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Kahle, Elijah Fletcher: Born July 24, 1853, in Amherst County, Va. Son of Samuel and Katherine McClain Kahle. In his early boyhood the family moved to Mercer County, W. Va. Educated in public schools. Admitted in 1875. During his first year he transferred to Texas, where he remained two or three years. Upon his return from Texas he engaged in mercantile business and did well. The same genial friendliness which was to make him a good pastor made him a good salesman. He was again admitted into Holston Conference in 1885. He was a popular pastor on circuits and at Radford, Va., and was presiding elder for ten years. The last seventeen years of his life he was Secretary of the Virginia Children's Home Society, for which he was peculiarly fitted. Married twice: (1) Miss Eva Gillette, Austin, Texas, Feb. 15, 1880. They had eight children. She died Feb. 27, 1900. (2) Mrs. Martha Sadler Vaughan, Richmond, Va., June 18, 1908. They had one child. He died in George Ben Johnson Memorial Hospital, Abingdon, Va., Oct. 3, 1926. He was buried at Emory, Va.
Kavanaugh, Williams: Admitted 1794. In Holston one year, 1794-95. Married Miss Hannah Hubbard Hinde, March 29, 1798. Located 1798. He was the father of Bishop Hubbard Hinde Kavanaugh. Died Oct. 6, 1806.
Keener, Ulrich: Admitted 1823. Located 1830; readmitted 1845. Had charge of Echota Mission, which was mostly among the Cherokee Indians, from 1850 to 1856. Tradition that he was the first Methodist itinerant in Tuckaseegee Valley. Married Miss Sarah Ducket in 1829, who survived him forty-nine years, dying in 1905, at the age of 93. They had five sons and six daughters, all but one of whom reared families. He died Aug. 13, 1856.
Keister, James Ballard: Born April 19, 1844, near Auburn, Montgomery County, Va. He served in Company E, 25th Virginia Cavalry of the Confederate Army. Was wounded and had a horse shot from under him at Winchester, Va. He was licensed to preach in 1881. Admitted to the Virginia Conference in 1892. He transferred to Holston Conference in 1908. He had been supernumerary 1906-1908. Of twenty years as pastor ten years were spent on his home circuit of Auburn. He married Aug. 29, 1866, Miss Nancy J. Hawley. They had seven children. He superannuated in 1912. He died in Roanoke, Va., Dec. 17, 1916, and was buried there.
Keith, John Henninger: Born April 27, 1839, in Rhea County, Tenn. Converted at fifteen, licensed to preach at eighteen. Studied medicine and practiced medicine during the war between the states. Admitted 1858. Discontinued 1859. Again admitted 1870. At once took high rank. Transferred to North Texas 1891, on account of health. Transferred to Western Carolina Conference and, in 1894, back to Holston. Served several of best circuits and stations and was twice presiding elder. Married Miss Anne Myers, Rhea County, Tenn. - eight children. A popular preacher, modest, quiet, unassuming, a friend of every man. Died Sept. 20, 1902, at Rogersville, Tenn. Buried at Asheville, N. C.
Kelley, John: Born Jan. 26, 1802. Son of Dennis Kelley a Revolutionary soldier, who was present at the death of Major Andre. Admitted in 1821. He was a charter member of Holston Conference. In Holston territory 1821 to 1827. On Carter's Valley circuit, with Creed Fulton as helper, 450 were added to the church. Transferred to Missouri Conference in 1827. In 1831 he transferred to Tennessee Conference. Married Miss Margaret Lavinia Campbell, who became a pioneer in Woman's Missionary work in M. E. Church, South. Their son, Rev. David C. Kelley, was a missionary to China and afterwards one of the leaders of Tennessee Conference. Rev. Jon Kelley was Bishop McKendree's pastor; and attended his bedside during his last illness; and, as the Bishop had requested, attended his funeral. Mr. Kelley died, attended by thronging friends, at his home in Wilson County, Tenn., May 16, 1864. Mrs. Kelley died Oct. 29, 1897. Her daughter, Miss Daisey Lavinia Kelley, married Walter R. Lambuth, missionary to China, Japan and Africa; and Bishop of M. E. Church, South.
Kelly, Charles W.: Born in Giles County, Va., Jan. 4, 1864. He was educated in public school and at Emory and Henry College. Admitted in 1886. He served fourteen charges, four circuits and ten stations and two districts. He was loved and honored by all who knew him and was successful in every place to which he was assigned. "His entire life was given to his work, his family and his home." He served as a Y.M.C.A. director with the A.E.F. in France, returning to America with the last contingent. Upon his return he was elected General Secretary of the local Y.M.C.A. in Chattanooga, but took appointment to pastoral work at the end of one year. He married, Oct. 1, 1889, Miss Ella Proffitt, Floyd, Va. They had two sons. He died Nov. 1, 1839, less than thirty days after he received his fifty-fourth appointment as a preacher. He was buried at Knoxville.
Kelly, Richard Alexander: Born May 12, 1860, at Fredericksburg, Va. Son of John T. and Elizabeth Cole Kelly. He was converted at Summerfield Methodist Church in Grayson County, Va. His parents had probably moved to Grayson County. It was from Elk Creek circuit that he was recommended for admission on trial. He had the marks of having enjoyed favorable educational opportunities. He was a reader of good books. He was licensed to exhort at 16 and at 17 was licensed to preach. Admitted in 1878. He served 16 charges and two districts. He was given supernumerary relation in 1891, but held that relation only one year. This was the only gap in his service. He was a revivalist and many professions of conversion occurred under his preaching. He made friends easily, and was loved by those who knew him. He married July 13, 1881, Miss Frances Cecil. They had five children. He asked for the superannuate relation in 1926 and so continued to the end. He had lingering illness and died Oct. 27, 1933, in Newell's Sanatorium, Chattanooga, and was buried in Chattanooga.
Kelly, William H.: Born Sept. 3, 1824, in Carter County, Tenn. Son of Vincent and Ann S. Kelly. Educated at Emory and Henry. Admitted 1848. Was in pastorate most of the time until 1883; was Agent for Martha Washington College; and served a period on Athens District. Served sixteen circuits and stations. Supernumerary from 1883 until 1894, when he took superannuate and so continued to the end of his days. Married March 25, 1843, Miss Elizabeth Carpenter, Washington County, Va. She died in 1863. A few years later, married Miss Rachel Graham. They had several children. He was always acceptable as a preacher. Active thirty-five years, retired twenty-eight years. He lived in comfort on a good farm a few miles east of Tazewell, Va. Died 1911 in eighty-sixth year, in home of his son at Bluefield, W. Va. Buried at Tazewell.
Kendrick, William P.: Admitted 1820. His appointments were: Holston circuit, Abingdon, Carter's Valley, Greene, Knox, Florence and Huntsville. An extraordinary preacher, excelled by few in his day. Very successful in evangelism. Located in 1831. Engaged in politics. Became a chaplain in Confederate Army and died in that work.
Kennedy, James L.: Born Dec. 31, 1857, at Strawberry Plains, Tenn. He was the son of Rev. James S. Kennedy and Melinda Stringfield Kennedy. His mother was a daughter of Rev. Thomas Stringfield who was a member of Holston Conference from 1816 to 1853. These three generations of Methodist preachers have spanned the years from 1816 to 1942, a period of one hundred and twenty-six years. The three combined have given one hundred and fifty-seven years to the itinerant ministry. The boyhood of James L. Kennedy was blessed by the exceptional culture and devotion of his scholarly father and cultured mother. He was educated at Weaverville College (N. C.) and Wofford College (S. C.). He was admitted to Holston Conference in 1878. He went as a missionary to Brazil in 1881 and continued in active work, as a missionary, for fifty-four years, retiring in 1935. He was twice married: (1) Miss Jennie Wallace, Knoxville, Tenn. They had three children. She died in 1913. (2) Miss Daisy Pyles of Brazil, in 1918. They had one child. After retirement he lived in Knoxville where their son was in college; but as the twilight began to fall they returned to the land to which he had gone as a youth of twenty-four. His last days were full of peace. He died in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Dec. 7, 1942, and was buried there.
