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Elder Charles Clapp

Contributor:
Sue Frary on 13 June 2005
Source:
The Western Star 28 January 1892 [copy obtained from microfilm available at the Warren County Genealogical Society]
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OBITUARY.

Our very dear and venerable friend and brother Elder Charles Clapp passed to the better land on Sunday morning, January 21, at 15 minutes of 4 o'clock he received his discharge from the dread messenger la grippe. He was 84 years 7 months and 22 days old at the time of his decease, and "as a shock of corn coming in his season," so was our dear brother fully ripe for the harvest and the heaven following it. Being adorned with righteousness and true holiness as a shining "garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness," which happy exchange he made 46 years ago at which time he united with the Church of Believers at Union Village, of which he has been a faithful and consistent member ever since and in the tenets of which he expressed the most unshaken and unshakable confidence and faith, for salvation now and here, which relieved him of all fear and apprehension for the hereafter. As an example of zeal in the promulgation abroad of our peculiar tenets of doctrine and practice he was far above the average and in course of his experience and residence amongst us has sent hundreds and thousands of our books, tracts and magazines, for gratuitous circulation, to all parts of the United States, and even as far as Europe and Australia. His genial manners, politeness to strangers as well as friends, and natural affability, procured him hosts of friends, with whom he was in constant correspondence to the day of his decease. His benevolence and charity was not confined to any peculiar church or people, but reached forth in its generous grasp to the whole world, to saint and sinner, while ignoring the aristocratic shibboleth of church and creed. He could not be satisfied with less than universal love and kind sympathy for all humanity an insisted upon by our Savior, and so perfectly practiced as well as preached in his holy evangel of long ago. His funeral was attended on the 25th by the entire society and a few neighbors and was very solemn, elevating and edifying, and was addressed severally by Elder Napoleon, O. C. Hampton, brother Leopold Goepper, Elder Watson, W. Andrews, Eldress Ellen Ross, and sisters Susan C. Liddil, and Ellen Meer, each of whose discourses were very interesting and comforting to us all. It is written. “Mark the perfect man and behold the upright for the end of that man is peace." Also, "To this man will I look who is of a humble and contrite heart and trembleth at my Word, and to him who ordereth his conversation aright will I show the salvation of God.” If there ever was a man who left this world in possession of these divine qualities of character it was our good elder, Charles Clapp.


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