine
with Dr. Israel Atherton, of Lancaster (H.C. 1762) ; and
settled in Marlborough, where he remained twelve or thirteen
years. He then removed to Roxbury, where he had charge of
the Latin School eight years, and fitted many distinguished men
for college ; he also practised medicine in Roxbury j and was
town-clerk over thirty years. On leaving Roxbury, in 1850,
he presented to the Roxbury Athenaeum a set of valuable books.
For the last few years of his life, he resided with his son-in-law,
the Rev. Mr. Banvard, in West Cambridge.

1789. Rev. AARON GREEN died in South Andover, 23
December, 1853, aged 89. He was born in Maiden, 2 January,
1765 ; was ordained as pastor of the First Church in his native
town, 30 September, 1795 ; resigned 8 August, 1827, and soon
afterwards removed to Andover, where he passed the remainder
of his days.



1789. Hon. NAHUM MITCHELL, of East Bridgewater,
died suddenly in Plymouth, 1 August, 1853, aged 84. He
was son of Gushing Mitchell, and was born in Bridgewater, 12
February, 1769. He was a lawyer by profession ; was for
many years chief justice of the Old County Circuit Court of
Plymouth ; was representative in Congress at a most important
period of our history ; was representative and councillor in our
state legislature ; was for several years librarian of the Massa
chusetts Historical Society ; and published a valuable history of
his native town.

1790. Hon. SAMUEL CHANDLER CRAFTS died in Crafts-
bury, Vt., 19 November, 1853, aged 85. He was son of
Col. Ebenezer Crafts (Y.C. 1759), and was born in Wood
stock, Conn., 6 October, 1768, where his father then resided;
but the family soon after removed to Sturbridge, Mass., and
Samuel C. was fitted for college at Leicester Academy, of
which his father was one of the principal founders and patrons.
Soon after leaving college, he moved with the family to Crafts-
bury, where his father died in 1810, and where he ever after
resided. In 1792, he was appointed clerk of the town; which
office he held, by yearly re-elections, for thirty-seven successive
years. In 1796, he was chosen member of the legislature; and,
the two following years, was elected clerk of the same. He was
again elected to the legislature in 1800, 1801, 1803, and 1805.
From 1800 to 1810, he held the office of first assistant judge
of the County Circuit Court; and, after that time to 1816, was
chief judge. In 1816, he was elected a representative in
Congress, and was continued a member for eight years. In
1828, he was chosen governor of the state, and was re-elected
in 1829 and 1830. In 1842, he was appointed, by the execu
tive of the state, to a seat in the Senate of the United States,
in place of Judge Prentiss, who had resigned ; and, at the fol
lowing meeting of the legislature, he was chosen for the re
mainder of the period for which Judge Prentiss had been elected.
From that time to his death, he retained no important public
office, exept that of justice of the peace for the town.

1796. FRANCIS DANA died in Cambridgeport, 28 Decem-

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her, 1853, aged 76. He was son of Hon. Francis Dana
(H.C. 1762), and was born in Cambridge, 14 May, 1777.
He was a merchant by profession ; and he passed several years,
after he entered into business, in Russia, Germany, India, South
America, and the western regions of our own country. In the
latter part of his life, he represented his native town in the
state legislature.

1797. Hon. DANIEL ABBOT died in Nashua, N. H., 3
December, 1853, aged 76. He was son of Timothy Abbot of
Andover, and was born in that town, 25 February, 1777. He
studied law with Parker Noyes of Salisbury, N.H. (D.C.
1796), where he was a fellow-student with Daniel Webster.
In 1802, he commenced the practice of law in Londonderry,
X.H., but moved to Dunstable the same year. He represented
the town in the legislature many years, and was once a member
of the senate. He was president of the Nashua Manufacturing
Company for several years of its early existence ; president of
the Nashua Bank many years ; president of the Nashua and
Lowell Railroad Company for fourteen years after its incorpora
tion ; president of the Wilton Railroad from its organization
till within a short time before his death ; and, for a long period,
president of the Hillsborough-County bar.

1797. Rev. FREEMAN PARKER died in Wiscasset, Me.,
24 April, 1854, aged 78. He was born in Barnstable, 13
July, 1776; ordained at Dresden, Me., 2 September, 1801,
and was minister there about twenty-five years ; when he resigned
his pastoral charge, and removed to Wiscasset. On the fiftieth
anniversary of his ordination, he went to Dresden, and preached
an occasional sermon to his former congregation. This was the
last discourse he ever delivered. He was blind for upwards of
forty years before his death.

1798. JOHN ABBOT died in Westford, 30 April, 1854,
aged 77. He was born in Westford, 27 January, 1777 ; and
was a lawyer in his native town.

