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Maple, Joseph Cowgill

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Maple, Joseph Cowgill
March 15, 2007 05:42PM
1844-1943" by Wendell H. Ron. Probably published in 1944 by
Messenger Job Printing Co., Inc., Owensboro, Kentucky, pp. 336-337.
Used by permission. [Daviess]

JOSEPH COWGILL MAPLE, D.D.: The subject of this sketch was one of
the outstanding Baptist Ministers of Missouri for over fifty years.
He was born in Guernsey County, Ohio, November 18, 1833. His parents
were sturdy intelligent farmers, and loyal Baptists. In the spring
of 1836 when the boy was four and one-half years old [sic], the family
removed to Peoria, Illinois. Here on the farm our subject spent the
early years of his life, helping with the farm work when necessity
demanded, and attending the nearby country school during the seasons
of lighter work, until he was seventeen years old.
In the fall of 1850 he entered an Academy in Mt. Palatine,
Illinois, remaining there two terms. In 1852 he attended a private
school in Pekin, Illinois. In these schools he was: amply fitted for
college, and in April, 1854, entered Shurtleff College, at Alton,
Illinois. From this school he graduated in June, 1857, with honors.
Three years later he returned to receive the Master's Oration. This
was a tribute, not only to his excellent scholarship, but was a
recognition of his superior ability as a public speaker. One quickly
finds proof of his versatility by reading such of his sermons and
addresses as have been published; his articles of the History of
Baptists in Missouri; and very particularly in his greatest work the
memoirs of Dr. W. Pape Yeaman.
When between fifteen and sixteen years of age he was converted
under the ministry of Dr. Henry G. Weston and was baptized unto the
fellowship of the La Marsh: Baptist Church, Peoria County, Illinois,
by the pastor of the church, Elder W. T. Bly. His call to the
ministry came immediately and this church licensed him to preach in
1853. The church at Cape Girardeau, Missouri ordained him in
October, 1857, through Elders Daniel Reed, John H. Clark, and D. L.
Phillips. He died after sixty years of loving service in the cause
of his Master, as the honored Pastor Emeritus of the church over
which he first exercised a regular pastor's care. He served the Cape
Girardeau, Jackson, and Goshen churches until the first month in the
year 1861. At this time he opened Jackson Academy in Jackson, the
county seat of Cape Girardeau County, and with Mrs. Maple's efficient
assistance conducted a thriving school until it was closed by
military order. After this he opened a private school in Cape
Girardeau, which thrived immediately and gave promise of permanent
success. But the labor of preaching and teaching proved so
detrimental to his health, that he was impelled to seek a more
healthful climate. In 1864 he came to Kentucky and spent several
months in very successful evangelstic [sic] work.
With greatly improved health he accepted the care of the First
Baptist Church in Owensboro, Kentucky, and began his labors in January,
1865. He labored here with gratifying success for almost five years,
and when he tendered his resignation he left the church in spiritual
matters, strong and limited; in material matters, free from debt and
active in all benevolent work. His work was during the period of
reconstruction following the Civil War and the church responded
admirably. While in this Association he served as Moderator in 1869
and preached the Annual Sermon in 1866. His Circular Letter to the
churches on "Church Independence," written and read before the
Association in 1866 was published and the author is fortunate in
having a copy of the same. Brother Maple resigned the care of the
Church in the latter part of the year 1869 to accept the care of the
First Church of Kansas City, Missouri.
His pastorate in Kansas City closed in 1872 and from then on
until he retired in 1905 he served the following churches: Chillicothe,
Springfield, Cape Girardeau, Mexico, Marshall, Trenton, and Armstrong,
in Missouri, and Keokuk, Iowa.
After a pastoral life of fifty years he retired in 1905. But
Missouri Baptists called upon him to prepare a history of Baptist work
in the state. This work he entered into with zeal and determination
dealing particularly with the biographical phase of the work. He lived
to see three of four volumes printed but before the fourth could be
completed God intervened and on the night of October 19, 1917, he went
to sleep, never to awaken.
His devoted companion had preceded him in death eight years. She
was formerly Miss Sarah Juden, the lovely and accomplished daughter of
Judge Thomas Juden and his wife, Nancy Holcomb Juden, of Cape Girardeau
County, Missouri.
After sixty years of life in the ministry of our Lord, he rested
from his labors and his works do yet follow him. The names of Joseph
Cowgill Maple and his devoted friend and brother minister W. Pope
Yeaman, will always be held in loving remembrance by Missouri Baptists.

Maple Yeaman Weston Bly Reed Clark Phillips Juden Holcomb
Guernsey-OH IL IA Cape_Girardeau-MO

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