Adams County, Ohio Obituaries
Rev. Ralston Howland
Reverend Ralston Howland was born in Adams County, Ohio November 15, 1815, and departed this life in Dayton, Ohio September 7, 1894 aged 78 years, 9 months, 22 days. He was united in marriage with Rebecca J. Gilliland November 30, 1837, who departed this life in great peace April 4, 1892. They were the parents of nine children: two sons and seven daughters - three of the daughters having preceded the parents to the better world. Brother Howland and his wife united with the Presbyterian Church at Decatur, Brown County, Ohio, soon after their marriage, of which they remained faithful members until the year of 1861, when they removed to Clinton County, Ohio, and united with the Methodist Protestant Church, of which they both remained faithful, zealous members until death. Soon after uniting with the Methodist Protestant Church, he was licensed to preach and was subsequently ordained as a local elder. He was a useful, effecient local minister - one of the best, it has our privilege to be associated with - always ready to respond to a call from the pastor for help. He was peculiarly able in prayer, and a good preacher. He was highly appreciated by those who knew him best, and with whom he was most intimately acquainted. Last winter he preached a few times in his home church at Dayton with unusual power. He was intensely interested in the progress and success of his church, although feeble in body, yet was young in spirit. He had done a good work. His life has been one of usefulness in the vineyard of the Lord, and he is now enjoying his reward. A good true man has fallen, but the fragrance of his life, like the sweet perfume of flowers, remains as a benediction to those he has left behind.
SOURCE: The Bellbrook Moon - Bellbrook, Sugarcreek Twp, Greene Co OH - November 7, 1894