Title: Mansfield Advertizer
Page: Feb 8, 1888
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Note: Wellsboro Agitator of Nov. 4, 1879 has: Nelson News. THE TIMES IMPROVING GOOD CROPS—AN INTERESTING BIRTHDAY PARTY Correspondence of the Agitator. NELSON, October 30, 1879.— ... ... One Tuesday of this week there was a large gathering of friends and neighbors at the residence of Mr. Samuel Hazlett in honor of Mr. Hazlett's birthday. About sixty persons were present in all, most of them being relatives. Among the rest I noticed Mrs. John Flint, from Illinois, a sister of Mr. Hazlett, who is east on a visit. A large number of valuable gifts were presented to Mr. and Mrs. Hazlett and to Mrs. Flint, including some money. Mr. Hazlett is sixty-five years of age, He is a son of John Hazlett, and was born on the farm where he now lives and where he has lived all his life , In these days of "rolling stones" and "western fevers" it is something remarkable to find an American as old as Mr. Hazlett living on the spot where he was born. * * * Munsell's 1883 History of Tioga county has: SAMUEL HAZLETT, son of John and Jane Hazlett, was born in Nelson, in 1816. His wife was Miss Catharine Knapp, of Wells, Pa. He is a well-to-do farmer. His father, John Hazlett, was born in Scotland, about 1787, and came to America when young. The family settled in Stroudsburg, Pa., whence in 1810 John and his brother Samuel came to the Cowanesque Valley, and took up 300 acres of land below the village of Nelson. John married Jane Campbell. They had nine children; seven are living. He died in 1850, when he owned 300 acres of land. * * * Wellsboro Agitator of Feb 14, 1888 has: Mr. Samuel Hazlett Mr. Samuel Hazlett, an old and esteemed citizen of Nelson, died last week Sunday of pneumonia. He was 71 years of age and had always resided at Nelson. He was sick only two days * * * Wellsboro Agitator, Mar 20, 1888, p3 has: The late Samuel Hazlett. FEELING TRIBUTE TO THE MEMORY OF A GOOD MAN. The Elkland Journal a few days ago contained a tribute to the memory of the late Samuel Hazlett, of Nelson, who died on the 5th ultimo in his seventy-second year. We copy the article, which is from the pen of his pastor at Nelson: The death of this good man, survived and mourned by so many friends, deserved more than the ordinary notice. He belonged to the first or oldest settlers in Nelson. He was born and brought up here and spent his whole life amid his kindred and acquaintances. No one was better known in the community nor more loved and respected by all for his goodness, kindness of spirit and his every-day; Christian life. It was scarcely known that he was sick. He had been suffering for about two weeks from a severe cold, but still attended to his business. On Sabbath morning there was a change, and the sad and startling news soon spread through the place that Samuel Hazlett was dying. It came so unexpectedly and with such force to the people just as they were going to church that every heart was hushed into silence and the services which he loved so well became peculiarly sad and solemn—mingled with many tears—"sorrowing most of all that they should see his face no more" in his accustomed seat engaged in worship with God's people. Mr. Hazlett was converted in his early manhood, when about eighteen or twenty years of age. He was then plowing in the field in front of the house where he lived, and he there and then gave his heart to Christ, and soon joined the Presbyterian Church at Elkland. His name is among the twenty-one persons from that Church who, in February, 1844, petitioned the Presbytery of Chemung to organize a Presbyterian Church at Nelson, then called Beecher's Island. The petition was granted, and the Rev. S. J. McCullough, by the authority of the Presbytery, organized the Church on March 3rd, 1844. Mr. Hazlett served the Church first as a deacon for six years, from 1852 to 1858, then as an elder from that time to the time of his death. He and Mr. Enoch Blackwell, of cherished memory, were ordained Ruling Elders together on March 21st 1838, by Rev: J. O. Carnachan, then pastor of the Church. This completed the Session of the Church as it was composed thirty years ago and continued for years afterward, viz., Joseph Campbell, James Campbell, Charles Blanchard, Enoch Blackwell, Samuel Hazlett. But all these grand, good men, fathers in Israel and the pillars of the Church, have passed to their reward. In view of this fact the feelings of many were voiced when one said when he fell, "the last prop is gone. Others will do and help; but he went there for a purpose---for worship." Mr. Hazlett was in every way a good citizen. He was a friend to the poor, kind, sympathetic, benevolent in disposition, honorable in business, devout in spirit, godly in work and conversation. He enjoyed the confidence and respect of all who knew him. But his ruling passion was his love for the habitation of the Lord's house and the prosperity of His cause. He was always in church on the Sabbath and in the prayer-meeting. He could be depended upon everywhere and always in that which was good. His heart and hand, time and service, were the Lord's. The worth, the influence and power of such a life, is inestimable in a community, either for time or eternity. He left to his family a Heavenly Father's blessing as well as a father's unsullied name. A large concourse of people attended his funeral at the Presbyterian church, Devout men carried him to his burial, and his pastor, Rev. R. G. Williams, preached from the words "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." W. * * * See his mini-bio at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~capane/HazlettSamuel1780.html
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