Wilbur L. Molyneau
Sister a County Resident
Wilbur L. Molyneaux, son of the late Rev. A. N. Molyneaux, and brother of Mrs. Morehouse
Nash of Martindale, died Sept. 21 in his home, No. 203 West 70th Street,
New York. Mr. Molyneaux was a member of the firm of Smith & Hicks, Insurance
brokers. He was born in this State. He entered the service of the Phoenix Insurance
company in 1864, and fifteen years later was made marine manager of that firm. In
1888 he entered the firm of Smith & Hicks. He was president and a director of
the Knickerbocker Savings and Loan company, director of the Lloyds Plate Glass Insurance
company, of the Hanover Realty and Construction company, of the Atlantic Safe Deposit
company and of the William R. Beal Land Improvement company. He was a charter member
of the New York Athletic club and a member of other organizations. Mr. Molyneaux
leaves a wife, a son and a daughter.
Death of W. L. Molyneaux
Passed Away Yesterday from Complication of Diseases.
Wilbur L. Molyneaux, of the firm of Geo. H. Smith & Hicks, died yesterday morning
at his residence, 203 West 70th Street. As already noted in these columns,
Mr. Molyneaux has been suffering for some time past from a complication of diseases,
and it is believed the recent hot weather hastened his end. Mr. Molyneaux commenced
his insurance career in 1864, when he entered the office of the Phenix Insurance
Company as a boy. On February 10, 1879, he was made marine manager for the Phenix
and continued in that position until 1888, when he entered the firm of Geo. H. Smith
& Hicks. He leaves a widow, one son and one daughter. A host of friends in the
insurance world will be exceedingly sorry to hear of his demise. The funeral services
will be held Sunday afternoon at his late residence.
Morehouse Nash, a leading farmer of this vicinity, living near the village of Martindale
in the town of Claverack, died at 11 o'clock Monday morning of bronchial pneumonia.
Had he lived until June 30th he would have been 70 years of age. He was
well known all over Columbia county, as his prinicpal business was for many years
the manufacture of the "Great E. Liniment," of which he was the sole inventor,
proprietor and manufacturer, the annual sales aggregating many thousand bottles,
yielding him a fine income.
Mr. Nash was born in Hillsdale, not far from Martindale, in 1840. He was educated
in the Claverack and Spencertown schools and at Eastman Business College in Poughkeepsie.
On August 19th, 1873, he was wedded to Alicetine Molyneaux, daughter
of the Rev. A. N. and Mary F. Molyneaux, who survives him, also one son, David Lane
Nash, and three daughters, Mrs. Louis Merrifield, Mrs. Chester Merrifield and Miss
The first business that he engaged in was trading and raising live stock in connection
with his farming operations, and this he followed for a number of years. Then he
began the manufacturer of his liniment, and in addition to the liniment and stock
business he worked about 600 acres of land. He was a modest and retiring gentleman,
and commanded the esteem of his kinsfolk and neighbors as a kind and wise counsellor.
The funeral was held from his late residence on Thursday afternoon, Rev. S. F. Pruyne
officiation. Internment at Mellenville.
Mrs. Alicetine Molyneaux Nash
In Loving Memory [1851-1911]
Mrs. Alicetine Molyneaux Nash, the gifted and good, will long be remembered for
her beneficient life. She came of illustrious and consecrated ancestry. Her great-grandfather,
Martin Boehm, was a Mennonite bishop. His son, Rev. Henry Boehm, Mrs. Nash's
grandfather, was a minister of the M. E. church and traveled with Bishop Asbury
over immense circuits. It is estimated that Mr. Boehm journeyed over a hundred thousand
miles on horseback in the interests of the church. The Boehm chapel, built by him
in Lancaster, Pa. is still standing. His daughter, Mary Frances Boem, married Rev.
Amos Newton Molyneaux. Their only daughter, Alicetine, was born at Scrub Oaks on
Sept. 6, 1851. Of her four brothers, only two remain, Henry Molyneaux, D. D. of
Texas, and Prof. Frank Molyneaux, of Pomona, Cal. Alicetine Molyneaux married Morehouse
Nash at Mount Rose, Aug. 19, 1873. Most of the years since then have been passed
in the home at Martindale, which was ever a center of hospitality and cheer.
