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Samuel Morton Firestone1,2,3

Male
b. 12 April 1878, d. 23 July 1969


Mother Adaline Isabell Shull2 b. 6 March 1859, d. 19 June 1887
Father George Alphonso Firestone2 b. 1855, d. 14 March 1893
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Family 1 Clara A. Hammond b. 15 September 1875, d. 21 August 1920
Marriage* 1 January 1900  Pleasant Chapel, Near Hamilton, Steuben Co., IN, Married by Rev. George C.Ulmer.

Groom: Samuel Morton Firestone
Groom's Race: W
Groom's Date of Birth:      
Groom's Place of Birth: Butler, , Indiana
Groom's Residence:      Butler, , Indiana
Groom's Number of Marriage:      
Groom's Father: George A Firestone
Groom's Mother:      
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Date of Marriage: 01 Jan 1900
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Record Number: 1
Film Number: 1863342
Digital Folder Number: 4476455
Image Number:      00524
Number of Images: 1

Groom:      Samuel Morton Firestone
Groom's Race:      
Groom's Date of Birth:      
Groom's Place of Birth: Hamilton, , Indiana
Groom's Residence:      
Groom's Number of Marriage:      1
Groom's Father:      
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Bride:      Hammond
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Bride's Place of Birth: Hamilton, , Indiana
Bride's Residence:      
Bride's Number of Marriage: 1
Bride's Father: Jas Alex S Hammond
Bride's Mother: Eleanor Mccurdy
Informant Name:      
Date of License:      
County of License: Dekalb
Date of Marriage: 15 Jan 1900
Place of Marriage: Franklin Twp, Dekalb, Indiana
Official:      
Record Number: 1
Film Number: 1863342
Digital Folder Number: 4476455
Image Number: 00526
Number of Images: 1, Principal=Clara A. Hammond4,5 
Child  1. Marie Elenor Isabelle Firestone b. 22 Nov 1901, d. 3 Mar 1984

Family 2 Mary Ida Warner b. circa 1887, d. 16 December 1947
Marriage* 27 June 1922  Wayne Co., OH, Groom's Name: Samuel M. Firestone
Groom's Birth Date: 1878
Groom's Birthplace: Butler, Ind.
Groom's Age: 44
Bride's Name: Mary Eda Warner
Bride's Birth Date: 1888
Bride's Birthplace: Plain, Wayne Co., Ohio
Bride's Age: 34
Marriage Date: 27 Jun 1922
Marriage Place: Wayne, Ohio
Groom's Father's Name: Geo. A. Firestone
Groom's Mother's Name: Adeline Isabell Shull
Bride's Father's Name: Wesley Warner
Bride's Mother's Name: Anna E. Yost
Groom's Race:
Groom's Marital Status: Widowed
Groom's Previous Wife's Name:
Bride's Race:
Bride's Marital Status: Single
Bride's Previous Husband's Name:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M02312-5
System Origin: Ohio-EASy
Source Film Number: 425762
Reference Number: P52, Principal=Mary Ida Warner8,9 
Children  1. Samuel Morton Firestone Jr. b. 26 Jul 1923, d. 31 Mar 1985
  2. Helen Louise Firestone b. c 1925

Family 3 Clara Alfreda Corner
Marriage* January 1950  Morgan Co., OH, Principal=Clara Alfreda Corner5 

Birth* 12 April 1878  Jerusalem Corners, De Kalb Co., IN2,4,3,5 
Census* 1880  1880 Federal Census, Indiana, DeKalb County, Franklin Township, ED: 81, Series: T9, Roll: 273, Page: 38A, June 4
(enumerated with father, George A Firestone)
01, 93, 94, Firestone, Samuel M, W, M, 2, , Son, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Ind, Ind, Ind2 
Census 1900  1900 Federal Census, Indiana, DeKalb County, Stafford Township, ED: 64, Series: T623, Roll: 367, Page: 45B, June 19
Sheet 7B
81, 158, 161, Firestone, Samuel, Head, W, M, Apr, 1878, 22, M, 6/12, , , Indiana, Indiana, Ohio, , , , Farmer, 0, , Yes, Yes, Yes, R, , H,
82, 158, 161, Firestone, Clara A, Wife, W, F, Sept, 1875, 24, M, 6/12, 0, 0, Indiana, Ohio, Ohio, , , , , , , Yes, Yes, Yes, , , ,3 
Marriage* 1 January 1900  Pleasant Chapel, Near Hamilton, Steuben Co., IN, Married by Rev. George C.Ulmer.

