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DR. JOHN S. LAW
WAS born in Liberty County, Georgia,
March 21, 1800. He united with the Church while at Yale College, at the
age of eighteen years: After his graduation he pursued his professional
Studies in the old University of Philadelphia, at Philadelphia. He
practiced medicine for many years in the vicinity of Savannah, Georgia,
and gained an extended and successful practice.
In 1847 his attention was turned to the
North as his future home. He made an extended tour of observation to the
leading cities, and then decided to make Cincinnati his home. He removed
to Cincinnati in the Summer of 1848.
While living in Georgia he identified
himself with the Presbyterian Church, and took a deep and absorbing
interest in its prosperity, planning, counseling, praying, and actively
laboring for its unity, efficiency, and growth; and thus he continued to
the end of life to love, live, and labor for the Church of Christ. While
living in Georgia he was chosen ruling elder, and served in that
capacity until his removal North. Upon coming to Cincinnati, he united
himself with the Central Presbyterian Church, then under the pastoral
care of Dr. N. L. Rice. Afterward he removed to the Seventh
(Broadway) Church, under Dr. N. C. Burt. In the year 1862 Dr. Law
secured a very pleasant home in Loveland, and removed there. He
immediately united with the Presbyterian Church, and was chosen a ruling
elder in it in August of that year, and has most faithfully and
untiringly served in that capacity up to his death, fourteen and a half
years. Dr. Law was a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church over forty
years. He was a perfect type of a Christian gentleman. He was .very much
devoted to the .spiritual growth and peace of the Church, was very
attentive to the poor, the sick, and the afflicted, and none escaped his
notice or the warm grasp of his hand.
He was ever faithfully in his place in
the sanctuary, and always ready to take a part in the praying circle,
and, when duty called him, at the ecclesiastical meetings of the Church.
He bore fully his part in supporting the Church, and cheerfully gave of
his substance to all the boards of benevolence corn-mended by the
General Assembly to the Churches. He was a most sincere and devoted
friend, counselor, and helper to the pastor, who enjoyed the most tender
and intimate association with him.
Dr. Law was a most devoted husband, an
affectionate and faithful father, and a consistent and earnest
Christian. His dear family and kindred were gathered around him in his
last moments, heard his last words, received his last loving embrace and
his tender Christian counsel, and saw him gently, quietly, peacefully
fall asleep in Jesus. He has left to his dear wife and five sons and a
daughter and his other dear kindred, to the Church, the pastor, the
community, and his acquaintances in business life, the grand record of a
humble, useful, conscientious Christian life, and a life of unblemished
integrity before the world. In his business he was entirely reliable,
honorable, and successful.
AT a special meeting of the Session of
the Loveland Presbyterian Church the following minute in reference to
the decease of .Dr. John S. Law, a ruling elder of that Church for
fourteen and a half years, was presented and unanimously adopted:
" Whereas, in the providence of
God, who doeth all things well, our beloved associate and brother, Dr.
John S. Law, whose wise counsel and, ripe judgment in spiritual
matters have been our help for these many years, has been suddenly
summoned to his eternal home, and to leave his spiritual watch and
service with. us here; therefore,
"Resolved, That in the death of
Dr. Law the Presbyterian Church of Loveland, Ohio, is .very, deeply
afflicted ; that the Church Session mourns the loss of a kind, wise,
and faithful co-laborer and helper; his family and kindred a devoted
and faithful companion and father; and the community an upright and
true Christian citizen.
"Resolved, That, as a proper token
of our great esteem for our departed 'brother, his consistent and
earnest Christian life, and his kind, faithful service to the Church
of Christ here, this paper be placed upon the records of Session.
" Resolved, That a copy of these
proceedings of Session be sent by our clerk to the bereaved family,
With, the assurance of our deepest and tenderest Christian sympathy
with them in their great bereavement; and that a copy be furnished our
Church paper, the Herald and: Presbyter, of Cincinnati, for
HENRY A. ROSSITER, Moderator
"W. A. CARMICHAEL, )-- Ruling Elders
"JAMES TURKEY, )
"LOVELAND, January 21, 1877."
THE Chamber of Commerce was called to
order at 1 o'clock, January 15, 1877, by President Eggleston, and the
following on the death of Dr. John S. Law, read by Mr. Owen Owens, was
unanimously adopted :
"Death has again entered our
circle, and taken from our midst Dr. John S. Law, who for more than a
quarter of a century has been an active underwriter in our city. At
the ripe age of nearly fourscore years he has ended his labors on
earth. By the death of Dr. John S. Law the .Chamber of Commerce mourns
the loss of one who, by his courteous manner and moral integrity,
merited and received the respect and confidence of the public and his
fellow-members of the Chamber of Commerce.
"Resolved, That we sincerely
sympathize with the family of the deceased in their bereavement.
"GEORGE W. JONES, )
"JOHN W. HARTWELL, )
"JAMES MCKEEHAN, )
"JAMES MORRISON, )
"CINCINNATI, January 15,
THE Cincinnati Board of Underwriters,
Saturday afternoon,' January 13, 1877, held a meeting, with A. Lawrence,
president, and Maynard French, secretary, to take action on the death of
Dr. John S. Law. The following was adopted :
" Whereas, it has pleased divine
providence to take from us our worthy and estimable fellow-member, Dr.
John S. Law ; and, while we bow in humble submission to His will, we
must earnestly express deep regret at our loss, and, bearing full
testimony to his great worth and many estimable qualities, beg leave
to express to his family our sympathy with them; and it is
"Resolved, That a copy of these
proceedings be furnished to the family and spread upon the Minutes of
"W. B. CASSILLY,
"FREDERICK ROAR, )
"OWEN OWENS, )
"CINCINNATI, January 13,
Source: In Memoriam
Cincinnati 1881, Cincinnati, A. E. Jones, Publisher, 1881.
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