Kennedy, James Skidmore: Born Dec. 31, 1826, in Madison County, Va. Traveled three hundred miles by stage to enter Emory and Henry College in 1846. Graduated there in 1849. Taught at Cleveland, Tenn., in 1849; and at Strawberry Plains (Tenn.) High School, in 1850; Principal Preparatory Department Randolph-Macon College in 1851. Licensed to preach at Emory and Henry in 1848. Admitted to Virginia Conference in 1852. Transferred to Holston Conference 1857, having been elected President of Strawberry Plains College, where he remained two years. Later President of Holston Female College for ten years and of Weaverville College for two years. Served stations and districts twenty-seven years. Superannuated in 1898. Married Aug. 26, 1851, Miss Melinda Williams Stringfield, daughter of Rev. Thomas Stringfield. Ten children. One son (James L.) was a Methodist preacher and for fifty-four years a missionary in Brazil; two daughters, Fannie and Mollie, were also missionaries to Brazil. All others were active church members. Dr. Kennedy was recognized as one of the most scholarly men of Holston Conference. He received the degrees of A.B. and A.M., from Emory and Henry, and, in 1874, the degree of D.D., from Wofford College. He died Nov. 19, 1905, in the home of his son, Mr. E. M. Kennedy, Knoxville, Tenn. Mrs. Kennedy had died April 14, 1905. Both were buried in Old Gray Cemetery at Knoxville. He was a delegate to the General Conferences of 1866, 1874, 1882 and 1894.
Kennedy, John H.: Born Aug. 16, 1848, near Morganton, Tenn. Son of Adams and Elizabeth McTeer Kennedy. His mother was a sister to Rev. John M. McTeer. Admitted 1872. Served on circuits nineteen years, with an average salary of $424.65 per annum; on districts five years, with an average salary of $852.95 per annum. Married Oct. 1, 1874, Miss Frances Elizabeth Bryan, Henry's Cross Roads, Sevier County, Tenn. She died April 3, 1912. A man of candor, courage, decision, alertness, aggressiveness, enthusiasm and punctuality, he was successful in building the church wherever he was sent. He was active and efficient to the very end of his days. Died Dec. 8, 1898, at Philadelphia, Tenn. Buried at Morristown.
Kesterson, John: In Holston one year, 1819.
Ketron, S. G.: Born June 12, 1854, at Bloomingdale, Tenn. He was educated at Kingsley Seminary and at Grant University. He was admitted to Holston Conference in 1881. His long ministry of more than fifty years was within the Johnson City District. He served for twelve years as the District Superintendent, in two terms. He was a powerful figure in the Conference. He was elected a delegate to the General Conference in 1892. It is said that he was a striking figure and was known to the body as "Uncle Sam Ketron." He retired in 1921, after forty years in the Conference, but continued his activities as an evangelist and as a supply pastor. He died April 30, 1936, at the Holston Community Hospital, Kingsport, Tenn., and was buried at Kingsport.
Kincaid, Ayers: Born April 17, 1849, at Island Ford, Anderson County, Tenn. His parents were deeply religious. He followed in their ways from his youth. He often spoke of his mother's prayers. Admitted in 1872. Serving hard charges with meager compensation, he maintained a meek and gentle spirit, which won the affection and esteem of his people. Superannuated 1908. Married Oct. 16, 1878, Miss Sarah Elizabeth Paris. They had three children. His wife died Oct. 8, 1915. He died Aug. 21, 1917, at Chattanooga. Buried at Cleveland, Tenn.
King, James: Admitted 1806. In Holston one year, 1809. Located 1810.
King, Thomas A.: In Holston one year, 1811.
King, William: In Holston one year, 1812.
Kinsland, William: Born Sept. 26, 1836, in Haywood County, N. C. Admitted to Holston Conference (South) in 1857. He transferred to the M. E. Church in 1867. He spent many years of faithful earnest service in the itinerant ministry in Holston Conference. Married Sept. 9, 1862, Miss Penelope West. Surviving him there were a son and three daughters. He was superannuated in 1900. He died Aug. 9, 1907, at his home in Grainger County, Tenn. He was buried at Joppa, Tenn.
Kirby, Charles L.: Born July 7, 1875, at Oak Grove, Sevier County, Tenn. He was active as a song leader and Sunday school superintendent before he entered the ministry. He was admitted in 1907, and served fifteen charges in twenty-three years. He volunteered as a soldier in the war with Spain and served to the close of the war. He married Dec. 24, 1899, Miss Malinda Huffaker. They had nine children. He died Oct. 27, 1930, having just been appointed to Thorn Grove circuit. He was buried at Maryville, Tenn.
Kirkpatrick, R. H.: Admitted 1823. In Holston two years, 1823-24.
Kite, Rufus Walter: Born in Hawkins County, Tenn., July 27, 1858. Son of Hickman A. and Elizabeth Peck White Kite. Admitted 1884. Appointments: Mossy Creek, 2 years; Newport circuit, 4 years; Graham, Va., 1 year; Cleveland, Tenn., 1 year - 8 years. He was married Dec. 20, 1881, to Miss Elizabeth Walker Sturn, daughter of Frederick and Marie Louise Sturn, near Rogersville, Tenn. They had five children, two of whom died in infancy. He was notably devoted and useful. Superannuated 1892. He died March 22, 1894; and was buried at Bristol, Tenn.
Kobler, John: Born Aug. 29, 1768, Culpepper County, Va. Admitted 1789. Presiding elder in Holston four years, 1793-94-95-96. Died July 26, 1843, at Fredericksburg, Va.
Ladd, Milton: In Holston one year, 1808.
Lakin, Benjamin: Born Aug. 23, 1767, Montgomery County, Md. Admitted 1795. In Holston one year, 1795-96. Located in 1798. Was active as local preacher in Great Revival. Died Feb. 5, 1849, Brown County, Ohio.
Lambert, George L.: Born Nov. 28, 1877, at Rocky Gap, Bland County, Va. Son of William H. and Mary Linkous Lambert. Educated at Emory and Henry College, graduating in 1906. Licensed to preach July 26, 1902. Admitted 1905. Served ten charges in eighteen years. Modest and unassuming, his true worth was not at once recognized, but he came to be known as a preacher of understanding and power. Married Feb. 19, 1907, Miss Lilly Doss, Abingdon, Va. They had two children, a son and a daughter. Their home life was notably beautiful and harmonious. His death was tragic. He had just returned home after a few days' absence; and took his family out for a drive. In some unaccountable way his car left the road and plunged into a ravine and he was killed instantly, the family escaping with serious injury. Died July 7, 1924, at Welch, W. Va., where he was pastor. He was buried at Emory, Va.
Lambert, Jeremiah: First Methodist preacher sent to Holston. His home was in New Jersey. He was admitted into the traveling connection at Choptank, Del., in 1781. He traveled the circuits of Talbott, Brunswick, Holston (1783), Philadelphia and Antigua (West Indies). He was six years an itinerant preacher. Without classical learning, he was, nevertheless, a most useful man, of sound judgment, clear understanding, good gifts and genuine piety. He died in 1786.
Lambuth, William: Born in Hanover County, Va., 1765. Admitted 1795. In Holston (Greene circuit), 1799-1800. Married Miss Elizabeth Greenhaw. He located and continued as a local preacher until his death in 1837. His eldest son was for many years a useful preacher in the Mississippi Conference; his grandson, John W. Lambuth, was a pioneer missionary in China; his great-grandson, Walter R. Lambuth, born in China, was a useful worker with his father in that field, and with his father, founder of the mission work of his church in Japan, and was for many years Missionary Secretary of the M. E. Church, South, and was elected Bishop in 1910, and, afterwards, founded the mission in Africa.
Lasley, Thomas: Born March 31, 1782, in Virginia. Son of Manoah Lasley. Admitted in 1804. In Holston one year, 1804. Ill health forced location. Married Miss Susan Ambrose in 1810. Died Jan. 27, 1857, at home of son-in-law, Mr. M. McMillan, in McMinnville, Tenn.