Groom: Samuel Morton Firestone
Groom's Race: W
Groom's Date of Birth:      
Groom's Place of Birth: Butler, , Indiana
Groom's Residence:      Butler, , Indiana
Groom's Number of Marriage:      
Groom's Father: George A Firestone
Groom's Mother:      
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Date of License:      
County of License:      
Date of Marriage: 01 Jan 1900
Place of Marriage:      
Official:      
Record Number: 1
Film Number: 1863342
Digital Folder Number: 4476455
Image Number:      00524
Number of Images: 1

Groom:      Samuel Morton Firestone
Groom's Race:      
Groom's Date of Birth:      
Groom's Place of Birth: Hamilton, , Indiana
Groom's Residence:      
Groom's Number of Marriage:      1
Groom's Father:      
Groom's Mother:      
Bride:      Hammond
Bride's Race:      
Bride's Date of Birth:      
Bride's Place of Birth: Hamilton, , Indiana
Bride's Residence:      
Bride's Number of Marriage: 1
Bride's Father: Jas Alex S Hammond
Bride's Mother: Eleanor Mccurdy
Informant Name:      
Date of License:      
County of License: Dekalb
Date of Marriage: 15 Jan 1900
Place of Marriage: Franklin Twp, Dekalb, Indiana
Official:      
Record Number: 1
Film Number: 1863342
Digital Folder Number: 4476455
Image Number: 00526
Number of Images: 1, Principal=Clara A. Hammond4,5 
Census 1910  1910 Federal Census, Kansas, Thomas County, Hale Township, ED: 45, Series: T624, Roll: 458, Page: 197A, May 17
Sheet 9A
09, 134, 137, Firestone, Sam M, Head, M, W, 32, M1, 10, , , Indiana, Indiana, Ohio, , , English, Foreman, Sexton, W, No, , Yes, Yes, 10, 3, x, 5, , , ,
10, 134, 137, Firestone, Clara A, Wife, F, W, 34, M1, 10, 1, 1, Indiana, Ohio, Ohio, , , English, None, , , , , Yes, Yes, , , , , , , ,
11, 134, 137, Firestone, Marie J E, Daughter, F, W, 8, S, , , , Indiana, Indiana, Indiana, , , , None, , , , , Yes, Yes, , , , , , , ,6 
Census 1920  1920 Federal Census, Ohio, Coshocton County, White Eyes Township, ED 52, Series: T625, Roll: 1357, Page: 325B, January 21
Sheet 7B
098, 189, 193, Firestone, Samuel M, Head, R, , M, W, 41, M, , , , , Yes, Yes, Indiana, , Indiana, , Ohio, , Yes, Minister, of Gospel, W,
099, 189, 193, Firestone, Clara A, Wife, , , F, W, 44, M, , , , , Yes, Yes, Indiana, , Ohio, , Ohio, , Yes, None, , ,
100, 189, 193, Firestone, Marie A, Daughter, , , F, W, 18, S, , , , Yes, Yes, Yes, Indiana, , Indiana, , Indiana, , Yes, None, , ,7 
Marriage* 27 June 1922  Wayne Co., OH, Groom's Name: Samuel M. Firestone
Groom's Birth Date: 1878
Groom's Birthplace: Butler, Ind.
