Auglaize County Death Records
Mother's Maiden Name:
Emma Frances Smith
Sep 18, 1911
Smithfield, Jefferson County, Ohio
St. Mary's Twp. Elm Grove Cemetery Book, Vol. 3, Book 1
Hiram Spahr Wollam, son of Alfred and Nancy Wollam was born Nov. 1, 1850 [sic] in Colombiana Co., Ohio. At the age of fourteen he moved with his parents to Mercer Co., where he made his home for a number of years. He began teaching school at the age of twenty-one and continued in that vocation for seventeen years. Aug. 27, 1878, he was united in marriage with Emma Smith of St. Marys, O. [Auglaize Co.]. While not a Christian, his early life was filled with strong convictions of duty, and under these influences he began early to seek peace with God, which he blessedly realized, in the year 1888. To the grace of God which made this change possible his entire after life has been indebted. About one year after his conversion he was recorded a minister of the gospel in the Friends church in which service he has continued to the last. The first nine years of his ministry, while he remained on his farm, the winters were given to evangelistic work and summers to pastoral service. This ministry was greatly blest in the saving of many souls. In obedience to a definite call he left the farm in 1897 and has ever since given his entire time to preaching the gospel, having served the Meetings at West Elkton and Smithfield, O., Lewisville and Rich Square, Ind., Ludlow Falls, Ohio and Centerville, Ind., and had returned in response to a second call to Smithfield. He undoubtedly had a premonition of his approaching death and had made nearly all the arrangements attending this event. The suffering of the last sickness was intense yet he bore it all with Christian fortitude, testifying, I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, and no doubt to-day he is rejoicing in the possission of the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that have Him. Memorial services were held at Smithfield, O., where several short addresses were given. Funeral was at St. Marys, O., his old home where many relatives now reside. Edward Mott of Cleveland preached the sermon. He leaves the widow and four children to mourn their loss. The three sons, Edgar, Arthur and Roy are all ministers of the gospel, Edgar being connected with the Cleveland Bible Institute, Arthur, pastor at Emporia, Kans., and Roy, field agent for the Evangelical Friend.