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Years Served: 1820 -1870
Circuit Rider of Epistocal League
Village: Russellville, Logan Co.,
KY, Township: Bonham, Fannin Co., TX, County: Fannin
Source: 1850 U.S. Census, Fannin Co., TX.
WEDDLE, Robert S, PLOW-HORSE CAVALRY, Madrona Press, Inc. / Austin,
Robert S. Weddle "writes of his own land and his own people," as he
edits Civil War letters exchanged by "Americus Leonidas Nelms and his
Minerva Jane, (his) maternal grandparents during the Civil War."
His words: " As I delved into the family records and historical
that helped me weave these letters into a narrative, old kinship ties
neglected were discovered. My pride in the family heritage was
my work became a labor of love."
Juanita H. Cooper
Date: Tue Jul 31
James Title: Rev.
Years Served: 1799-1847
Church: Methodist Episcopal Church
Village: , Township: , County: , State: OH
and Labors of James Quinn by John F. Wright
Additional: Rev. James QUINN was
a highly respected minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church. After
his death in
1847, Rev. QUINN was buried in Auburn Cemetery, Highland County, Ohio.
gravestone reads: JAMES QUINN who was nearly half a century a minister
of the M.
E. Church, d. 1 Dec 1847, Age 72y 8 mos. Erected by his brethern of the
Conference , Wright & Connell, Committee." Rev. James Quinn married
Patience TEEL/TEAL (2) Eleanor WHITTEN.
His brother Isaac (also a minister)
married Cynthia WHITTEN (sister of Eleanor) Some of the circuits Rev.
ministered to were the Greenfield, Highland, and Scioto Circuits.
Pamela J. Dawson Date:
Tue Jul 31
Years Served: unknown
, Township: , County: Benton, Carroll, &
Source: 1941 Memphis Conference Yearbook
Additional: Larkin was a
member of the Central Tennessee Conference of the Methodist Episcopal
Ruth Wick Date: Sun
Thomas Title: Rev.
Church: Methodist Episcopal
Township: German Township, County: Bartholomew County,
Source: "History of Bartholomew County, Indiana" page 476 by Brant and
Additional: Rev. Thomas DOAN (DOANE), my ancestor was born
a Quaker in North Carolina July l9, l781 a son of Joseph Doan and wife
Vestal Doan. Rev. Thomas Doan died in German Township, Bartholomew
Indiana 8/25/l85l. He married Sarah HOBSON, born
Dec. l9, l778, and died
8/l9/l835 in German Township, Bartholomew County, Indiana. Both are
buried in the
HAMNER Cemnetery at Amity, Indiana. Rev. Thomas Doan's tombstone is
thick, not like tombstones here in the East. Rev. Thomas DOAN was a
married out of unity of the Quakers so he became a Methodist. On Dec.
2l, l845 he
performed the marriage of his favorite granddaughter, Mary Jane EARLYWINE to
Edward BARKLEY which is recorded in Bartholomew
County, Indiana marriage book 4,
page 64, in which he states he is a licensed Minister of the Methodist
Church. I have never found where he was licensed. But records prove he
above being one of them. In 1820 he and his wife Martha HOBSON lived in
Washington County, Indiana. In 1821 they were in Johnson County,
Indiana and in
that year a Methodist Episcopal Church was formed there, and he and the
EARLYWINES were members. The church was organized on Sugar Creek, in
River Township. His glasses and Bible I gave back to the Tipton County,
Historical Society, while his saddle bags were lost in the fire which
his granddaughter's log cabin in Tipton County, Indiana about l909. He
written about in my book," OUR GERMAN, PILGRIM, QUAKER ANCESTORS<"
PAGES 64,65. There are many descendants who do not know of him, I am
Material submitted by a professional genealogist for over thirty five
a life member of the Doane Association of America.(Mary Belle Lontz)
Dr. Mary Belle Lontz
Date: Wed Aug 29
Years Served: 1891-1909
Church: First United
Village: Corsicana, Township: , County: ,
Source: Central Texas Conference & Northwest Texas Conference
Additional: 1891-New Hope Mission 1901-Silverton
(Hollers) Jones Date: Mon Sep 17 19:18:21
Church: (home of Issac Carter)
Trask, Township: Jefferson , County: Grant, State: IN
Source: History of Grant County, Indiana Parts I & II, Chicago,
Additional: First name is not listed. Following quote from
reference" page 367
Referring to Jefferson Township
"....meetings and preaching were held at the houses of citizens till
buildings were erected. Meetings were held at William Heal's in
(County), and at Issac Carter's in Grant, as early as 1833 and 1835.
