Nov. 8, 1859 Berlin Rensselaer County New York, USA
The Sabbath Recorder", Vol 16, No 25, p 99, Nov. 24, 1859.
In Berlin, N. Y., Nov. 8th, after an illness of near three months, John Whitford, in the 58th year of his age.
At 30 years of age he made a public profession of religion, and connected himself with the Seventh-day Baptist Church in Berlin, where he has remained a faithful and worthy member, till called to render an account of his stewardship to his Heavenly Master.
Having chosen his native town as his field of labor and home, he engaged in mercantile pursuits in the year 1826, and from that time to the present, has been doing a prosperous and thriving business.
He was chosen to fill many important offices in the town and county, and being a man of sound judgment and inflexible justice, he was frequently appealed to in matters of differences between his fellow-townsmen, when his opinion was generally considered final.
During the past year he served in the Board of Supervisors of the county, and as a tribute of respect to his sterling worth, he was chosen to preside over their deliberations.
As a citizen, he was kind and hospitable; endearing all to him by his sympathy and tenderness, never turning any away empty who were entitled to his hospitality.
As a Christian, it was his constant aim to let his light shine. He contributed with a liberal hand to meet the wants of his beloved Zion in his own vicinity, and also throughout the land.
As a friend of education, he had contributed toward the endowment of one of the colleges in his State, and ever encouraged others seeking educational accomplishments to pursue their studies to completion.
As a husband and father, he was kind and affectionate. His fatherly affection and care extended beyond the limits of his own household. Many will long remember the cheerfulness with which he made his guests feel that his house was their home.
The community in which he has so long resided, has been shorn of one of its brightest ornaments. The church mourns the absence of one who was always present at her solemn feasts. The family circle, consisting of his widow and an only son, has sustained an irreparable loss.
His funeral was attended by an unusually large concourse of his fellow citizens, who were deeply affected by the bereavement. A discourse was delivered by Eld. A. W. Coon, from Heb. xi, 16: "But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly."