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     The Rev. Dr. Rayner Stephens [Stevens] Pardington, one of the best known of the ministers of the New York East Conference, having held a number of pastorates in Brooklyn, died at the parsonage of the Herkimer Street M. E. Church, of which he was pastor, 1303 Herkimer street, this morning. Dr. Pardington was for five years superintendent and corresponding secretary of the Brooklyn Church Society, which position he resigned after the society had become prosperous, to go into the pastorate. Dr. Pardington came here from Bethel, Conn., two years ago, where he was the successor of the late Rev. Dr. Benjamin Adams. Dr. Pardington filled a number of important pastorates in Brooklyn, among them Fleet Street M. E. Church, where his success was remarkable; First Place Chuch, which he brought to a point of success it had rarely known; Central M. E. Church, which afterward united with the Bushwick Avenue M. E. Church.

     Dr. Pardington died of heart trouble. He had been ill only a few days. He was out making his usual visits late last week.


     Dr. Pardington was 70 years old last May, having been born in Cheltenham England, in the year 1836. He came to this country when a lad 12 or 14 years old, and settled in Detroit, Mich. After finishing his education he began preaching, in 1856. He was for twenty-five years a member of the Detroit Methodist Conference. Dr. Pardington came to Brooklyn in 1882, and, as stated above, has been actively identified with the work of the denomination here, with the exception of about three years' pastorate in Bethel, Conn.

     Dr. Pardington is survived by his wife, who has also always been active in religious circles, and two sons--George Pardington, who is a teacher in an educational institution in Nyack, N. Y., and A. R. Pardington, contract agent of the New York and New Jersey Telephone Company.

Noted as: NYX Adv. 12/22/06 but appears to be a MI paper

     Rev. Rayner S. Pardington, D. D., pastor of Herkimer Street church, Brooklyn, died of heart failure on the 12th inst., at the age of 70. He was born in England and reared on a farm near Trenton in this state, and joined the Detroit conference as a probationer in 1858, Arthur Edwards being a classmate as also were W. M. Triggs and D. W. Hammond. His first appointment was a junior preacher on the Chelsea charge, which had two churches, a hundred members, and paid $400 salary to both men. His after appointments were Newport, Saginaw, Lexington, St. Clair, Bay City, Farmington, Grass Lake, Fort Street, Detroit, Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, and Tecumseh. In 1883 he was transferred to the New York East conference, and since then has held successfully several large pastorates and other positions in the church of responsibility and usefulness. He was an able preacher and a man of clean and upright life. He was interred in Greenwood cemetery, Brooklyn. Thirteen ministerial bretheren shared in his funeral services and among them Dr. Buckley, a friend of many years.

Brooklyn Daily Standard Union 12 December 1906

     The Rev. Dr. Rayner Stephens PARDINGTON, pastor of the Herkimer Street Methodist Episcopal Church, died yesterday at the parsonage of the church, 1363 Herkimer street, of heart trouble, after a short illness. He was seventy years old and had been an ordained minister fifty years, the last twenty-four of which he had been connected with the New York East Conference. For five years he was secretary of the Brooklyn Church Society and had been pastor of the Fleet Street, the First Place and the Central Methodist Church in Brooklyn. He is survived by a widow Eliza Jane (Corey/Cory) Pardington and two sons Arthur Rayner and George Palmer Pardington.

New York Times Oct. 7, 1916 P11:12

     Mrs. ELIZA C. PARDINGTON [Elizabeth Jane (Corey/Cory) Pardington], widow of the Rev. Dr. Rayner Stephens Pardington, at one time pastor of the Herkimer Street Methodist Episcopal Church in Brooklyn and for twenty-five years a member of Detroit Methodist Episcopal Conference, died yesterday in Methodist Episcopal Hospital. Mrs. Pardington was 78 years old and lived at 431 Seventh Street, Brooklyn. She was the mother of the late Arthur R. Pardington, who was Vice President of the Lincoln Highway Association and a well-known figure in the automobile world.

Saginaw, Michigan Directory (1863-1864), page 465; (mifamilyhistory.org)

Name Occ. Business Address City State Year
Rev. Raynor S. Pardington Pastor Methodist Ch. Washington St. Saginaw MI 1863-1864

Brooklyn, New York Directories 1888-1890; (Ancestry.com)

Arthur R. Pardingtondrugs576 BergenBrooklynNY1888, 1889
(Rev.) Stevens R. Pardington
296 DriggsBrooklynNY1888, 1889
George Pardingtonstudent296 DriggsBrooklynNY1888, 1889
George P. Pardingtonstudent296 DriggsBrooklynNY1889, 1890
(Rev.) Rayner S. Pardington
296 DriggsBrooklynNY1889, 1890