|Sketches of Holston Methodist Preachers - Surnames P-T|
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Pace, John: Admitted 1790. In Holston one year, 1790-91. Died 1839.
Page, John: Admitted 1792. In Holston for part of year, 1796, but was returned to Cumberland circuit. Died in 1859.
Paine, Sela: Admitted 1807. In Holston four years, 1812-13-14-15. Located 1815.
Painter, Charles Edward: Born June 1, 1866, at Tazewell, Va. Son of John and Ellen Carbaugh Painter. Educated in public schools and at Emory and Henry College. Admitted in 1894. He served sixteen charges in forty-two years of active service. He was a faithful and useful circuit preacher. He was married twice: (1) Olivia Matheny, Oct. 5, 1887. They had two children. She died March 13, 1893. (2) Miss Cordelia Edith Johnson, Nov. 24, 1894. They had five children. She died Sept. 25, 1936. He superannuated in 1936. He died March 7, 1938. He was buried at Bluefield, W. Va.
Parker, Felix: Admitted 1822. In Holston one year, 1823.
Parrott, John H.: Born July 1, 1844, at New Market, Tenn. Son of Capt. Mark J. and Cynthia Caldwell Parrott. While he was a lad his parents moved to Knoxville. He was converted in a great revival in the First Presbyterian Church in Dec., 1867. He united with the Methodist Church on Church Street. There he was licensed to preach Oct. 6, 1871. Admitted in 1871. He served churches in Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia, in Tennessee, west of Greene County. He was an effective evangelistic preacher. Endowed with a vigorous mind, well read and with a rich vocabulary, he was an entertaining preacher and speaker and was a vivacious and genial conversationalist. In public speech he gesticulated freely and emphasized with loud inflection. Both in public and private his wit sparkled but did not sting. He had a penchant for public life. He served as Trustee of Marion County, Tenn., 1883-84; and of Hawkins County, Tenn., 1896-97-98-99. He was editor of the Valley Herald, Jasper, Tenn., for a year; and for about the same length of time the News-Gazette at Dayton, Tenn.; and for three years owned and edited the Loudon County Record at Loudon, Tenn. He was an active Mason and a central figure in the Grand Lodge of Tennessee. He married Nov. 7, 1878, Miss Louisa Jane Griffith. They had five children. Mrs. Parrott, after nursing her husband for a long time, preceded him in death by six days. He was supernumerary from 1898 to 1901 and from 1907 to 1911. He superannuated in 1912. He was active thirty years, supernumerary twelve, superannuate twelve years. After long suffering from chronic illness he died April 6, 1924, at his home in Morristown, Tenn., and was buried there.
Pattison, William: In Holston one year, 1807.
Patterson, Samuel: Admitted (M. E.) 1868. Converted about 1825. Professed sanctification about 1850. He died March 21, 1875.
Patton, Arnold: Admitted 1829. Served important charges, beginning with Carter's Valley and ending with Abingdon District, where he died in his third year on that district in 1839. He was a younger brother of William Patton, who preceded him as presiding elder of Abingdon District.
Patton, Samuel: Born Jan. 27, 1797, in Lancaster District, S. C. Son of John and Mrs. Nichols Patton. An eager reader from childhood, but with little schooling, he became a learned man. Admitted in 1819. Transferred to Mississippi in 1821. Located in 1824 to return to Holston and was readmitted by Holston Conference in 1825 and continued in the effective roll until his death Aug. 1, 1854. He was the only man of his day in Holston to receive the honorary degree of D. D. As pastor, presiding elder and editor of Methodist Episcopalian he was uniformly successful. He was the central figure in a group of strong men, in Holston, in the troubled times of the division of Methodism, in 1844. Married Miss Nancy Morrison of Sullivan County, Tenn. He died in the home of W. G. Brownlow and was buried at Morrison's Chapel, near Kingsport, Tenn. He was a member of the General Conference in 1828, 1832, 1836, 1840, 1844, Louisville Convention in 1845, 1846, 1850 and 1854.
Patton, William: Born Jan. 5, 1796, in Montgomery County, Va. Son of Henry and Elizabeth Hickman Patton. Admitted 1821. He was a successful pastor in many important circuits; and was presiding elder of Asheville, Knoxville and Abingdon Districts. In 1836 Holston Conference met at Reems Creek Camp Ground. Bishop James O. Andrew was present, but was too unwell to preside and appointed William Patton to occupy the chair. He was a delegate to the General Conference in 1828 and 1832 and a delegate from Missouri to the Louisville Convention in 1845. Transferred to the Missouri Conference in 1837. Married Jan. 19, 1815, Miss Ann Furgus, Montgomery County, Va. Mr. Patton sang well and preached loud and long. His health was probably impaired by strenuous preaching. At times he suffered severe hemorrhages. He died March 14, 1856, in Missouri. A man of solid intellect, a laborious student, conscientious and faithful.
Paulsaul, John: In Holston 1820.