Lawson, James D.: Born in Tuchaleechee Cove, Tenn., Jan. 12, 1826. Son of Howell and Polly Byrd Lawson. He professed faith in Christ Oct. 6, 1846, and joined the M. E. Church, South, and was appointed class leader. He was ordained local deacon in Holston Conference in 1858 by Bishop J. O. Andrew, and was ordained local elder in 1869 by Bishop Matthew Simpson. He was admitted to Holston, M. E., in 1868. His first appointment was Sevierville circuit. He was a great revivalist and saw hundreds of conversions year after year. He was very popular. When it was known that he was to preach the house would be full. He rode horseback more than forty thousand miles in his circuit work. He was again on Sevierville circuit in 1872 and in 1876; on Little River in 1869 and in 1873; on Fair Garden in 1880-1-2; on Maryville 1877-78-79; and on New Market in 1874. All of these circuits were either in Sevier County or within easy horseback reach of his home. He was in actual charge in circuits for twelve years. He was supernumerary in 1871 and in 1875; and he was supernumerary from 1882 to 1896; this was a total of sixteen years, but those sixteen years were not years of idleness. From his home in Wier's Valley he ranged constantly over the fields where he had won a place of leadership and usefulness. He married Feb. 23, 1860, Miss Hettie Evaline Morton, born Feb. 23, 1840, in Blount County, Tenn. They had five daughters and four sons. She outlived her husband twenty-seven years. At the time of her death, Sept. 23, 1933, she was ninety-three years and seven months old. Along with his work as a preacher he was so full of energy, push and frugality, that he accumulated considerable property. He superannuated in 1897. He died Nov. 15, 1906, and was buried in Wier's Valley, Sevier County, Tenn.
Lawton, Daniel Bradley: Born June 5, 1814, in Western New York. Admitted into Black River Conference in 1836. He spent only a few years of active service in Holston and was not well known to many of its ministers. For many years he was a great sufferer. He was a man of heroic faith and courage. He died at Keuka, Fla., May 12, 1896, and was buried at Interlachen, Fla.
Leach, John: Admitted to Pittsburgh Conference in 1826. He had been a superannuate in Holston Conference for several years. Died in 1873.
Lee, Barron Wells: Born Sept. 11, 1872, at Hendersonville, N. C. Son of Thomas J. and Virginia Wells Lee. Educated at Emory and Henry College. Admitted 1898. During twenty-one active years he served seven charges. "There was a quality of sincerity and earnestness in his preaching which arrested the attention and inspired the faith of his hearers." He married Miss Annie Parkinson in 1904. They had two children. He superannuated in 1919, because of illness, which continued until his death. He died in the hospital at Knoxville, March 14, 1937, and was buried at Knoxville.
Leonard, Issac B.: Born July 7, 1867, at Wallace, Va. Admitted to the Virginia Conference in 1901. He came with the Virginia territory to Holston Conference in 1906, and between that date and 1935 he served eleven charges. He married Miss Sarah Leonard Oct. 29, 1891. He superannuated in 1936. He died March 16, 1939, at his home in Greeneville, Tenn., and was buried there.
Leslie, Robert Lee: Born Sept. 21, 1870, in Wythe County, Va. He was admitted to the Virginia Conference in 1896 and served seven charges there. He was transferred to Holston in 1907. Except for two years (1914-1916), he was active until 1919. He married Miss Mary Currin on March 17, 1898. They had seven children. He superannuated in 1919, but he was busy as long as life lasted. He died Feb. 1, 1939, at his home in Inskip. He was buried at Brookwater Cemetery, Knoxville.
Lewis, Isaac: Born Jan. 29, 1801, Abingdon, Va. Admitted 1822. After five years he became supernumerary and located in 1832. Pastor of Knoxville Station 1827. Married Jan., 1829, Miss Eleanor Kinney Thatcher. His decendants have been leaders in church and civic life in Knoxville. While pastor at Abingdon in 1825. Mr. Lewis preached the funeral sermon of Madam Russell. He was for thirty-two years a venerated and useful local preacher. Died Jan. 16, 1864, in his home at Knoxville.
Light, George C.: Born Feb. 28, 1875, in Westmoreland County, Va. Admitted in 1805. In Holston two years, 1805-6-7. Located in 1809. Readmitted in 1821. Died at home of Dr. C. K. Marshall, Vicksburg, Miss., after 1859.
Lindsay, Isaac: Admitted 1808. In Holston one year, 1808.
Lindsay, John: In Holston one year, 1794-95.
Little, Joshua Boring: Born Feb. 7, 1826, where Johnson City now stands. Educated at Strawberry Plains School. He was six feet and six inches tall, erect and graceful, a commanding figure. Admitted to Holston Conference (South) in 1852. He united with the Methodist Episcopal Church in Holston Conference in 1865. He was for fifty-seven years a Methodist itinerant. He married Sept. 27, 1854, Miss Olivia Moss Kincaid, Fincastle, Tenn. They had thirteen children, one of whom Helen, married Rev. J. P. Morton. He was in continuous work as pastor and presiding elder for twenty years, then he was supernumerary (1884) for one year. This was followed by two years as pastor. He was again supernumerary, 1887 to 1891, when he was superannuated and finished his days in that relation. He died June 29, 1909, at his home near Fincastle, Tenn., and was buried there.
Locke, George: Born June 8, 1797, in Cannonstown, Pa. Son of David and Nancy Locke. Admitted 1818. In Holston two years, 1818 and 1819. Located in Ohio Conference. Readmitted 1822. Transferred to Illinois Conference 1825. Died in 1834 as result of exposure in crossing Wabash River.
Lockett, David: In Holston one year, 1790-91.
Logan, James C.: Born April 10, 1859, at Tullahoma, Tenn. He studied at Emory and Henry College and Vanderbilt University. He had been a local preacher for some years before he was admitted to the Conference in 1904. He served eight charges. He married July 9, 1893, Miss Bessie Wells of Hot Springs, N. C. They had five children. He retired in 1939, at eighty years of age. He died March 16, 1941, at Bristol, Tenn., and was buried there.
Long, C. S.: Born Jan. 3, 1850, in McMinn County, Tenn. Son of Rev. William R. and Sarah Elizabeth Long. Educated at East Tennessee University. Admitted 1875. In March, 1880, he was appointed as a missionary to Japan, at Nagasaki. He founded Cobleigh Seminary; and had begun the work of translating the Bible into Japanese, when his health failed. He married Miss Flora Smith, daughter of Rev. William Smith, of New York Conference, in 1879. He died in 1890; and was buried at Athens, Tenn.
Long, Carroll: Born Nov. 26, 1833, in McMinn County, Tenn. Son of Jimmie and Nancy Reynolds Long, McMinn County Tenn. He was a brother of Rev. William R. Long. Admitted 1845. Did a great deal of circuit, station and district work, and was well known in every part of Holston Conference. He was regarded as one of the safest counselors of his day in the Conference. Married Miss Nancy S. Oury, 1852, Newbern, Va. Died May 22, 1878, in the house in which he was born. Buried at Wesleyana, Tenn. Delegate to General Conference 1870 and 1874.
Long, James Rufus: Brother of William R. and Carroll Long. Admitted to Holston Conference in 1851. Was transferred to Western North Carolina Conference in 1890 and died in that Conference. Part of the farm on which he lived is now a part of the grounds of Lake Junaluska. The parents of Rev. William R. Long, Rev. Carroll Long and Rev. James Rufus Long, were Jimmie Long and his wife, Nancy Reynolds Long. They moved from Hawkins County, Tenn., to McMinn County, Tenn., and lived near Wesleyana Methodist Church. From 1844, when William R. Long joined Holston Conference, there has been a descendant of this family in the active itinerant membership of Holston Conference. The present descendants are: Rev. E. A. Shugart, a grandson of Jimmie and Nancy Long, through Polly Harriet, their youngest daughter, who married Will Y. Shugart; and Rev. James A. Shugart, a son of Rev. E. A. Shugart. This is supposed to be the longest lineal record of any family in the traveling connection in Holston Conference.
Long, Samuel Dismukes: Born July 24, 1859, at Verona, Miss. He graduated at the University of Tennessee in 1880 and attended Vanderbilt University in 1881. Transferred to Holston Conference in 1891, but the transfer was announced in 1892. He served charges with efficiency and success in Mississippi, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia; twenty-one years as presiding elder, in five districts, one of which, Chattanooga, he served twice; he served fifteen years as President of Martha Washington College, doing what was probably his outstanding work. He did not strive for popularity as a preacher but was a very lucid and edifying pulpit and platform speaker. Those who did not know him well sometimes thought him abrupt and even gruff, but those who knew him well came to observe that he had unusual capacity for friendship. Few men had more, or warmer, friends in every part of Holston Conference. Because of his superior judgment of men, and ability to inspire them to their best efforts, he excelled as a presiding elder. He was twice married: (1) Miss Lillie Sawyers, Dec., 1883. They had one son. She died Feb. 6, 1897. (2) Miss Josie Peck, of Pearisburg, Va., Oct. 18, 1899. The marriage ceremony was performed by Bishop A. W. Wilson and Dr. Bolling Hobson, pastor of the Presbyterian Church. They had one daughter. His last work as presiding elder terminated, he was appointed to Wise, Va. His service there lasted for less than a year. He died Sept. 15, 1934, at Wise. He was buried at Bristol, Va.
