WILLIAM CURTIS EMERSON
William Curtis Emerson
BIRTH 15 OCT 1818 • Abbeville, Abbeville, South Carolina, USA
DEATH 24 JUL 1875 • Santa Barbara, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Married 1st: 11 FEB 1845 • Sumter County, Alabama, USA
Elizabeth Agnes Bingham
BIRTH 1 MAR 1825 • Marion County, South Carolina, USA
DEATH 7 AUG 1862 • Meridian, Lauderdale, Mississippi, USA
Daughter of Col. Samuel J. Bingham and Mary Muldro
Married 2nd: 8 Jun 1863 • Kemper County, Mississippi, USA
Mary Elizabeth Grady
BIRTH 2 JAN 1840 • Fayetteville, Moore, North Carolina
DEATH 24 AUG 1910 • Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Daughter of Durham Grady and Jane Brown Colquette
Note; Jane Brown Grady (A widow) apparently traveled with her daughter's family and died on 8 AUG 1898 in Itapira, Brazil.
By William and Elizabeth
1. Charles McDonald Emerson
2. Mary Linnie Emerson
3. Linnie Elizabeth Tonierre Emerson
4. MaryLou Lamira Emerson
5. William Baker Emerson
6. Adella Elvira Emerson
7. Sallie Lou Emerson
By William and Mary Elizabeth
8. Joseph Grady Emerson
9. Lucien Thornwell Emerson
10. Junius Victor Emerson
Loosely translated from Portuguese using GOOGLE TRANSLATE
(Hence the weird syntax)
Rev. William Curdy Emerson, Pastor was among the North American settlers in the interior of São Paulo. The Rev. William C. Emerson was not a missionary officially sent by the Church Presbyterian of the United States or Southern Church (CPSU) to work in Brazil. However, having been the first pastor of this denomination to reside and work in Brazil, which in particular, deserves to be included in this record. First, however, it is necessary to the context of his coming. After the American Civil War (1862-1865), numerous Southerners emigrated to other countries, including Brazil. Here, some families tried to settle in different points of the coast, such as the Ribeira Valley, but the only colonies that prospered were those of the region of the present cities of Santa Bárbara D'Oeste and Americana, in the then Province of São Paulo. The colony called "Field", where there were a small rural cemetery became the center of the religious activities of the north-Americans. Presbyterian, Methodist, and Baptist settlers used a temple community building, next to the cemetery.
The Southern Church was established in 1861 when the churches of the North gave their support. From the outset, the Southern Church had a strong missionary concern, and an Executive Committee of Foreign Missions was created, based in Nashville, Tennessee. Another important institution was the Theological Union, founded in 1823, which initially functioned together with the College Hampden-Sydney, in Farmville, Virginia, and in 1898 was transferred to Richmond. At activities had been interrupted by the Civil War. the first group after the war, four chose the missionary work and two of them came to Brazil in 1869 - George Nash Morton and Edward Lane. In the year These workers founded the Presbyterian Church of Campinas. A few years earlier, accompanying the North American settlers who settled in the interior of São Paulo, came several pastors, some of them Presbyterians, such as William C. Emerson and James R. Baird.
Rev. William Emerson was born in South Carolina on October 15, 1818. He was pastor in Meridian, Mississippi, where he had a large farm, and moderator of the Presbytery of East of Mississippi in 1866. He was a man of rare literary ability, a preacher eloquent and dedicated Christian. With his enthusiastic and enterprising spirit, next he sold his property for ten thousand dollars and came to Brazil. When we arrived, was proposed that he publish a newspaper in English giving news of the immigrants, as well as information and guidance for the new settlers who came. Minister Paula Souza said that would help him for a while, but that the ten thousand dollars had to be business. The Emigration Reporter newspaper has been published for about a year but has not any profit. To make matters worse, the aforementioned government minister was replaced by another who did not have the same ideas and did not respect the contract made by his predecessor. After Settling the business, Emerson had enough money to take the family to Santa Barbara, where she bought a small plot of land that he himself tried to cultivate. Eventually, this pastor adopted Brazilian nationality.
