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 James F. Essex, Sr

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James F. Essex, Sr

  • Birth 1 Dec 1800 Maryland, USA
  • Death 1 Aug 1867 Georgetown, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Plot Chapel Hill, Lot 511.
  • Memorial ID 80749971

The National Republican August 5, 1867
Georgetown News
Funeral of Mr. Essex. Yesterday afternoon, one of the largest funerals ever witnessed in Georgetown, took place. The last mortal remains of Mr. James F. Essex, a prominent and esteemed citizen, were consigned to the grave, followed by the afflicted relatives, and an immense concourse of sympathizing friends. The ceremonies of the Methodist Protestant Church took place at the residence on High Street near Water and were conducted by the Rev. Mr. Shermer, who delivered an appropriate and affecting discourse, in the course of which the excellent traits of character of the deceased were portrayed In glowing terms, and the reverend divine invoked on all present the necessity of casting an eye to the Creator of the Universe, and asking forgiveness, that they may be better prepared to appear before the throne of the great Jehovah. The funeral was under the charge of Potomac Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, Mr. Joseph F. Birch, undertaker, superintending the details. The coffin was of walnut, covered with black cloth. On the lid was a massive silver plate, bearing the name and date of birth and death of the deceased, and on the sides were silver plates emblematic and symbolic of Masonry, besides four heavily silver plated handles. Upon the top of this sacred receptacle of the honored dead, were placed a number of wreaths and a cross, wrought from white roses by John U. Small, florist.

At 4 o'clock, the cortege moved, Potomac Lodge, with their visiting brethren, numbering about 200, taking the lead, followed by a long array of carriages. The hearse was decorated by six heavy sable ostrich plumes, and drawn
by two milk white horses. The pall bearers were Messrs. Jenkin Thomas, Samuel Cropley, Mr. Adier Sr., John C. Heiston, William E. Bell and William H. Wheatley and John S. Berry Esq. was selected as Chief Marshal.

Along the route of the solemn procession, the sidewalks were lined with people, eager to witness the last sad rites paid to a departed friend and public benefactor.

The cortege moved to Oak Hill Cemetery, and upon the head of the procession entering the enclosure, the Masons halted, and opened line, the pall bearers conveying the coffin, and the mourners following to the grave, which is located south of the chapel. The Lodge then formed in line, and proceeded to the grave, where the final ceremonies took place. The Rev. P.H. Sweet read from the Scriptures, I am the resurrection, saith the Lord, at the conclusion of which Rev. D.A. Shermer offered up an affecting and appropriate prayer. Then followed the impressive and interesting ceremonies of Free Masonry, conducted by Mr. Joseph Libbey Jr., Grand Master of Potomac Lodge, the ceremonies closing with a short prayer by Rev. Daniel Reese.


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  • Created by: SLGMSD
  • Added: 20 Nov 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 80749971
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James F. Essex, Sr (1 Dec 1800–1 Aug 1867), Find A Grave Memorial no. 80749971, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by SLGMSD (contributor 46825959) .