Mike Clancy has transcribed the following document and notes:
The document was sent by Betty Tabor, Mayfield town historian. It is a copy of a Letter to the Editor, written by the Rev. John Dempster shortly after the death of William Clancy. John Dempster was William Clancy's son-in-law. He married the youngest child of the William and Lydia Clancy marriage - Lydia. The mother died the same day as the baby's birth, October 23rd, 1802.
The following letter written to the Editors of the Christian Advocate and Journal in 1847 by John Dempster is enlightening in that it shows the familiarity of John Dempster with that section, and also gives us a glimpse into the live of an early Class leader of Kingsboro. Mr. Clancy is mentioned only a few times in the Records of Montgomery Circuit; his activity was related apparently with the Herkimer Circuit and the Saratoga Circuit before 1804. Rev. Abner Chase tells of attending Camp Meeting at Kingsboro and of being entertained at the home of William Bentley. I am unable to find that name anywhere in our records and am inclined to believe that Mr. Chase's memory r[d]eceived him and that he was thinking of William Clancy instead. Rev. John Dempster's letter is as follows:
"Oct. 2, 1847 - In Kingsboro, N.Y., Mr. William Clancy died in the 89th year of his age. His connection with our Church reaches back almost to the first struggles of the Methodists north of your city. He was with it in the feebleness of its infancy- shared in its severest conflicts and survived to exult in its highest achievements. His vo[i]gorous mind had laid hold on the great principles of its doctrines, as to place his confidence in them beyond the reach of the most subtil sophistry. Few of his contemporaries, with his educational advantages, could grapple with the contemplative cast of mind, he had acquired the habit of patient thought, and laid in a large stock of various knowledge. Not only was he familiar with the great cardinal truths of the Bible, but he had traced them far into their beautiful details. He had familiarized his mind with the collateral doctrines, the rational doctrines and deductions, and the practical results of the fundamental principals of salvation. Having been deeply sensitive by nature, profoundly experienced by graces, and invested with unusual vigor of character, he made this Scriptural knowledge a powerful instrument of usefulness. His statement of his experiences, his social prayer and ardent exhortation, were in a stream of thought gushing from a heart on fire. These formed a striking instance of great power, in the absence of all ornament- on moral granduer without the shadow of studied correctness. These addresses of his brethren seemed to be a striking recitation of the records of his own inward history. The union of suscepibility of heart with firmness of mind was very marked by his character. These qualities of his natural constitution refined and exalted by grace, enabled him to endure reproach heaped on the cause he had espeused with the gentleness of a child, and to cling to its immortal interests with an exhastless tenacity. His greatest warmth was never the result of transient impulses, but the working of permanent principles; and hence his religous acts were uniformly classed with an elevated range of objects. This blessed influence had so blended itself with the ordinary operations of his mind, as to shine in an example of a bright, steady, and increasing light. It was possible that a mind of such integrity, and a heart of such sympathy should not, in the long pilgrimage of almost ninety years, find kindred souls and ample scope. Accordingly, we find that over a wide range of territory, he numbered many friends of the most ardent and abiding attachment. Especially..............".
1. document ends with Especially.....
2. There was a William Bentley - saw it in review of census data for Fulton County.
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