On June 26, 1870, Rev. Emerson and his colleague James R. Baird organized American immigrants to the Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara, known as the Hopewell Church, and shepherded it for four or five years. The three members founders of the church were as follows: Rev. William C. Emerson and Mary E. Emerson, Rev. James R. Baird and Elize Baird, the couple JB Grady and the daughters Sophia Grady and Martha H. Grady, William P. McFadden, Sarah McFadden, and daughter Sarah C. McFadden, and the couple Frank Emerson. The organization took place in the farm São Luiz, in the house of William P. McFadden, elected priest at the time. The Rev. Boanerges Ribeiro, citing a letter published in the Evangelical Press (12-03-1887), informs that Emerson also initiated a congregation in the rural town of Água Branca, between the Tietê and Tatuí rivers, in 1869 or 1871, which would have been organized in church in 1871.
Rev. Emerson spent the last years of his life afflicted by a respiratory disease, coming to die on July 24, 1875. His last words, engraved on his tomb in the Campo Cemetery, were: "I die full of happiness, full of glory, and full of hope of heaven "(Hill full of happiness, full of glory and full of the hope of heaven). After his death, Rev. Baird continued to lead the work for three years, until the Rev. Edward Lane and other workers of the Campinas Mission assumed the pastorate of the church. Emerson had three sons and three daughters. Frank, the eldest, soon time returned to the United States; William died in a railroad accident, and Charles did a great career on the Railroad and married a Brazilian. Two of the daughters married Englishmen and the other, Mary, married a doctor, Dr. George Barnsley.
Rev. Emerson's second wife was Mary E. Grady, who came to Brazil with her mother, Brother Curtis, and the sisters Sophia, Martha, and Jane. Mary Emerson returned to educate their children. His sons Lucien, Joseph, and Charles studied in the International College (Catalog of 1877). Later, the family moved to São Paulo, where Mary was an English teacher for many years. In 1885, he was "first aid letters "at the American School. Provided many services to the 1st Presbyterian Church of São Paulo and later to the Independent Seminary, where he also taught English. At its request, the Rev. Vicente Temudo Lessa translated a sermon by Rev. Emerson - "What do you think Christ? ", Published in The Presbyterian in March 1902. Dona Mary passed away at 70 years, on August 15, 1910, at the Evangelical Residence of the Presbyterian Church Independently of São Paulo, to Rua Vitória, from whose direction it was commissioned for free. It left a small legacy to constitute a fund for the evangelization of the natives.
His son Luciano (Lucien), a dental surgeon, was also a member of the 1st St. Paul, having been enrolled in this church with his wife, Rosa, on November 4, 1892.
• Lessa, Annaes , 75, 172, 258, 379, 509.
• Ferreira, History of IPB , I: 111s, 166-168.
• James E. Bear, Mission to Brazil (PCUS, Board of World Missions, 1961), 6s.
• Judith Mac Knight Jones, Private Rest! A North American Epic under the
Heavens of Brazil (São Paulo: Brotherhood of American Descent, 1967), 189-191,
215, 241, 264.
• Ribeiro, Protestantism and Brazilian Culture , 319s
DIARY OF THE REVEREND WM. C. EMERSON
[There is more to the diary, only the beginning was copied herein. Unfortunately, I did not note who shared this diary with me, but I believe it came from a fellow Emerson cousin, either Craig Emerson or Toby Emerson. Wish I had kept better notes when I was starting my research. -- Mona Robinson Mills]
[The bracketed information was inserted by the transcriber.]
I was born in South Carolina, Abbeville District, Oct 15, 1818, of poor but respectable parents, by name of William and Mary Emerson. My father died a few weeks before my birth, being thus deprived of my Father, I never knew the loss of him. Being now left in the care of my mother alone, and the youngest of the family, as is generally the case with the youngest, I was too much doated upon.