Mrs. Nash had a remarkable voice, combining sweetness and strength. She was known
far and wide as a sweet singer. She possessed also much literary ability and composed
both music and verse, once producing a Christmas cantata. Her gifts were consecrated
to the Highest. She labored faithfully as a county officer of the W. C. T. U. for
many years. In her home she was the life and soul. She was a devoted wife and mother.
She always gave to her children, tender care, loving comradeship and wise counsel.
She disclosed to them the world of books and of music. Her songs abide in their
hearts forever. Four children are left--Mrs. Louis Merrifield, Mrs. Chester W. Merrifield,
David Lane Nash and Rosalind Nash--who is a trained nurse. There is one grandchild,
To Mrs. Nash, the New Year closed the record of earthly days and brought the larger
life of eternity.
On Thursday, Jan. 5th at 2 p.m., the day and hour set for especial prayer
by the W.C.T.U., the friends met for the last services. Rev. F. S. Pruyne gave the
address. Mrs. Robert …[photocopy illegible] Many sisters of the white ribbon
were present. Mrs. J.M.B. Ambler spoke with deep feeling. Mrs. Anna Ten Brocck gave
touching reminicenses. Mrs. A.V.S. Blanchet read the poem, "Father, Take My
Hand." There were many beautiful flowers, filling the air with their fragrance.
Among them were pieces from the county union, the Martindale-Craryville union, the
Hillsdale union, and the C. E. of Martindale. As the dear ones took leave of the
fair, sweet face, they noted that the lines of pain and care had passed away and
there had come instead the look of peace--"the peace of God which passeth all
understanding." For so "He giveth His beloved sleep."
Nash--At Martindale, Jan. 2, 1911, Alicetine Molyneaux Nash, widow of Morehouse
Nash, in her 60th year.
Funeral Services will be held from her late residence at Martindale Thursday afternoon,
Jan. 5, at 2 o'clock.
Francis A. Molyneaux
Prof. Molyneaux Died Yesterday at 6 A.M. Pioneer School Principal Here. Once Prominent
Local Politician and Pomona Resident 24 Years
Francis A. Molyneaux, the best known man in Pomona from about 1889 till a dozen
years ago, died at Pomona hospital on Sunday morning. He had been a patient there
nearly three months, and for weeks he and his physician and attendants knew his
life depended on the duration of his vitality. A month ago the patient bade his
closest friends and his son good-bye and from that time till his death he manifested
no desire to continue in life.
The deceased suffered with dim eyesight ever since he came to Pomona, twenty-four
years ago. His sight gradually failed and for ten years he has been blind. A few
years ago his hearing also failed, and for a year or two Mr. Molyneaux was both
blind and very deaf. Still he kept always active. It was wonderful how, deprived
as he was of both sight and hearing, how we went walking about Pomona, how well
he knew every nook and cranny in the business part of the city, and how thoroughly
well posted he kept on the news of the world.
Francis A. Molyneaux was superintendent of Pomona public schools from September,
1889, till July, 1899. He was a member of the Los Angeles county Board of Education
for seven years, and was a strong candidate for County Superintendent of Schools
in 1894. He was organizer of Pomona high school in 1890 and 1891, and one of the
proudest hours of his life was in June, 1892, when the first class was graduated
from Pomona high school. In those days the old white grade school building that
stood on the corner of Holt and Park avenues--where the Central school now stands--was
both a grade and a high school, for the total school attendance in Pomona was not
Upon retirement from the head of Pomona's school system in 1899, Prof. Molyneaux
bought a grove out on East Holt avenue, close to the San Bernardino county boundary.
He gave this property his constant attention and considering his blindness he accomplished
wonders in bringing this grove to a high degree of fruitiion and profit. In later
years Prof. Molyneaux has been a fire insurance agent, and with his additional orange
grove property he has been a busy man for one both deaf and blind.
Prof. Molyneaux was always interested in politics, and in the old days when we had
political caucuses and conventions in California he was a factor to be reckoned
with in local Republicanism. Had he possessed his sight in those days he would have
been a wonder in political manipulation.
Prof. Molyneaux was born in New York and reared in Albany and Brooklyn. He was a
normal school graduate at Albany, and in early manhood went to Minnesota, where
he married in 1885. He and his family removed to San Dimas in 1888, and a year later
they came to Pomona, when the professor was chosen head of our city schools.
The deceased leaves a son in Pomona and a widow who has resided in her parental
home in Minnesota for some years. Prof. Molyneaux by constant attention to business
and everlasting watchfulness accummulated a fortune during the past dozen years
variously estimated at from $43,000 to $55,000.
