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- w t nnnu,t trade, had discovered how. to convert before. - V i. j . I t i tki. PS I M1VII IIUV AlllCllUail DICcI - U1IU 1111 H 11H I V""IVI. IVUC 11 JO oncitll 1VILIIUUI K entered into a contract With the Reeds, J referring to his religious character. It merchants of that place, living in the not known at what period he ex - town of Amenia. Dutchess countv. thevl perlenced that change of heart. which - to erect the works' under his superin - 1 the Saviour termed the new birth, the tendence and he to instruct their work - only real commencement of the Chris - The men in the art The works were aban beet - doned. These works were erected in of 1772. A copy of the contract Is in the possession of the writer. He next of I moved . to Cambridge, near Boston, where he superintended an armory for belonging to Samuel Adams, a brother isters of the Gospel were fewr once in - to John Adams, at one time President three months, perhaps, some traveling of the United States. Here it was preacher would come along and hold ies that he invented Clothier's Shears, to forth in some private house or 'barn. In wnicn; ur. tiomsier reiers. in nis nis - uoeuience 10 ine saviour s conrmana, ., tory Of the Lackawanna Valley, and he h'as ye go, preach,'" and this too with a made guns for the Revolution." The an unction and power that Some of the iiriusn commander at tne fort or uos - tne present ministry, at least, would Of ton, learning that they were turning do well to imitate. Mr. Atherton, un - out guns and that citizens Were being der this state of, things, from a stern supplied, judged from the growing dis - 1 sense of duty, began calling the peo he cora Detween tne colonists and tne pie logeiner on saDDatn, reading to in mower country, mat wey would ere mem sermons irom books, and even I lone - be turned asrainst him. sent down went so far as to follow them tv atlp. a - detachment of soldiers and burned ring exhortations; he likewise kept Up tne wonts to we sround. weeaiy nraver meetmzs in th neis - h. He soon after moved to Plymouth borhood. His piety, however, shone m about tne year 1775 or '76, where rortn brightest or all In the family cir he worked at his trade making hoes cle. An - aged friend of mine, who and fills as well as general work per - often, shared the hospitality of hie taming to his calling. He kept a large dwelling, says he never knew him to trading canoe that he loaded with ar - omit family prayer, either mornlnar Or iicies or nis own manuracture, nis Doys 1 evening, tie naa one place where he running it to Northumberland and pol - stood in the old puritanic style, with inS it; back all the way to Plymouth, arms outstretched, and hands and face xnis was rne nrst primitive engine upturned to rieaven, and there he in that plowed the waters of the Susque - Voked blessings upon himself and fam hanna. Ily. He was evangelical in all his In . connection withlthe narrative of views of Christian doctrine, except as me - Wyoming Massacre, 1 wisn, Derore to we eternity or future punishment, proceeding further, to correct a state - He indulged, the hope that somehow ment made by Col. Wright in hlstOod would bring all His creatures Sketches of Plymouth." He speaks f home ti Heaven at last, but thte never s 01 jaoez Atnerton, jvno ieii in tne bat - 1 lessened nis errorts to bring men to tie 01 Wyoming, as ir ne were the bro - i unrist; ror it was his hope, not his nether of Caleb Atherton and he says he lief, as letters in my possession clearly came to the valley as early as 1763. show. We can judge that with most This is untrue in both cases. Jabez was the son of Cornelius Atherton. He year at the battle of Wyoming. If any of the Athertofls furnished the Colonel with his information, I have only to say that they made a big blun - . der. If he guessed at it, he should or i tk., 1.1 .1 of those who call themselves Univer - - sallsts, it is ' likewise true, that it ia with them more the hope than the be - ner. His end was peftce. He Was loved by MI who knew him. Thus have I imperfectly soueht to do justice to the memory of one much neglected by historians, the cause no doubt being our own negligence to. I nave o.iiu su. nui iu me uarntuvi uuuui . umug uui' uwu negligence to When 11 was decided to give battle to furnish the foregoing facts. The writ - of the enemy. Cornelius was drafted torer is not positive as to the correctness serve in that engagement, Jabez above of his dates, but the facts stated are referred to, 'who was the oldest son true and can be substantiated by llv - lng witnesses. and young brothers and sisters, cheer fully volunteered to become his sub E. A. ATHERTON. Cornelius Atherton is tian' life. It is known, however, that after his settlement in Lackawanna : his Christian life assumed a very ear nest and decided character. He was . greatly moved at the religious destitution that prevailed at that time. Mini '1

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  1. Pittston Gazette,
  2. 16 Mar 1912, Sat,
  3. Page 7

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