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Rev. Jonathan Kitchel, 1785-1863

KITCHEL

Posted By: Pat Ryan White (email)
Date: 8/28/2019 at 09:11:37

Rev. JONATHAN KITCHEL, [father of Rev. H.D. Kitchel, D.D., of Detroit, Mich.] died at Mount Pleasant, Iowa, July 4, 1863. He was born in New Jersey, November 17, 1785, and was, therefore, nearly 78 years old, at the time of his death. He was licensed to preach, September 29, 1808, and was first in the ministry over fifty years ago, in a parish in Whitehall, N.Y. Then at Smithfield, near Utica, N.Y. Then at Bolton, on Lake George, N.Y. Afterwards in the State of Vermont, and two contiguous parishes in New York, at Lewis and Peru. Since he came to the West, some twenty years ago, he has been very infirm, and has only exercised his ministry occasionally. Yet his zeal for the cause of his Master has never seemed to abate, nor has the weight of years or infirmity, kept him from manifesting constant interest in the prosperity of Zion. Expecially has this been true of the last years of his life, during which he has been a respected member of the Congregational Church in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. His pastor there [the writer of this brief notice] will never forget the warmth of his devotion, the kindness of his counsels or the heartiness of his sympathy in all that pertained to the advancement of the Redeemer's kingdom. His last interview, but a week before his death, was marked with tears of sympathy as he spoke of the prospects of the church...

[Excerpt from "Congregational Quarterly", Volume 5, Boston, 1863, page 352]

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