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Rev James Ladd Atwell

Schuylerville, Saratoga County, New York, USA
Death 20 Sep 1919 (aged 68)
Albany, Albany County, New York, USA
Burial Menands, Albany County, New York, USA
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Troy Conference Loses One of Its Most Distinguished Clergymen
End Comes After a Long Period of Illness
Was a Native of Schuylervllle— Former Troy Pastor.
Rev. James L. Atwell, one of the most distinguished members of the Troy Conference of the Methodist Church, having been considered "the Builder of Churches" of this body, died at 1:45 o'clock this morning at the residence of his son, Richard W. Atwell, 894 Park Avenue, Albany.
Mr. Atwell's death will bring sincere sorrow not only to Methodists of the entire district, but also to residents generally, for besides being an active churchman Rev. Mr. Atwesll was beloved at the many places where he served, during his long stewardship. He was one of the most popular clergymen of the communities which he served so well.
Erected Many Edifices.
Mr. Atwell's greatest work was the erection of churches. He built the beautiful Grace Methodist Church of this city, the Methodist edifice at Hudson Falls, which is considered one of the most artistic structures in northern New York, and the pretty chapel at Whitehall.
A Convincing Preacher.
In addition to that, Mr. Atwell was a preacher of renown, having the gift, of inspired, eloqence that made him an evangelist of the extraordinary type, for his oratory was backed by a comprehensive knowledge and sincere belief in his mission in life. His work at Cobleskill is still remembered, for after a period of preaching there 500 converts were added to the church membership, and this is a record which has seldom been equaled since. Mr. Atwell also served several years as a Conference Examiner.
Born in Schuylerville.
Mr. Atwell was born in Schuylerville on July 11, 1851, the son of Richard N. Atwell, a prominent merchant of that village. Mr. Atwell inherited considerable of his father's business ability and this helped him to make more useful his ministerial career that followed.
Took Up His Duties.
He was received in the ministry of the Methodist Church in 1874 becoming a member of the Troy Conference at that time. His first charge was Clark's Chapel and Sand Lake. He remained there a year and was then assigned to the Ohio Street Methodist Church in West Troy, now the Third Avenue Methodist Church of Watervliet. His pastorate there also lasted a year and for the following two years he was assigned to Middleburgh; then he was at Willlamstown, Mass.. for two more years and from there he preached at Cobleskill, where he conducted his famous evangelistic campaign. This attracted such attention in the Conference that the Grace Methodist Church of this city secured him and he remained here for two years, long enough to build the edifice which that congregation now occupies. After this he officiated at Canajoharie, Westport, Whitehall. Bennington, Vt., Granville, Fair Haven. Vt., Waterford, Hudson Falls and South Glens Falls.
Health Broke Down.
The magnificent work that he did at Hudson Falls in building the beautiful church there proved too much for him and shortly after he had assumed the pastorate of the South Glens Falls church his health began to fail and his condition became such that in 1917 he was obliged to ask the Conference to retire him.
Resided In Albany.
He resided with his son, Richard W. Atwell. at 84 Park Avenue, Albany, from then until his death this morning.
The Survivors.
Besides the son. Mr. Atwell is survived by his wife, who was Caroline Waterbury of Nassau, whom he married forty-four years ago; his brother, Robert Emery Atwell of Cohoes, and his two sisters, Mrs. I, P. Humphrey of this city and Mrs. J. T. Bailey of Louisville, Ky.
The Funeral.
The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon at the residence of the son. Albany District Superintendent Rev. Dr. R. L. Thompson, who was formerly pastor of the Trinity Methodist Church of this city, will officiate and he will be assisted by Rev. Leigh Diefendorf, formerly pastor of the Third Avenue Methodist Church of Wetervliet and now pastor of the Calvary Church of Albany, to which Mr. Atwell belonged, and other clergymen of this Conference. The Interment will be in the Albany Rural Cemetery. There will be no services at the church, the wish of Mr. Atwell being to have the obsequies as simple as possible.
TROY NY DAILY TIMES Saturday 9/20/1919

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 111815702
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rev James Ladd Atwell (11 Jul 1851–20 Sep 1919), Find A Grave Memorial no. 111815702, citing Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, Albany County, New York, USA ; Maintained by James Colbert (contributor 47093604) .