Portland in Cumberland County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
Reverend William I. Reese
Erected Dec 1, 1859
By a donation from the HON. FRANCIS O.J. SMITH, to honor and perpetuate the memory of REV. WILLIAM I. REESE who while pastor of the First Universalist Society, founded the Portland Widow’s Wood Society. December 1, 1829; and in testimony of his instinctive benevolence, Christian sympathy for the poor active Humanity for the suffering and self sacrificing nobleness in the relief of the Destitute irrespective of Creeds, Prejudices, Nativities and Races; The truly Christian character of the Wood Society was so fully appreciated that it has been sustained by the united contributions of every Religious Society and by the donations and bequests of numerous friends of suffering humanity. May the record of such be perpetually increasing.
This Friend of Mankind born in Charlestown, Montgomery Co., New York December 17, 1799 and died in the city of Buffalo September 6, 1834 a self Sacrifice to his charitable Nature in devoting himself to the care of the Sick, Dying and Dead during the eminently terrific prevalence of the cholera in that city From which fatal disease and its victims others fled for safety while he remained a Samaritan and Martyr In his love of Mankind he was Faithful to God.
“What doth it profit, my brethren, though
This Monument for the sake of THE VIRTUES it is designed to commemorate in the memory of The Worthy Dead, is committed to the holy keeping forever, of an intelligent community in the undismayed hope that its purpose will be Appreciated and commended, studied and imitated; and that through it, in all coming time the dead will speak unto the living, lessons of CHARITY AND TOLERANCE, and of “Glory to God in the highest; peace on earth to men of Good will.”
Erected 1859 by Francis O. J. Smith.
Location. 43° 39.749′ N, 70° 15.038′ W. Marker is in Portland, Maine, in Cumberland County. Touch for map. Monument is in Eastern Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 224 Congress Street, Portland ME 04101, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Joseph Coffin Boyd (here, next to this marker); Rear Admiral James Alden (a few steps from this marker); Eastern Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Christopher Christian Manuel (within shouting distance of this marker); Alonzo P. Stinson (within shouting distance of this marker); War of Independence Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Portland Maine Freedom Trail Eastern Cemetery (about 300 feet away); Home of Amos Noë and Christiana Williams Freeman (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portland.
Regarding Reverend William I. Reese. The transcription was previously completed by Spirits Alive, a local Portland volunteer organization dedicated to preserving Eastern Cemetery.
Also see . . .
1. Portland Widows' Wood Society. (Submitted on December 12, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Portland Widows Wood Society. One of Maine's oldest charitable organizations. (Submitted on December 12, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 12, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 449 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 12, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.