Rev Stephen Sewell Norton Greeley

Rev Stephen Sewell Norton Greeley

Birth
Gilmanton, Belknap County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 25 Sep 1892 (aged 79)
Gilmanton, Belknap County, New Hampshire, USA
Burial Pittsfield, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, USA
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He was the Son of Stephen Leavitt Greeley, Esq., and Anna Norton; born in Gilmanton, N.H., January 23, 1813; prepared for college at Gilmanton Academy; graduated at Dartmouth College, 1835; studied in this Seminary, 1835-36, and in Gilmanton Theological Seminary, 1836-38, teaching at the same time in Gilmanton Academy. He was ordained over the church at Gilmanton Iron Works, N.H, January 31, 1839, and remained there until 1842. His subsequent pastorates were successively in New Market, N.H., 1842-47; Chicopee Falls, Mass., 1847-51; Great Barrington, Mass., 1852-56; Grand Rapids, Mich., 1857-62; Oswego, N.Y., 1866-73. His health being much impaired, he then returned to New Hampshire, preaching five years for the church in Pittsfield, although residing in Gilmanton. The Gilmanton pulpit being vacant, after the long pastorate of Dr. Joseph Blake, he supplied it from 1879 to 1886. Although retiring then from permanent pastoral engagements, he preached for several summers afterward at the Hillville Church in Canterbury, and often at other places. He preached in the Gilmanton church a few days before his sudden death.

Mr. Greeley published several sermons and contributed much to the local press, both in poetry and prose, the latter being mainly articles of historical interest. He represented his native town in the New Hampshire Legislature, 1879-80. Residing in Michigan at the outbreak of the War of the Rebellion, he became chaplain of the 6th Cavalry of that State, and for three years did laborious and faithful service. The writer well remembers his sun-browned, war-worn appearance when met with " Sheridan's Cavalry " in the woods of Virginia, where they were encamped for a day just before going into the final battles which resulted in the capture of Richmond. Of unique and magnetic personality, of marked gifts as a speaker and writer, of genial humor, sincere sympathy, and catholic spirit, Mr. Greeley was everywhere a successful minister and a beloved pastor.

Mr. Greeley was married, September 29, 1840, to Sarah Barker Curtis, of Pittsfield, N.H., daughter of Rev. Jonathan Curtis and Betsey Barker.

Mr. Greeley died of heart failure, at Gilmanton, N.H., October 25, 1892, in the eightieth year of his age.


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  • Created by: Member#47194125
  • Added: 25 Sep 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 117610917
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Stephen Sewell Norton Greeley (23 Jan 1813–25 Sep 1892), Find A Grave Memorial no. 117610917, citing Floral Park Cemetery, Pittsfield, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, USA ; Maintained by Member#47194125 (contributor 47194125) .