1799. BARTHOLOMEW BROWN died in Boston, 14 April,
1854, aged 81. He was son of John Brown, and was born in
Danvers, 8 September, 1772; was a lawyer in Sterling from


1803 to 1809, when he removed to East Bridge water, where he
continued in practice of his profession till about ten years before
his death, when he removed to Boston. He possessed great
talent for music ; and, in connection with the late Judge Mitch
ell, he edited, for about twenty years, the "Bridgewater Collec
tion of Church Music," in which book may be found many
pieces of his composition. He wrote the calendars in Thomas s
" Old Farmer s Almanac " for fifty-nine years successively.

1800. Rev. JOSHUA BATES died in Dudley, 14 January,
1854, aged 77. He was born in Cohasset, 20 March, 1776 ;
was ordained at Dedham as colleague-pastor of the First Church
with the Rev. Jason Haven (H.C. 1754), 16 March, 1803;
resigned 10 February, 1818, and, the following month, was in
augurated president of Middleborough College, Vt. ; which office
he held till 1843, when he resigned, and was installed the same
year as pastor of the Congregational Church in Dudley, where
he remained till his death.

1800. Dr. JOHN D WIGHT died in Roxbury (Jamaica
Plain), 5 August, 1853, aged 78. He was born in Shirley,
22 December, 1773 ; studied medicine with Dr. John Jeffries,
of Boston (H.C. 1763) ; practised his profession in Boston
till 1844, when he joined the " Community " in West Roxbury,
where he remained about four years, continuing the practice of
his profession among them. He then removed to Jamaica
Plain, where he passed the remainder of his life.

1801. JOSIAH ADAMS died in Framingham, 9 February,
1854, aged 72. He was son of Rev. Moses Adams, of Acton
(H.C. 1771), and was born in that town, 3 November, 1781.
He was a lawyer in Framingham.

1804. ANDEEWS NORTON, of Cambridge, died in Newport,
R.I., 18 September, 1853, aged 66. He was son of Samuel
Norton, of Hingham ; and was born in that town, 31 Decem
ber, 1786. In 1801, he entered college a year in advance, and
was the youngest in his class. After graduating, he studied
divinity, but was never ordained. In 1813, he was appointed
librarian, which office he held till 1821. He was also, in 1813,
appointed Dexter Lecturer. In 1819, when the Theological

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School was organized, he was elected Professor of Sacred Liter
ature, which office he resigned in 1830. In 1833-4, in connec
tion with Charles Folsom, Esq., he edited "The Select Journal
of Foreign Periodical Literature," which closed with the fourth
volume. The elaborate theological works of Professor Norton
are well known.

1806. JAMES DAY died in Paxton, Mass., 1C December,

1853, aged 74. He was born in Paxton, 14 December, 1779.
After leaving college, he studied law, but soon relinquished the
profession, and devoted himself to teaching in his native town
and the vicinity.

1806. ABRAHAM MOORE died in Boston, 30 January,

1854, aged 69. He was born in Bolton, Mass., 5 January,
1785 ; studied law with Hon. Timothy Bigelow (H.C. 1786) ;
and settled as a lawyer in Groton in 1809, where he resided till
1815, when he removed to Boston.

1807. Rev. JOSHUA CHANDLER died at the Massachusetts
General Hospital, in Boston, 31 May, 1854, aged 67. He was
son of Major Abiel Chandler, of Andover, where he was born

15 May, 1787; was ordained at Swanzey, N.H., 20 January,
1819 ; dismissed 26 November, 1822 ; installed in Orange,
27 November, 1822 ; dismissed 31 October, 1827 ; installed in
Bedford, 20 January, 1836 ; dismissed and installed in Pem
broke, 9 February, 1842 ; dismissed, and removed to Boston,
where he spent the remainder of his days.

1807. Rev. PHINEAS FISH died in Cotuit (Barnstable) ,

16 June, 1854, aged 69. He was born in Sandwich, 30 Jan
uary, 1785; was ordained at Marshpee, 18 September, 1812;
and, for more than forty years, was a devoted and faithful mis
sionary to the Indian tribe at that place.

1807. WILLIAM COFFIN HARRIS died in Portsmouth,
N.H., 22 November, 1853, aged 65. He was seized with an
apoplectic fit in his school-room, fell on the floor, and died
within ten minutes afterwards. He was son of Abiel Harris,
of Portsmouth, where he was born 17 March, 1788. He had
been a teacher in Newington and Portsmouth between thirty
and forty years ; and, for faithfulness, energy, and thorough-


ness in tins capacity, was greatly distinguished and highly

1807. Hon. JAMES GUSHING MERRILL died in Boston,
4 October, 1853, aged 69. He was son of Rev. Giles Merrill
(H.C. 1759), and was born in Haverhill, 27 September, 1784.
He was a lawyer in Boston ; and, for many years, was one of
the judges of the Police Court.

