Dea Benjamin Swain

Dea Benjamin Swain

Hampton Falls, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 22 Aug 1836 (aged 76)
Gilmanton, Belknap County, New Hampshire, USA
Burial Belmont, Belknap County, New Hampshire, USA
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DEATHS - In Gilmanton August 22d, Deacon Benjamin Swain, a Revolutionary pensioner, aged 76. Dea. Swain was born of respectable parents, at Hampton Falls, June 1760. At an early age he appears to have imbibed the spirit of liberty, for he served his country more than two years in the Revolutionary war. But soon after he entered into a better service - that of his Maker, and made a public profession of religion in the town of Hopkinton. Here he met with a severe trial in the loss of his first wife. On his second marriage he removed to Gilmanton, in which town he passed the remainder of his life. Soon after the church at Meredith Bridge was organized, he was united with it by letter and was elected its first deacon. In this office he continued till death, always, it is believed, filling it with credit to himself and benefit to the church. As a Christian, Dea. Swain was eminent and devoted. Few men have exhibited a more exemplary life. But it was not by example alone that he accomplished good; his hand and tongue were always ready to act and speak for Christ. He possessed all the christian graces, but seemed to excel in humility, confidence in God, Christian consistency, decision and boldness. It might almost be said of him, as was said of the celebrated Scottish reformer, John Fox, that "he never feared the face of man" when in the way of duty. He was a consistent observer of the Sabbath and endeavored to induce others to regard the sacred day. He was a constant worshipper in the house of God, when not prevented by Divine Providence; his place was always occupied though he dwelt several miles from the accustomed house of worship. In the close of life when confined at home by many infirmities, he evidently grew in grace and became more and more meet for Heaven until "like a shock of corn fully ripe" he was gathered to his fathers. May his aged and bereaved widow and children be comforted in the thought that their bereavement is his gain, their sorrow his eternal joy. For we read that "the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance." The editors of the Observer and the Baptist Register, and Printers in Me. and N.Y. are &c. [The (Concord) New Hampshire Patriot and State Gazette, 12 Sep 1836, page 3]

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