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Years Served: 1878-1886
Church: new hope baptist
Village: monticello, Township: , County: lawrence,
Source: family history
Additional: john m. ritchie and his first
wife nancy wilkinson walked the isle at pleasent hill baptist church
their professions of faith in christ. two days later they were
hill baptist is in bouge chitto ms. around 1877 or 1878 he was ordained
licened to preach. he would travil by hourse and buggey to a church
need a pastor for that sunday. i do not know how big a route he had. it
going to a church one sunday that he saw a woman by the name of amanda
sitting on her front porch. he stopped and got up a conversation with
apparently liked what he saw, he told her that if she wanted to get
married to be
out on the porch with all her belongings, and when he came back through
preaching , he saw her out by the road waiting for him. they were soon
after that. New HOpe Baptist was organized in 1886. he was picked to be
ritchie Date: Tue Mar 19 19:54:01 2002
Years Served: 1860-?
Shelbyville, Township: , County: Shelby, State: TX
1880 U.S. Census, Shelby County, TX
Additional: Rev. William White(1839-
1953)served numerous circuits throughout his career.
Clyde Edmonds Date:
Wed Apr 3
Years Served: 1833-1838
Church: Wadesboro Methodist
Village: Wadesboro, Township: , County:
, State: KY
Source: Memphis Conference Archive, Luther L. Gobbe Lib.
Lambuth Coll, Jackson, TN
Additional: Calvin is mentioned in the book,
"Western Cavaliers" by Albert Redford on page
51, 59, 60, 61,62, and 63.
Calvin Married Susanna Hodges on January 26, 1828, daughter of David
Nancy Ann James.
Calvins father appears to be a James Thompson from Orange County,
was born there. James Tompson's father is believed to be Peter Thompson
who came to America from Ireland.
Frye Date: Sun Apr 21 15:14:01 2002
Years Served: 1855-1903
Church: Primitive Methidist
Village: Danville Twp., Township: Montour Co., County:
Pennsylvania, State: USA
Source: family history and write-up in
Cristian Science Monitor June 2, 1859
Additional: Rev. Edward CROMPTON may
also have been related to Rev Thomas CROMPTON sho served with the
Methidist Church along the same time in various locations in Ontatio,
Wylla Walker Date:
Fri Jun 7
Years Served: 1891-1949
Church: Simpson Chapel
Village: , Township: , County: Monroe, State: IN
Source: Family history including 2 sons stories and documented sermons
Additional: Wilford rode to Owensburg, Greene County chapel, and others
settling to the Simpson Chapel. He had 12 Children 6 boys 6 girls. Born
Dubois County Indiana. Wilford's father John Wells ELLIS came to
Doug Ellis Date: Sun
Jun 9 18:18:18 2002
Years Served: 1852-1879
Church: United Brethern
Village: , Township: , County: Williams, State: oh
Source: obituary from church paper and other records
Religious Telescope March 12,1879
REV. CYRUS CROSSLAND was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, and died in
County, Ohio, Febuary 18th, 1879, aged 52 years, 8 months and 8 days.
his parents, removed to Williams County, Ohio, in 1847. At a revival
in January, 1853, by the writer, in connection with BRO. P. LAMMON, in
village of Williams Center, Ohio-at which place BRO. CROSSLAND then
and his wife were converted and joined the Church of the United
Christ. Being convinced of a call to the ministry of Christ, he
from the quarterly conference to preach, and engaged in the work
twenty three years ago he entered the travaling connection, and gave
of his call and usefulness in in the ministry. He was esteemed by his
He was promoted to the office of presiding elder twice, which he
credit as an able preacher of God's word. He was a man of few words;
exemplary in his social life, and was esteemed as a good man. His
health the past
year failed so much that he declined to take charge at the session of
Conference last September. He knew well what sore trials meant, as well
joys of religion. He leaves a companion and five children to mourn
loss. As a father and husband he was indulgent and affectionate to
fault. His end was easy and peaceful. He regretted to leave his family
home or visible means of support; but he sais, " The Lord will
We commend SISTER CROSSLAND to the sympathies, prayers, and
substantails of those
for whom our departed brother labored so long for their spirts good.
CEMETARIES of the DISPUTED (OHIO-MICHIGAN) TERRITORY (Fulton Co., Ohio
Salisbury Cemetary is located in Pike Township, Fulton County, Ohio,
less than 1
mile south of the Old State Line, on the north side of Stste Road 16,
following entry is east of the south entrance:"REV. CYRUS M. CROSSLAND,
2/18/1879 age 52 yr 7 mo 18 dy..