My grandmother, Mary Armstrong, a native of Scotland, living near; also [would have been the widow of Samuel Armstrong] being a widow, I passed much of my time in her house, for the sake of keeping her company; for she was now nearly eighty (80) years of age. Thus, I was [perhaps born c. 1750 or so] brought up between my Mother and Grandmother, pretty much after the Old School of Scotland. My Grandmother as is generally the case with Scotland Ladies - [he said here Irish] had a strong constitution, together with a vigorous and active mind, especially concerning things that had transacted in her youthful days. I used to sit up until late at night and hear her relate circumstances, and fairy tales, until the hair of my head would feel like standing straight upon my head. Thus having my mind filled with imaginary scenes, I retired to bed, and of course, be harassed with the fairies and dreadful dreams. This of course had a bad tendency upon a young mind and thus having my mind filled with these dreadful tales, I was even afraid to make a step into the dark. And here, I would advise Parents never to give their children this kind of instruction - knowing the bad effects of it.
My grandmother lived to the great age of ninety-six (96), having never passed a night since I can remember without sleeping with the Bible under her head. I frequently thought she was a good old woman or she would not love the Bible so much, and I have great reasons to believe she died happy in the Lord - to be with my Grandfather.
I commenced going to school at the age of seven, to a Mr. Hugh Huston - continued two years - by this time I could read, write and cipher, tolerably well, [does not compute - born 1818, started school in 1825, two years later 1827 ?] in 1823. I went up to Pickens District to pass a year with one of my sisters, I [so one of his sisters was considerably older and married before 1823 and in Pickens.] then found out how much I loved my good Mother, for the night after I arrived at my journey's end, I scarcely slept one wink, weeping to think that I was so great a distance from her, [which was only sixty miles]. I then made acquaintance with the rude children in that settlement, and was led in many respects to forget the kind instruction of my Mother, and thus led on by rude companions, I ceased to read my book and went wandering about fishing and hunting on the Sabbath days. Here I would advise parents to beware how they send their children from home while young.
Having passed a year in this place, I returned to see my Mother and was received with much joy. My brother-in-law then would have me to return with him, but I could not bear the thought of being separated from my beloved Mother, little thinking I should shortly be deprived of her forever. My mother had married a second time to Major James Pickens and then resided at Squire Black's Mills on Penny's Creek [a stream at 341101N 0822949W in the Abbeville District - on US Geo Survey map-Abbeville West]. In the fall of 1824, they were both taken very ill, with the fever. My stepfather lay nine days, and from all appearance died of no great agony. Little did I then think that death could be met in any other way than with awful terror. Death having now visited for the first time My Mother's house, of my recollections, and my good Brother being dangerously ill - the death of my Mother - and on account of my [So Mary Armstrong Emerson Pickens died in 1824] illness I was awfully afraid I should be left without anyone to guide me in this state of anxiety. I was taken ill with the same complaint.
My Mother now becoming worse daily, I almost forgot my own case, thinking she was about to be taken from me. Sure enough, nine days after my Stepfather's death, death did his dreadful work and her immortal soul was wafted, as I fondly hope to those glorious mansions which the Saviour has prepared for those who love him. I, now being very ill, of course, was unprepared for such a dreadful shock. Many people were assembled, and great lamentation was made. My Brothers and Sisters tried in vain to give me [note the plural of both brothers and sisters] consolation, for I was bereft of all my parents, and being young, knew not what I should do or where I should go.
Death having made such a dreadful havoc in my Mother's house, I knew not but that I should be the one on whom he should next lay his cold hands. However, in a few days, I became better, and my Brother and Sisters returned home, about some forty or fifty miles.
