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writers, engravers, and designers, and had a regular workshop
for the production of books. Nevertheless, his mind, which
was exceedingly suggestive, was the architect of every thing.
By unceasing industry in his vocation, the volumes of his
compilation numbered upwards of three hundred. He was a

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scholar of ripe attainments, well versed in the Spanish and
French languages. Although his talents and attainments were
universally admitted to be of a high order, his love of study
and reading never flagged. Every new publication, from which
he hoped to derive fresh information, was read with attention ;
and his wonderfully fine memory treasured up all of interest.
In 1843, the honorary degree of doctor of laws was conferred
upon him by Marshall College in Pennsylvania.

He married, 4 May, 1830, Sarah Ann Burditt, daughter of
James White and Mary (Rhoades) Burditt, of Boston. They
had ten children, all born in Philadelphia; viz., 1. Mary Cor
delia, born 28 April, 1831. 2. Caroline Augusta, born 3 July,
1833 ; married, 8 March, 1854, Dr. J. R. Rowand. 3. James
W. Burditt, born 31 July, 1835 ; died 15 December, 1835."
4. Sarah Annie, born 20 May, 1837. 5. George Frederic,
born 16 October, 1839. 6. Frances Emily, born 19 May,
1842 ; died 6 August, 1846. 7. Morton, bom 6 February,
1845 ; died 5 February, 1847. 8. Charles William, born 10
April, 1848. 9. Arthur Burditt, born 17 January, 1851. 10.
Francis Burditt, born 5 November, 1855 ; died 15 April, 1857.

Mr. Frost s domestic relations were those of a sincere Chris
tian, a most loving husband, and a kind parent. A long life of
incessant study and labor ended with a peaceful and happy
death. Weighed down in his last years by business perplexi
ties and troubles, his perfect trust in a protecting Providence,
and his gentle loving-kindness in his family, were never disturbed
by worldly difficulties. His last illness was very short, and his
death fearfully sudden : yet, though often in severe bodily pain,
his mind was, through all his sickness, calm, quiet, and peace
ful ; seeming to have laid aside all earthly cares, to wait in
perfect love and hope the release from his burdens here.

1824. Rev. GEORGE WASHINGTON BURN AP died in Bal
timore, Md., 8 September, 1859, aged 56. He was son, and
the youngest of thirteen children, of Rev. Jacob, D.D. (H.C.
1770) and Elizabeth (Brooks) Burnap, and was born in Mer-
rimack, N.H., 30 November, 1802. His father was born in
Reading, Mass., 2 November, 1748; was ordained pastor of


the church in Merrimack, 14 October, 1772 ; and died 26 De
cember, 1821, aged 73 ; having sustained his pastoral relation
ship with his people upwards of forty-nine years. His mother
was the daughter of Caleb and Ruth (Albree) Brooks, of Med-
ford, Mass., and sister of the late Gov. John Brooks. The
subject of this notice was fitted for college at the academy in
Thetford, Yt., and graduated with high honors. After leaving
college, he studied theology at the Divinity School in Cam
bridge. He was ordained pastor of the First Independent
(Unitarian) Church in Baltimore, 23 April, 1828, as successor
of Rev. Jared Sparks (H.C. 1815), where he labored with
great acceptance until his decease, a period of thirty-one years.
In this outpost of the Unitarian faith, although not gifted with
such an address as might be supposed to captivate a Southern
audience, he soon obtained a standing in his congregation, and
a reputation with the public, such as few clergymen have en
joyed ; and maintained them unimpaired through his ministry.
He retained to the last an earnest simplicity of character,
which was his peculiar trait ; and commanded universal respect
for his genial disposition and high Christian aims. He was not
brilliant, but was solid ; and his discussions, whether social or
from the pulpit, were marked by strict logic and conscientious
fairness. His publications, mostly upon religious topics and
moral subjects, were numerous, and of a high order of merit.
His social position in Baltimore gave him a wide sphere of use
fulness, independently of his labors in his pastoral relation ; and
he did much, by means of lectures, to elevate and refine public
sentiment, and to diffuse useful knowledge. He was a member of
the Maryland Historical Society ; and was one of the board
of trustees of the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, the build
ing for the accommodation of which has just been erected.
His thorough scholarship, and his large acquaintance with
books, rendered his aid in that body most valuable, particularly
in connection with the organization of the library, a subject in
which he felt a deep interest. In 1849, the degree of doctor
of divinity was conferred upon him by Harvard College.

