Rev. Jeremiah Mark Carvell, Ph.D., the name alone impresses. At least it does me, but then it should. You see, he was my great-great grandfather.
He was born on the 3rd of March in 1843 near McKees Half Falls, Pennsylvania, not even “full” falls, but “half” falls, whatever they may be, to Joseph Britton Carvell and his wife, Rebecca Mark Carvell. His mother died when he was only 4 years old, leaving his father with 3 small children. Within two years he had a new mother, and would eventually have at least 10 more brothers and sisters.
According to his 2 column obituary found in Shippensburg Pennsylvania’s The News on 7 September 1894:
“In addition to his common school education,
- he attended, in 1861-62, the Millerstown Academy, and after his second term of enlistment had expired completed his studies in the academy at Markleysville
- In 1866, without any further collegiate or theological training, he entered the ministry of the Church of God, beginning his labors in Perry County. Upon entering the ministry Mr. Carvell discovered that his most serious deficiency was his partial training for the work. He at once became a student.
- Under private tutors he made commendable progress in scientific, philosophical and classical studies, taking up to some extent Latin, Greek and Hebrew.
- Later he began a post-graduate course at Wooster University, Ohio, a having previously been honored with the degree of A.M. from Bates College, Lewiston, Ma.
- Of scholarly tastes and habits, he gradually accumulated a library of valuable literary, theological, scientific, philosophical and classical works of a standard character second to few, if any, in the Church. He was a man of high ideas in education, morals, aesthetics and religion, which he was often but too conscious of failing to realize. His abilities and singleness of purpose, his purity of character and power of intellect were fully recognized by his associates in the ministry, so that the Church repeatedly honored itself by promoting him to places of greater usefulness.
- He was for years a member of the various boards and standing committees of the East Pennsylvania Eldership. He had also been a delegate to the General Eldership of the Church a number of times and served on its Board of Publication and Board of Education.
- he became one of the incorporators of Findlay College, Findlay, Ohio, on whose board of trustees he also later served for nearly two terms.
- He took an active part in the organization of the Pennsylvania Chautauqua, at Mt. Gretna, and was a member of the Executive Committee.
- He was also a member of the Dauphin County Bible Society
- He held prominent positions in different orders, being Chaplain of the Grand Lodge Royal Arch Masons of Pennsylvania, a member of I.O.O.F. and the Valley Encampment and Grand Army Post of Shippensburg; past master of Big Spring Lodge of Masons at Newville, P.H.P. of No. 71 Royal Arch Chapter at Carlisle, P.E.C. of St. John’s Commandery at Carlisle”