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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

Morehouse Nash

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 Rosalind Nash.

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, Lucile Merrifield.

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 over 400.

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.

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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 by Mazetti.

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. E. Price


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