My Brother, Henry, who lived in Abbeville took me to his house and in a few [Now we know that Henry was the brother of William and son of the Sr. William] days by some management, I was taken worse, and lay for five weeks, apparently on the brink of death. Physicians and neighbors gave me up and thought I must go and see my Mother - whom I so much loved. But it did not please God that I should be taken out of the world, at that early age, for he had something for me to do before I should undergo so great a change. Thus after suffering for nearly three months my health was in a measure restored. Oh, what great reason had I to thank God for his goodness - for I shall ever believe that affliction was a blessing to me.
My Brother's settlement in Alabama being now left in my Brother's care, and choosing him for my guardian, concluded to live with him until I became a man. He became dissatisfied with his residence, resolved to move to Alabama, and persuaded me off with him, -In the same Fall 1824, he set out, although I was scarcely able to keep up with the wagons. In January 1825, we landed at my Brother's Mother-in-law, who at this time resided in Pleasant Valley, Dallas County. [Alabama]
I had now undergone a great many changes, so many strange sights, such as large water sources, Cities, Towns, etc., and above all, the wild-looking Indians, whom I much feared at that time, having heard such dreadful tales about them. My Brother being a poor man at that time, unable to purchase land, took a lease for four years from James H. Morrison, - and being young and unaccustomed to labor, it went very hard with me for a while.
In this manner, I spent four years laboring on the farm with my Brother. And as is generally the case with Brothers and Sisters living together, in a state of nature we had a disagreement and I resolved to leave him. This is a part of my life (for some time) I had rather not make known to any - for I dread to look back upon it. Of the six years, I went awhile to school.
It was now a question of whether I should live any longer with my Brother, however, I thought it not best and hired myself to a Mrs. Morrow for twelve months, then residing near Selma Sarah Morrow?. During this time many scenes and circumstances took place, which I must pass over. Having now turned myself loose in the wide world and having neither parental nor fraternal restraint, I gave myself loose reins. First year after leaving my Brother, let nature and the wicked one have complete control over me. I first fell into bad company, next breaking the Sabbath, then to swearing. Oh, I tremble looking back upon the year I spent at that place - for here I first learned to lead the dance, to engage in all the vanity arising from such abominable practice. To break the Sabbath by hunting with my gun, and carousing on that sacred day, first to the wilderness, then to the rivers.
No tree was considered too dangerous for me to find the top, either for the sake of fruits, or bird nests. There too, as before mentioned, I learned the horrid practice of using God's name in an irreverent manner. Ah well do I remember, when I swore the first oath on the Sabbath, as my companions and I were doing mischief, as was our custom. I became angry with one of them and swore a wicked oath. SO unaccustomed were they to hear me use such language that one of them remarked, that was the first oath he had ever heard me swear. So dreadfully confounded was I, (notwithstanding) I did not then consider it indecent that I fain would have been out of their company, but as everything has a beginning, thus the way was opened and I afterward had no restraint of my wicked tongue. Oh, how the thoughts of a pious Mother's admonitions rolled into my mind.
Now I know the kind admonitions of a parent, will never be erased from the mind of a child; for although my mother had been dead for some time I had not forgotten the good instructions which she gave me. (Thus a year of my youth passed off, of which I am ashamed to write), yet it may be advantageous to those who may read this. Here I would warn young people to beware of the beginnings of small sins, for when they give way once there is scarcely any restraint. When the year ended, the good lady requested me still to remain, but thank the Lord, I had some good friends who advised me to leave the place (for no doubt, they saw I would soon be ruined by bad company), therefore I hired myself to a Mrs. Nancy Gilmore, a very respectable and pious old lady with a family of two daughters and one Son then living with her. In the first place, I had to change my conduct, my language, and my manners, and bad habits, and was changed in almost every respect. By the Godly walk and conversation of the good old lady, I was led to admire good company. She advised me to take my Bible and go with her children to Sunday School. At first, I did not like it but thought I must do as my comrades, thus did. So I went to Sunday School and soon acquired a taste for it. In the first place as too many do, I prided myself in getting my lessons better than others. Sunday School was then at Pisgah, (about eighty-five miles from Selma).