The funeral will be held at the Masonic Temple at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon. Southern
California commandery, No. 37, F. & A. M., will have charge of the services
both at the temple and at the grave. Friends are invited to be present. The sir
knights will meet at the temple at 1:30 and proceed to the Hanson & Estep funeral
parlors, from which they will escort the body back for the services. Burial will
be in Pomona cemetery.
Dr. Molyneaux, who came from Minnesota about three years ago almost blind is making
a great success in the dairy business. He with his most excellent economic and industrious
wife began very modestly, having at first only a few cows. In addition to supporting
a large family of children they have by their frugality and industry increased their
herd of cows until their dairy business is proving a profitable enterprise.
A Red, White and Blue Dinner
[no date] A Red, White and Blue Dinner.
A red, white and blue dinner was enjoyed on Thanksgiving day, at the residence of
Mr. and Mrs. G. Huerstol, 1044 Boston avenue. The object of the dinner was to pay
an election wager made by Mr. Wilbur Molyneaux and G. Huerstol and the guests. Among
which were: James Molyneaux, Mr. and Mrs. E. Huerstol, Mr. and Mrs. Frances Huerstol
and children, and Miss Wilkins, greatly appreciated the fine menu which was furnished
James Auten Molyneaux
His Wife Former Hudsonian [1904?]
James Auten Molyneaux, who died at his home in Claverack Tuesday, was born in Croton,
N.Y., and moved to Claverack a little over a year ago. He had been an active representative
of the Phenix Insurance Company for many years and when he was compelled to seek
rest the company refused to accept his resignation, in the hope which has proved
vain, that he would eventually recover and again take up his active labors. Those
who had the pleasure of his acquaintance will regret the untimely closing of such
a promising career. Mr. Molyneaux married Miss Mabel Anable, of this city, who,
with a son, Henry Anable Molyneaux, survives him. He is survied by a sister, Mrs.
Morehouse Nash, of Martindale, and two brothers, Henry Molyneaux, of Dallas, Texas,
and Frank Molyneaux, of Pomona, Cal.
The funeral was held this afternoon, the Rev. Mr. Hageman, of the Reformed church,
Claverack, officiating. Members of family acted as bearers. The internment was in
the cemetery in this city.
Rev. Amos N. Molyneaux
Rev. Amos N. Molyneaux [1815-1892]
Amos Newton Molyneaux was born in Roxbury, N.Y., March 29, 1815, and died at the
home of his daughter, Mrs. Morehouse Nash, near Martindale, N.Y. July 4, 1892. Brother
Molyneaux was of Huguenot descent. His ancestors fled from France to England during
the French Catholic persecution. Later they migrated to this country and settled
on Long Island. His early religious training was in the tenets of the Old School
Baptist Church. "When about six years old," he says, "I heard a sermon
by a minister of that Church on ‘The Fearful Condition of the Impenitent.’
It made a strong impression upon my mind, and on retiring I wet my pillow with tears
as I thought upon the doom of the lost. Then I seemed to hear a voice saying to
me, ‘Seek me early and ye shall find me,’ though I know not that the
passage was in the Bible. I then rejected extreme Calvinism and became an Arminian,
though too young to understand Arminian theology."
Too young to join the church, as was thought, a notion quite common in those days,
his religious life was neglected, and not until in his eighteenth year did he definitely
give his heart to God and his life to his service. He then united with the Methodist
Episcopal Church, and soon after was called into the ministry. He was licensed to
exhort by the Rev. S.M. Knapp. Feeling the need of a better educatioin than he could
obtain in the common schools, he spent some months at the Kingston Academy. During
his stay at the academy he preached as opportunity offered.
Brother Molyneaux owed much in respect to Christian character to the wise counsels
and pious example of a devoted Christian mother. He was fond of quoting the remark
made by a friend of his early years: "Amos, it is no wonder you are a good
man. A man with such a mother could not help being good." He was peculiarly
fortunate in his marriage. His wife, whose entrance into rest preceded his own by
only a few months, was a daughter of the Rev. Henry Boehm, for some time the traveling
companioin of Bishop Asbury. She was a loyal lover of the ancient landmarks of Methodism,
a capable and devoted helpmate in her husband's high and holy work. They were
both fond of Methodist history and improved their facilities for collecting relics
of early Methodism which they prized as the most precious treasures of their home.
As a preacher, Brother Molyneaux was earnest and practical. In his religious experience
he was clear and emphatic. His honest heart and honest piety inspired confidence.