REV CYRUS M. CROSSLAND was born 6/10/1826 in Muskingum Co., Ohio the
son of LUKE
G. CROSSLAND and REBECCA (RILEY) CROSSLAND. In 1847 the family moved to
Co., Ohio and settled near Farmer Center. On 4/18/1849 he was married
NELSON in Defiance Co., Ohio. To this union were born 5 children;
MILTON CROSSLAND, WILLIAM CROSSLAND, ELLICE HARMON, GEORGE CROSSLAND(
grandfather), and FRANKLIN CROSSLAND.
REV. CYRUS M. CROSSLAND died in Delta, Ohio on 2/18/1879 while his wife
(NELSON) CROSSLAND outlived him 28 years, dying 2/28/1907 in Defiance,
is buried in Defiance and he is burid near Delta, Ohio.
Steven B Moore Date:
Wed Jul 31
Jeptha Condit Title:
Church: Wesleyan Methodist Church
Village: Kishwankee, Township: , County: Winnebago,
Source: The History of Winnebago County, Ill.,-It's Past and Present-
Additional: The Wesleyan Methodist Church of Kishwankee was
organized May 17th, 1844, with five members, by the Rev. Jeptha NOE. On
of November, 1863, the church reorganized, and built their house of
1868 and parsonage in 1870.
Ilene Noe' Kreider
Thu Oct 10 21:28:18 2002
Ivel N Title:
Village: , Township: ,
County: , State: KS
Additional: All I have on Ivel
Gilbert is ,he was a minister in the Kansas area about 1940-1980. He
methodist, but I don't know anything of which church he was affiliated
Thank you for your time. Mary Grether
Date: Wed Oct 16
James Title: Rev.
Years Served: 1819-1863
Church: Ohio, Iowa
Township: , County: , State:
Source: Nelson W. Evans, A. M., A
History of Scioto County, Ohio
Additional: A Pioneer Record of
Southern Ohio, (Portsmouth, Ohio. Published by Nelson W. Evans, 1903),
These are notes that Lila Guenther made during her research from
Note 1: "In the winter of 1818-19, a great revival swept through
Ohio; and in February of the latter year, our subject was, as he
himself had said
many a time, 'powerfully converted' at a Methodist meeting. By the
latter part of March, he had so favorably impressed his presiding Elder
was licensed to preach; and on the 7th day of August, following, when
conferenct met, he was ordained as a regular minister. He continued in
regular ministry in the Ohio Conference for thirty-two years. He made
visit to Iowa in 1844; and in that year, or the year following, entered
section of land two miles north of the city of Davenport. He returned
and remained until the spring of 1851 when he removed with his family
Davenport, Iowa. He became a member of the Iowa Conference, a relation
sustained until the day of his death. He officiated as pastor in
charge, or on
circuit, whenever appointed, until the year 1863, when he was placed
superannuated list. Gilruth Chapel near his home was named for him. In
moved his family onto a farm near Davenport, where he resided until his
Note 2: "He had made money, became quite rich, indeed, but he never
the respect and confidence of the neighbors nor of those who had
transactions with him, be the means of acquiring it. he sustaind his
integrity in business as well as in the pulpit. He possessed bright
had vivid imagination, and a love for the beautiful in nature and
His memory was very retentive, his command of language good. He was a
physically, and in his prime, his weight was nearly 300 pounds."
Note 3: From "The Past Is Prologue", Mary Westlake states: "I
remember that the first year of our marriage, having no children, we
out of the $200. due us and with it, Husband purchased the quarter
land, in what afterwards became the site of Maumee City. That was in
He bought it of the Government and, about 1836, sold it to a company of
speculators for $100. per acre. This company failed and he lost a large
his money. $10,000 of what he really got, he afterwards loaned, without
interest, and lost both interest and principal. This last happened
lived in Berea."
Note 4: From the Diary of James Gilruth, Vol 1, 9/5/1831, p. 6
"This day has closed My Minesteral labour on Granville circuit. I have
completed two years ministerial labour on the Circuiit and twelve years
Itenerant Ministry during the whole of which I have never lost an
stress of wether wet, dry, hot, or cold: but twice have I been stoped
water for when I could not ferry I have swam: & through the kind
of God I have lost but 4 by bodily sickness Tho I have lost some by
sick and dying relatives In this time I have lost my father, My Brother
Wm S. Thomas, my daughter Mary Gilruth, my wifs father, Thomas
some others. But to return. I fixed up and returned to Granville &
my family well."
