Trumbull County, Ohio
Obituaries and Death Notices
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Rev. Ira Eddy
Rev. Ira Eddy, of the Erie Conference M. E. Church, died Nov. 1st, 1874, at Bazetta, Trumbull county, Ohio, in the 79th year of his age, and the 59th year of his Ministry. He was one of the hardy pioneer preachers of the West, who for the love of the Master's cause and the interests of his kingdom, devoted their strength, their life, their all to this service when it required a true moral heroism, to meet the obligations of the ministry. Those were not the days of fine churches and large salaries. Barns, log-school-houses, groves, and the cabin homes of the early settlers, were the only preaching places.
One of Mr. Eddy's circuits was six hundred miles in circumference, embracing portions of the three States of New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio, and requiring six weeks of hard travel on horseback, to make the round, and for such services his salary was sometimes less than one hundred dollars per year.
He was a self made man, a close Bible student, and a preacher of more than ordinary eloquence and ability. "Child like and gentle in family and social life, he was immovable in his faith and principles, and aggressive against evil." During the Ohio Conference year included in 1854 and 1855, he visited, and made his home with his sister, Mrs. Eliza Waddell, and during his stay here traveled Gallipolis circuits, preaching with spirit and power. Many persons in this locality will recall his venerable and commanding figure, and remembering his forcible and attractive presentation of the truths of the Gospel will be saddened with the thought that he has passed away. He died triumphing in the christian faith. J. W. M. [Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, November 26, 1874 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]
A man by the name of Ben. Elliot, a soldier from this place, in Capt Power's Co. having returned here on a furlough, a week or two since, shot himself in preference to going back. It is said that he was subject to fits of insanity. [Western Reserve Chronicle (Warren, OH) 05 Feb 1862, p.3]
Howland, O., Jan. 3, ae. 82. He was one of the pioneers of the county. He came here about the year 1801, when the only road to his late residence was an Indian trail through the woods, and when Warren contained only three dwellings, and those were log cabins. He brought with him a large variety of choice fruits, from which original stock, much of the good fruit of this vicinity has descended, and by his efforts and example did as much, perhaps, as any one for the improvement of horticulture in Trumbull Co. He sat upon the first jury impanelled under the state government of Ohio, and was identified with all the early history of the Reserve. Of a most genial and social disposition, he delighted to recount interesting passages in the events of his pioneer times, and his vivid memory and happy faculty of narration made his reminiscences a rich treat to all who had the pleasure of hearing them. [Source: "Annual Obituary Notices of Eminent Persons who have died in the United States for 1858" by Hon. Nathan Crosby; John P. Jewett and Co., pub. 1859.]