New York, USA
|Death: ||Dec. 23, 1878|
New York, USA
Freeborn W. Straight
"Soon after his birth in 1806, with his father, William Straight, moved to Walworth, Wayne Co. NY. When about twenty-one years of age he ws converted under the labors of Eld. Lyon and united with the Walworth Free Baptist church. In about a year he was licensed to preach and soon after, with Elder Marks [David], he went to Ontario, Can., where they traveled and labored with great success. Marks, returning, he remained in Canada and supplied the Woodstock and London churches, forty miles apart, and preached at intervening points. More than a hundred were converted during the winter, and he was sent to New York for ordination in March 1828. He remained in Canada several years and churches were formed which grew to become the Ontario Yearly Meeting. Returning to New York, he was inactive for a time. In 1841, he took up the work and a year later he assisted Brother Bathrick at Conneaut, Ohio, and Bro. Dunn at Mecca, many being converted at each place. He was pastor at Conneaut two years, assisted in a great revival in Pennfield, N.Y., and settled as pastor of the church at Fairport for eight years. In the winter of 1851-52 he assisted Bro. Bathrick again at Saco, ME, and more than four hundred were converted in the congregation, the revival being one of unusual power and extending also to other congregations and towns. He seemed almost inspired in his labors here. A part of the following winter was spent in revival work in Saco. After a year at Brockport, he settled at Manchester, N.H., where he remained for three years, and eighty were converted the first winter. After one year at Boston, MA, and two at Saco ME he went to Conneaut OH in 1861, and two years later to Jackson, Mich. He remained there nine years, reorganizing the church and carrying it through many difficulties. He then made his home in Lansing, intending to rest, but could not. He gathered fragments of several churches together at Grand Ledge, encouraged them to build their beautiful brick church, and by his visits aided the churches at Reading, Cambridge, Paw Paw, Bath, Macon, Delta and Leslie. Then in 1877, visiting the scene of his early labors in Ontario, he took charge of two churches in Zorra, and worked with the zeal and ardor of his youth until his sudden death, Dec. 23, 1878. Brother Straight was a man of large and commanding form, and of robust health, rather diffident unless aroused by some exigency, pre-eminently social and companionable. His intellect was of a high order, quick, discriminating and logical. He was several times a member of the General Conference. He died at the post of duty near where he preached his first sermon fifty-one years before, and was buried at Brockport, N.Y., near the scenes of his early ministry."
---from "Cyclopedia of Free Baptists," pub. 1889, by Burgess and Ward.
He was married to Sarah (unk) Straight,(said to be bn in Canada?)and Family Tree says they mar. in Lowell, MA. The 1850 Monroe Co. NY census shows their children: William, 16y; Sara A, 14y; and Celia R, 8y.
Sarah, his wife, d. Mar. 4, 1855, age 43.
He was married to Miriam F. Jenkins, 27 May 1856, Lowell MA. (MA mar. records). They had one son, Fred J., b. ca 1862.
Sarah M Straight (____ - 1855)
Beach Ridge Cemetery
New York, USA
Plot: B.R. II 165
Created by: Ron West
Record added: Jul 31, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 74204504
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A useful and respected minister in the Freewill Baptist denomination, in NY,Michigan, Canada, and other places.Rest in peace.|
winnie vance yandell
Added: Mar. 13, 2013