Notes on James Gilruth's wife Mary Westlake:
Note 1: Taken from "The Past is Prologue" pp 100-103. Mary Westlake
"In June of 1828, Husband and myself, with little Mary, started for
Delaware. Saturday forenoon he preached at Radnor and started to preach
afternoon. We got to stop with a Mr. Adams. Mary was taken sick and we
herb medicine, but she grew worse. Your father went on next morning and
his appointment and then started for the afternoon preaching place.
"We had to go down a long slope, at the bottom of which was a marshy
bridged with round logs--a 'corduroy' bridge. At the top of the hill a
half dozen young people, boys and girls on their way to church,
horse with their laughter. The animal ran down hill, and
strength, Husband could not stop him. The harness broke and the buggy
against the horse's heals, making him almost crazy wild. Husband
turn him to one side, but the buggy struck a stump, throwing myself and
"I did not lose my presence of mind, but as I fell, striking on my
side and much hurt, I whisked the baby over my head so she fell on top
not injured. The buggy was broken apart, but Husband held onto the
lines and was
dragged on his face over the ground and bridge until the lines broke in
"His clothes were torn, his watch was broken to pieces. The horse ran
with the thills and single tree striking him at every step, until men
for service saw him and knew he belonged to Mr. Gilruth. But no one
dared try to
stop him until one man ran out and, clasping the animal about the neck,
until others came to his help.
"Of course Husband must have been hurt, but he always made light of
he could bear and so preached as if nothing had happened. The service
in the house of a brother of Mr. Adams, a Mr. Elijah Adams, and I was
taken to a
bedroom in his house where I laid to hear Husband's voice in preaching
thought about his torn clothes.
"Mary grew worse with dysentery. Next morning the parts of the broken
weree placed on Mr. Elijah's Adams' big wagon and were placed on top.
Thus we made our advent into Delaware, stopping at the house of Mrs.
(mother of Clara Gordon, whom some of my children knew at school in
'the Ladies Seminary.' Clara was not born until some years later). The
horse was called 'Dick' and was the animal for which the horse I
from home was swapped. He always would run away afterwards when he had
"After getting to Mrs. Gordon's on Monday morning, your father went on
to fill other appointments, not thinking that Mary was seriously ill,
advising me to send for a doctor if she got worse. I did so that
child was standing by my knee when he came. He looked at her and
ordered a dose
of calomel. My baby never stood on her feet again.
"Ah, that was a horrid night to me! As I sat in the rocking chair
the litte dear in my arms, a dog howled right under the window of my
times he gave that dismal howl. How could I help being startled!
"I laid down with her in my arms and dreamed that I was sitting in a
Mrs. Bixby's home and baby was lying on a little bed by my side.
came in and baby opened her beautifuly big brown eyes and smiled on
held out her little arms; he took her up and fondled her a little and
laid her in
my arms. Just as he laid her down, she went into a spasm. I woke up
dread of that spasm.
"Mrs. Gordon was not well, so the next day I did got to Mrs. Bixby. She
my most inimiate friend in Delaware. One Thursday we sent word to
Husband and he
got there Friday forenoon and my dream was fulfilled! He came into the
Baby opened her eyes and smiled and held out her arms. He took her up,
her and laid her in my arms and she immediately went in a spasm.
"Spasm after spasm followed until Sunday afternoon. Then she died. We
(Husband and I), were bending over her little face. She opened her
intelligent eyes and smiled at us, then closed them as if asleep. We
our knees and Husband, in calm, solemn prayer, gave her spirit to God.
the 29th June; she was less than thirteen months old.
"It was not because she died but because it was really so, that we
her to be the handsomest and most forward or all our children. We
buried her in
the burial ground (not very far distant from Mr. Bixby's house), which
remember, was situated on a high knoll and enclosed with a paling. If
any of my
children ever go to Delaware and go to the old burying ground, perhaps
ifnd a small, white marble tombsone with her name, 'Mary--Daughter of
& M. Gilruth' and a partly blown rose cut on it.
