Aug. 29, 1833 - Sept. 10, 1912
|Rev. Nathan Sweetland Cornell passed from a world of trial and sufferings into the glory land September 10, 1912. He was the son of Abner and Mary Cornell, and was born in Saratoga County, N. Y., August 29, 1833. When a young man about twenty-four years of age he went to Mississippi, where he engaged in teaching school. In 1859 he was married, and his wife proved to be a faithful and efficient helpmeet. She preceded him in joining the angelic hosts quite a number of years. Brother Cornell leaves behind one son, faithful H. N. Cornell, and two loving and devoted daughters, Mrs. J. H. McDade and Mrs. Julia Wynn.
Feeling that God had called him to the ministry, he joined the Mississippi Conference and was ordained deacon in the year 1860 and elder in 1862. The Minutes record that he was admitted into the Louisiana Conference in 1875. The official records do not inform us as to the charges he served from 1875 to 1886, but, judging from his usual faithfulness and efficiency, we feel that they were years of great accomplishments, for he was then in the very prime of life. After this period of unrecorded service, Brother Cornell served efficiently the following charges: Columbia, 1886; Coushatta, 1887-90; Waterproof, 1891-93; South Bossier, 1895; Haynesville, 1899; Delhi, 1900; Calhoun, 1903-04; Gilbert, 1905; Floyd, 1906-07.
Brother Cornell, after his long and useful active life, was superannuated at the 1907 session of the Louisiana Conference. From this time to the day of his death he resided with his son, H. N. Cornell, at Atkins, La.
Brother Cornell was one of our most useful preachers, though his refined modesty and unassuming manner may not have attracted so much attention as others not so well qualified. He was a diligent student and an accurate thinker, keeping in close touch with the problems of his day and time, and was always active and energetic in aiding in the solution of those problems that came in his sphere of service. Though conscious that his mind had become clouded and his memory almost gone, he bore patiently and graciously the trials of his latter days. The interests of our Church were always dear to his heart. Upon two occasions when Conference was near at hand he wandered out alone, and when asked to return, replied that his duty was at Conference and that he must attend.
God grant that we who are left behind may be as diligent in service and faithful to the trust committed to us!
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1912, pages 67-68, by C. M. Morris.|