The themes of his discourses were solid Gospel truths, and he was preeminently successful
in winning souls.
He joined the New York Conference in 1844. His appointments were as follows: Jefferson,
Shohoeton, Yorkville, Pound Ridge, Cortland, Shrub Oaks, Dutchess, North East, Ashleyville,
Milan, East Chatham and Red Rock, Mellenville, Pawling, Davenport, Eddyville, Washington
Heights, Clovesville, Lexington, Croton, Bellvale, Olive, Hartsdale. He took for
one year the supernumerary relation in 1867, and the superannuated in 1882.
Of his five children who survive him one is the Rev. Henry B. Molyneaux of Aurarilo,
Tex. His last illness was brief and his death peaceful. Rev. C. H. Reynolds, of
this Conference, and Rev. Mr. Hitchcock, of the Baptist Church, conducted the funeral
services at the house of his daughter, where he died. His mortal remains rest in
the cemetery at Woodlawn, while his white-robed spirit walks the streets of gold.
We bless God for his blameless life, his protracted labors, and his pronounced success.
May we meet him in the land of eternal sunshine and renew the friendship which death
has for a time disrupted.
"Thus star by star declines,
Till all are passed away,
As morning high and brighter shines
To pure and perfect day;
Nor sink those stars in empty night,
They hide themselves in heaven's own light." J. E. Price
Obituary Rev. A.N. Molyneaux [1816-1892]
Rev. Amos Newton Molyneaux was born in Roxbury, Del. Co., N.Y., March 29, 1816 and
died July 4, 1892, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Morehouse Nash, near Martindale.
Mr. Molyneaux joined the New York M.E. Conference in 1844, and with the exception
of one year, did effective work until 1882, when he superannuated. His wife who
died April 11, 1891, was a daughter of the Rev. Henry Boehm, a long time the traveling
companioin of Bishop Asbury. Converted at eighteen years of age, he joined the Methodist
Episcopal Church; about a year later he accepted the Holy Spirit's call to the
work of the ministry, and soon afterward went to Kingston academy in Kingston, N.Y.
to secure further educational preparation for his work. Mr. Molyneaux was eminently
successful in winning souls. Many were converted during his ministry, of whom some
are also ministers of the gospel, and one a bishop of the Methodist Episcopal church.
His preaching was practical, scriptural, and convincing. Of a sunny temperament
which was sweetened by grace, he was a pleasant companion and a warm friend. He
was withal a man of positive convictions, and was fearless in advocacy of right.
His last sickness was of two weeks duration, during which he was calm and peaceful
and looked for his release with joyful anticipations of the rest which awaited him,
a reunion with the loved and gone before. The funeral was held from the home of
his daughter on Wednesday, and the services were conducted by Rev. C. H. Reynolds,
paster of the M. E. church of this village, assisted by the Rev. Mr. Hitchcock,
pastor of the Baptist church at Martindale.
Mrs. Mary B. Molyneaux
Mrs. Mary B. Molyneaux [1820-1891]
Mary Frances Boehm Molyneaux was born in Mt. Holly, N.J., Sept. 3, 1820, and died
at her home, in New York city, April 11, 1891. She was the youngest daughter of
the venerable Father Boehm, the famous centenarian and traveling companion of Bishop
Asbury. Her grandfather was a Bishop in the Mennonite Church, from which he withdrew
and aided Otterheim in organizing the Church of the United Brethren. From such an
ancestry and from such a Christian home she went forth rarely endowed and fitted
for her life-work.
In her eighteenth year she was married to the Rev. A.N. Molyneaux, of New York Conference,
with whom she devotedly shared the responsbility and toil of the itinerancy. Wise,
far-seeing, tactful, and of sweet Christian spirit, she proved a true helpmeet and
colaborer in the Gospel. When her husband assumed a supernumerary relation they
removed to New York city and became associated with St. James Church, where for
nine years they worshipped, and as health permitted labored for the cause of God.
Threatened with a death of torture from a disease pronounced incurable, she prayed
to be delivered from it, and triumphantly declared that her prayer was answered,
and that she would be spared such a trial, and shortly after she died peacefully,
and to all appearances painlessly, from pneumonia. Clear and strong in intellect,
positive in religious principle and experience, a womanly woman, a model mother,
a devoted wife, her life was consistent and beautiful, and her death the death of
the righteous. "Them that sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him." J.