|Birth: ||Apr. 26, 1817|
|Death: ||Feb., 1853|
Birth: 17 APR 1817 (?) in Bedford Co., PA
Wayne County, Wooster, Page 417
The citizens of Wooster were shocked on Thursday morning, March 3, 1853, on the reception of a letter announcing the death of Samuel Hemphill, Esq., a distinguished member of the Wooster bar, which took place in Hart county, Kentucky on the 22d day of Frebruary 1853. On the 15th of March, and soon after the intelligence of his sad fate, the members of the bar convened at the office of McSweeney 7 Jones, Hon. Edward Avery being appointed to the Chair, and J. H. Harris Secretary, to draft resolutions expressive of the sense of the meeting upon the sudden and melancholy death of their brother. Levi Cox, Ezra Dean, William Given, John McSweeney and Enos Foreman were appointed the committee, with the further authority to adopt suitable measures in reference to attending his funeral. This committee reported on Thursday evening, March 17, from which we extract a single resolution;
Resoved, i. That in this unexpected death of Mr. Hemphill, we have lost an intelligent, talented and honorable member of the legal profession and that we deeply regret and deplore the loss of his society, individually and professionally, of which, by this melancholy dispesnsation, we have been so early and suddenly deprived.
On Monday, March 28, 1853, Hon. Levi Cox moved the Court, Hon. Martin Walker on the bench, to order the proceedings and resolutions of the Wooster bar concerning the death of Mr. Hemphill, to be entered upon the journal of the Court.
Mr. Hemphill was born in Bedford county, pa., on the 26th of April 1817. When about ten years old - in 1827 - he removed with his father to Wayne county, Ohio. At about seventeen years of age he was sent to college at Athens, Ohio, where he entered the Sophomore class. He spent two years at college and then commenced reading law with Hon. Levi Cox, of Wooster, with whom he was associated as partner after hsi admission to the bar. He was about nineteen years old when he commenced the study of law, reading two years prior to his admission.
On the 5th of November, 1844, he was united in marriage by Rev. William McCandlish, to Miss Mary S. Bentley, daughter of Benjamin Bentley, Esq. He died in the thirty-sixth year of his age. His remains reached the family residence in Wooster on the 10th of March and on the 13th they were committed to the grave in the old Seceder church burial ground, by the Masonic Order, brethern of the bar and a vast concourse of the citizens. In November 1858, he was removed from this place of rest and buried in the Masonic lot in the cemetery, the second person buried there.
Had Mr. Hemphill lived, he would have greatly distinguished himself as a lawyer. He was a man of noble personal mien; had a grand, generous nature, an original and superior order of genius, great tenacity of purpose and was a brilliant and magnetic orator. With general and universal lamentation he was prematurely consigned to the grave. "There let his majestic, noble form and nature repose in peace, far beyond the reach of the ills and storms of this life, until he shall be called away to a higher, better and happier home. He has gone from us forever; his tongue is motionless in death and that voice which so much plased and delighted men with its powerfulargumetation and elocution is now mute and hushed in the silence of the tomb. It will no more respond to the calls of another earthly court. It will go more resound in anecdote or joke, social converse, bleeding satire or forensic strives, but respond in joy to the calls of the peaceful, glorious heavenly courts on high."
Father: Adley Hemphill b: 29 NOV 1790 in Bedford Co., PA
Mother: Jane Taylor b: 1789 in Bedford Co., PA
Married: Mary S. Bentley
Marrued: 5 Nov 1844
Old Seceder Church Burial Grounds
Plot: In Masonic lot
Created by: Zoe Tom
Record added: May 17, 2010
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