Farnsworth preached at Carter's; ---Roby
preached at Carter's and Heal's;
___swank preached at same places; Wade Posey
preached at the same places in 1837;
and organized some other churches.
Date: Sun Oct 7
THOMAS HEWETT Title:
Years Served: 1912-1930
, Township: , County: , State: AZ
Obituaries (see below)
Additional: Obituary from Arizona Daily Star, June 1,
1930, page 7:
AJO, May 31 -- Rev. Thomas Hewett Dodd, age 66, pastor of the Ajo
church for the past few years, died in the Good Samaritan hospital,
Sunday morning following a brief attack of pneumonia. Rev. Dodd had
before gone to Phoenix to be treated for sinus trouble from which he
for over two years. The body was brought to this city Wednesday and
conducted by Dr. A. L. Baker, of Los Angeles,
an intimate friend of the deceased,
were held Thursday morning. After the services here in Ajo, the body
was taken to
Kingman for a second service and burial. Rev. Will A. Betts, of Phoenix, district
superintendent of the Methodist Episcopal church was in charge of the
Mr. Dodd had been pastor at both Hayden and Kingman prior to being
this community. He was a member of the Masonic and Knights of Pythias
Kingman lodges. Suriviving relatives are his widow, one daughter, Mrs.
Sherer and a grandson, Bernard Sherer.
The Ajo Federated church building will stand as a monument to its late
he was largely instrumental in the making of the plans and in selecting
This obituary is pasted in the family Bible belonging to my
Rev. Dodd's widow. There is no date or paper given:
Rev. T. H. Dodd Dies
Rev. Thomas Hewett Dodd, pastor of the Ajo Federated church for almost
years, passed away at 3:30 Sunday morning in the Good Samaritan
Phoenix, with pneumonia. Rev. Dodd has been suffering with sinus
asthma for about four years and has undergone a number of operations.
suffered an attack of pneumonia during the past winter, and this left
weakened that he lacked the resistance to withstand another attack.
Mr. Dodd has been in Arizona since 1912, when he went to Hayden and
superintended the building of the church. From Hayden he went to
Kingman in 1919
where he served until 1923 and also superintended the building of
From 1923 to 1925, he filled a pulpit in Los Angeles, whence he was
called to Ajo
in September, 1925. During the building of the Ajo Federated church, he
continuously on the job to see that the people of the church were
best in the building of their place of worship.
Rev. Dodd was born in Brampton, England Oct 20, 1864 and came to
America in 1888.
He was a graduate of Oxford university, and also of Princeton. A man of
understanding and sympathy, a profound thinker and erudite scholar, he
the people of Ajo a cultured and highly Christian pastorate. The more
one knew Rev. Dodd, the more he drew their affections to himself.
Those privileged to know Rev. Dr. Dodd intimately were impressed with
gentleness, sympathy and responsiveness, and his loss will be felt by
-- the loss of a departed friend, as well as pastor. And they
when as a pastor he at times spoke and preached plainly, one of his
kindly nature would do so only for what he believed to be the good of
of the church and of the best interests of the community generally. He
realized -- and never tried to shirk -- his duty as a minister.
Memorial funeral services will be held in the Ajo Federated church at
Thursday morning. Dr. A.L. Baker, Los Angeles, formerly district
of the Methodist Episcopal church and a friend of Rev. Dr. Dodd for
will conduct the service. The body will be sent to Kingman for burial,
Rev. Will A. Betts, district superintendent of the Methodist Episcopal
will officiate at the funeral and interment there.
Rev. Dodd was a life member of the Masonic lodge in Kingman, also of
of Pythias. Life membership in the latter was given him last year as a
gift from members of the Kingman lodge. Burial will be in the Masonic
plot of the
Deceased in survived by his widow, Nora E. Dodd, a daughter, Mrs.
of Holtwood, Md., who has spent the winter with her parents and with
was with Rev. Dodd at the end, and a grandson, Bernard Sherer.
Rev. Dodd leaves a host of friends who mourn his loss and who extend to
bereaved family their deepest and most sincere sympathy.
