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Deacon John Byron Whitford

Deacon John Byron Whitford

Berlin, Rensselaer County, New York, USA
Death 20 Mar 1901 (aged 64)
Nile, Allegany County, New York, USA
Burial Berlin, Rensselaer County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 100022312 · View Source
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"The Sabbath Recorder", Vol 57, No 13, p 201, Apr. 1, 1901.

Dea. John Byron Whitford was born in Berlin, N. Y., Aug. 19, 1836, and died at Nile, N. Y., March 20, 1901.

His parents were Dea. John and Julia Whitford. His advanced education was secured at DeRuyter Institute and Alfred University.

When 21 years old his father died and he was called into active public business. Jan. 1, 1873, he was married to Mary F. Summerbell. To them were born six children, the oldest of whom died in infancy and was buried at Berlin. The second son, Frank, graduated at Alfred last year, and is now Principal of the school at Little Genesee. Fred and Ferris have been attending Alfred University this year, and Willie and Fannie have been at home. All were at home during the closing hours of their father's life.

Mr. Whitford was baptized in his youth and united with the Seventh-day Baptist church at Berlin. The church, recognizing his sterling manhood and his earnestness and zeal in all Christian work, asked him to serve as deacon, which he consented to do several years prior to his ordination to that office, Oct. 14, 1877.

When he removed from Berlin to Richburg he joined our church at that place, and when, in 1882, he removed to Nile he united with us, faithfully serving in the church as deacon and in other capacities for nearly 20 years. He was appointed Post-master at Nile during the administration of President Arthur, and retained the office till death. For several years he has been Justice of the Peace, and at the time of his death was an honored member of the Friendship Town Board. In early life Bro. Whitford taught a select school at Berlin, and frequently, as teacher or superintendent, served the Sabbath-schools with which he was connected. He was a scholarly man and a believer in higher education for all classes. He was high-minded and unselfish in disposition, and preferred to suffer injustice rather than appear to others to be harsh or severe.

During the last months of his earthly life, as we began to realize that Bro. Whitford was not to be with us long, we realized more and more what a strong Christian man he was, and how much he had done in his quiet way for the cause of righteousness. During these months of failing health his love for his family and for the church of God was frequently expressed. The influences and memories clustering about his life will continue with a large circle of acquaintances, helping them to live purer and more unselfish lives. Funeral services were held at the home on Thursday afternoon, his pastor speaking from Rev. 7: 14. That night the body was taken to Berlin, where it was laid to rest in the family lot in the village cemetery.
W. D. Burdick

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