Groom's Age: 44
Bride's Name: Mary Eda Warner
Bride's Birth Date: 1888
Bride's Birthplace: Plain, Wayne Co., Ohio
Bride's Age: 34
Marriage Date: 27 Jun 1922
Marriage Place: Wayne, Ohio
Groom's Father's Name: Geo. A. Firestone
Groom's Mother's Name: Adeline Isabell Shull
Bride's Father's Name: Wesley Warner
Bride's Mother's Name: Anna E. Yost
Groom's Race:
Groom's Marital Status: Widowed
Groom's Previous Wife's Name:
Bride's Race:
Bride's Marital Status: Single
Bride's Previous Husband's Name:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M02312-5
System Origin: Ohio-EASy
Source Film Number: 425762
Reference Number: P52, Principal=Mary Ida Warner8,9 
Census 1930  1930 Federal Census, Ohio, Washington County, Waterford Township, Beverly Village, ED 84-32, Series: T626, Roll: 1887, Page: 67B, April 3
Sheet 1B, Center Street
67, 22, 22, Firestone, Samuel M, Head, R, 20, , No, M, W, 51, M, 21, No, Yes, Indiana, Indiana, Ohio, , 60, , , , , Yes, Minister, Methodist Episcopal, 8694, , Yes, , No, ,
68, 22, 22, Firestone, Eda W, Wife-H, , , , No, F, W, 42, M, 35, No, Yes, Ohio, Ohio, Ohio, , 59, , , , , Yes, None, , , , , , , ,
69, 22, 22, Firestone, Samuel M Jr, Son, , , , No, M, W, 6, S, , No, , Ohio, Indiana, Ohio, , 59, , , , , , None, , , , , , , ,
70, 22, 22, Firestone, Helen L, Daughter, , , , No, F, W, 4, S, , No, , Ohio, Indiana, Ohio, , 59, , , , , , None, , , , , , , ,8 
Census 1940  1940 Federal Census, Ohio, Muskingum County, Wayne Township, Duncan Falls, ED: 60-38, Series: T627, Roll: 3122, Page: 27A, April 30
Sheet 27A
04, 579, R, 25, No, Firestone, Samuel M, Head, 0, M, W, 62, M, No, C6, 80, Indiana, 60, , Same Place, , , No, x0v1, Yes, -, -, -, -, 1, 40, , Minister, Gospel, E, c08|94|1, 52, 1150, No,
05, 579, , , , ,Firestone, Mary E, Wife, 1, F, W, 52, M, No, C2, 50, Ohio, 59, , Same Place, , , No, x0v1, No, No, No, No, H, 5, 40, , Housewife, At Home, OA, , 52, 0, No,
06, 579, , , , ,Firestone, Samuel M Jr, Son, 2, M, W, 16, S, No, H3, 20, Ohio, 59, , Same Place, , , No, x0v1, No, , , , S, 6, , , , , , , , ,
07, 579, , , , ,Firestone, Ellen L, Daughter, 2, F, W, 14, S, No, H1, 9, Ohio, 59, , Same Place, , , No, x0v1, No, , , , S, 6, , , , , , , , ,
08, 579, , , , ,Warner, Anna E, Mother-in-Law, 3, F, W, 88, Wd, No, C2, 50, Ohio, 59, , Same Place, , , No, x0v1, No, No, No, No, U, 7, , , , , , , , ,10 
Marriage* January 1950  Morgan Co., OH, Principal=Clara Alfreda Corner5 
Biography* 1951  AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL LIFE SKETCH
OF
S.M.Firestone.

(Written at Wilmot ,Ohio, during his first pastorate in the North-East Ohio Methodist Conference, 1910-1919 )

We were born in a log cabin located at Jerusalem Corners, four miles north of Butler, Ind, April 12, 1878 and later moved to another log cabin located on my Grandfather Firestone's west 80 acres, 3 miles north and 1/2 mile west of Butler, Ind. When 7 years of age my father, George Alfonza Firestone and my mother, Adeline Isabelle Firestone, took us 4 children, Charles, Carrie, Leona and me to Fairbury, Nebraska. There he rented my mother's Uncle Lew Wagner's farm. Uncle Lew, along with some brothers and some of the Rhorbaugh connection from the east had located in the neighboring community. This location, 6 miles east of Fairbury, was right near an 80 acre tract of the very best of prarie land my father had a few years before, when I was but an infant, homesteaded, or rather attempted so to do. He filed on the claim and partly built a 1/2 dugout and 1/2 sod house; wrote home to my mother; got homesick, boarded the train and carried his own letter out from from Butler to my mother. By this transaction he lost a very economically great chance. Good land a bit later there came to be worth $16,000 a quarter(160 acres).

Two years approximately from this time, we sustained a very great loss in the death of my mother. She laid ill for some quite a little while. She passed away during the night. I well recall the the unhappy wail arising from our household from us children, my father and the elderly lady attending the household. The impressive proceedure at the funeral, our after preparations and leaving for my paternal grandparents back in Indiana were: my father picking up a clod from mother's grave; the horrow of lowering her casket in the cold, dank grave; father's risking my carrying of $100 in my pocket as safety; and the long manifestly hungry 3 days and nights train ride from Nebraska to Indiana. We landed at Henry Tucker's home in Butler. Henry,"Hank" we called him, had been partly raised by my grandfather. After being adequately fed here in Butler, we established our permanent residence with my grandparents north and west of Butler. Aunt Hannah, my father's eldest sister had died while we were in the west. They were keeping her daughter, Hatty Clodelle, her father, John Tumbleson working on the farm. The girl was taken by the Tumbleson's near Van Wert,Ohio. This tended to make room for us. Later Leona,my youngest sister was adopted by by mother's sister and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Zacharia Baughman, at Alliance, Ohio. Here she was affectionately domiciled with every necessary convenience and playthings and started to school. Sometime during her first school year, she was thrown in play at the end of a Whip-cracking game, was hurt and died shortly. A tellegram outstriope a previously written letter. My good grandfather, in the absence of my father then working in the west, went to attend the funeral.

The intent was to bring Leona's body back to Indiana for burial. But this, Aunt Louisa was reluctant to allow. They buried her well near the entrance in the Alliance Cemetry. I have since several times visited her grave. I hope I can visit it soon again.

Later on Aunt Louisa lost "Zack" and later still was remarried to a Mr. John Cathon, a factory worker. "Jack's one son served Stark Co. as sheriff and also was state representative. At this later rewriting of this manuscript, both she and Uncle Jack have passed away. He has a son living in the north end of Alliance and his daughter Rhea, a fine Christian spinster lady also lives in Alliance, writes some and does practical nursing. I see her and a family of former parishioners occasionally and preached for one of the pastors there one Sunday morning about two years ago, I hope to see Leona's grave occasionally. This rewriting is in 1951.

Some years ago after I came to my maturity I was in the west and Uncle Lew Wagner helped us children to * for my mother a very reputable small monument for my mother. I turned the deed to my sister Cairie. Fairbury has a good cemetry. In 1936 while touring Kansas and Colorado I had the monument leveled up. She is buried beneath the bluestem grass. Charley, Carrie and I were reared on the old farm and had ample opportunity to learn to work, a rare privilege. Charley also passed away a few years ago. Carrie , Mrs. (Carrie) Warford, still does practical nursing in and near Butler.

When I was scarcely 15 my father, working for Will Fee near Hamilton, exposed himself, caught cold and after lingering some time, took pneumonia and died, leaving us orphans, except for two of the best grandparents ever; this plus the gracious helpfulness of Uncle Jim, Aunt Stella and Maude, and many others. Very fine community! My father's body rests in the Hamilton Cemetery, at least 1,000 miles from his companion. He never remarried.

It is interesting to note that a Miss Clara Hammond, a girl who afterwards became my wife and the mother of my eldest daughter, Marie Elanor Isabelle Firestone, helped furnish the music for my father's funeral. This was years before I became acquainted with her.

My conversion at the Pleasant Chapel Methodist Church just a few months before my father's fatal illness impressed him. He later became convicted of sin, and while Aunt Estella and I sang and she played the organ and my grandmother acted as go-between, he was definately and soundly converted. Before his death he had encouraging visions and communications which he confided to his mother and died unmistakably in the faith.

One solemn promise he exacted of me was to speak to his dear brother, Jim, regarding his soul's salvation. This I did and prayed for him till he passed away a few years ago. I also secured for him a large type New Testament which he and Aunt Linnie read no small amount. I believe it has lasting effect.

I finished my grade school work at the Mitchel or Hook little red school house, 1 1/2 miles from my grandfather's, passed the Boxwell examination and after working for Anderson Haverstock and saving what money I got, took work in the Fayette, Ohio Normal University, preparing for teaching. My father always had in mind for me to teach. However, since my Aunt Estella and her husband, George Swift, moved to Indiana on my grandfather's farm, it left me a bit more stranded for means, and I gave my note for the balance of the year.

When time came for the county examination came I had not enough money to carry me to Bryan the county seat and to get my dinner, so being embarrased to let this be known, I just announced I was nor going to take the exam. The next year I was pretty much euchred out of my summer's Wages. l never really got to teach.

Proffessor J. E. Dodge, the headmaster of the normal school took my note -- worth about as much as the paper on which it was written -- for the balance of the school year. Later, in time, I paid off this note and had a most commendatory letter from him. How this did encourage me! My grades were also encouraging. Later in Kansas prof. Frank M. Smith, one of the most intimate friends I ever had, offered me my chance. Had I taken it I likely would have gone with him and the Mrs. to the Philippines. It also would likely have firnished a stepping stone to the ministry. But I stayed with the railroad.

I also worked later on for Sammy Haverstook, the grandson of "Old Uncle Sammy" and son of Jonathon, near my grandfather's place. The grandfather had raised this grandson and later bequeathed to him the same legacy as his sons. He got the home farmstead. The family originally came from Dundee,Ohio, just south of where I served my first charge in this conference. Another interesting incident is that last year -- from when I first wrote this manuscript -- I helped bury a Mr. John Bash, one of our old soldier Wilmottians. And he had worked for Old Uncle Sammy Haverstock here at Dundee before Mr. Haverstook migrated to Indiana. Also a Mr. Ramsey I helped a bit here in haying is blood near kin to our Indiana Ramsey's.

Then too the afore said Henry Tucker, a boy who had made his home at my grandfather's, now with his family, lives at Strawsberg, near here. The family came to see us upon hearing of our appointment in this charge.

"Hank" and Serena have a fine, well-respected United Brethren family all active in the Church.

Both the Firestone and the Shull Reunions are held in close proximity to this place. These are my maternal and paternal ancestors. We also attended the Genagy reunion along with th (sic) Tuckers one year and an auto load of the Hamilton, Ind. connection were there.

At the very outgoing of the century I worked Alfred Kepler's fine farm N.E. of Waterloo, Ind., he furniching (sic) land, team, tools, material and seed and I doing the work. He took 2/3 and I 1/3. There were then yet two daughters at home. They lived in a fine brick house, had a piano, and in general it was a fine home.

The next year at the very inception of the year of the Twentieth Century, Jan. 1,1900, Rev, George C. Ulmer, our Pleasant Chapel minister, married me to Miss Clara Hammond, of near Hamilton, Ind. She was a sister to one of our former pastors, The Rev. John Hammond. She was the daughter of James Alexander Spear and Elanor (McCurdy) Hammond. She was a dressmaker and milner and was active in the Methodist Church at Hamilton, Ind. I understand the Rev. Ulmer was killed by a train on the railroad. I believe it was in New Mexico. He was a financial agent for Taylor University at Upland, Ind. He also was one of the most faithful Holiness ministers of my remembrance.

Clara and I set up housekeeping in the Jeff Beyles 16-room house a mile east of Butler with 3 rooms very humbly furnished. I worked a year for John Barber, a prosperous farmer just south.

Then for two successive years we rented my fatner-in-law's pIace, the Alex Hammond farm, on the Butler and Hamilton Road. On Nov. 22, 1901, our first and only child was born, Marie as afore mentioned. Her second and third names stand for her two grandmothers. Marie was born just one month after her grandfather Hammond died. Thus she never saw any of her grandparents. Clara's mother had passed away about 2 years before I met her and mine died young as I said. Mr. Hammond however had remarried a Mrs. Lana Swift, a splendid sister, and she and my grandparents were really the only grandparents she ever knew as really hers. I am sure "Lana" as we called her was quite instrumental in pulling Marie through one terrible siege of 6-months long colic attacks. Fine woman!

