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WILLIAM H. WILLCOX, D.D., LL.D.
* Died more than a year ago, but not previously reported.
William Henry Willcox, D.D., LL.D.
Son of Oliver Willcox and Sally Stanton, and brother of Giles B. Willcox, D.D., of the Seminary class of 1851; born in New York, N. Y., January 28, 1821; united with the Central Presbyterian Church, Broome Street, New York, March 5, 1837; fitted for college at Cornelius Institute, a private school kept by John J. Owen, D.D., LL.D. (of the Seminary class of 1831), 1837–39; was graduated from the University of the City of New York, now New York University, 1843, and from Union Theological Seminary, 1846, after taking the full course.
He supplied a church at Norwich Falls, Conn., 1846-48; was resident licentiate at Union Theological Seminary, 1848-49; was acting pastor at South Royalston, Mass., 1849; was ordained, March 5, 1851; was acting pastor of the Elmwood Church, Providence, R. I., from its organization, May 14, 1851; was installed at Kennebunk, Me., November 4, 1852; dismissed, June 8, 1857; installed pastor of Bethesda Church, Reading, Mass., July 2, 1857; dismissed, March 5, 1879; after that he resided at Malden, Mass. An aunt of Mrs. Willcox, Mrs. Valeria G. Stone, was left by the death of her husband, Daniel P. Stone, of Malden, with a large fortune; and, as Mr. Willcox had given them advice about the disposition of the property, she asked him to give up his pastorate in order to help in the wise distribution of the property. More than one million dollars was given to public, religious, and educational objects, this Seminary being one of the beneficiaries.
He received the degree of doctor of divinity from Illinois College, 1880, and of doctor of laws from Drury College, 1880. He was a corporate member of the American Board from October 4, 1877; a trustee of Drury College, 1878–86; one of the board of visitors of Wellesley College, 1877–78, and a trustee from that time; a trustee of this Seminary from 1878; a trustee of Straight University from 1879; a trustee of Abbot Academy, 1879-82; president of the trustees of Jaffna College, Ceylon; and president of the Congregational Education Society from 1894.
He published "Hope for the Country," a Fast-Day sermon, Boston, 1863, 16 pp., and “A Christian, What? How? Why?” Boston, 1874,
He married, May 30, 1853, at Alfred, Me., Annie Holmes Goodenow, daughter of Daniel Goodenow, of the Maine Supreme Court, and Sarah A. Holmes, of Alfred. She survives him with four sons and three daughters, one daughter having died. One son, Walter Francis Willcox, Ph.D., a graduate of Amherst College, 1884, and Columbia College Law School, 1887, is professor of political economy and statistics in Cornell University; another son, Henry Howard Willcox, a graduate of Amherst College, 1889, is in business, as are the others, William G. Willcox, of New York, and Fred A., of Boston. One daughter is professor of zoology at Wellesley College; one was instructor in rhetoric at Wellesley, 1892-96; and one was in the Wellesley class of 1884.
Dr. Willcox died at Malden, Mass., of heart-failure, December 15, 1904, aged eighty-three years, ten months, and seventeen days.
CLASS OF 1845. John Harper Garman.
Son of Joseph Garman and Ann B. Leach; born at Meredith Bridge (now Laconia), N. H., January 20, 1811; united with the church at Hopkinton, N. H.; studied at Hopkinton for a time, and at Kimball Union Academy, Meriden, N. H., 1830-32, and at Amherst College, 1832-33; taught at Worcester, Mass., the winter term of 1832–33, at Medway, Mass., 1833–34, at Hopkinton, Mass., 1835, in Bertie County, N. C., 1836-40, and in Beaufort, N. C., 1840–42; and was graduated from this Seminary, 1845, after taking the full course.
He was licensed to preach by the Andover Association at Andover, April 8, 1845; he went to Baldwin, Me., and was successful in reviving the church there where there had been much infidelity; was ordained, November 3, 1847, as pastor at Limington, Me.; dismissed, July 2, 1855; was acting pastor at Scarboro, Me., July, 1855, to July 1, 1860; was installed at Lebanon, Me., September 19, 1860; dismissed, September 27, 1865; acting pastor at North Orange, Mass., October, 1865, to 1875; acting pastor at Shutesbury, Mass., 1875; acting pastor at North Orange and Warwick, Mass., 1876–81. He resigned when seventy years old, and withdrew to his farm at North Orange, where he spent the rest of his days.
He was a founder of the academy at Limington, Me., and president of the trustees.
He married, March 2, 1840, at Medway, Mass., Elizabeth Bullard, daughter of Nathan Bullard and Nancy Russell. She died at North Orange, Mass., May 1, 1897, leaving two sons and one married daughter. The older son, Charles Edward Garman, D.D., a graduate of Amherst College, 1872, and Yale Divinity School, 1879, is professor of mental and moral philosophy in Amherst College; and the younger son, Frederick Henry Garman, who was a member of the Amherst class of 1884, is in business.
Mr. Garman died at North Orange, Mass., of chronic gastritis, after an illness of six months, June 14, 1904, aged ninety-three years, four months, and twenty-five days.