|Birth: ||Mar. 27, 1798|
|Death: ||Jan. 18, 1888|
Died at 89 yrs, 10mos, while living with his daughter, Mrs. H.W. Hilton, in N. Tweksbury, MA, near Lowell, but was buried at Sutton, VT.
A Noted Free Will Baptist Minister:
At age 17, he was in "trials of his mind regarding his duty to preach" when he met Daniel Quimby, who gave him relief, and Jonathan began a lifetime of useful labors. He was soon after licensed by the Sutton Free Will Baptist Church. In summer of 1816, he crossed NH on foot to attend the meeting of the NH Yearly Meeting at Parsonfield, ME. He offered to care for the horses at the meeting, and was admitted for entertainment to the house of Eld. John Buzzell.
Multitudes assembled which the meeting house could not hold. Finally Sunday came, Eld. John Buzzell arose, but after a few words he confessed, "brethren, I have not got the word; if anyone has it, let him stand forth." Immediately the Vermont boy, trembling by the pulpit stairs, and the burden of God upon his soul, arose to his feet and began to deliver his message. Then Eld. Buzzell said, "Hold on lad!" rising in his pulpit. "Brethren, shove some planks out of the window and give the boy a chance." They removed one of the side windows, ...made him a platform where he could stand and preach to the throng outside as well as the multitude within the house. His text, "the spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek." He poured forth his message; strong men wept, sinners trembled, and confessed, and there was not a day like that in the history of that church.
And when in after time, candidates for baptism were examined, more than a hundred dated their conviction for sin and beginning of a life of consecraton from the sermon of that day.
Johnthan Woodman was ordained in 1818 at age twenty, as pastor of the Effingham, N.H. church. Later he entered upon an extended pastorate with the Sutton church, at the same time preaching in several adjoining places.
In 1825, he was one of the nine who perfected plans and bore the financial responsibility for the publication of "The Morning Star." He suggested the name for the paper and rode forty miles through the mud to purchase the paper for the first issue. For two years he was one of the proprietors of the Printing Establishment, for seven years a trustee, and for thirty-one years a corporator.
He served in many and several important committees for the Church, and in 1843, became the first president of the Anti-Slavery Society. Indeed, he was earnest and active in all the great undertakings of the denomination.
For two terms he sat in the Vermont Legislature. In 1828 he was chaplain to that body. (see online "Free Will Baptist Cyclopedia" for complete resume of his labors).
In 1848, he was chosen by the FWB Gen. Conference to be a delegate along with another minister, to England's General Baptist Conference, and while away kept a diary of his travels, which diary is now in Bates College Edmund Muskie Archives and Special Collections, Lewiston, ME.
At the close of his last pastorate, in Sutton, VT, in 1883, he went to live with his daughter in Mass. where he died five years later. One personally acquainted with him adds: "He was a powerful and acceptable preacher, especially gifted in prayer, mighty in the Scriptures, a man of blameless life, a Christian eminently spiritual and cheerful. The whole denomination looked up to him with reverence. Many of other denominations appreciated his catholic spirit."
In 1819 he married Charlotte Jackson, of Madison, N.H. who died in 1832. In 1833 he married Mrs. Mercy Eaton of Danville, VT who died in 1877. Of his four children but two survive, the daughter who administered in tenderness to his last needs, and Jonathan Woodman, of Pelham, NH.
Charlotte Jackson Woodman (1797 - 1832)
Mercy B. Woodman (1797 - 1876)
Lucius C.D. Woodman (1828 - 1883)*
Sutton Village Cemetery
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Record added: Sep 02, 2010
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