At the end of these two years, the Hammond estate being sold, we purchassed a 40 acre farm a bit south of east of Butler, the Sam Hook place. This involved * rather heavily in debt. We secured a lenient loan from Tim Knisely, Mrs. Firestone's aunt's husband, "Uncle Tim" as we denominated him, once remarked to me that as soon as we got that 40 paid out, he wanted me to buy the peppers one next to it, and that I should remember that I could always get all the money I wanted of him. We got along nicely by working hard and managing the best we could, and in about a year sold out at a fairly good profit, made a sale, and moved to western Kansas to raise cattle. My mother's uncle, Charley G. Shull was there to receive me and advise. (He just died very recently at 87). He had homesteaded and taught school there for years. My brother-in-law, George Hammond, tells me that when he asked Tim Knisely if he did not think Sam was making a sad mistake going away off out west to far, answered, "No, Sam will make it anywhere." That has always been an encouragment and a spur to me. Uncle Charley Shull married a school teacher and homesteader from Missouri. To them have been born 4 sons and 1 daughter, Homer, Virgil, Clarence, Ben and Emolu (sic). Homer was killed in a team-run-a-way when 11; Virgil, died as the result of an operation in Kansas City; and Emoly doed (sic) as a result of slow heart from diptheria. l attended her in her last illness to the last and helped bury both. Aunt Jennie, one of the finest Christian women of my knowledge died some years past, and uncle Charley, Charles, George Shull just died this year, 1951.

While in Kansas we bought and sold two prairie farms, one of 160 acres and the other of 320 acres, as also a house and lot in Colby, Kansas, the county seat of Thomas County.

I then began working on the Union Pacific Railroad, more for a winter job than anything alse. However we progressed fairly well, did some theoretical studying, and inside of 4 months was dorecting (sic) a gang as extra forerman and was soon appointed to a regular section. We put in therefore, in Kansas, California, and New Mexico, on the Union Pacific, Rocklsland, Pacific Electric, and Santa Fe, railroads,about 8 years, as section, extra gang, and construction gang foreman, and now carry recommendations from each of these roads.

In the spring or early summer of 1906, we went to Lawrence Co. Tennessee, and together with Mrs. Firestone's preacher brother, bought a 200 acre farm which we divided. This tract was good land, contained a rather valuable tract of timber, remarkable spring water, was fertile, and we hoped to have it for our future home. Mr. or Rev. Hammond died and since both tracts have been sold.

From 1908 to 1911 we homesteaded and proved up on by paying out on a 160 acres in Kit Carson County, Colorado, 11 1/2 miles north of Siebert, Colorado. This we finally sold, it being too far away to see after, and I went to see the location later on in 1936 and again did so in 1947. Uncle Charley accompanied me 1947.

In 1910 we left Long Beach for California, lived there about 6 weeks and moved to Los Angeles. It was while there that I was employed by the Pacific Electric Railway Co., acting for the most part as lineman foreman. This was on a gang ox 325 men. At Whittier, Calif., I was told that a young man and his sister by the name of Firestone, attended high school there, and that he resembled me enough to be, not only a brother, but a twin. I never got to see and know them. I wish I could have -- too busy.

In 1911 we left Los Angeles for the Ria Orange District of New Mexico. I landed at SanMarshal, the division point and served there lor a time; but soon I asked for a place at Socorro, the county seat of the county by the same name as being a better location lor Marie and all of us. I had charge of the section and yards there for nearly a year. Then, because of a general layoff we moved to Albuquerque and I worked as a boiler maker's helper. Because of a change of departments a question arose as to my right to a pass east and especially a foreign pass. But -- and I sincerely feel by the Lord's help -- I secured a pass for me and my folks to Chaicago (sp) enroute to Butler, Ind. It was on the occasion of the death of my grandfather; but more fundamentally my struggle whether or not to enter the ministry. While in the west we had visited back home separatel
(sic) and as a family, but this was the most important of all.

As afore mentioned I had been converted in a revival at the age of barely 15 -- really but14. This had directly influenced my father and was indirectly the means of his salvation, and that not many months before his demise. By way of digression allow me to say that the celebrates Philips Brooks, whose life I was required to read in connection with my ministerial preparation, and my father passed away in the same year, 1893. We became more or less active in the Church and set up a family altar. We began to read the Bible and to note in it the high ethical tone of requirement and talked to Grandma about the same. While at Colby, Kansas during revivals and annual camp meetings there, we faced the privilege of receiving a deeper work of grace. Rev. M. L. Haney's Inheritance Restored made the plan of Salvation and especially the doctrine of Entire-sanctification perfectly clear. Assured thus regarding this scriptural and wholesome Methodist and Bible doctrine, after about two years of earnest investigation and finally actual seeking, we made our life consecration, exercised faith, and received the witness of the Spirit to the work done in our heart. This Baptism of the Holy Spirit was as clear as was that of the new birth. I wish here to be understood as speaking of the same, Bible experience, of Perfect Love, Peace and joy in the Holy Ghost, and not of one of the vagaries attached. No doubts are entertained as to the genuineness of this experience, We only fear a possible letting down which might loose us this joy. The Holy Spirit will not intrude himself on unwilling persons.