Long, William Reynolds: Born in 1819. He was an elder brother of Rev. Carroll Long. Admitted to Holston Conference in 1844. He became a member of Holston Conference of the M. E. Church when it was organized in 1865. He was twice married: (1) In 1847, Miss Sarah Elizabeth Atlee, Athens, Tenn. They had twelve children "all of whom lived to be grown and to be married." (2) In 1894, Miss Carrie E. Donaldson. He superannuated in 1891. "His influence is a part of the history of Holston Conference." He died May 23, 1906, He was buried at Athens, Tenn.
Lotspeich, Ralph: Son of Christopher Lotspeich, who came from Germany to Virginia, and settled in Culpepper County and afterwards came to Greene County. Admitted in 1802. He traveled in Ohio and Kentucky and was in Holston two years: French Broad in 1805, and Holston in 1806. Died June 15, 1813.
Lowry, Joseph E.: Born May 11, 1868, at Madisonville, Tenn. Son of Hugh Kelso and Isabella Cook Lowry. Educated at Hiwassee College. Admitted 1888. He was pastor twenty-four years and President of Hiwassee College thirteen years. A man of love, he was everywhere loved; a sympathetic pastor and a thoughtful and earnest preacher. Many young men and women were inspired and helped to go to Hiwassee College by his tactful counsel. He married July 19, 1892, Miss Cordelia Ault. They had five children. He superannuated in 1935. He died Jan. 27, 1937, at Knoxville, Tenn., and was buried there.
Lyons, Edward F.: Born June 6, 1836, Knoxville, Tenn. Son of Daniel and Sybella Lonas Lyons. No record of his admission to the Conference has been found. The earliest mention of his name is found in the appointments for 1870, when he was assigned to Kingston circuit. In 1871 he was given supernumerary relations and continued thus until 1873, when he was appointed to Mabry Street and City Mission, Knoxville. His death was reported in 1874, but the date is not given. Buried in Knoxville. His widow died April 5, 1912. A younger brother, J. A. Lyons, entered Holston Conference in 1875 and lived until 1929. Another brother, W. L. Lyons, was one of the most useful laymen of Knoxville, where he belonged to Church Street Church.
Lyons, James A.: Born July 3, 1845, in Knoxville, Tenn. Son of Daniel and Sybella Lonas Lyons, whose home was an institution of Christian nurture. Was educated in the public schools of Knoxville. Served in Confederate Army. Entered East Tennessee University in 1867, but poor health forbade more than one year in the University. He engaged successfully in the jewelry business. His call to preach came while attending a great revival in the First Presbyterian Church, conducted by Rev. George A. Caldwell. While superintending the Sunday school at Church Street he was licensed to preach April 30, 1870. He was admitted to Holston Conference in 1875. He gave fifty-three years to the ministry: active work thirty-six years; supernumerary thirteen; and superannuate four years. He served twelve pastoral charges, one district, was editor of the Conference paper and for several years Conference Sunday School Secretary. His greatest work was done as writer and administrator in Sunday school work. He wrote The Sunday School and Its Work, the first book of its kind published in the South. He was twice married: (1) Miss Margaret Lenoir, March 6, 1884. They had two children. She died in 1892. (2) Miss Jennie Buchanan, Glade Spring, Va., April 6, 1901. Superannuated 1924. Always a frail man, he suffered long and painfully during his last years; but was cheerful and patient to the end. After 1911 he lived at Keywood, Va., and there the end came, Feb. 18, 1929. He was buried in Old Gray Cemetery at Knoxville.
Maddin, Thomas: Born Feb. 13, 1796, Philadelphia. Admitted 1818. In Holston one year, 1823. Located 1826. Readmitted 1837. All in Tennessee Conference.
Mahoney, James: Born Dec. 10, 1828, in Washington County, Tenn. Admitted 1859, and was effective, without a break, for forty-two years and served circuits in Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina. He loved, and was venerated and loved by, his brethren. He withdrew from Holston Conference, South, in 1865, and went to the Holston, North. He was appointed to Newport. He was readmitted to Holston Conference, South, in 1867. He may have been confused as to which church; but he was not confused about preaching the gospel. He kept straight at it. Married, "when not quite twenty years old," Miss Maria McCall, May 7, 1848. They had nine children. A man most faithful in all things. He bought a home at Wallace, Va., and lived there after superannuation. Died March 28, 1907. Buried at Wallace, Va.
Maiden, George Allen: Born Sept. 26, 1851, in Washington County, Va. He was the son of Daniel W. and Elizabeth Logan Maiden. He studied at Emory and Henry College. He was admitted into Holston Conference in 1877. He was in active work until 1913. From the first year until the last he was active and efficient as pastor and as presiding elder. He served three districts. He married March 4, 1880, Miss Anna Amelia Warren. They had five children. She died March 31, 1929. He became supernumerary in 1913 and superannuate in 1923. He died in his home in Abingdon, Va., on Sept. 25, 1941, lacking but one day of being ninety years of age. He was buried at Emory, Va.
Maiden, John Milton: Born Dec. 4, 1854, in Washington County, Va. Son of William M. and Rebecca Maiden. Completed junior year at Emory and Henry College. Taught for some years in public schools. Converted at sixteen. Licensed to preach Sept. 23, 1876. Admitted 1891. An effective preacher for eighteen years. Superannuated 1908. Serving large charges on small salaries, he yet managed to educate his children. Married March 23, 1883, Miss Sarah J. Grubb. They had eight children. Died April 17, 1818, in Washington County, Va. Buried at Emory, Va.
Malone, Benjamin: In Holston one year, 1813.
Malone, John Wesley: Born July 10, 1856, at Atlanta, Ga. Son of Rev. J. D. and Mrs. Mary Malone. Educated at Hiwassee College and Vanderbilt University. Admitted to North Mississippi Conference in 1885 and was in the pastorate until 1894. In 1894 he took the Presidency of Grenada College where he served five years. In 1899 he accepted the Presidency of Woman's College, Oxford, Miss., and continued there for three years. In 1902 he transferred to South Georgia Conference and returned to the pastorate for four years. In 1906 he was elected President of Andrew College, where he continued for twelve years. Transferred to Holston Conference 1918 and became President of Centenary College. Here he served for nine years. His last year of active service was as pastor at Rural Retreat, Va. This was his forty-third year in the ministry. Married June 15, 1887, Miss Lillian Kemp, Holly Springs, Miss. They had eight children. He was superannuated in 1828. Died Aug. 16, 1930, at Cleveland, Tenn. Buried at Grenada, Miss.
Manker, John Jenkins: Born Dec. 24, 1839, in Fincastle, Ohio. He was the son of Rev. John and Sarah Wright Manker. He entered Ohio Wesleyan University in 1858, and before finishing his course he enlisted as a Federal soldier, serving four years and rising to a lieutenancy. He was admitted to Holston Conference in 1866. He was early recognized as a man of marked ability, and soon came to be a trusted leader in every important enterprise of Holston Conference. As pastor, presiding elder, professor and financial agent he gave himself unsparingly to whatever work he was called to do. These various activities occupied his time for thirty-eight years. Then, in 1904, he was called to the office of Editor of the Methodist Advocate Journal. He soon came to be accounted one of the most useful editors in the connection and his stature grew to the last hour of his life. He became thoroughly identified not only with Holston Conference but with the entire Methodist Church in the South. He was twice married: (1) Miss Julia Tarbell, Ripley, Ohio, in 1863. (2) Miss Ida Kirk, Chattanooga, 1891. He is survived by four children. He was elected a delegate to the General Conferences of 1876, 1884, 1900 and 1916. While attending the General Conference of 1916, at Saratoga Springs, he was addressing the Committee on Book Concern, in behalf of the Church press, when the end came. He died, thus, May 16, 1916. He was brought to Chattanooga and buried in Forest Hills Cemetery.