Reverend S. Alexander was then Pastor of that Little Church, a man of whom I shall frequently speak, for I have often thought he was the most indefatigable preacher I ever saw. He never spared himself in the Master's work. He would frequently lecture us on the Sunday School lessons after he had faithfully warned sinners from the pulpit. His lectures always interested me for I could understand him in every point. About this time the Spirit of God began to work on my heart. I began to reflect seriously and read the Bible with much attention, however, these slight impressions were off, but not without some salutary effects. The year ended and nothing would do the old lady but I must labor for her another year, so I renewed my bargain for her another year.
This year was spent in part, somewhat similar manner. In the summer there was a sacramental meeting at Pleasant Valley Creek Church, of which Reverend S. Alexander was Pastor. I went one Sabbath and heard the Ministers of God aloud proclaim the danger sinners were in. I was much affected but concealed it by keeping out of the company as much as possible until it wore off, for I had determined to delay seeking religion until I had become old yet was fully bent on not dying without it.
By some reason or other, my mind about this time, in spite of me, was much troubled about the subject of religion, and apparently, the more I strove against its power, the more awfully did my conscience check me. I would sometimes try to pray, but alas, I was afraid to pray. I would frequently retire to bed without attempting to pray, lest my mind should be harassed by religious thoughts whilst musing upon my pillow. But alas, there is truly no peace for the wicked, for I would have to rise at midnight hours and go in secret where to hush the thunderings of a guilty conscience. I would fall down and in a very broken manner try to pray. I would then, retire to bed, but often could not find any ......
The biography of William Curtis Emerson written by his grandson, Dr. Fred Emerson of Baltimore, Maryland, lists William Emerson's two wives and the names and birth dates of all his children.
By William and Elizabeth
1. Franklin Houston Emerson
2. Mary Linnie Emerson
3. Linnie Elizabeth Tonierre Emerson
4. MaryLou Lamira Emerson
5. William Baker Emerson
6. Adella Elvira Emerson
7. Sallie Lou Emerson
8. Charles McDonald Emerson
Franklin Houston Emerson
BIRTH ABT 1846 • South Carolina
DEATH 27 JAN 1919 • Chattanooga, Hamilton
Harriett M. Wiggins
BIRTH APR 1851 • Alabama, USA
Daughter of Richard William Wiggins and Louiza Bizzell
Children listed on Wiggins family page
Mary Linnie Emerson
BIRTH 16 OCT 1847 • Alabama, USA
DEATH 3 SEP 1848 • Alabama, USA
Linnie Elizabeth Tonierre Emerson
BIRTH 26 AUG 1849 • Meridian, Lauderdale, Mississippi, USA
DEATH ABOUT 1878 • Oenaville, Bell County, Texas, USA
Married: 10 Jan 1867 • Meridian, Lauderdale, Mississippi, USA
George Christopher Osborne
BIRTH 15 SEP 1843 • Asheville, Buncombe, North Carolina, USA
DEATH 28 SEP 1923 • Dallas, Dallas, Texas, USA
Son of John Morrison Osborne and Elizabeth Elvira Jones
MaryLou Lamira Emerson
BIRTH 11 JUL 1853 • Meridian, Lauderdale,
DEATH 15 MAR 1939 • prob Brazil
Married: 4 MAR 1869 • São Paulo, Brazil
George Scarbrough Barnsley
BIRTH 1837 • Savannah, Chatham,
DEATH 1918 • Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Son of Godfrey Barnsley Sr and Julia Henrietta
Children listed on Barnesley family page
William Baker Emerson
BIRTH 14 AUG 1854 • Meridian, Lauderdale, Mississippi, USA
DEATH 1 JAN 1878 • Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Adella Elvira Emerson