We were at once put to more arduous tasks, such as church-school teaching, class leadership and teaching and superintending. We also began to feel the call, not to preach, out rather to prepare for some kind of'special work for the Lord, if not to preach. This conviction we carried with us during our Iatter meanderings in the west and even kept an eye open for illustrations and other sermon material for future use. Even when I hinted and sometimes even asked, I got little help in this direction from ministers. When I stop to get a good, square look at myself, I wonder just what they did think. However in a very few cases l did get special encouragment. At Butler, Ind., I felt the climax had arrived.

With the urgent assistance of my companion I decided in favor of going on, and we entered Asbury College, Wilmore, Ky. There, building on my teaching prepatation (preperation) I had received at the Fayette Normal University, Fayette, Ohio, I did academic and theological work and graduated a Theological Course in 1915. Meantime I had been licensed to preach, preached occasionally as opportunity came, and did evangelistic work, mainly in the mountains of south eastern Kentucky, what spare time I had. To help keep my family and pay tuition and other expenses, I did carpenter work & sold books one season to considerably profit. My daughter Marie finished the 8th grade from their academic department and got on into the high school. We went to "college" together. No small credit is due Mrs. Firestone -- Clara, we called her. She did dressmaking, altered men's suits, made me two suits and an overcoat, and all in all took in over $400 during this time, employing comparatively little help.

In 1915 I joined the Kentucky Methodist Conference, since something had gone awry to my getting into the North Indiana one. Later on I discerned the hand of God in it all. Later on I was solicited by the Asburians of that conference. I appreciated it but kept to my course. This conference finally, i.e., the North East Ohio, was then the largest and landed me among my maternal and paternal forebears.

At Covington, Ky., a supburb (sic) of Cincinnati, I was appointed by Bishop F.D. Leets, to the pastorate of London, Ky., the county seat of Laurel County. During this pastorate and while attending The North Indiana Conference at Ft. Wayne, Indiana, my native state, our church building at London, a brick memorial stained glass windowed structure, caught fire from a near burning building and burned. I was sent a telegram but left too soon to receive it and found it out on the train beyond Cincinnati, the County Agricultural Agent breaking the news to me. I got my first glimpse of it in the moon light upon my arrival about midnight.

Meanwhile I was being solicited by the Missouri Conference. But at the Kentucky Conferencel was appointed to another County Seat, Louisa, Ky. But finially (finally) I was sent by Bishop Wm. F. Anderson, into the North East Ohio Annual Conference. I was appointed at Wilmot, Ohio, Stark County, near Massillon and Canton. As afore mentioned this is the native territory of both the Firestones and the Shull's, my father's and mother's people. Both reunions, are held near. I have attended both rounions occasionally and spoke once at the Firestone one once and was asked the second time. Harvey S. has gotten out a Firestone History but I never got one. He' s now gone.

As I have preached in this conference, I took further theological work in the Summer School of Ministerial Training at Delaware, Ohio, passing every year, was ordained DEACON by Bishop Wm. Frazier McDowell, and ELDER by Bishop Wm. F. Anderson. I later was granted 3 other certificates for work done under professors, Brightman, Boston, and under proffessors Davies and Edwin Lewis of Brew Theological Seminary. I have also done extensive personal studying on other courses academical. I took English History under Ralph Hathaway, Co. Sup't at Wosster, Did work through the American Corrensondence School, Chicago, and personally studied physlcs, chemistry, biology, geology, astronomy, anthropology, and art and in other fields.

I have belonged to such ministerial Associations as Canton, Sandusky, Marietta, Zanesville, and was once president of the Upper Sandusky one.

I lost Marie's mother, Clara (Hammond ) Firestone at Fresno, O., by diabetes. She lies in the Hamilton cemetry in Ind, the place is well marked. Her funeral sermons were preached here and in Indiana by Geo. W. Orcutt, M. B. Mead and H. W. Carson.