1808. JOSEPH BOLLES MANNING, of Rockport, died sud
denly in Ipswich, 22 May, 1854, aged 67. He was born in
Gloucester (now Rockport) , 5 March, 1787; was for several
years a lawyer in Ipswich ; and afterwards removed to Glou

1810. Hon. JAMES GORE KING died in New York,
4 October, 1853, aged 62. He was the third son of Hon.
Rufus King (H.C. 1777), and was born in New York, 8 May,
1791. He went with the family to England, on the appoint
ment of his father, in 1796, as minister from the United States
to the court of St. James. He was placed at school near
London for some time ; and was afterwards sent to Paris, where
he also attended school. He returned to the United States in
the year 1805, and was fitted for college by the Rev. Dr.
Gardiner, of Boston. After graduating, he commenced the
study of law with Peter van Schaick, Esq., of Kinderhook ;
and completed his studies at Litchfield under the instruction of
Judges Reeve and Goold. He afterwards turned his attention
to commerce, and formed a commission-house in Xew York,
which he soon after transferred to Liverpool. In 1823, he
returned to New York, and became a partner in the banking-
house of Prime, Ward, and King ; and subsequently, on its
dissolution, was the head of the house of James G. King and

1810. Dr. RUFUS KITTREDGE died in Portsmouth, X.H.,
21 February, 1854, aged 64. He was son of Dr. Benjamin
Kittredge, of Tewksbury, Mass., where he was born 28 June,
1789. His father, who died at the age of 81, had eight sons
and three daughters. All the sons reached manhood, and w r ere
all physicians. Dr. Rufus was the last of the brothers. He

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had been a resident of Portsmouth since 1817 ; had an extensive
practice in his profession, and enjoyed the confidence of the

1810. Dr. THOMAS GARDNER MOWER died in New York,
7 December, 1853, aged 63. He was son of Thomas Mower,
and was born in Leicester, 18 February, 1790, but removed
with the family, at an early age, to Worcester. He studied
medicine with Dr. Thomas Babbitt, of Brookfield (H.C. 1784).
He was appointed surgeon s mate in the Ninth Regiment of United
States Infantry, 2 December, 1812, and immediately joined his
regiment in winter-quarters at Burlington, Yt. On the 30th
of June, 1814, he was promoted to the surgeoncy of his regiment,
and continued on the New- York frontier till the close of the
war, February, 1815. The war being ended, he was one of
the regimental-surgeons, out of about forty, that were selected
for the peace establishment. After nine or ten years service on
the frontier, the last two on the Upper Missouri, he was placed
on special duty in the harbor of New York, and charged with
the various duties pertaining to the station. Here, with occa
sional absences on duty, he was continued till the time of his

1811. Dr. JOSEPH WHEELAVRIGHT died in Heathsville,
Northumberland County, Ya., 24 August, 1853, aged 61.
He was born in Newburyport, 29 December, 1791. He es
tablished himself as a physician in Yirginia, and for nearly forty
years was actively engaged there in the practice of his profes
sion. His loss was deeply felt by a large circle of friends.

1812. JAMES FOSTER GOULD died in Canton, Miss.,
14 February, 1854, aged 61. He was born in a part of Dor
chester which is now South Boston, 24 November, 1791 ; was
a teacher, first in Baltimore, and afterwards at the South.

1813. EDWARD HIXKLEY died in Baltimore, 28 June,
1854, aged 63. He was born in Barnstable, Mass., 26
August, 1790. He was a lawyer by profession, and for many
years had been a prominent member of the Baltimore bar.

1814. Hon. ELIJAH PAINE died in New York, 7 October,
1853, aged 57. He was son of Hon. Elijah Paine, of Wil-


liamstown, Yt. (H.C. 1781), where he was born 10 April,
1796 ; studied law with Judge Cady, of Montgomery County,
N.Y., and settled in New- York City as a lawyer about the year
1823. In 1849, he was elected one of the justices of the
Superior Court, and discharged the duties of his office as long
as his health would permit. His term would not have expired
till 1 January, 1857.

1816. Bev. WILLIAM DANIELS WISWALL died in Eoxbury,
30 November, 1853, aged 66. He was son of Timothy and
Diadama Wiswall, and was born in Milford, 23 October, 1787.
His name, originally, was Lot Wiswall. He was ordained at
Ellsworth, Me., 5 July, 1837 ; dismissed 5 July, 1839. He
was never settled over any other society, but preached occa
sionally in various places.

1817. GEORGE STOKER BULFINCH died in Boston, 7
October, 1853, aged 54. He was son of Charles Bulfinch
(H.C. 1781), and was born in Boston, 23 January, 1799;
was a lawyer in Boston, and for some time librarian of the
Boston Library.