He married, 18 July, 1831, Nancy Williams, daughter


of Amos A. Williams, Esq., a distinguished merchant of Bal
timore. They had three children, one son and two daugh
ters ; of whom the son and one daughter died in infancy. The
other daughter and her mother are living.

He published, in 1835, a volume of "Lectures to Young
Men on the Cultivation of the Mind, the Formation of Charac
ter, and the Conduct of Life ; " in the same year, a volume of
"Lectures on the Sphere and Duties of Woman ;" in 1842,
"Lectures on the History of Christianity." In 1844, he con
tributed to Sparks s American Biography a memoir of Leonard
Calvert, first Governor of Maryland. In 1845, he published
" Expository Lectures on the Principal Texts of the Bible
which relate to the Doctrine of the Trinity ; " a volume of
"Miscellanies," and a "Biography of Henry T. Ingalls." In

1848, he published a small work entitled "Popular Objections
to Unitarian Christianity Considered and Answered ; " and, in
1850, twenty discourses "On the Rectitude of Human Nature."
He was a contributor to the pages of the " Christian Examiner "
from the year 1834.

1824. CALEB MORTON STIMSON died in Newton Lower
Falls, Mass., 6 July, 1860, aged 56. He was son of Samuel
and Susanna (Bigelow) Stimson, and was born in Newton,
13 April, 1804. His father, who was son of Jeremiah and
Sarah Stimson, was born in Boston in 1765 ; was brought up
a merchant ; travelled abroad to some extent ; and finally settled
in business, as a grocer, on Long Wharf, Boston, having en
tered into partnership with his younger brother, Caleb. He
was married, 4 July, 1796, by Rev. John Thornton Kirkland,
to Susanna Bigelow. They had but two children, the subject
of this notice, and one elder brother who died in infancy. When
the yellow-fever broke out in Boston, his father relinquished
business, removed to Newton, where he purchased a farm, on
which he lived until his death, which took place in November,

1849, at the age of eighty-four years. His mother was the
daughter of Thorn is and Betsey (Wales) Bigelow, of Wal-
tham, Mass. Young Stimson was fitted for college mostly by
Rev. Charles Train, of Framingham, Mass. (H.C. 1805), but


passed a few months in completing his preparatory studies at
Milton Academy. After leaving college, he studied law in part
at the Law School in Cambridge, and partly in the office of
Hon. Lemuel Shaw (H.C. 1800), of Boston. He was admit
ted to the bar in Boston in 1827 or 1828, but did not enter into
practice ; for, being an only child, at his father s express desire
he went to reside with him at Newton, and remained there, with
the exception of some brief intervals, during the remainder of
his life. Inheriting an ample competence, and his health having
been for many years in a very feeble state, he pursued no regular
business. Possessing a most amiable disposition, he led a
blameless life, and finally passed away with calmness and com
posure, leaving no enemy behind him.

He married, 27 April, 1847, Charlotte Augusta Crehore,
daughter of Lemuel Crehore, of Newton, but had no children.
His wife survived him.

1825. HILARY BRETON CENAS died in New Orleans, 26
October, 1859, aged 53. He was son of Blaise and Catharine
(Baker) Cenas, and was born in Philadelphia, 5 November,
1805. He was prepared for college by Rev. James F. Hull,
rector of Christ Church, Philadelphia. On leaving college, he
chose the profession of law, and pursued his studies under
the instruction of William Christy and John R. Grymes, of New
Orleans ; and, after his admission to the bar, he opened an office
in that city, where he practised for several years ; but subse
quently relinquished it, and established himself as a notary-
public. He was a gentleman of great affability of manner, was
highly esteemed for his many excellent personal qualities, and
retained the confidence of a large business-acquintance in the
exercise of the duties of his important profession.

He married, February, 1833, Margaret Pierce, of New Or
leans, who survived him. They had thirteen children, seven
sons and six daughters, of whom two sons and all the daughters
survived him.

1830. JOHN WHITE BROWNE, of Boston, was instantly
killed in Braintree, Mass., 1 May, 1860, by accidentally falling
from the platform of a railroad-car while the train was in motion.

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He was fifty years of age. He was son of James and Lydia (Vin
cent) Browne, and was born in Salem, Mass., 29 March, 1810.
His father was the eldest lineal descendant of Elder John Browne,
the ruling elder of the First Church of the Massachusetts-Bay
Colony at Salem, whose acceptance of the eldership the Rev.
Mr. Higginson made the condition of his own settlement as
pastor. His great-grandfather, for whom he was named, was
John White ; whose daughter, Mary White, was the wife of
Elder William Browne, and mother of James Browne, the father
of John White Browne. Both William and James were elders
in the East Church, Salem, Unitarian, under the pastorate of
the late Dr. William Bentley (H.C. 1777), James succeed
ing at the death of his father.