"When we went back home without our Babe, Mr. and Mrs. Anderson, who
slept in our house at night so it might be safe for Hattie and Helen
Dunlevey, said that one night as they laid in my bed, they heard three
raps, and the Judge said to his wife, 'the baby is dead.' However that
may be, we never heard strange noises there afterward."
Note 2: Taken from "The Past is Prologue" pp 111-112. Mary Westlake
"The removal from Putnam was a great disappointment to me. Moving was
hard on me. We wished to visit our mothers again that Fall--so before
of 1832, we started. After passing throught Chillicothe, we had to
Creek which, when full, was a pretty large stream. I will give my
words, taken from his diary--'In crossing Paint Creek the water came up
or eight inches on the bed of the wagon which, being pretty light and
fastenend down, was not to our advantage. I had teh presence of mind to
time for the bed to fill--that with my weight saved us.' I shall never
forget crossing Paint Creek at that time--three litle children with
Note 3: Taken from "The Past is Prologue" pp 112-113. Mary Westlake
"I went out to bring in their breakfast. I sat the victuals on the
I did not then know, nor do I now know what they looked like. While
the table, he began again in a sarcastic tone, indicating that I was
that my Husband was made Presideing Elder.
"I asked, 'What makes you think so?'
"'Because you turned so white when I told you.'
"That aroused my indignation. Said I, 'The Conferance has made sole-
leather of my husband long enough and we have submitted without saying
but this I resent and if I had the power to act as I feel, Detroit
find a Presiding Elder where it could. I would never go one step.'"
Note 4: Taken from "The Past is Prologue" pp 121-122
They "traveled on what was called the 'Zanesville Pike' to Columbus,
thence through Delaware, Marion, Upper Sandusky (or Wyandotte Mission),
Lower Sandusky (now Freemont), through the Black Swamp to Perrysburg at
of Maumee Bay."
They "had left Helen at French Grant with her Grandmother Gilruth, so
we had our three children--the eldes, our dear Harriet, being eight
Somewhere on this journey, althought I have forgotten the place, we
came up a
steep hill down which the road led."
"Husband and I got out of the wagon to light the load, leaving the babe
Hattie. Naomi, a restless little thing, there years old, crept to the
trying to peep out, lost her balance and fell right across the wagon
"Husband saw he could not snatch her up in time, so he caught and
the fore whell of that heavily loade dwagon with one hand and, with the
snatched the child away. This all happened so quickly that although
it, I could not take it in until afterward."
"We reached Perrysburg at the head of Maumee Bay, on Lake Erie. This
the first appointment of the Detroit District and Husband told the
time he would hold the quarterly meeting there. We crossed the Maumee
Ferry, but there was a ford about a half mile distant which was
of spaces between the flat rocks in the bed of the river, where the
feet would slip through sometimes."
"At Maumee city, Husband also left word of the time for Quarterly
From thence we went on to Monroe on the River Raisin in Michigan. Here
learned that it would be better to make our home in Ann Arbor,
than in Detroit, because Ann Arbor was a little nearer the center of
District. Indeed if I remember right, the District embraced all the
Peninsula of Michigan, and part of the upper. Husband's most distant
was on Lake Superior.
Taken from "The Past is Prologue" pp 125. Mary Westlake Gilruth
"Ann Arbor (about the size of Worthington, I think, when we went there
1837) was divided by the River Huron into Upper and Lower Ann Arbor. We
in the Upper part (that is on the tope ofthe Bluff) which had been laid
streets and blocks. The portion next the river, or the river bottom,
was not yet
Taken from "The Past is Prologue" pp 126. Mary Westlake Gilruth
"There was no house ready for the Presiding Elder in town. So, for the
winter, your father rented part of Mrs. Dr. Lord' brick house, one
a mile from the village. She was a widow. Dr. Lord had died not long
Afterward we rented a house in town.
"The years spent in Ann Arbor were the most pleasant, taking it
I had spent since entering the Itinerancy. The people were cultivated,
intelligent Easterners--very kind to us. I was young--only thirty one
girlish, even with three children. The young girls from eighteen years
frequently spent the day with me."
