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Rev. Henry Huntington Emmett

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Ne-Do-Ba Comment - - - Several obituaries have been contributed to date. In most cases we do not know what newspapers they appeared in nor the exact dates of their publication. Henry H. Emmett died November 5, 1905.

Obituary 1

Henry Huntington Emmett was born in 1852, January 31 at Sharon Spring N.Y. and died at the home of his son Sheldon, in Sandy Creek, November 5th after two years of failing health. He was the son of Peter and Catherine Lombard Emmett, and in 1877 was married to Mrs. Augusta Walrathe of La Fargeville, who survives him.

Mr. Emmett came to Warsaw from Carlton and conducted a series of revival meetings in the old Baptist church he was given a call to become pastor of the church and April 1st 1887 he assumed those duties. It was through his efforts that the new Baptist Church was built in 1889, which remains a lasting monument to his memory.

After a pastorate of four years in Warsaw Mr. Emmett moved his family to Conheaut, Ohio, where he preached four years. He then preached one year in Westfield N.Y. going from there to Springboro, Pa., subsequently to Greenvile Pa., where he was pastor for four years. It was at this place that he gave up the ministry and began lecturing, his principal lecture being the North American Indian.

Mr. Emmett is survived by an aged mother, who lives in Warsaw, his wife, three sons, Sheldon, of Sandy Creek, Henry jr, of New Castle Pa., and Frank, of Greenville Pa., also one sister Mrs. Harry Williams of Warsaw, and one brother, Gordon Emmett of Thousand Island Park. The remains were brought to Warsaw Tuesday evening and the funeral was held from the home of his sister, Mrs. Williams Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Ellis H. Gilbert officiating A high tribute was paid to Mr. Emmett and appropriate remarks made by his old friend, Mr. John Smallwood. Interment in Warsaw cemetery.

Photo of Rev. Henry Huntington Emmett contributed by Pauline Matthews

Obituary 2

Rev. H.H. Emmett, a former pastor of the Baptist church of Warsaw, died Monday in Ohio and was buried Wednesday in Warsaw. Mr. Emmett was of part Indian blood, his father being an Indian chief. He was a prominent pastor and a lecturer on the American Indian.

Obituary 3

Died, at Sandy Creek Sunday evening, November 5th, the Rev. Henry Huntington Emmett, aged 52 years, 9 months and 7 days. Deceased was born in Sharon Springs, N.Y., January 1st, 1842. Rev. Emmett's early school days were at Sharon Springs. In 1875 he entered the ministry and took a course of lectures at Chicago, but a great deal of his learning was obtained from private tutors.

He was ordained at Sandy Creek, N.Y., and from there he went to Hindsburg and Clarendon, and came to Warsaw about 1887. Rev. Emmett was in Warsaw about four years, and it was through his efforts that the Baptist Church was built, during his second year here. From Warsaw he went to Conneant, Ohio and from there to Westfield and to Sandy Creek in September 1905. Rev. Emmett spent much of his time on lectures, which were always very clever, witty and interesting. In May 1877 at Stone Mills, N.Y., he married Augusta Wangh, who survives him, also three sons, Frank, of Greenville, PA, Henry of Newcastle, Pa., and Sheldon of Sandy Creek; a brother Gordon Z. of Thousand Island Park, and a sister, Mrs. Williams of Warsaw, survive.

Deceased had been in poor health for the past two years, and while his death was not unexpected it came as a sad blow to the community and all who knew him. A strange coincidence is that he was ordained at Sandy Creek and went there to die.

The remains were brought to Warsaw last night and the funeral will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home of Mrs. Williams on Brooklyn street. Rev Ellis Gilbert and Rev. C.M. Hall with conduct the services. Mr. John Smallwood will also make a few remarks. Burial in Warsaw cemetery.

Obituary 4


Rev. H.H. Emmett Died at Sandy Creek, N.Y., Sunday Evening - A Brilliant Man.

Rev. Henry Huntington Emmett died at the home of his son, Sheldon S. Emmett, at Sandy Creek, N.Y., Sunday evening, November 5, 1905, at 8:45 p.m. Funeral on Wednesday at Warsaw, N.Y.

Mr. Emmett was born 62 years ago in Maine, the son of Peter J. Emmett, a prominent Indian chief, and his wife, a Methodist missionary. The father was a man of ability and after his conversion was known far and wide for his piety. The son inherited the talents of both parents and was a brilliant man in many respects, though naturally by the reason of the two conflicting currents of race-blood in his veins, he was at times erratic. He loved the forrest, the sports of rod and gun and was fond of all sorts of athletics. He was a great reader and had a most remarkable memory and could quote with apparent ease whole sections of articles or books he had read.

In the pulpit he was a magnetic and eloquent preacher and always attracted large audiences and as a lecturer was popular all over the country. He lectured on many topics but his "North American Indian" was, perhaps, his masterpiece of them all. He preached at Warsaw, N.Y., Westfield, N.Y.; Conneaut, O.. and Greenville, Pa. After leaving Greenville he made his home in New Castle and later moved to Sandy Creek, N.Y. He had many warm friends who learn of his death with sorrow.

He is survived by his wife, Augusta Waugh Emmett, and three sons: Frank L., of this place; H.H., Jr., of New Castle, and Sheldon S., of Sandy Creek, N.Y.

Contributed by: Pauline Matthews

Ne-Do-Ba Comment - - - Obituary 2 claims that Henry's father was a chief. There is no basis to this statement what so ever!