The subject of this notice was fitted for college at the Salem
Classical School, under the charge of Theodore Ames and Henry
Kemble Oliver. While in college, he was the chum of Hon.
Charles Sumner. He attained a very high rank of scholar
ship in his class, and graduated with distinguished honors. He
studied law one year at the Law School at Cambridge, one year
with Hon. Rufus Choate (D.C. 1819), and one year with Hon.
Leverett Saltonstall (H.C. 1802) in Salem. He practised his
profession several years in Lynn, Mass. ; but, about twelve
years before his death, he removed to Boston, where he continued
in practice, principally as a conveyancer, until his decease. In
1837, he was elected a representative to the legislature ; and
in 1838, during his absence from the state, he was nominated by
the whig party of Essex county as a candidate for the state
senate. On his return, he declined the nomination, for the rea
son that he was unwilling to become the candidate of any party
for political office. From that time he carefully avoided political
prominence (although he took a warm and constant interest in the
course of public affairs), devoting himself with extreme assiduity
to the business of his profession. He took an especially service
able part in almost every effort for criminal reform, and for the
improvement of prison discipline, during his long period of active
professional service ; and was also earnestly, though quietly,
devoted to the promotion of the antislavery movement. His


daily life was an exhibition of a noble, highly cultivated intellect,
of the purest morality, and the gentlest kindly feelings for the
welfare of the whole human race.

He married, in 1842, Martha Ann Gibbs, daughter of Capt.
Barnabas Lincoln, of Hingham, Mass. They had but one
child, a daughter (Laura Lincoln Browne) , who, with her
mother, survived him.

1830. Dr. HENRY LINCOLN died in Lancaster, Mass.,
29 February, 1860, aged 55. He was son of William and Ta-
bitha (Kendall) Lincoln, and was born in Leominster, Mass.,
11 August, 1804. His father was a farmer, and died in Leo-
minster, 27 December, 1846. His mother was daughter of
Edward Kendall, of Fitzwilliam, N.H., originally from Leo-
minster. He was fitted for college, in part, by Hon. Joseph
Gowing Kendall (H. C. 1810), of Worcester, Mass., then
practising law at Leominster ; and in part at Lawrence
Academy in Groton. After leaving college, he went to Phila
delphia, where he studied medicine under the instruction of Dr.
Samuel Jackson, of that city ; and received his degree of M.D.
at the University of Pennsylvania in 1834. Returning to Mas
sachusetts, he established himself in Lancaster, where he acquired
an extensive practice, and was highly respected. He married,
14 February, 1838, Martha Bond; and had children,
William Henry (who died before him), Mary Catharine, Ellen
Sears, Martha Bond, Francis Newhall, and Edward Hartwell.
His widow survived him.

1838. ABEL Fox died of consumption, in Quincy, 111.,
14 November, 1859, aged 41 years. He was son of Oliver and
Mary (Dorr) Fox, and was born in Fitchburg, Mass., 21 Au
gust, 1818. His mother was sister of the late Samuel Dorr, of
Boston, for many years president of the New-England Bank.
The subject of this notice was fitted for college partly at Leices
ter Academy, and completed his studies at Exeter (N.H.)
Academy. He did not study a profession ; but, soon after he
graduated, removed to Quincy, 111., and devoted himself to
agriculture. He there married the widow of his brother, Henry
Fox. Her maiden name was Abby Whittemore, formerly of
Boston. He left no children.

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1843. ELTSHA WIXSLOW TRACY died in Hampshire,
Kane county, 111., 5 February, 1860, aged 36. He was son
of Elisha and Lucy C. (Huntington) Tracy, and was born
in Norwich, Conn., 8 April, 1823. His name originally was
Winslow Decatur Tracy, which was changed soon after he
graduated. He was fitted for college at the academy in
Cheshire, Conn. He pursued his professional studies at the
Law School in Cambridge. Having come into possession of a
considerable fortune soon after leaving college, by the death of
his father, he went to Chicago, 111. He was admitted to the
bar in the fall of 1844, and at once took a high rank in his
profession. The "Chicago Times" thus speaks of his abilities :
" His powers of intellect were indeed remarkable. His mind
possessed that comprehensive quality which beholds a subject at
once in all its various aspects, and perceives their relations and
bearings without the labor of study. Its habit was eminently
philosophical, its tone strong and vigorous. He w T as no follower
of other men s thoughts. His utterance, whether in a set speech
or unpremeditated debate, betrayed an originality of thought, a
clearness of comprehension, which are seldom found even in our
most eminent men. His imagination, too, was .extremely fine;
and his speeches very frequently embraced figures and tropes of
surprising beauty. Indeed, an elevated poetical quality, united
with originality of ideas and philosophical treatment of subjects,
were the distinguishing characteristics of his oratory."