1818. THOMAS COOK WHITTREDGE died suddenly of
apoplexy, in Salem, 26 January, 1854, aged 54. He was son
of Capt. Thomas Whittredge, of Salem, where he was born
28 May, 1799. He adopted the maritime profession, and was,
for some time, master of a merchant-ship ; but, several years
before his death, he retired from active life.

1820. Rev. ALEXANDER YOUNG died in Boston, 16
March, 1854, aged 53. He was son of Alexander Young, and
was born in Boston, 22 September, 1800 ; was ordained pastor
of the New South Church, in Boston, 19 January, 1825.

1822. Hon. CHARLES GORDON ATHERTON, of Nashua,
N.H., died at the Manchester House, in Manchester, N.H.,
15 November, 1853, aged 49. He died of paralysis, with
which he was attacked in the court-house, in Manchester,
while engaged in professional business. He was son of Hon.
Charles Humphrey Atherton (H.C. 1794), and was born in
Amherst, N.H., 4 July, 1804; studied law with his father;
was admitted to practice in 1825, and soon afterwards opened

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an office in Nashua Village, then called Dunstablc. He was
elected to the state legislature in 1830, and in 1831 he was
chosen clerk to the Senate. He was again chosen represen
tative in 1833-6 ; and was Speaker of the House during
three of those years. He was elected representative in Con
gress in 1837, 1839, and 1841 ; was elected senator in 1842,
and took his seat in the Senate in -March, 1843. His term
expired in 1849 ; and he was again elected to that place in
1852, and took his seat in March, 1853.

1822. JOHN THOMPSON died in Centre Harbor, N.H.,
21 January, 1854, aged 52. His house was destroyed by fire ;
and while endeavoring to save an article of furniture which he
highly prized, it being a present from his mother, he perished
in the flames. He was son of Benjamin Thompson of Durham,
N.H., where he was born 2 December, 1801. He was a
practising lawyer in Centre Harbor.

1826. Rev. NATHANIEL PHIPPEN KNAPP died in Mobile,
Ala., 17 February, 1854, aged 46. He was son of Capt. Jo
seph J. Knapp, of Salem, where he was born 25 June, 1807.
He was for a time a lawyer in Marblehead, but subsequently
relinquished the profession ; studied divinity, and became an
Episcopal minister; was ordained priest at Jamaica, N.Y., 15
March, 1837. In 1838, he was instituted rector of Christ Church,
in Montgomery, Ala. ; and afterwards removed to Mobile.

1827. THOMAS KEMPER DAVIS died in Boston, 13 Octo
ber, 1853, aged 45. He was son of Isaac P Davis, and was
born in Boston, 20 June, 1808. He graduated with the high
est honors of his class. He studied law with Hon. Daniel
Webster ; was admitted to the bar in 1830, and opened an office
in Boston ; but, for several years before his death, was an inmate
of the McLean Asylum at Somerville.

1828. CHARLES TRACY MURDOCH died in Cambridge,
25 November, 1853, aged 44. He was son of John Murdoch ;
and was born in Havana, Island of Cuba, 5 January, 1809.
He was a lawyer by profession ; had an office in Boston, but
resided in Cambridge.

1830. JAMES BENJAMIN, of Boston, died in Springfield,



Mass., 28 August, 1853, aged 42. He was son of Aslmr
Benjamin, and was born in Boston, 23 April, 1811. He was
fitted for college partly at Exeter Academy, and partly at the
Boston Latin School. He was a lawyer in Boston.

1830. JOSEPH BARNEY WILLIAMS died in Baltimore, Md. ,
30 August, 1853, aged 43. He was son of Nathaniel Wil
liams (H.C. 1801), and was born in Baltimore, 16 October,
1810. He was fitted for college at the Round-Hill School,
Northampton, and entered the sophomore class in 1827. He
was a lawyer by profession ; and, for many years previous to his
death, was notary-public and commissioner.

1834. DRAUSIN BALTAZAR LABRANCIIE died at his resi
dence in the parish of St. Charles, Louisiana, 25 August,
1853, aged 38. He was born in that place, 12 April, 1815,
and was by profession a lawyer.

1837. EDWARD PINKNEY WILLIAMS died in New Orleans,
18 November, 1853, aged 34. He was born in Baltimore, 9
June, 1819 ; and was a merchant in New Orleans.

1838. JONAS WHITE THAXTER died in Watertown, 1
March, 1854, aged 34. He was son of Hon. Levi Thaxter, and
was born in Watertown, 27 February, 1820. He studied
medicine for a time, but did not pursue the profession.

1842. FRANCIS HENRY APPLETON, of Boston, died at the

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