John Gordon Condit

 

REV. JOHN GORDON CONDIT, son of William Condit,  was born in Mercer County, Pa., Aug. 9, 1829. He worked on his father's farm until 21 years of age; graduated from Jefferson College in 1858, and from Western Theological Seminary in 1861; was licensed to preach by Erie Presbytery in 1860, and ordained to the ministry of the Presbyterian Church by the same Presbytery in 1861. In 1862 he was married to Martha Jane McCurdy, born in Venango County, Pa., Oct. 4, 1837. Six children were born to this union, the oldest dying in infancy. Mr. Condit preached at Sandy Lake, Waterloo and Mt. Pleasant, Pa.; Bethel, Salina and Libertyville, Iowa; Viola and Camp Creek, Ill. In 1879 he located at Fairfield, Iowa, to educate his children, all of whom graduated from Parsons College. For some years he supplied churches at Mt. Zion, Iowa; Cawker City, Kan., and Canon City, Colo. Exposure in home missionary work brought on asthma and necessitated more than twenty years of retirement from the active ministry. These years were spent in the home in Fairfield, where he died Sunday, Oct. 15, 1911, joining the congregation above just as the bells were ringing for the morning church service. During the last years of his life he was closely identified with the work of the First Presbyterian Church of Fairfield. He taught in the Sabbath School, his voice was heard in the prayer meeting, and he brought many to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ through private conversation and personal work. His sweet Christian spirit led him to become among his brethren "The Beloved." His life story was summed up in the text of his pastor's beautiful tribute, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith." Mrs. Condit still lives in the home in Fairfield. 

CHILDREN.
667. WILLIAM H., b. Jan. 1, 1864; d. Sept. 22, 1864. 
668. JAMES H., b. March 21, 1865. 
669. IRA S., b. Nov. 18, 1866. 
670. MARY P., b. March 23, 1870. 
671. JOHN C., b. April 1, 1872. 
672. ALICE L., b. April 21, 1874. 

Excerpt from Genealogy of the Condit Family 1678-1885 

 

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