Rev. Elkanah Franklyn Remington1,2,3

ID# 17653, (abt 1817 - 1889)
FatherZadock Remington4 (27 Nov 1789 - Aug 1830)
MotherSophia Cobb4 (15 Oct 1793 - )

Key Events:

Birth: about 1817, Vermont5,6,7
Marriage: Mary E. [surname unknown]8
Death: 10 Jul 1889, West Orange, Essex Co., New Jersey9,10,11
Burial: 15 Jul 1889, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York12

Spouse: Mary E. [surname unknown] (about 1828 - )
     Children:

  • Grace Remington30,31,32 (abt 1849 - Sep 1904)
  • Clara Remington32,33 (abt 1852 - 1 Apr 1871)
  • Frank Remington32 (abt 1856 - bef 1889)
ChartsDescendants of Gideon Cobb
AncestryThe Cobbs of Pawlet, Vermont

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Narrative:

     Rev. Elkanah Franklyn Remington was born about 1817 in Vermont.5,6,7 He was probably one of the two males under age 10 listed in the household of his father, Zadock Remington, in the 1820 Federal Census of Castleton, Rutland Co., Vermont.13 He was probably one of the two males age 10 to 15 appearing on the 1830 Federal Census of Rutland Co., Vermont, in the household of Zadock Remington, his grandfather.14
     Elkanah married Mary E. [surname unknown]8
     Elkanah and Mary appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Chicopee, Hampden Co., Massachusetts, enumerated 12 Sep 1850. Their daughter Grace was listed as living with them.1
     Elkanah appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Brooklyn, Kings Co., New York, enumerated 3 Aug 1870. His children Grace, Clara and Frank were listed as living with him, as was Winnefred Zonnell, a 22-year-old domestic.2
     Elkanah appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Brooklyn, Kings Co., New York, enumerated 15 Jun 1880, with Ellen Cummins, a 25-year-old servant also listed in the household.15
     Elkanah evidently was initially a Methodist preacher. The 9 Apr 1841 edition of The Indiana Democrat, in Indianapolis reported about Rev. E. F. Remington that "on last Sabbath, a number of our citizens were most agreeably entertained by this extraordinary clergyman. He preached at the Christian Church...As a fluent speaker we have never heard his equal."16
Rev. E. F. Remington Conducting Services at Coenties Slip
photo courtesy Seamen’s Church Institute

     But he soon became an Episcopal clergyman. He served for a few months in the mid-1840s at St. Peters Church, an Episcopal church established in Bennington, Vermont, 21 Jul 1834.17 He accepted the rectorship of Grace Church, Chicopee, Massachusetts 23 Sep 1849. He served until 21 Apr 1851, when the church was closed, and he was transferred to the Diocese of New York.18,19,20
     Elkanah was appointed Missionary at Large by the Protestant Episcopal Church Missionary Society for Seamen (now the Seamen's Church Institute) in 1852, serving until Jun 1858. He was stationed at Coenties Slip, a developing hub for shipping in lower Manhattan, now Pearl St. and Hanover Square. He held services for seamen and those living in the neighborhood or on docked boats, preaching on the pier or on the decks of barges, later under a donated tent. In his 1857 report he wrote:
That he [referring to himself] has suffered much from rheumatism, neuralgia, sore throat and other diseases, is true. That he has been uncomfortable, when preaching in mid-winter, with his hands and feet benumbed with cold, or when standing on hot paving stones, the thermometer 98 in the shade, is also true. That there has been joy on earth, and, as he believes, joy in heaven over the sinner that repenteth; that hundreds have attended these services who were never within the walls of an earthly sanctuary; that thousands have listened to the words of eternal life, who have been deprived of the ‘means of grace' for many long years, are also among the verities of the past, the results of which eternity alone can unfold.21
     The Church of the Atonement, on the corner of 17th St. and 5th Ave., Brooklyn, was incorporated 1 Feb 1864. Elkanah took charge when the second pastor, Rev. Lea Luquer, resigned in Apr 1866. But the situation was apparently not well received by all. Later that year Elkanah sued the vestrymen and wardens for damages on account of the non-reception of a call. Five vestrymen had voted for employing him and five against, so the presiding officer declared that no choice had been made. Elkanah went to court to enforce his claim, but Judge Gilbert delivered an adverse opinion, and the church remained without a rector.22,23,24
     While details have not been found, he apparently continued elsewhere as an Episcopal pastor.24,25,26 He wrote at least two books. He published The City of Sin and its Capture by Immanuel's Army: An Allegory in 1857, and Our National House, Its Founders and Defenders in 1873.27
     Elkanah left a will dated 12 Sep 1888, in which he named his daughter, Grace, as executrix.28
     Elkanah died on 10 Jul 1889 in West Orange, Essex Co., New Jersey, at the home of his daughter Grace and her husband, Alfred Atkins.9,10,11 He was buried on 15 Jul 1889 in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York, in a family plot.12 His will was probated on 23 Jul 1889 in Brooklyn, Kings Co., New York.29