Mann, John W.: Born Aug. 9, 1835, at Waynesville, N. C. Admitted in 1857. His first appointment was that of junior preacher on Waynesville circuit. After one year he came to East Tennessee, where he lived and labored for forty years. He served important stations for many years and was for nine years presiding elder. He was one of the organizers of Holston Conference of the M. E. Church in 1865. He was elected to the General Conference of 1880. "For many years he never went into the pulpit without first having committed every word of hymn and sermon and prayer he was to utter." He married Aug., 1861, Miss Belle J. Winton, a cousin of Rev. Wiley B. Winton. They had two children. He was long in feeble health; and, in 1895, asked for the superannuate relation, which was granted. His health then declined rapidly. He died May 30, 1897, and was buried in Old Gray Cemetery in Knoxville.
Manson, William: Admitted 1816. In Holston serving circuits and Asheville District. Expelled from Church in 1842. Later untied with Methodist Protestant Church and died in that Church.
Marsh, Edward Waverly: Born Nov. 27, 1847, in Rhea County, Tenn. Admitted in 1869. Health gave way at the close of his fourth year and he died of pulmonary consumption, March 4, 1874. Buried in Rhea County, Tenn.
Marshall, Lewis W.: Admitted 1818. In Holston 1821 to 1824. Located in 1824. Readmitted 1832. Was presiding elder of Greeneville District four years and Knoxville District one year. Six years secretary of Conference. Located 1837. Later united with Wichita Conference and died there in 1862.
Marshall, W. A.: Born in Hawkins County, Tenn., about 1818. He was licensed to preach in 1855. Admitted (M. E.) 1869. Not able to attend Conference in 1871, he reported having received thirty-five on probation, forty into full connection, and baptism of seven adults and forty-two infants. He was married and had five children. He died Sept. 29, 1871, near Murphy, N. C., and was buried at Klontz Chapel, Clay County, N. C.
Martin, Burton M.: Born Oct. 5, 1866, in McMinn County, Tenn. He was educated at Haysville College, Grant University and Theological School. He was admitted in 1894. He served important pastoral charges, was district superintendent, agent of Preacher's Aid Society and Centenary Area Secretary. In all of these places of responsibility he showed the same unfailing courage, devotion and ability. He was elected a delegate to the General Conference of 1906. His alma mater conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Divinity. He married May 27, 1896, Miss Zona Haggard. He died May 30, 1924. He was buried in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Martin, George: Born Feb. 10, 1821, in Wythe County, Va. Admitted 1863. A faithful and popular pastor. Married 1845, Miss Rebecca Perkins, Grayson County, Va. She died in 1857 and he married in 1860, Miss N. J. Cox, Sullivan County, Tenn. Died April 11, 1875, Bakersville, N. C., and was buried there.
Martin, Mitchell: Admitted 1837. Died in 1840, while on Cleveland circuit and was buried at Charleston, Tenn.
Martin, William Anderson: Born May 16, 1869, in Carroll County, Ga. He professed faith in Christ at the age of eight; and was licensed to preach at sixteen. Admitted into the Georgia Conference in 1893. He transferred to Holston Conference in 1912, and served four charges. "To preach with him was an absorbing desire." He was twice married: (1) Aug. 15, 1888, Miss Hattie Holt. They had four children, one of whom, Rev. William C. Martin, is a member of Holston Conference. (2) In 1893, Miss Addie Wilson. They had one child. He died June 22, 1920, at the home of his son, Rev. W. C. Martin, at Rockwood, Tenn.
Mastin, Jeremiah: Admitted 1785. In Holston two years, 1787, 1789.
McClure, Arthur: Born Feb. 16, 1801, in East Tennessee. Admitted 1822. In Holston 1822. Died Sept. 26, 1825.
McCracken, David: Born Oct. 14, 1855, in Washington County, Va. Attended school at Castlewood, Russell County, Va., and there became a lifelong friend of Eugene Blake. Admitted 1879. After entering the Conference, he spent one year at Hiwassee College. Served twenty-one charges in thirty years. A self-sacrificing and laborious man. Became supernumerary in 1909. Superannuate in 1917. Twice married: (1) Miss Virginia Harriet Stover, Oct. 1887; (2) Tabitha Russell, Nov. 30, 1910, of Scott County, Va. After forty-three years in Holston Conference, he died in his 67th year on Feb. 4, 1922, at Clinton, Tenn., and was buried there.
McDowell, Robert T.: Born May 11, 1855, in Tazewell County, Va. He was educated in the local schools. He grew up in the neighborhood of Bluestone Camp Ground. He was admitted into Holston Conference in 1883. He served eighteen charges and was for several years appointed as a district evangelist. For more than twenty-five years he lived at Bristol, and served several charges there. He was fervently evangelistic in his preaching. He married Miss Nannie E. Summers, Tazewell County, Va. They had nine children. She died April 3, 1934. He superannuated in 1935. He died at his home in Bristol, Feb. 19, 1941, and was buried in Bristol.
McFarland, Lawrence Walton: Born Oct. 10, 1895, in Tazewell County, Va. Son of Jacob and Darthula Frye McFarland. Educated at Hiwassee College and Emory and Henry College. Converted at twelve. While in the United States Army, in 1918, he decided to preach. Admitted in 1925. One year as a student; six years in two charges, was the term of his service. He gave promise of great usefulness. Married June 5, 1928, Miss Hattie Kate Hart, Scott County, Va. They had three children. While attending Pastors' School he was stricken with appendicitis and died Sept. 2, 1932, in George Ben Johnson Hospital, Abingdon, Va. Buried at Emory, Va.
McGhee, J. W.: Born June 24, 1852, in Macon County, N. C. Admitted in 1866. He served twelve charges in Holston. In 1907 he transferred to the Oklahoma Conference. He superannuated in 1911. He was twice married: (1) Miss Nannie L. Long, daughter of Rev. W. R. Long. They had three children. There were five children by the second marriage. He died Aug. 7, 1926, at his home in Knoxville, and was buried there.
McGhee, John: Admitted in 1788. In Holston one year, 1790-91. Active in origin of Camp Meetings; and in Great Revival of 1800.
McGhee, Joseph L.: Born June 6, 1844. Admitted 1869. A victim of tuberculosis, he was only four years in itinerant work. Married Miss Cosart: one son, Joseph McGhee, honored, in 1942, as a Doctor of Laws, by Emory and Henry College. Died Sept. 18, 1873, at father's home, Smythe County, Va. Buried at Sweetwater, Tenn.
McGhee, Silas Andrew: Born Feb. 12, 1878, near Canton, N. C. Son of George Ira and Sallie Mosser McGhee. Educated in public schools and Waynesville Academy. Licensed to preach Dec. 6, 1899; and served as a missionary to the Cherokee Indians for two years. After this he united with the United Brethren Church and served a pastorate of four years in Greene County, Tenn. Admitted in orders in 1910. Served eight charges and one year as evangelist in nineteen years. A successful evangelist pastor; paid old church debts, built churches and parsonages. An acceptable preacher wherever he was sent. Married July 1, 1904, Miss Sarah Henry, Newport, Tenn. They had two sons. Death came unexpectedly. He returned home from Conference at Chattanooga on Monday and died the following Sunday, Oct. 14, 1929, in the parsonage at Pennington Gap, Va., to which he had been returned for the third year. Buried at Emory, Va.
McHenry, Barnabas: Born in North Carolina, Dec. 6, 1767. Father moved to Rich Valley, Washington County, Va., when he was eight years old. Admitted 1787. The first to be admitted west of Alleghenies. Presiding elder in Holston one year, 1792-93. Became a great leader in Kentucky. Died 1833.
McKendree, William: Born July 6, 1757, in King William County, Va. Son of John and Mary McKendree, both of Scotch ancestry. Admitted, without license to preach or recommendation, in 1788. Accompanied Asbury to the West in 1800. Presiding elder of Kentucky-Holston District 1800-1801. Leader in Great Revival in the West. Elected Bishop 1808. One of the greatest Bishops of the Methodist Church. Died at the home of his brother, Dr. James McKendree, in Sumner County, Tenn., March 5, 1835.
McKenzie, Hiram Wills: Born Aug. 5, 1855, at Kingsport, Tenn. Son of John W. and Mary Ann McKenzie. He attended school at Kingsley Seminary at Bloomingdale. Admitted in 1889. He served without a break until 1917. He was twice married: (1) Miss Alice Aesque in 1879. They had two children. (2) Miss Elizabeth Cassada in 1890. They had eight children. He superannuated in 1917. He died April 11, 1928. He was buried in Carter's Valley, Tenn.