In 1922 I was reunited in marriage to Miss Mary Ida Warner, Wooster. To us were born Sam M. Firestone Jr. and Helen Louise. Her we lost by my first and only auto collision at Chicago in 1947, after we had accompanied Helen and her husband to California that year. She lived but 4 hours. My what a loss! She's safe over there. I'm yet to be landed.

Jan, 1950 I was married to Miss Clara Alfreda (Corner) Firestone. We live in Beverly. I took retired relation after finishing my year after tne wreck. But now Alfreda and I serve the Morgan County parish, neor McConnelsville.

Charges served thus far are; in Kentucky, London; in Ohio: Wilmot, Fresno, Bloomville, Perkins; charges at Sandusky, Brewster, Beverly, East Sparta, Sarton, Belmont, Hannibal, Burcan Falls, Sycamore, Maringo, and now Morgan Co., Parish.

We bought our first automobile, a Model T. Ford in 1917, have since had 7 others, all new but 1 Hudson we used 5 years. Ford V.8, '48 now.

"Like leaves on trees the race of men are found,
Now green in youth, now withering on the ground;
Another race the following spring supllies,
They fall successive, and successive rise;
So generations in their course decay,
So flourish these when those have passed away."5 
Death* 23 July 1969  Selby General Hospital, Marietta, Washington Co., OH, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VKL1-1VR
name: Samuel M Firestone
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event: Death
event date: 24 Jul 1969
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event place: Marietta, Washington, Ohio, United States
other event place: Selby General Hospital
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gender: Male
age: 91
marital status: Married
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birth date: 1878
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certificate number: 057053
volume number: 19755
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original source file: DEATHS69.DAT
source: Ohio Department of Health
Collection: "Ohio, Death Index, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2007," Samuel M Firestone, 196911,12,13 
Burial* after 23 July 1969  Hamilton Cemetery, Hamilton, Steuben Co., IN, Inscription: Firestone
Samuel M.
Apr. 12, 1876
Jul 24, -6911

News/Obit* 26 July 1969  Samuel Firestone

Rev. Samuel M. Firestone formerly of Canton, died Thursday in Selty General Hospital at Marietta after a brief illness.

Born in Butler, Ind., he was a son of the late Alfonso and Adeline Schull Firestone. He retired from the ministry in 1948. He was affiliated with the United Methodist Church and the Northeast Ohio Conference since 1918.

Surviving are his wife Bertha; 2 daughters, Mrs. Brice (Marie) Ames of Beach City and Mrs. Ralph (Helen) Murphy of Marietta; a son, Samuel M. of Arlington, Va.; a sister, Mrs. Carrie Warford of Butler; 7 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. in Beverly United Methodist Church with Dr. Glen Warner, Cambridge district superintendent and Rev. John Stilts, officiating. Interment will be made in Hamilton, Ind. with graveside services Monday there.

Friends may call today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 in the McCurdy Funeral Home at Beverly.

Published in the Dover Times Reporter, (Dover, OH), July 26, 196913 

Citations
  1. His gravestone spells the middle name Martin.
  2. [S100] 1880 U.S. Federal Census , 1880 U.S. Federal Census.
  3. [S246] 1900 U.S. Federal Census , 1900 U.S. Federal Census.
  4. [S905] Indiana Marriages, 1811-1959.
  5. [S945] Samuel M. Firestone, "S. M. Firestone Autobiography".
  6. [S73] 1910 U.S. Federal Census , 1910 U.S. Federal Census.
  7. [S247] 1920 U.S. Federal Census , 1920 U.S. Federal Census.
  8. [S248] 1930 U.S. Federal Census , 1930 U.S. Federal Census.
  9. [S858] Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958.
  10. [S1286] 1940 U.S. Federal Census , 1940 U.S. Federal Census.
  11. [S626] Find-A-Grave, online http://www.findagrave.com.
  12. [S1242] Ohio Death Index, 1908-32, 1938-44, and 1958-2007.
  13. [S1125] Newspaper Archive, online http://www.newspaperarchive.com, http://newspaperarchive.com/dover-times-reporter/1969-07-26/page-6/?tag=samuel+firestone&rtserp=tags/samuel-firestone?psi=73&pci=7&pr=30.


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