John Bostwick

Conference President (1865 - 1865)

Birth: June 21, 1836, Canada
Death: February 26, 1866, Oronoco, Olmsted County, Minnesota
Buried: Fairview Cemetery, Simpson, Olmsted County, Minnesota

Term: 1865 - 1865
Predecessor: Washington Morse, 1863 - 1865
Successor: Stephen Pierce, 1865 - 1870


Review and Herald References (as noted below)

Photo Courtesy of the Ellen G. White Estate, Inc.



We have lately learned of the death of Bro. John Bostwick of Minn., by, quick consumption, but have as yet received no obituary notice.

Review and Herald, March 20, 1866

DIED, in Oronoco, Minn., Feb. 26, 1866, of consumption, our beloved brother Eld. John Bostwick, aged 29 years, 8 months, and 5 days. His faith was unshaken in the third angel's message and the final triumph of he truth. He died in full hope of a better resurrection. That name, so sweet to a Christian, often fell from his lips in his last moments. Funeral discourse by Eld. S. Pierce, from the words, Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth: yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors, and their works do follow them." Rev. xiv, 18.

Henry F. Phelps. – Review and Herald, March 27, 1866

Memorial of Bro. Bostwick.

BROTHER, thou art gone to rest. Thy course is finished, thy toils ended, thy record made in the books of God. Thy sins, imperfections, tears, resolutions, and labors, those books alone can tell in full. Thy pains and sorrows, doubts and fears, temptations, and victories are best known to God.

Thy love and sympathy hath ceased, and the tender cords of friendship are broken for a little while. But still they speak loudly in those gentle hearts which are left to mourn.

O Death! why hast thou taken our brother from us? Why hast thou cruelly destroyed those expectations which we entertained of him? Why hast thou taken away from a sorrowing family their kind protector? From the little flock of God one of their friends ? - Cruel Death! when wilt thou cease, when shall my poor heart be wounded by thee no more ?

"Behold I come quickly, and my reward is with me." "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe
in God, believe also in me. .... I am the way, the truth, and the life."—Whose voice is this, weeter
than honey and the honey comb, more precious than silver and gold, more soothing than the choicest balm of the earth ? Jesus, blessed Jesus! I praise and adore thee, my Saviour! Thou art the way. Soon thou wilt come again to redeem thy people. To gather all who have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb. To unite all loving friends, to heal every broken heart, to bestow honor and immortality on poor, undeserving mortals, and take them home to thee in glory. Then we will not murmur. In bright expectation we look forward. By faith we stand firm upon the immutable promises of God. Hope smiles and love sings glory to God in the highest, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. Amen.

John Matteson. Wis. Apr. 1866. – Review and Herald, April 17, 1866

To the Brethren in Minnesota.

DEAR BRETHREN: I wish to lay before you a few items, and hope that you will take into consideration how our affairs are with regard to our late beloved brother John Bostwick. We donated to give him. a house for his family to live in, knowing he was worthy of it. There are some seventy dollars still due, which we ought to raise now, and take some of the burden off sister Bostwick. Truly her burden is great. Her youngest child died last first-day, April 8. from July last, Bro. Bostwick did not labor any, his health being very poor. Bro. Sanborn requested him not to preach, but to seek to regain his health. He went to the Western Water Cure Institution, but got no relief. So you can see what condition sister B. is in. You that would deem it a pleasure to relieve her, can do so. Some have done nobly. May the Lord reward them, is my prayer.

Wm. Merry. – Review and Herald, May 8, 1866

Notice. - If any are in debt for books, or otherwise, to Bro. Bostwick, please send it to W. Merry, St. Charles, Winona Co., Minn.

Review and Herald, May 8, 1866

DIED, in the village of Oronoco, Minn., April 8, 1866, Nancy E. Bostwick, aged 11 months and 12 days, only daughter of Sr. Jane Bostwick. Thus within less than six years has Sr. Bostwiek been called to part with a companion and three children. She is now left with only one child to journey through this world of sorrow, but not as those who have no hope. The light of revelation comes to cheer the mourner's heart, and points to that blessed morning when God's people shall be gathered home and the children shall come again from the land of the enemy.

H. F. Lashier – Review and Herald, May 29, 1866 

Lessons of the past
Hope for the future