McPhail, Hugh: In Holston one year, 1816.
McPherson, Stephen Thompson Mason: Born Feb. 2, 1847, at Leesburg, Loudon County, Va. Son of Col. James D. and Julia A. Nixon McPherson. When he was six his parents moved to Rhea County, Tenn. He secured his education at Rhea Springs Academy, where he was probably under the influence of Rev. T. K. Munsey. He was converted Feb. 5, 1865; and was licensed to preach in Jan., 1872. Admitted 1872. As an effective preacher he served twenty charges, one year as a junior preacher, and two as Financial Agent of Martha Washington College. He had twenty-nine different assignments in fifty-one years. For three years he received less than $100.00 per year; for fifteen years the annual compensation averaged $254.63; for the forty-nine years that he served as pastor, the average was $561.12. The largest salary of any year of his ministry was received the last year of his effective service - $1,142.00. His preaching was sound, instructive and hortatory; he excelled as a pastor. He was always cheerful. He had lost a hand in early life, but no one ever thought of him as a cripple. He was loved by all who knew him. He was married July 18, 1876, to Miss Victoria Carden. They had three daughters. He was superannuated in 1923, and lived in his own home at Bristol, Tenn. He died, suddenly, April 30, 1928, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Blanche Brownlow, Abingdon, Va. He was buried in Bristol.
McTeer, John Montgomery: Born May 3, 1824, Loudon County, Tenn. His parents were Presbyterians. He studied at Maryville College. Licensed to preach Feb. 23, 1847, and immediately appointed as a supply. Admitted 1847. Appointed presiding elder in 1858 and served in that office for twenty-three years. A popular preacher and singer. Price, the Conference Historian, says: "By his diplomacy he ruled bishops and preachers." He was the most powerful figure in Holston Conference for several years, but his power waned in latter years. Elected a delegate to General Conference 1862, 1866, 1870, 1874 and 1882. Superannuated 1881. Married three times: In 1850 to Miss Eliza Kelly, Jonesboro, Tenn.; in 1857 to Mrs. Frances Piper, Wythe County, Va.; later to Miss Fannie Hatcher, Rockbridge County, Va. Died Nov. 28, 1892, Wytheville, Va., and was buried there.
Mead, Stith: Born 1767, Bedford County, Va. Admitted 1792. In Holston one year, 1793-94. Last years in Georgia.
Menefee, John: In Holston one year, 1813.
Milburn, Joseph: Born Jan. 23, 1800, in Greene County, Tenn. He was the brother of Rev. William Milburn. He married Mary Milburn, who was his first cousin, in 1821. Rev. Joseph P. Milburn was their son. Joseph Milburn was an exhorter and later a local preacher for many years. He was admitted in 1855. When Holston Conference of the M. E. Church was organized in 1865 he entered that Conference in his fifty-sixth year. "His Christianity was illustrated by a life of earnest, devoted piety. His life was useful and beautiful; and his death was grand." He ceased at once to work and live on Jan. 8, 1873. He was buried at Milburntown, Greene County, Tenn.
Milburn, Joseph P.: Born Feb. 5, 1832, in Greene County, Tenn. He was a son of Rev. Joseph Milburn and a nephew of Rev. William Milburn. He was converted at ten. Licensed to preach in '55 or '56. He preached for several years as a local preacher. Admitted to Holston (South) in 1861, but in the troubled times of the war he did but little as an itinerant preacher. He became a member of the M. E. Conference in 1865 and filled a number of important charges. He married Miss Amanda Wells in Sullivan County, Tenn. They had four children. Became supernumerary in 1876, but preached as his health would permit. He had expected to take active work in 1886, but about a month before Conference he became ill away from home and died. He was buried in Greene County, Tenn.
Milburn, William: Born Sept. 16, 1797, near Winchester, Va. Brother of Rev. Joseph Milburn. Licensed to preach 1827 and "spent most of his time till 1843 in holding protracted meetings." Admitted in 1845 and served ten charges in the Southern Church. He was one of the loyal Union preachers who were expelled by the Southern Conference in 1862. He entered the M. E. Conference, upon its organization in 1865. In 1867 he was appointed Presiding Elder of Abingdon District, which was subsequently transferred to the Virginia Conference. He married Martha Faw in 1818. He continued in active work until stricken with paralysis in 1875. After painful and protracted illness he died Sept. 22, 1877, and was buried at Miburntown, Greene County, Tenn. He served as Chaplain of the 8th Tennessee Cavalry Volunteers during the war.
Miles, George W.: Born Jan. 27, 1829, in Grainger County, Tenn. This is the statement made by Dr. Hoss in his memoir. Dr. Price gives the date Jan. 28, 1828; and the place Cross Anchor, Laurens County, S. C. He intended to study law. Was well read and a strong preacher despite a slight impediment of speech. Admitted 1855. Filled circuits, stations and districts; and succeeded well in all of them. Was gifted and successful as an administrator of far-seeing vision. Married Dec. 23, 1851, Miss Rebecca Austin. A daughter married Dr. D. S. Hearon. A son, George W. Miles, Jr., was for many years a distinguished educator. Died Sept. 16, 1892, at Bristol, Tenn., after three years as superannuate. He was buried at Marion, Va.
Miller, Charles K.: Born Sept. 7, 1832, Walker's Creek, Bland County, Va. Son of Charles and Mary McNeil Miller. Licensed to preach Dec. 5, 1857. Admitted 1862. Served eight charges in twenty-two years. Superannuated 1884 and was superannuate for twenty-nine years. Married May 5, 1865, Miss Amanda Young of Grayson County, Va. They had six children. Died Dec. 31, 1913, at his home, Rural Retreat, Va., and was buried there.
Miller, Charles W.: Born Nov. 13, 1859, in Monroe County, Ala. He was the son of K. S. and Sarah Ann Morris Miller. Educated at Andrew Seminary and East Tennessee Wesleyan University. Admitted to Alabama Conference in 1886. He went to South America as a missionary. After a few years he returned to the United States because of his wife's health. He was for several years a happy missionary in his charges in Holston Conference. He married Miss Mary Elizabeth Woodson in Campbell County, Tenn., who died a few years before the death of her husband. He died Aug. 18, 1941, and was buried at Fincastle Methodist Church, Campbell County, Tenn.
Miller, Samuel A.: Born in Washington County, Tenn. Admitted 1836. Located 1847; readmitted 1861. Married Miss Walls of Hancock County, Tenn., in 1847, who, with several children, preceded him in death. Died Jan. 11, 1863, at the home of Mr. William Carnes, Lee County, Va., and was buried there.
Miller, William C.: Born Jan. 9, 1852, at Coker Creek, Monroe County, Tenn. Son of Samuel and Malinda Jane Miller. He was admitted in 1882. He served as pastor and presiding elder, without a break, for thirty years. In every position in the Conference, to which he was assigned, he did his work with painstaking care and fidelity. He was twice married: (1) In 1870, to Miss Parthenia Bane. They had four children. (2) In 1890, to Miss Agnes Wilson. They had one child. He died June 18, 1912, in the parsonage at Lonsdale, Knoxville, and was buried at Knoxville.
Milligan, Thomas: Admitted 1798. In Holston six years, 1802-3-4-5-6 and 1808 and served six circuits. Among the longest terms in ministry of that period.
Mitchell, Charles: Born Feb. 28, 1814. Admitted 1851. Married. Died 1858. Buried in Carroll County, Va.
Mitchell, James Anderson: Born April 9, 1865, near Knoxville. He was admitted to the Alabama Conference in 1895 and served in that Conference until 1902. He transferred to Holston Conference in 1903. During his ministry of forty-five years he was pastor of more than twenty churches. He was superintendent of Chattanooga District for eight years. He was the friend of young ministers. He superannuated in 1933, and identified himself with the Second Church in Knoxville. He died March 19, 1936, at his home in Knoxville and was buried in Knoxville.