Richard Aurand Sherer
Date: Fri Nov 23 12:16:38 2001
Samuel Title: Father
Years Served: 1829-1856
Church: Seneca Glanford Circuit - Canada
Village: Onandaga, Township: Seneca, County: , State:
Source: As Recorded in: Plan of Appointments on the Glanford and Seneca
Additional: Samuel Gray(Matthew, Matthew)was born April 2,1781 in
Skirlaugh, E. York, Eng.,
and died February 11,1856 in Onandaga, Ont., Canada.
"Father Gray" as he was familiarly styled lived and laboured in
the Methodist Church for several years in England before he was
the Church on this side of the Atlantic. With him he brought his wife
and 8 children. The letter of removal was signed by Rev. Daniel Isaac, and dated
May 1829. He first settled in Lachute, Lower Canada and
here lived and laboured for five years. He then moved to Upper Canada
among the first to settle on the the Indian lands in the Township of
At that time, the
only road in the area was Hamilton and Port Dover Plank
Road and the almost impassable trails through the woods. He travelled
the distant appointments on the circuit, which at that time included
now the city of Hamilton. And thus he continued until he was 70 years
At that time he asked a less efficient place in the plan of the
still he preached ocasionally, and was always in his place in the house
istening delightedly to the Word, and taking an earnest part in all the
Catharine Cook Date:
29 18:57:52 2001
John A. Title:
Years Served: 1828-1834
Church: United Methodist
Village: , Township: , County: Pike County, State: IN
Source: Biographies of Early Settlers in Pike County, Indiana
Local Twin Oaks Area Holiness History
Three miles northeast of Petersburg was known as the Twin Oaks area as
the early 1800’s, perhaps sooner. This is now what is two miles
northeast of the
city limits of Petersburg.
Data taken from "Biographies of Early Settlers in Pike County,
John A. Decker, Itinerate Circuit Rider
John A. Decker was born in Smith County, Tennessee on May 19, 1808 to
Decker and Christina Deal Decker. When John was
a small boy, his family came to
Indiana and settled in Harrison County. John received his first license
in the Methodist Church at age twenty in 1828. He was assigned the
Circuit and traveled by horseback to his various preaching
He moved to Pike County and settled in what was called the Twin Oaks
Church services were held in peoples homes. Next, brush arbors were
camps were held in these crude shelters. Pike County people gathered in
from far and near to hold camp meetings. Preachers gathered from all of
of the state. Large crowds were present and the services some times
more than a week.
In 1839, the Methodists erected such a camp on the grounds owned by
A. Decker, three miles northeast of Petersburg City Limits ( ? Rd).
continued holding camp meetings there for four years. The horses were
along Lick Creek to drink while the crowd was in service. This area was
Lick Creek, perhaps over the area of the cemetery and up through where
now stands, up to where his house was located, between the present Twin
Church and the double story white house.
He was well known throughout southern Indiana where he conducted many
services and camp meetings. He was considered to be an evangelist with
in the Methodist Church. One author described him as a "fiery orator"
even though he was frail in stature. He died of Consumption at age 36
buried in the Lick Creek Cemetery now known as Twin Oaks Memorial
is located east of the present Twin Oaks Church.
(Picture: John Decker's Tombstone, bears round iron emblem of Circuit
Preacher, United Methodist Church)
He had a dream of a church built on the hilltop some day and now Twin
stands on this hilltop. Twin Oaks Church now has descendants of John
John A. Decker married Mahala Hardin and they had seven children, the
being born two months following his death. The children were Hester Ann
who married Jacob M. Shandy and is buried in Walnut Hills Cemetery near
Petersburg; John Wesley Decker; Ruth Decker buried at Anderson Chapel;
Decker buried at Lick Creek Cem (Twin Oaks Memorial Gardens); Mahala
who married John Collins and is buried at Lick
Creek Cemetery; Isaac Decker who
died at Bowling Green, Kentucky from Winter Fever while serving the
the Revolutionary War. His mother sent her son John, and her
Shandy to Bowling Green to bring his body
back to Lick Creek Cemetery. He sent
almost all of his pay home to his mother. Sarah Frances Decker was the
child and was born two months after the death of her father. She
Bradfield and is buried in the Anderson
Twin Oaks History written by Karolyn Rae Roberts, Fall of 2001
Karolyn Rae Roberts
Date: Tue Dec 11
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