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Joseph Sinclair
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Birth: Mar. 16, 1819
Anderson County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Jun. 7, 1898
Polk County
Missouri, USA

Death of Rev. J. Sinclair.

Rev. Joseph Sinclair died this morning at eight o'clock. He has been suffering from heart disease in an acute form for several weeks, and the end has been expected. Mr. Sinclair was a minister of the M. E. church and pastor of the Bolivar church in 1872. He was a man whose genuine piety and worth gained universal respect and esteem. His life was spent in good works, and many who have been aided and comforted by his ministration will sorrow at his departure and bless his memory.
Bolivar Herald, Thursday, 7 June 1898.

Rev. Joseph Sinclair

The death of this gentleman which occurred last Thursday morning, the 9th [?] inst., was briefly mentioned last week.
He was born in Anderson county, Tennessee, March 16, 1819. In 1849 he removed to Illinois. In 1850 he went to California, but remained there only about a year. After his return he lived at various places in the "American bottom," a large and fertile tract comprising several counties bordering the Mississippi river, and for a number of years he was employed in a mill by the late R. G. Affleck at Columbia, Illinois.
During his Illinois residence he was ordained a minister of the M. E. church, and supplied a number of churches there. In April, 1870, he removed to Bolivar and became pastor of the church here. He was succeeded in 1872 by Rev. Nathan Jewett, who died during his term, the unexpired portion of which was filled by Mr. Sinclair. Soon afterwards he requested and obtained the local relation, and has not been regularly in charge of any church, though laboring in the ministry as his strength and opportunity permitted until the end.
Mr. Sinclair was twice married previous to his residence in Missouri. He was again married April 28, 1874, to Mrs. Lydia Drake, relict of Jesse Drake, who now survives him. The ceremony was solemnized by Rev. R. G. Affleck, who preceded him to the grave a few years ago. Mr. Sinclair leaves no children.
During his residence in Illinois Mr. Sinclair asked and received the initiatory degree of Masonry, in Columbia Lodge No. 174, and in 1886 was made a Master Mason in Bolivar Lodge No. 195. His devout mind was much impressed by the teaching of this order, and he delighted to mingle with his brethren in fellowship of the order. For many years he served the lodge as its chaplain, filling the position with singular appropriateness and zeal.
It is probable there have been none among us who have lived so free from reproach as Joseph Sinclair. He commanded the respect of all, and the sincerity of his piety never has been questioned. Our community is better from his worthy life and example.
Funeral services were conducted at the home Friday afternoon, by Pastor B. D. Jones, assisted by Rev. R. E. Burks of the Baptist church. On the conclusion of these services Bolivar Lodge No. 195 A.F.& A.M. conveyed the body to Greenwood Cemetery, and deposited it with the impressive ceremonies and honors of masonry.
Bolivar Herald, June 1898

Family links: 
  Abraham L. Sinclair (1799 - 1873)
  Nancy Jones Sinclair (1799 - 1870)
  Lydia C. Smith Sinclair (1835 - 1910)
  Joseph Sinclair (1819 - 1898)
  Elizabeth Sinclair Parker (1824 - 1877)*
  Charity Sinclair Henderson (1826 - 1910)*
  William Clark Sinclair (1835 - 1893)*
  James W. Sinclair (1838 - 1864)*
  Mary E. Sinclair Clute (1840 - 1900)*
  Martha Frances Sinclair Parker (1843 - 1930)*
*Calculated relationship
Greenwood Cemetery
Polk County
Missouri, USA
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Record added: Mar 10, 2011
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