Mitchell, William Drayton: Born Nov. 20, 1844, in Tazewell County, Va. Son of Rev. Charles Mitchell. Educated in public schools. A soldier in the Confederate Army, he spent some months in prison. Soon after his return from the Army he was licensed to preach. Admitted 1868. He served as a pastor in Tennessee ten years; in North Carolina five years; and in Virginia eighteen years. He built fifteen churches. The largest salary he received was $600.00, while the average for all these years was $450.00. Yet he managed to send his children to college. He believed in and professed sanctification. Married Sept. 17, 1872, Miss Mary Rebecca Burkey, Greene County, Tenn. They lived in happy wedlock more than fifty-two years. She preceded him in death three years. They had five children. Superannuated 1902 and spent the years of retirement in his home at Radford, Va. Here he died June 23, 1927. Buried at Radford.
Monroe, Marion H.: Born June 29, 1855, in Georgia. He was converted at twelve and began preaching at fourteen, although he was not licensed to preach until 1875. He graduated from Grant University at Athens, Tenn. Admitted in 1886 and was in active work until 1919, when he rested for one year. He was twice married: (1) Miss Sarah Louisa Self, July, 1879. They had one child. (2) Miss Mary Annie Kyker, in 1884. They had five children. He superannuated in 1920. He died June 19, 1926, at his home in Andersonville, Tenn., and was buried there.
Moore, Enoch W.: Born Aug. 20, 1833, in Russell County, Va. Son of Dr. William and Mary Moore. He educated himself by alternately attending and teaching school. Admitted in 1860. Did forty-four years of work in the Conference: twenty-eight years on circuits and sixteen as presiding elder. A man of unusual gifts, mental and moral; a preacher of great power and irreproachable integrity. Married Sept. 22, 1861, Miss Laura Weaver of Cocke County, Tenn. Died Aug. 6, 1904, at Independence, Va. He was buried there.
Moore, Mark: In Holston one year, 1786. Entered traveling connection in 1786. Located in 1820. Lived for a time after location between Knoxville and Maryville, Tenn.
Moore, Nathaniel: In Holston with Jeremiah Mastin, 1787. They had a net gain of 200 (80 per cent).
Moore, Ransom: Admitted 1849. Died 1850.
Morris, Edward: In Holston one year, 1788-89.
Morris, Jesse Williams: Born Feb. 28, 1877, at Fancy Gap, Va. He taught for several years in the public schools of Carroll County, Va. Admitted 1913. He served nine charges in ten years of active service. He gave diligent attention to every detail of his work. He married Dec. 27, 1899, Miss Matilda C. Combs. They had seven children. He had been in ill health for a short time, but his death was sudden and unexpected. He died Sept. 3, 1938, in the parsonage at Cripple Creek, Va., and was buried at Galax, Va.
Morris, Richard: In Holston 1821.
Morrison, Benjamin M.: Born Sept. 14, 1869, in Portland, Maine. He came South in 1890 and was admitted to Holston Conference in 1904. He served thirteen charges in twenty-five years. He instituted and was Superintendent of the Good Will Industries in Chattanooga. He was twice married: (1) Miss Mary E. Christian in 1888. They had seven children. She died April 24, 1917. (2) Miss Dixie Ghomley, July 2, 1918. He died Dec. 30, 1929. He was buried at Lenoir City, Tenn.
Morrison, J. F.: Born 1826. Admitted 1869 in Virginia Conference. Transferred to Holston Conference in 1873. He served Kingsport, Parrottsville, Bakersville and Jonesboro. He became supernumerary in 1879 and so continued until his death in 1887. He lived during this time at Locust Springs, Tenn. No memoir was published. He was buried at Greene County, Tenn.
Mort, Edward William: Born April 24, 1853, in Strasburg, Va. Son of John and Barbara Ann Mort. Licensed to preach 1871. Admitted 1883. He served twelve charges in thirty-three years. He served all of these charges with marked fidelity. It was said that from each of the charges which he had served there were attendants at his funeral. He married May 10, 1892, Miss Amanda Virginia Cunningham, Washington County, Va. They had three children. At the time of his death he was serving the Abingdon circuit. He died in the George Ben Johnson Memorial Hospital, Abingdon, Va., March 14, 1923; and was buried at Emory, Va.
Morton, John P.: Born Aug. 26, 1855. "He graduated in the Classical and Theological Course May, 1889." He was licensed to preach in 1876. Admitted in 1889, and was in active service five years in three charges. "He was a good and growing preacher and devoted his time undividedly to the work of soul-saving." He married July 13, 1882, Miss Margaret Helm Little, daughter of Rev. J. B. Little. They had six children. He was sent to Clinton in 1893. In August following he contracted fever, and after a lingering illness died Sept. 15, 1894, at Clinton, Tenn., and was buried there.
Munsey, Isaac Newton: Born Oct. 18, 1857, in Bland County, Va. Son of William H. and Clara Munsey. Spent two years in study at Emory and Henry College. Admitted 1888. He was in active work forty-nine years, serving eighteen circuits and stations, in which there were one hundred and forty-five churches. He served with twenty difference presiding elders. He was a man of striking originality. He was an able and effective preacher. He served charges in nearly every part of Holston Conference. He was twice married: (1) Miss Christina M. Yost. She lived but one year. (2) Miss Susan Elizabeth Eaton. They had six children. He superannuated in 1935, and lived at Radford, Va. He died Dec. 7, 1936. He was buried at Floyd, Va.
Munsey, Nathaniel: Admitted 1795. In Holston two years, 1795-97. Married and located in Elk Garden, Russell County, Va.
Munsey, Thomas K.: Born Sept. 7, 1816. Admitted 1840. First charge was Rogersville circuit, which had twenty-eight appointments and paid him less than $60.00 for the year's work. He had pulmonary consumption and was compelled to abandon preaching in 1849. But later was able to do some preaching. Most of his time was taken up with teaching. Among his students were W. W. Pyott, James J. Cook and Richard Green Waterhouse. He was a good teacher and a preacher of ability. Died July 4, 1872, Calhoun, Tenn.
Murphy, Andrew Judson: Born Dec. 1, 1876, in Blount County, Tenn. He was educated at Porter Academy, Murphy College and the University of Chattanooga. He was admitted into Holston Conference in 1898. After serving eight charges and one year as evangelist he transferred to the Arkansas Conference in 1912. In 1915 he transferred to the St. Louis Conference. In 1931 he transferred back into Holston Conference. He had been in the pastorate with the exception of one year in evangelistic work. He married Jan. 7, 1902, Miss Susie Belle Boynton, Pikeville, Tenn. They had five children. She died Oct. 1, 1938. He died Sept. 17, 1942. He was buried at Maryville.
Murphy, Wiley B.: Born 1807. Admitted 1833. Transferred to Kentucky Conference in 1835; but returned to Holston in 1839. Died in 1842, while serving Sevierville. Buried at Knoxville.
Naff, John Ekin: Born Oct. 1, 1852, at Abingdon, Va. Son of Rev. George Ekin and Margaret Hope Naff and great-grandson of Rev. George Ekin. He attended King College and Hampden Sidney College and graduated at Emory and Henry College in 1875. Immediately after graduation he was elected President of Washington College, founded by Rev. Samuel Doake. He resigned this position, to take charge of the estate of his stepfather, Col. John B. McLin, who had died. Admitted in 1880, having just been licensed to preach. He served missions, circuits, stations, districts and educational assignments in the forty-two years of his active life. "The exceptional influences of his early home, and the culture of his college years, were easily discerned in his mature life." At his best he was a preacher of exceptional power, and he made substantial contribution to the program of Holston Conference. He never ceased to be a student. He was married Dec. 16, 1875, to Miss Irene Blair, Jonesboro, Tenn., his wife being a sister of Mrs. William E. Munsey. They had three sons and one daughter. Rev. George Ekin Naff is a grandson. He asked for and was granted superannuation in 1922, at 70. He enjoyed a rich and mellow experience as a superannuate. The end came in an ideal way. He attended service on a Sunday morning, and prayed a fervent prayer, which was commented on by those who heard it. In the afternoon he told his wife of the gracious experience of the morning. Then he retired as usual. In the morning he lay, as he had fallen asleep; his labors were ended. He died April 9, 1934, in his home at Bristol, Tenn., and was buried at Emory, Va.
