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Rev John A. Childs

Rev John A. Childs

Birth
Massachusetts, USA
Death 21 Dec 1891 (aged 73–74)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot I 923
Memorial ID 100012730 · View Source
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Widower
Minister
1110 S. 47th, 27th Ward

Philadelphia Inquirer, December 22, 1891

"DEATH OF REV. DR. CHILDS
A Victim of Bright's Disease After a Long Illness
At the Episcopal Rooms in September for the Last Time - Sketch of His Life.

The Rev. John A. Childs, D. D., secretary to Bishop Whitaker, died yesterday afternoon at his residence, Forty-seventh street and Chester avenue, after a lingering illness of over two months, from Bright's disease of the kidneys. The last time Dr. Childs was on duty at the Episcopal rooms, 1102 Walnut street, was September 29, since which time he has been confined to his house.

The deceased was born in Philadelphia and was about 77 years of age. He received his early education at the Lawrenceville Academy, and afterwards graduated at Princeton. He studied law with Charles Chauncey, but subsequently went to the General Theological Seminary, graduating from that institution in 1841. He was ordained July 6, 1841, by Bishop H. U. Underdonk, Christ Church, where he preached his first sermon. He first settled at Waddington, St. Lawrence county, New York, and was next rector of St. Peter's Church, Lewes, Delaware, doing general church work in Sussex county, building St. Mark's Church, Millsboro, and the Chapel of the Holy Comforter of St. George's, Indian River. From Delaware he went to St. David's, Radnor. He afterwards settled in Philadelphia, becoming assistant at Emmanuel Church, Kensington, and afterwards assistant at St. Luke's.

Dr. Childs assisted Bishop Potter in organizing the Episcopal Hospital, doing Church work and acting as the Bishop's Secretary, as well as Secretary of the Diocesan Convention, and various ecclesiastical societies. He aided Bishop Potter in organizing the Philadelphia Divinity School, of which he was a Professor, and was secretary of the boards of the institution, Dr. Childs held the position of Secretary of the Convention since 1865. He was devoted to the business of the diocese, and very seldom took a vacation. In the summer of 1890 he took a trip to Europe, but did not remain there any length of time.

During the early part of last spring he was seriously ill with an attack of the grip, but he recovered sufficiently to assume his duties as secretary of the Diocesan Convention. In August last he took another trip to Europe, and returned, having derived no permanent benefit from the change. Dr. Childs leaves three sons, and a daughter. Arrangements are being made for the funeral services, which will be at Christ church."


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  • Maintained by: Mary Harrell-Sesniak
  • Originally Created by: Meges
  • Added: 1 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100012730
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev John A. Childs (1817–21 Dec 1891), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100012730, citing Woodlands Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Mary Harrell-Sesniak (contributor 46488639) .