Citations

  1. [S3428] Elkanah F. Remmingtn household, 1850 U.S. Census, Hampton Co., Massachusetts.
  2. [S3429] Franklyn Remmington household, 1870 U.S. Census, Kings Co., New York.
  3. [S1171] Hollister, Pawlet for One Hundred Years, pg 261, shows name as Rev. Frank Remington, D.D.
  4. [S1171] Hollister, Pawlet for One Hundred Years, pg 261.
  5. [S3428] Elkanah F. Remmingtn household, 1850 U.S. Census, Hampton Co., Massachusetts, shows age 33 and state.
  6. [S3429] Franklyn Remmington household, 1870 U.S. Census, Kings Co., New York, shows age 60 and state.
  7. [S3437] "New Jersey Deaths and Burials, 1720-1988," FamilySearch.org, record for Elkanah F. Remington, citing FHL #589316, shows age 72 at death 10 Jul 1889.
  8. [S3428] Elkanah F. Remmingtn household, 1850 U.S. Census, Hampton Co., Massachusetts, shows them apparently living as husband and wife.
  9. [S3437] "New Jersey Deaths and Burials, 1720-1988," FamilySearch.org, record for Elkanah F. Remington, citing FHL #589316, shows date, town, as W. Orange, county, and state.
  10. [S3438] Elkanah F. Remington, New York, Kings County Estate Records, petition of Grace Atkins, shows date, town, as Orange, and state.
  11. [S3444] "Died," New York Herald-Tribune, 15 Jul 1889, shows died Wednesday evening, at residence of his son-in-law A. G. Atkins.
  12. [S3442] Green-Wood Cemetery, online, record for Alkanah F. Remington, lot 19862, section 156.
  13. [S2632] Zadoc Remington Junr household, 1820 U.S. Census, Rutland Co., Vermont.
  14. [S2196] Zadock Remington household, 1830 U.S. Census, Rutland Co., Vermont.
  15. [S3430] Elkanah Remington household, 1880 U.S. Census, Kings Co., New York.
  16. [S3445] "Died," The Indiana Democrat, and Spirit of the Constitution, 9 Apr 1841, shows died Wednesday evening, at residence of his son-in-law A. G. ATkins.
  17. [S3451] Hemenway, Vermont Historical Gazetteer: A Magazine, embracing a History of each Town, Civil, Ecclesiastical, Biographical and Military, vol I, pg 164.
  18. [S3450] Holland, History of Western Massachusetts, vol II, part III, pg 55, shows his term of service and church closed.
  19. [S3428] Elkanah F. Remmingtn household, 1850 U.S. Census, Hampton Co., Massachusetts, shows occupation as "Epis Clergman."
  20. [S3440] Journal of the Convention of the Diocese of Massachusetts, 1851, pg 20, address of the Bishop, says he preached May 14 at Chicopee, and Rev. Remington had just resigned the charge of this parish; pg 25, shows Rev. E. F. Remington has been transferred to Diocese of New York;.
  21. [S3447] Johnathan Thayer, "Coenties Slip."
  22. [S3448] Stiles, A History of the City of Brooklyn, vol III, pp 687-8, shows organization of church and Remington's work there.
  23. [S3441] "Religious Intelligence," Springfield Daily Republican, 12 Jan 1867, shows details of suit.
  24. [S1171] Hollister, Pawlet for One Hundred Years, pg 261, shows he was "of the Episcopal church, now of Brooklyn, N.Y."
  25. [S3429] Franklyn Remmington household, 1870 U.S. Census, Kings Co., New York, shows occupation as minister.
  26. [S3430] Elkanah Remington household, 1880 U.S. Census, Kings Co., New York, shows occupation as Episcopal minister.
  27. [S3452] WorldCat, online.
  28. [S3438] Elkanah F. Remington, New York, Kings County Estate Records, petition of Grace Atkins.
  29. [S3438] Elkanah F. Remington, New York, Kings County Estate Records, order of Surrogate, 23 Jul 1889.
  30. [S3438] Elkanah F. Remington, New York, Kings County Estate Records, petition of Grace Atkins, shows she was the child of Elkanah.
  31. [S3428] Elkanah F. Remmingtn household, 1850 U.S. Census, Hampton Co., Massachusetts, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  32. [S3429] Franklyn Remmington household, 1870 U.S. Census, Kings Co., New York, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  33. [S3449] Patt, in "[Bklyn] Brooklyn Standard Union 4 April," listserve message 6 Nov 2001, contains transcribed death notice for Clara, daughter of Rev. E. F. Remington, apparently from the 4 Apr 1871 issue of the Brooklyn Standard Union.