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REV. SETH NOBLE
was born in Westfield, Massachusetts, about the year 1731. After completing his theological studies, he settled at Maugerville, Nova Scotia, and became the pastor of the Presbyterian or Congregational church at that place. At the breaking out of the Revolutionary war, his outspoken sympathy with the revolted colonies brought down upon him the denunciation of the authorities, and along with many others, he was obliged to flee the country. He joined the party of Colonel Eddy, who, in 1776, settled a town in Main (then a part of Massachusetts), to which they first gave the name of Mushkegeag (or Sanduskeag) Meadow. Here Mr. Noble was joined by his wife and children, whom he had been obliged to leave behind him--so precipitate was his flight. He organized the First Presbyterian church in the new town, and continued [as] its pastor for many years. It was largely through his influence that, in 1791, a decree was obtained from the general court of Boston, incorporating the aforesaid town under the name of Bangor--that name being selected on account of Mr. Noble's partiality for the old Scotch psalm tune known by the same name.
In 1805, led by the generous offer, made by congress, of a donation of land to the Nova Scotia refugees, he came to Franklinton, having located three hundred and twenty acres of land in the Refugee tract across the river, near by. On this land he built a cabin, in which a married daughter was his housekeeper--his wife having died a number of years before. Immediately after his arrival in this county, he commenced preaching-first in Franklinton, and afterward in two or three other places, which he visited at stated intervals until his death, which occurred in September, 1807--only eight or nine days after he had preached his last sermon, on the text, "Come unto me, all ye that labor, and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." He was buried in the Franklinton burying-ground, but, as no headstone was erected and as the family was for many years absent from this part of the country, all trace of his grave is lost.
The daughter, mentioned above, was the mother of the Hon. W. M. Beach of London, Madison county, to whom we are indebted for the facts here stated. These, and other facts, are also given in the "Genealogy of the Noble Family," in the Ohio State library. Mr. Beach was a member of the Ohio legislature(first in the house and then in the senate), for 1869-1874.
We strongly incline to the opinion that the name of the Rev. Seth Noble ought to have been mentioned along with that of the Rev. Dr. Hoge, as one of the pioneer preachers and founders of Presbyterianism in Franklin county; but as none of the early chroniclers thus associate Mr. Noble in the history of the Presbyterian church of Columbus; but the brief sketch which we have given here, we regard as a simple act of justice.