Thursday, June 18, 2009

Obituary - Rev. Anson Cheeseman


Death of a Well-Known—Northern New York Preacher

Rev. Anson Cheeseman, who had many old friends in Lewis county, died last Thursday at his home in Utica. Mr. Cheeseman was born in Theresa 68 years ago, being the son of Clifford Cheeseman. He was licensed as an exhorter in 1858 at Theresa, was licensed as a local preacher in 1859, and was admitted to the Northern New York conference in 1861. During his ministerial career he served the following charges: Croghan, New Bremen, Mannsville, Henderson, Sacketts Harbor, Three Mile Bay and Chaumont, Depauville, Martinsburg and Old Glendale, Hermon, Hammond, Copenhagen, Brownville, Brookfield. He served as chaplain at Danemora prison for seven years, from 1892 to 1899, being appointed to that position by Gov. Roswell P. Flower, who was an intimate friend, both being native of the same town and old school mates.

Mr. Cheeseman*s last charge was at West Frankfort and Schuyler. A year ago he was appointed by the conference to go to Sacketts Harbor, but just before leaving for his new field of labor he was severely injured by his horse stepping on him, breaking both bones of his right leg. He remained in Utica for treatment. Later acute Bright's disease developed and was the cause of his death. There were few clergymen in northern New York who enjoyed a wider acquaintance than Mr. Cheeseman and he was universally loved and respected in the various fields in which he labored. The churches under his pastorate prospered and his death will be deeply and sincerely mourned by a wide circle of friends.

The deceased is survived by his widow and two daughters, Mrs. D.V. Seeber, of Stone Mills, and Clara, who resides in Albany; also by four half brothers, Amos and Wm. Cheeseman, of Theresa; Dr. B.B.C. Cheeseman, of Watertown, and Rev. E. E. Cheeseman, of Antwerp. His only brother, James Cheeseman, died in Michigan several years ago. The funeral services were held in Utica, Saturday, and the remains were taken to Theresa for interment.

Source: Local Matters, The Journal and Republican, Lowville, Thursday, March 19, 1903, Vol. 44, No. 17, p. 5.

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