Mr. Tracy never held any political office. He married, in
November, 1858, Lizzie Thayer, a young and amiable lady
of Chicago ; and with his bride went immediately to Europe,
where he spent about a year in travelling in England and on
the Continent. On his return, he purchased a form in the town
of Hampshire, Kane county, with the design of abandoning the
law, and engaging in agriculture. There he died, leaving a
widow only twenty years of age, but no children.

1848. JAMES ATHERTON DUGAN died in Brewster, Mass.,
5 June, 1860, aged 33. He was son of James and Sophia
(Atherton) Dugan, and was born in Boston, 4 February, 1827.
He received his education wholly at the public schools in Boston,



and was prepared for college at the Latin School. He was a
remarkably studious, bright, and exemplary scholar when a boy ;
so much so, that three Franklin medals were awarded to him at
three several schools which he attended ; namely, at the Wells
School in 1838, at the English High School in 1842, and at the
Latin School in 1844. While in college, he attained a high
rank in scholarship, and was a great favorite among his class
mates. But in his junior year his health failed, so that he was
unable to continue his studies ; and he was obliged to leave. He
went a voyage to Rio Janeiro, and returned with his health in a
great measure restored ; and his degree was conferred upon him
in 1851. After his return, he taught a private school in Bed
ford, Mass., for some time ; after which he was engaged as an
assistant in the school of Mr. Epes Sargent Dixwell (H.C.
1827) in Boston. He next removed to Brewster, Mass., where
he opened a private school, which he continued as long as his
health would permit. He was a popular teacher, of unblemished
moral character ; and his early death was a sad affliction to his
family and friends. His father died suddenly at Brewster, while
on a visit to that place, 10 August, 1858, aged 66.

He married, 5 August, 1852, Helen, daughter of Elijah
Cobb, Esq., of Brewster. They had three children, two sons
and one daughter, who, with their mother, survived him.

1848. SAMUEL PARSONS died in Philadelphia, 28 October,
1859, aged 30. He was son of Samuel and Mary Brown
(Allen) Parsons, and was born in Boston, 2 May, 1829. He
was fitted for college at the public Latin School in Boston,
where a Franklin medal was awarded to him for superior scholar
ship. He held a highly respectable rank in his class, and gradu
ated with distinction. After leaving college, he pursued the
study of law, partly in the office of Charles Bishop Goodrich
(B.C. 1822), and partly in that of William Brigham (H.C.
1829), of Boston. Having been admitted to the bar, he opened
an office in Boston ; but, his health failing, he left the city, and
resided for a time on his father s farm in Newton, where he in a
great measure recovered, and then concluded to change his resi
dence to Philadelphia, but did not long survive after his removal
to that city. He was unmarried.

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1848. Dr. ADAMS WILEY, of Roxbury, Mass., died in
Clifton, Mich., to which place he had gone for the benefit of his
health, 2 April, 1860, aged 33. He was son of Thomas and
Margaret (Wright) Wiley, and was born in Boston, 16 Novem
ber, 1826. He was a twin, the two graduating in the same
class. As they were born the same year that, the two presidents,
Adams and Jefferson, died, their parents named them Adams
and Jefferson respectively. The father of the subject of this
notice was born in Reading, now South Reading, Mass., 7
August, 1784 ; and died in Roxbury, 25 May, 1860 ; having
survived his son only seven weeks and four days. His mother
was born in Boston, 23 March, 1791 ; and his parents were
married by Rev. John Murray, 2 December, 1810. He was
fitted for college at Lunenburg Academy, of which John Rod
man Rollins (D.C. 1837) was principal. While in college, he
was a diligent student, attained a very respectable standing in
scholarship, and his deportment and moral character were with
out a blemish. After leaving college, he pursued his professional
studies at the Tremont Medical School in Boston ; and, having
received his degree of M.D. in 1852, he established himself in
Roxbury, where, by his judicious practice, he became quite popu
lar, and the prospect opened to him a wide field for success and
eminence in his profession. During his residence in Roxbury, he
was appointed one of the physicians of the dispensary ; and
was also secretary of the athenaeum, in which institution he
took a lively interest. Amiable in his disposition and manners,
cultivated in mind and tastes, genial and generous in his feel
ings, pure and exemplary in his whole conduct and character,
he was esteemed and loved by a large circle of kindred and
friends. His death came upon him somewhat unexpectedly, but
it was singularly calm and beautiful; and, to quote an expression
from a pencilled note written by him but the (Jay before his
decease, he was " full of faith in a God who had showed his love
for sinners." He was never married.

