Harpursville Baptist Church Harpursville, New York Original Vintage Post Card
Harpursville Baptist Church Harpursville, New York Original Vintage Post Card

While searching for my information about my 2nd Great Grandparents; Sophronia and Chester Hammond, one of their sons, (my 2nd Great Uncle) caught my attention.

Rev. Timothy Dwight Hammond was a Baptist Pastor for about 40 years. The information below indicates he not only ministered at the Harpursville Baptist Church, but also pastored seven churches. Considering the time period, I wonder if he might have been a Circuit Riding Preacher?

He was – Born – 17 Aug 1837 and became – Heaven Bound – 15 Oct 1911

What an interesting story about my Great Great Uncle. This is from Find A Grave about Rev. Timothy Dwight Hammond. This was too interesting to to not share.

“A good man has fallen, a just man has gone from us, a righteous man has finished his work and a loyal minister of Christ has ceased from his labors and was no more, for God took him. Rev. Timothy D. Hammond was born in Chenango county, New York, August 17, 1837, and entered into rest Oct. 15, 1911, from the home of his daughter, Mrs. E.L. Poole on The Plains, east side of the Susquehanna river from this village. The funeral was held from his late home on Tuesday afternoon with prayer and from the Harpursville Baptist church with regular service at the hour of two o’clock. His pastor, Rev. C.A. Hubbell officiated assisted by Rev. R.E. Austin of the Methodist church. The music was furnished by a male quartet consisting of M.F. Marsh, Rev. R.E. Austin, F.H. Rogers and T.B. Lippencott. The burial was in the Harpursville Home cemetery [Broome Co., NY] under direction of Undertakers J.A. Kark & Son. The faithful service of this good man covers many years, and as a minister of the Gospel and of the Baptist faith and doctrine he was associated as minister and pastor with seven churches, viz: East Pharsalia, Page Brook, Harpursville, Carpenter, Trout Creek, Little York, Randolph and for a time supplied the church at Tunnel.

Harpursville Baptist Church Harpursville, New York Original Vintage Post Card

“His connection with the Baptist church of this village in the seventies will be remembered by the older citizens of the village and vicinity. His membership in this church covers four decades. His active ministry closed a number of years ago and for many years his home was on a farm not far from Doraville which in later years he traded for property near Tunnel where he resided up to the time he, with his wife, became a part of his daughter’s household, the place where he died. For a long time he had been afflicted with the palsy, but his general health was not seriously impaired and it was while at the dinner table that the messenger of transfer came suddenly and without warning, but like a good and true soldier he was ready. With the coming of the autumn the giant of the forest falls and the leaves, as sacred memories scatter, hold fragrance of a blessed life in their presence upon the active in today’s work. How the grand old men are failing; men sturdy and strong in faith and belief, with no compromise with evil and modern fallacies. Yes, they go and soon the last sheaf of those days and years of Bible methods and earnest activity will be garnered in. Our last tribute has been expressed and our brother rests while the world plods on and the workers are marshaled for duty. As neighbor and friend our sympathy goes out to the companion of his long journey on earth and all the bereaved and mourning relatives. [MHD notation: d. 1911]”

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:7-8 NKJV)

My lineage to him is:

  • Me (Lee) –
  • Gertrude Viola Boles, 1900-1957 (Mother)
  • Horace Chester Bushnell, 1867-1952 and Julia Caroline Wood, 1862-1948, (Grandparents)
  • Lucius Townsend Bushnell, 1839-1905 and Rosetta R Hammond, 1842-1915, (Great Grandparents)
  • Chester Hammond and Sophronia P (Great Great Grandparents)
  • Their son – Timothy Dwight Hammond (Great Great Uncle)
Harpursville Baptist Church, now Bethel, Harpursville, New York

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