BIRTH 6 NOV 1857 • Meridian, Lauderdale, Mississippi, USA
Murray Barnsley Gilmour
BIRTH DEC 1850 • England
DEATH 19 DEC 1917 • Australia
Sallie Lou Emerson
BIRTH 17 AUG 1860 • Meridian, Lauderdale, Mississippi, USA
Married: 14 Dec 1878 • Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
DEATH 25 DEC 1897 • Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Charles McDonald Emerson
BIRTH 17 MAY 1862 • Meridian, Lauderdale, Mississippi, USA
By William and Mary Elizabeth
9. Joseph Grady Emerson
10. Lucien Thornwell Emerson
11. Junius Victor Emerson
The Baltimore Sun
25 May 1920, Tue, Page 5
Joseph Grady Emerson
BIRTH 7 MAY 1866 • Meridian, Lauderdale, Mississippi, USA
DEATH 23 MAY 1920 • Baltimore County, Maryland, USA
Catherine Rebecca Roe
BIRTH 16 NOV 1865 • Greensboro, Caroline, Maryland, USA
DEATH 13 JUL 1952 • Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Junius Frederick Emerson
BIRTH 30 JAN 1895 • Sao Paulo, Brazil
DEATH 21 MAY 1964 • Paris, Île-de-France, France
Elizabeth Ann Norton
BIRTH 5 FEB 1906 • Maryland, USA
DEATH 27 FEB 1989
Daughter of Michael and Delia Norton
Patricia Ann Emerson
BIRTH 12 APR 1935 • Baltimore City,
DEATH 1 DEC 2018
Married: 7 APR 1956 • Baltimore City,
John Denis Moran Sr
BIRTH 25 AUG 1932 • Baltimore, Maryland
DEATH 13 FEB 2019
Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Son of Joseph Moran and Mary Kavanagh
OBITUARY OF PATRICIA EMERSON
Patricia Ann Emerson, 83, of Venice, FL passed away December 1, 2018. Patricia was born April 12, 1935, in Baltimore, MD. She graduated from Notre Dame Academy and Stevenson University. She is survived by two sons John D. and Michael E. Moran and granddaughter Meghan E. Moran. Interment will be held at a later date in Greensboro, MD at the Greensboro Cemetery.
John Denis Moran Sr., 86, went to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. He was born to the late Joseph and Mary Kavanagh Moran on August 25, 1932, in Baltimore, Maryland.
John served in United States Airforce as a gunner on a B-26 with the 3rd Bombardment wing during the Korean War. During his time of service, John earned The Distinguished Flying Cross by extraordinary achievement against an enemy of the United States.
Left to cherish his memory are his two sons, John (Maria del Refugio Gonzalez Calleros) Moran Jr. and Michael Moran, one granddaughter; Meghan Elizabeth Moran, brother Lawrence K. Moran, and family as well as one sister Mary Joe Riehl and family.
Visitation will begin Wednesday, February 20, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a rosary at 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 705 S. Longoria St., Port Isabel, Texas.
A memorial mass will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, February 21, 2019, at Our Lady Star of The Sea Catholic Church in Port Isabel with inurnment to follow at the Port Isabel City Cemetery.
Lucien Thornwell Emerson
BIRTH 3 FEB 1871 • Tatuhy, Sao Paulo, Brazil
DEATH 3 NOV 1895 • Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Married: 12 NOV 1890 • St Michaels, Talbot, Maryland, USA
Rosa 'Rosie' Hambleton
BIRTH 14 JUL 1870 • St Michaels, Talbot, Maryland, USA
DEATH 1938 • Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Daughter of John Skinner Hambleton and Angeline Dorsey Willey
DEATH died in infancy
DEATH 10 NOV 1893 • Sao Paulo, Brazil
Horace Judson Hambleton Emerson
BIRTH 2 MAY 1895 • near Retiro, near Santa Barbara, Brazil
DEATH 17 APR 1948 • Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Grace Loretta Pyle
BIRTH 28 JUN 1897 • Bel Air, Harford, Maryland, USA
DEATH 5 JUL 1980 • Vineland, Cumberland, New Jersey, USA