1852. CHARLES WEXTWORTH UPHAM died in Buffalo,
N.Y., 2 April, 1860, aged 29. He was the eldest son of Hon.
Charles Wentworth (H.C. 1821) and Mary Ann (Holmes)


Upbam, and was born in Salem, Mass., 19 August, 1830.
His father, who was son of Judge Joshua Upham (H.C. 1763),
of Brookfield, Mass., a refugee, was born in St. John, N.B.,
4 May, 1802. His mother was daughter of Rev. Abiel (Y.C.
1783) and Sarah (Wendell) Holmes, of Cambridge, Mass.

In the summer of 1839, young Upham was sent to St. John,
N.B. (where his aunt, Fanny Wendell, resided), to improve his
health ; where he spent nearly seven months. On his return the
following year, he went to the Ropes farm in Danvers, where
he passed the summer, and where he repeatedly went ; his pa
rents, on account of his health, always sending him away from
school during the summer season. In the interim he attended the
Salem schools, and finally there completed his preparation for
college at the Latin School, under Mr. Oliver Carleton (D.C.
1824). In the summer of 1847, with Darwin Erastus Ware,
of his class, and Henry Stone, who entered Harvard, but gradu
ated at Bowdoin College, he went to Portland by steamboat.
There he and his companions, dressed in pedestrian style, went
on foot round the White Mountains to Andover, Me., back to
Winnipiseogee, thence through Concord, N.H., home, all the
way on foot, having been absent twenty-one days. In the sum
mers of 1849 and 1851, he also made excursions to the White
Mountains ; and, in the vacation in his senior year, he journeyed
to Brandon, Vt., to Washington, D.C., and to Providence,
R.I. He was college marshal at the inauguration of President
Sparks in the spring of 1849 ; chief-marshal at the celebration
of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the battle of Bunker Hill,
17 June, 1850 ; chief-marshal at the railroad jubilee celebra
tion in Boston, in September, 1851 ; chief-marshal at the class-
day ; and vice-president at the class-supper. He suggested the
idea of class-daguerrotypes, first carried out in the class to which
he belonged, and which has since been succeeded by photographs
in later classes.

Immediately after graduating, he entered the Law School at
Cambridge ; and, after remaining the usual period, he received
the degree of bachelor of laws ; was admitted to the bar,
and opened an office in Salem. In 1855, he went to Europe,

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where he remained about two years, enriching his mind by vis
iting the most interesting portions of England and the Continent,
and increasing his stock of useful information ; but, as he was
about to leave England on his return, the first symptoms of that
fell disease, consumption, appeared, which terminated his life.
In the summer of 1857, he removed to Buffalo, where he estab
lished himself in the practice of his profession ; having been
admitted a partner with Hon. S. G. Haven and William Dor-
sheimer, under the firm of Haven, Dorsheimer, and Upham.
The firm was originally Fillrnore, Hall, and Haven. With a
handsome person, fine colloquial powers, and a mind enriched
by the observations and experiences of foreign travel, he was a
favorite with all who knew him, and every thing seemed to pro
mise for him a brilliant and successful career. It was, however,
otherwise ordered ; and he was cut down in the morning of life :
but he submitted to his inevitable doom with a cheerful, Chris
tian resignation, and with a full confidence of a blessed immor
tality beyond the grave.

He married, 22 June, 1859, Mary, daughter of Hon.
Solomon G. Haven, of Buffalo ; who survived the partner of
her affections.

The members of the bar in Buffalo held a meeting on the
evening of the 4th of April, at which appropriate and respectful
tributes were paid to the memory of their youthful associate ;
and subsequently attended the funeral in a body, pursuant to a
vote to that effect.

1854. JAMES BROWN KENDALL died at the residence of
his father, in Saxonville (Framingham, Mass.), 9 October,
1859, aged 25 years, lacking two days. He was the only son
of Rev. James Augustus (H.C. 1823) and Maria Boyle
(Brown) Kendall, and was born in Medfield, Mass., 11 Octo
ber, 1834. When about two and a half years old, he removed
with his parents to Saxonville ; about two years later, to Stow,

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