Neal, Henry Clay: Born May 9, 1829, in Anderson County, Tenn. Brother of Rev. William W. Neal, a member of Holston Conference 1846-1878. When he was five years old his parents removed to McMinn County, Tenn., where he received primary education. His parents were devout Methodists. Converted at Cedar Springs Camp Ground when 16. Here he grew up also with Dr. David Sullins. Graduated from Emory and Henry 1861, and, while there, was licensed to preach Sept. 2, 1862. Admitted 1862. Except one year at Salem, Va., he spent all the years of his ministry in Holston Conference, about equally divided between Tennessee and Virginia. While serving Maryville circuit he was taken from his horse as he was going to Axley's Chapel, near Morganton, Tenn., on Sunday, Feb. 2, 1868, and cruelly whipped, and beaten into insensibility by a mob of ruffians, who where determined to stop him from preaching, for no other reason than that he was a preacher of the M. E. Church, South. Despite this inhuman treatment, no one ever heard Mr. Neal say evil of any of these men. After this time he served other near-by circuits. He told the writer of this sketch, a short time before his death, that he had never recovered from the mental shock of this experience. Married Oct. 17, 1871, Miss Rachael Mitchell, Abingdon, Va. They had four children. Miss Pearl died within a few weeks of her father's death. Mrs. Neal died Sept. 13, 1897, at Abingdon, Va. Superannuated 1901. His last charge was Abingdon circuit, which he served four years. He continued to live in Abingdon until his death, May 9, 1913. Buried at Abingdon.
Neal, William W.: Born Aug. 12, 1824, in Whitley County, Ky. Admitted 1846. Educated at East Tennessee University. Married April 10, 1851, Miss Susan Letitia Gaines, Sullivan County, Tenn. His life was divided between teaching, preaching and newspaper editorial work. He continued in the Conference for thirty-two years; but because of poor health his appointments were sometimes nominal. Died Jan. 24, 1878, at Rhea Springs, Tenn.
Neel, John Silas Weaver: Born Aug. 29, 1839, on Clear Fork, Tazewell County, Va. Son of Rev. William Elgin Neel, a local preacher, and Annie Fox Neel. His father was a fervent and unpretentious preacher, the melody of whose voice in song often melted his hearers. Educated by the teaching of his father and studies in the common school. He was the first man in Tazewell County to enlist in the Confederate Army and served to the end of the war. He was given a furlough so that he might go home to be licensed to preach, in 1864. He preached to the soldiers. It was his purpose to teach school and earn enough to go to Emory and Henry College, but the presiding elder pressed him to enter the Conference at once. He was admitted in 1866. Forty-eight consecutive years he received appointments from Conference. He served charges in every part of Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee and was one of the best known and beloved preachers Holston Conference has ever had. He served six districts as presiding elder. "As a preacher he was clear, sound, scriptural, fervent and at times powerful." Married Aug. 18, 1870, Rachel Ellen Dickson, Ashe County, N. C. They were most truly one. They had five children. He was superannuated in 1914; and made his home in Wytheville for one year, after which he went to Johnson City to spend the rest of his days. The end came unexpectedly. He was in his place on Sunday and again on Monday. The next morning they found him, lying as he had fallen asleep, with one hand above the other on his breast. Death came April 7, 1924. He was buried at Johnson City.
Neel, Lyle McDonald: Born Dec. 14, 1870, at Mace's Spring, Scott County, Va. Son of Erastus G. and Marguarite Bratten Neel. Attended Kingsley Seminary at Bloomingdale, Tenn. Admitted 1902. In 1910, on account of failing health, he was superannuated after serving faithfully eight years. Married, Aug. 9, 1899, Miss Pearl Ann Godsey, Bloomingdale, Tenn. They had three daughters. After twelve years of suffering as a superannuate, he died, April 23, 1923. He was buried at Hermon Methodist Church in Scott County, Va.
Newcomb, George T.: Born July 14, 1847, at Fort Madison, Iowa. He was educated at Northwestern University and graduated at Garrett Biblical Institute in 1878. He was admitted to the Michigan Conference in 1878. He transferred to Holston Conference in 1888 and was made Dean of the Theological Department of Grant University, Athens, Tenn. He later was a professor in the University of Chattanooga to the end of his days. He was loved and honored by all. He married in 1878, Miss Ella Coleman of Menominee, Wis. "He preached on Sunday, met his classes on Monday, and, on Tuesday morning he arose to begin the day's work when his heart failed." He died Feb. 17, 1914. He was buried at Chattanooga.
Newman, A. A.: Born July 21, 1858, in Jefferson County, Te.nn. He began his ministry in the United Brethren Church. He came from Kansas to Holston Conference in 1907. He was in active service fourteen years in seven circuits. He married Katherine Wilson in 1877. They had ten children. He superannuated in 1923. He died Jan. 9, 1935. He was buried at Salem, Cocke County, Tenn.
Newton, James M.: Born April 14, 1838, in Sullivan County, Tenn. He preached for some years in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. In 1881 he was admitted into the Virginia Conference, and served charges in Scott, Russell and Washington Counties. He came into Holston Conference when Southwest Virginia territory was transferred to Holston in 1906. He married, Dec. 16, 1858, Miss Elizabeth Galloway, Sullivan County, Tenn. They had ten children. Mrs. Newton preceded her husband in death only three days. He was superannuated in 1906. He died Oct. 4, 1918, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Goldia Reed, Gate City, Va., and was buried there.
Nixon, Thomas: Admitted 1812. In Holston one year 1814. Expelled in 1822. Restored 1832. Located 1836.
Noland, Obed: In Holston one year, 1804.
Norman, Jeremiah: In Holston one year, 1792-93.
Norwood, Nicholas: In Holston one year, 1813.
Nuckolls, Benjamin Floyd: Born Oct. 20, 1838, at Old Town, Va. Son of Clark S. and Rosa Bourne Hale Nuckolls. Educated at Jefferson Academy, Ashe County, N. C. Licensed to preach May 31, 1861. Admitted 1861. Active for twenty-four years. Became supernumerary in 1885. During these years he engaged in business and did much preaching in the section where he lived. Wrote Pioneer Settlers of Grayson County, Va. Married Nov. 6, 1865, Miss Mary Fletcher Goodykoontz. They had four children, two sons died in infancy. Died April 4, 1919, at home of his daughter, Mrs. J. E. Johnson, Cleveland, Tenn. Buried at Galax, Va.
Ogle, H. B.: Born Jan. 28, 1848, at Middle Creek, Sevier County, Tenn. He volunteered as a Federal soldier in the Civil War and served to its close. He was admitted in 1888. He served ten charges in East Tennessee. He married and was the father of five children. He superannuated in 1909 and lived for several years in Park City. He died at his home in Knoxville, June 27, 1923. He was buried at Middle Creek.
Oglesby, Joshua: In Holston one year, 1804.
Oliver, William L.: Born June 14, 1872, in Kentucky. He was the son of Leonard Lewis and Sarah E. Oliver. He was admitted to Holston Conference in 1905. He served twelve charges and one district in thirty years. "He was a true shepherd over the flock." He was married in June, 1899, to Miss Lillian E. Snyder. He was survived by a son and a daughter. He superannuated in 1935 and died July 7, 1936. He was buried in Knoxville.
Osborne, James M.: Born in North Carolina, Oct. 18, 1852. He served as local preacher supply for a number of years before he became a member of the Conference (M. E.). Admitted in 1906 and served four charges. His health failed in 1922 and he retired from active work. During the years of retirement he was active and useful in the local church at Graysville, Ga. He married, Aug. 4, 1875, Miss Martha E. Brown. They had two children, both of whom died in infancy. He died Nov. 16, 1939, and was buried in Graysville, Ga.
Overall, Abraham: In Holston 1823.
Owen, Francis A.: In Holston two years, 1823 and 1824. Was Editor of Memphis Christian Advocate. For four years one of the Book Agents of the M. E. Church, South.
Owen, Robert Alexander: Born Aug. 25, 1853, in Macon County, N. C. Son of Thomas Pinkney and June Rogers Owen. Educated in public and high school. Was a local preacher for several years and served one year as supply before entering the itinerant ministry. Admitted 1877. He was in active service as a member of Conference for fifty years. He served twenty circuits and one district. He was a good average preacher. The largest salary he received, in fifty years, was $900.00 on Sequatchie District. His average salary for fifty years, was $634.00. A most tireless, methodical and efficient pastor. Twice married: (1) Nov. 11, 1881, Miss Elizabeth Sherrill, Webster, N. C. They had seven children. She died Oct. 9, 1912. (2) Sept. 14, 1916, Miss Ella Roberts Broyles, Johnson City, Tenn. Superannuated 1927. Died April 20, 1929, at Johnson City. Buried at Pearisburg, Va.
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