Note 5: Taken from "The Past is Prologue" pp 135. Mary Westlake
"Your father made it a rule to visit his parents and mine once a year,
along as they lived. We went to French Grant in 1833. We learned that
engaged herself to a young man of French extraction. She was so young
Husband insisted on bringing her home with us. But his Mother advised
"She thought that all things considered, Helen would be better married
her choice. He was a nice young fellow--named Fredric Didway. The
was Duduit (prounced Dudwee) but it became Anglicized into Didway. So,
giving his consent, I went with him to Burlington on the Ohio River and
county seat of Lawrence County, where we purchased such outfit as he
"Her wedding dress was what is now called 'Victoria Lawn.' I made
it myself, and I also made her underclothes--and washed and done up
required. I took cold by doing so, and was too sick either to go to the
where your Father married her, or even to sit up at the wedding dinner.
confined to my bed in the opper story two weeks, during which time
was my only attendant; because Husband was taken with cholera. He
his life and every energy was bent to his care. It was sometime in
we started home.
"Husband was able to walk some when we started and could sit and drive;
I had to be lifted into the wagon although I could sit up. It was a
tedious, cold journey. We did not reach Ann Arbor until sometime in
Note 6: Taken from Diary of James Gilruth, in section prior to the
Vol 1. James Gilruth writes on Thursday August 11, 1831:
"Returned home at night (ten miles) & found that my wife was in
When I put my horse in the stable I fell down on my knees and besought
to suport her soul & body in this trying hour. I felt much peace in
confidence--of his goodness-- her labour lingered till half past 12
doctor took upwards of a pint of blood from her--her labor was then
saif--the child was born exactly a 1/4 before 1 A female child I have
now had 5
daughters in succession and no son but of this I am sattisfied the my
sceas with myself--the whole matter of this lying in was..."
Note 7: Taken from Diary of James Gilruth, Vol. 1, 9/1/1831-3/31/1832,
James writes: "Wed: Spent the day visiting some of My old neighbours
up the bank--at night I went over the river & preached at
Greenupsburg in the
Court house from Matt XI 28 but not much to my own sattisfaction. From
excitement that had been raised about the kidnaped woman & my being
active in opposition to those Measures I had expected that but few of
holders would attend: I had however a pretty good
the river & spent some time with Sister Thomas & then walked up
Note 7: Taken from Diary of James Gilruth, Vol. 1, 9/1/1831-3/31/1832,
James writes: "--Spent the morning till 10 in a pleasent manner with My
younest brother in law and father Kowns --Then set out for the french
calling still on my friends as I went down - I got down about an hour
-a neece Daughter of Samuel Kowns, came down with me to see her cousen
Spent the evening till 2 in conversasion with my Mother, & in
business--& in in conversasion with my mother."
Lila Guenther Date:
Sun Nov 3
Years Served: 1852-1908
Township: , County: Marion, State: AK
Source: His personal
William Hennery WOOD Born on Dec.31,1825 in Alabama. Married
Louisa Jane REYNOLDS October 28, 1858 6 miles below
Yellville Arkansas at her parents house. They had 10
children. William WOOD was a Methodist circuit rider
and a Methodist Preacher. He preached from 1852
till his death in 1908. This family lived in Marion
County Arkansas before the Civil War. After the war broke out
he moved his family to Berry County Missouri. After the
war was over they moved back to Marion county Arkansas. He
also taught school and farmed. His preaching record records
that his credentials were recorded on the 23 day of
December, 1854 at Osceola Mississippi County Arkansas book c page
i38. He was thrown from a horse and crippled July
5, 1857. He soon recovered and continued to preach. I
can not find that book or where he was ordained a
Minster. I believe his mother's name was Mary TATE if
you find out anymore let me know . Oh he was called
preacher WOOD ,and his wife Aunt Jane, is the
Indian on our side her father is Martin REYNOLDS.
Anna Toner and Shirley Taylor
Thu Jan 16 15:42:28 2003
Isaac Title: Rev.
Years Served: 1823-1867
Church: United Methodist - Baltimore
Village: , Township: , County: , State: MD
Source: Index to Methodist Ministers from Maryland
Additional: Rev. Collins
is presumed to have been born in Baltimore Co., Md. in 1789.
Military service with FELL'S Point Riflemen, Capt. DYER'S Company, War
Entered Baltimore Conference in 1823.
Married, date unknown, at least 2 children, Mary and Isabella or
Circuit included nothern and western Maryland, southeastern Pa.
Shown in 1850 York County Pa. Census, Shrewsbury District.
Died in Baltimore City in 1870 at son-in-law's, Wm. Horace SOPER.
Service at Charles St. Methodist Episcopal Church.
Douglas Emerson Date: Sun
Jan 26 07:09:16
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