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NOTCNKISS, Velona Roundy, clergyman, born in Spafford, Onondaga County, New York. 3 June, 1815; died in Buffalo, New York, 4 January, 1882. He was graduated at Madison university in 1835, and, entering the Baptist theological seminary at Hamilton, studied there three years, and was ordained in 1838 as pastor of a church in Poultney, Vermont He was successively in charge of churches, in Rochester, New York, Fall River, Massachusetts, and Buffalo, New York, till 1854, when he was appointed to the chair of ecclesiastical history in the Baptist theological seminary at Rochester, and afterward to that of the Hebrew language and literature. In 1864 he was recalled to his former charge in Buffalo, continuing at the same time his connection with the theological seminary. In 1869 he resigned his professorship and devoted himself to pastoral work till 1879, when increasing age and infirmities induced his resignation. In 1880 he delivered a course of lectures on "Expository Preaching" before the Baptist theological seminaries in Rochester, New York, Chicago, Illinois, Woodstock, Canada, and the State ministerial association of Michigan. He received the degree of D. D. from Madison university.
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