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|Rev. Jacob Newman
August 11, 1801–August 19, 1880
|Rev. Jacob Newman was born in Franklin County, Pa., August 11, 1800 and died in Linn County, Iowa August, 1880, aged 80 years and days. He was an active and stirring man. His angular, sinewy frame was capable of great endurance. In early life his opportunities for attending school to acquire an education were limited indeed; and yet he received a kind of training which
served him greatly during the many years of work. As an itinerant minister he gave to the Church, mostly on the frontier, first in Ohio and subsequently in Iowa, a good portion of his life. His
condition developed a sturdy physical manhood, fitting him for the hardships of the field to which he was called. In the home circle was inoulcated principles of industry and economy which led him so to husband his time and turn to advantage for himself and family the meager return he received for his services as met his wants. In the twenty-fourth year of his age he was converted. Some time previous he was married to Miss Catharine Ahl.
In 1826 he moved with his family to Ohio where he began the work of the ministry in 1833 and for twenty years labored in Sandusky Conference, Traveling circuits and missions as conference directed.
In 1853 he emigrated to Iowa, where he continued in the itinerant work until the weight of years compelled him to retire from the active field. He was recognized preacher of the gospel in the Church forty-seven years, thirty-seven of which were spent in the active service. If he was not profound he was active and pointed. His energy, zeal and devotion to the work of converting sinners made him quite successful as a revivalist.
According to the record kept by himself, he received into the Church over four thousand members. He faithfully read his Bible and the Religious Telescope and did not entirely neglect other good works, but read many as he found time and opportunity.
Some years previous to his death he suffered greatly, but endured his sufferings patiently. During the last year of his life his sufferings amounted to agony; yet he waited in cheerful expectation of the relief in death. He believed death to be the voice by which Jesus would call him home. He was the father of seven children, four sons and three daughters four of whom survive him. His wife who suffered and toiled with him, died about seven years ago.
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