Friday, May 31, 2013

Obituary of Dexter Witter, Class of 1824, in 1885 Yale College Obituary Record

Obituary of Dexter Witter, Class of 1824, included in the June 1885 edition of the Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale College.  He spent his life in the ministry at Burton, Ohio.

The last few pages of this booklet are a Summary of the deceased graduates and an index, all pages of which appear at the end of this post.

Dexter Witter, son of Deacon Septimus and Anna (Kingsley) Witter, was born in Hinsdale, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, July 15, 1803. In his early childhood, his father removed to Aurora, Portage County, Ohio. He entered College from Aurora, at the beginning of Sophomore year.

After graduating he taught in the academy at Burton, Geauga County, Ohio, (where he had prepared for College, for two years, and then entered the Auburn (N.Y.) Theological Seminary, where he spent two years. Being licensed to preach in October, 1818, he preached his first sermon in Burton, and was immediately invited to become a candidate for settlement in the Congregational church in that town. As a result of this invitation, he was there ordained and installed on the 25th of March following. This pastoral relation relation was continued harmoniously and pleasantly for twenty years, when at his own request, owing to infirm health, it was dissolved. During the most of the next seven years he preached to neighboring feeble and destitute churches as a home missionary. In the summer of 1857, the pastor in Burton having resigned, Mr. Witter was invited to resume his work there, and continued in the service as stated supply for the next ten years. For the rest of his life, he remained in Burton, in feeble health. He died there, Aug. 31, 1884, in his 82d year. He was thus through a long professional life identified with a single community, and his example and influence won the deepest universal respect.

He married, in June, 1839, Miss Emily Moss, daughter of Jared Moss, of Augusta, N.Y., who died September 16, 1855. He next married, in March, 1859, Miss Mary DeForest, who survives him. He had no children.

He was a trustee of Western Reserve College, from 1855 to 1876.


Augustus H. Abernethy, Class of 1864
Adolph Asher, Class of 1872

Robert M. Baker, Class of 1856

T. Jefferson Bassett, Class of 1853

Henry C. Beardslee, Class of 1826

Lewis S. Benedict, Class of 1834
Michael D. Benedict, Class of 1836
Theodore H. Benedict, Class of 1840
Frederick N. Bennett, Class of 1841
James Berdan, Class of 1824
George W. Blagden, Class of 1823
David Booth, Class of 1819
Marius Brandegee, Class of 1843
C. Lewis Brent, Class of 1849
Daniel Chadwick, Class of 1845
Henry Childs, Class of 1846
James H. Clendenin, Class of 1872
George H. Coffey, Class of 1859
Thomas Cowles, Class of 1829
S. Sherwood Day, Class of 1827
Sherman Day, Class of 1826
John DeForest, Class of 1826
James T. Dickinson, Class of 1826
Richard V. Dodge, Class of 1840
George B. Dusinberre, Class of 1855
Aaron R. Dutton, Class of 1837
Barnabas M. Fay, Class of 1833
George W. Fisher, Class of 1859
Samuel A. Fisk, Class of 1844
Samuel H. Fletcher, Class of 1824
Thomas E. Franklin, Class of 1828
William Frazier, Class of 1832
Theodore Gilbert, Class of 1825
George Goodyear, Class of 1824
John M. Gordon, Class of 1830
George M. Hanners, Class of 1823
Winthrop B. Hawks, Class of 1882
Thomas R. Hubbard, Class of 1829
William Hutchison, Class of 1854
Joseph H. Isham, Class of 1865
Thomas H. Jackson, Class of 1850
Barclay Johnson, Class of 1882
Ross Johnston, Class of 1870
Francis E. Kernochan, Class of 1861
Alfred Lambert, Class of 1843
Frank A. Langworthy, Class of 1872
Cortland L. Latimer, Class of 1832
Edward A. Lawrence, Class of 1884
James N. Lea, Class of 1834
Charles A. Lewis, Class of 1829
Allyn C. Loomis, Class of 1883
Oliver E. Lyman, Class of 1876
Darius Mead, Class of 1828
Timothy T. Merwin, Class of 1827
Charles L. Mills, Class of 1835
Hiram Moses, Class of 1825
George C. Murray, Class of 1845
William Norton, Class of 1829
John J. Orton, Class of 1842
Lewis R. Packard, Class of 1856
Francis H. Palmer, Class of 1847
David C. Perry, Class of 1833
Stephen T. Robinson, Class of 1827
Charles M. Runk, Class of 1845
William H. Russell, Class of 1833
Murray C. Shoemaker, Class of 1864
Benjamin Silliman, Class of 1837
Jonathan Silliman, Class of 1817
Elbert J. Smith, Class of 1847
Charles G. Southmayd, Class of 1856
John B. Staples, Class of 1827
Hezekiah Sturges, Class of 1841
Frank H. Taylor, Class of 1878
John L. Taylor, Class of 1835
Chauncey M. Thompson, Class of 1854
Albert Todd, Class of 1836
Charles Tracy, Class of 1832
Alexander C. Twining, Class of 1820
David A. Tyler, Class of 1844
Leonidas C. Vinal, Class of 1880
Jonathan Wales, Class of 1871
Jacob K. Warner, Class of 1850
D. Ellis Willes, Class of 1850
William L. Williamson, Class of 1853
Leonard Withington, Class of 1814
Dexter Witter, Class of 1824
J. Hampden Wood, Class of 1866
Robert W. Wright, Class of 1842
Edward Wurts, Class of 1832

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