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18800410 - Obituary, Christopher Martin

Cleveland Lakeside Press

Obituary: Christopher Martin

April 10, 1880

Ed. Lakeside Pres.

The tolling of the Methodist Church bell yesterday morning announced to the people the death of our oldest resident - Christopher Martin - at the age of 81 years 6 months and 7 days.  Since his injury last January, by a fall on the ice, he has gradually failed and his death has been daily expected for several weeks.  Bur for him, whose whole life was one of usefulness and honor and faithfulness, death was not dreaded, but eagerly welcomed as a release from earthly cares to a higher and better life.

Mr. Martin was born in Weston, Windsor County, Vermont, October 2, 1795, and being the son of a farmer, was brought up in that occupation.

He arrived one year in the war of 1812, and was wounded in the knee since the bale of Lacole Mills, on the 30th of March, 1814.  He then returned and lived with his father till of age.

He was married the 29th of May, 1817, to Miss Martha Johnson, of Chester, Vermont, with whom he shared the joys and sorrows of life till his death.

After his marriage, he removed to Williamstown, Mass., and while there was converted and joined the M.E. Church.

In February 1821, he, with his wife and one child, came to this state and were the first settlers upon the territory now comprised within the corporation of this village.  At that time all around was wilderness, their nearest neighbor being two miles distant.

He and his wife united with a small Methodist society in West Vienna, and in 1826, he became their leader, the society having increased to 60 members.  In 1830, a society of the M.E. Church was formed in Cleveland and he with other members from Cleveland was transferred to the new society, and he continued as the leader.  In 1833 he received a license to exhort, and in 1839 to preach the gospel.  He was ordained deacon by Bishop Waugh in 1843, and in 1848 he was ordained elder by Bishop Janes.  He served the church as a steward from 1826 through the remainder of his life.

It is believed that he lived a consistent christian life throughout the whole period.  As an exhorter in a new section he visited the settlements near by and stove to lead men to Christ.  As a minister of the gospel, he usually preached twice on Sabbath, his appointments being from 3 to 5 miles apart, thus serving four congregations in a fortnight, besides attending funerals as circumstances required.

In 1842 and 1842, he superintended the building of the M.E. Church here, and himself solicited subscriptions until it was finally paid for.  His labors in the church were all as a local minister, and were done for the good of the Church of Christ, without salary or reward.

In the community he was always active, enterprising and industrious, and an earnest defender of what he believed to be right.  In his last sickness he was patient in the midst of his suffering and without pain passed serenely.

Owner/SourceCleveland Historical Society
Date10 Apr 1880
Linked toUnited Methodist Church, Cleveland, Oswego, New York; Christopher Martin (Death)

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