Blodgett, Gaius Mills
Age: 0, credited to Rochester, VT
Service: Chaplain, USA, 1861-1865, Parkersburg, VA, Baxter Hosp., Burlington, 7/15/62, m/o 7/26/65. Presbyterian.
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Birth: 09/15/1815, Rochester, VT
Burial: Lakewood Cemetery, Cooperstown, NY
Marker/Plot: Lot 160
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 139840827
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not Found
College?: UC 34, PTS 34
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Gaius M. Blodgett
Gaius Mills Blodgett, son of Rev. Luther Palmer and Mary (Jefferson) Blodgett, was born in Rochester, Vt., Sept. 15, 1815; was prepared for college at Jericho Academy, Vt., under Simeon Bicknell; was received to the communion of the Congregational Church at Jericho, at about twelve years of age; graduated from Union College, Schenectady, N. Y., in 1834; entered Princeton Theological Seminary the same year, remaining there about one year; was licensed by the Otsego Presbytery,at Cooperstown, N. Y., Feb. 13,1838; preached first at Columbia, N. Y., in the Reformed Dutch Church, and then removed to the Presbyterian Church, Otsego, N. Y.; was ordained at Buel, N. Y., by the same Presbytery, as an evangelist, Jan. 14, 1846; was connected with the Cayuga, Otsego and Albany Presbyteries; was chaplain of the N. Y. State Lunatic Asylum, at Utica, from 1844 to 1846; was stated supply at New Scotland and Bethlehem, N. Y., 1846 to 1856 ; at Farmington, 11l., 1857 to 1858; at Stone Arabia, X. Y., 1858-59 to the Kef. Dutch Church; and at Hicksville, N. Y., 1859-61; was chaplain in the U. S. Army, 186165, at Parkersburgh, Va., and Burlington, Vt, and from 1865-67 at De Camp General Hospital, New York Harbor; was U. S. Consul at Frelighsburg, Canada, 1868-72; was stated supply at Wading River (L. I.), N. Y.,to a Congregational Church, 1872-76.
Mr. Blodgett's ministry was, as testified by those in position to judge, well received and highly useful. In all the churches he served revivals took place, and numerous conversions. During the early part of his ministry he was troubled with inflammation of the eyes, which prevented study. By exposure in the war, as chaplain, his health was impaired; so that, while he still preached, he was not so active in the work as he had been. From 1873-81 he resided in New York City, and in its vicinity from 1881-83. He died, at Cooperstown, N. Y., Nov. 17th, 1884, in the seventieth year of his age.
Mr. Blodgett was married at Bethlehem, N. Y., Sept. 12, 1878, to Miss Christie Ann Buchanan of New Scotland.
Source: Necrology Report Presented to the Alumni Association of Princeton Theolotical Seminary, at its annuam meeting, May 5, 1885., p. 32.