Paxton, John Moore: Born March 11, 1863, at Fairfield, Rockbridge County, Va. Son of William Moore and Sarah Martha McCormick Paxton. Educated at Washington and Lee University. Taught school for several years. Admitted 1891. He was effective for thirty-three years and served sixteen charges. Handsome in appearance, alert and capable in mind, he was a strong preacher and devoted pastor. Married Oct. 5, 1892, Miss Minnie McGhee, daughter of Rev. Frank P. McGhee of Western Virginia Conference. They had seven children. He superannuated in 1924 and was never able to return to active work. He, with his family, lived in the Reynolds superannuate home, Bristol, Tenn. He was especially thoughtful of others more infirm than himself. Died Nov. 28, 1930. Buried at Emory, Va.
Payne, Jacob R.: Born Jan. 24, 1840, near Washington College, Tenn. Educated at Washington College and was an excellent English scholar. Taught school several years, was one year Editor of Holston Methodist. Was in pastorate. Served many circuits until 1884, when he took supernumerary relation because of ill health; and this relation was continued until 1897, when he superannuated. Married Dec. 19, 1866, Miss Hester Tatum, Asheville, N. C. She died Jan. 2, 1911, only twenty days after the death of her husband. He was Statistical Secretary of Holston Conference for many years and did highly valuable work toward the development of the printed Minutes of the Conference. He died Dec. 10, 1910, in the same neighborhood in which he was born. Buried at Telford, Tenn.
Payne, Thomas: In Holston 1820.
Pearce, Isaac A.: Born Jan. 1, 1839, in Harmony, Pa. He was educated at Allegheny College, Meadville, Pa. He was admitted to the Pittsburgh Conference in 1861. He enlisted in the Federal Army; there he became lieutenant and afterward chaplain. He transferred to the East Ohio Conference in 1876, to the Pittsburgh Conference in 1881, to the Kentucky Conference in 1884, to Holston Conference in 1885. He withdrew from Holston Conference in 1889, united with the Presbyterian Church and took a pastorate near Island Lake, Fla. He was (see Journal, 1889, page 54) readmitted from the Presbyterian Church in 1907 and became supernumerary in 1913. He was married and had two daughters and two sons. He died April 5, 1912, and was buried at Knoxville.
Peck, Jacob: In Holston one year, 1793-94.
Peck, Joseph H.: Admitted 1847. Son of Looney Peck, Mossy Creek, Tenn. Died in 1850 of consumption.
Peck, Wiley B.: Born at Mossy Creek, Tenn. Admitted 1820. In Holston 1820. Transferred from Tennessee Conference in 1825. Located in Mississippi Conference in 1826 and afterwards united with Protestant Episcopal Church.
Peery, Edward T.: Born in Tazewell County, Va. Admitted 1822. Transferred to Missouri 1827. Was a missionary among Indians. Married Mary S. Peery, daughter of Andrew Peery. Located in Kansas City, 1856. Died Nov. 28, 1864.
Penley, J. N.: Admitted into Virginia Conference in 1872. Died in 1893; and was buried at Dryden, Va. No memoir was furnished.
Peoples, Benjamin: Admitted 1816. In Holston one year. Located 1822, and lived in Tennessee Conference.
Perkins, J. A. L.: Born Jan. 7, 1864, at Elk Creek, Grayson County, Va. Educated in public schools. Admitted 1887. He served nine appointments in ten years. Supernumerary in 1898. Located in 1901, but was readmitted in 1909. Superannuated 1920. As a preacher he was plain, pointed and practical. Married in 1888 Miss Sarah Flora. They had seven children. He later married Miss Mattie Baker, Crab Orchard, Tenn. Died Dec. 17, 1926, at Swan Pond, Roane County, Tenn., and was buried there.
Perry, James F.: Born Aug. 4, 1849, in Meigs County, Tenn. His early education was limited. He was licensed to preach and admitted to Holston Conference in 1872. He served some of the best circuits and was presiding elder for four years. "He was a good preacher and pastor and a high-toned Christian gentleman." He was twice married: (1) Sept. 5, 1872, Miss Maggie Brown. They had six children. (2) Aug., 1905, Miss Callie Bishop. They had one child. He was supernumerary 1906 to 1910, but was put on the effective list in 1911. On the last Sunday in March, 1912, he preached in the morning, held a funeral service in the afternoon and led the opening prayer in the evening. At the close of the day he was in the best of spirits. At midnight he awoke in deep distress; and at two o'clock he died, April 1, 1912. He was buried in Meigs County.
Peters, Adam Clark: Born Nov. 6, 1843. Son of James and Rachel Peters, the youngest of thirteen children. Admitted to Holston Conference in 1872. His ministerial life was spent in lower East Tennessee. He had a record for building churches. He was thrice married: (1) Miss Mary Jett, in 1872. They had five children. (2) Mrs. Nina Allred, in 1880. They had six children. (3) Miss Clara Cloyd, in 1900. They had two children. He superannuated in 1907. He died May 31, 1917. He was buried at Burrville, Tenn.
Petty, John Summerfield: Born June 24, 1838, at Falmouth, Va. Son of Rev. James Spillman and Margaret Eleanor Petty. The family moved to Washington City; and he attended the public schools of that city. He became a millwright and worked at that trade until 1869. He afterwards taught school in Ohio. He enlisted as a private in the Federal Army in 1862, became First Lieutenant and served until the end of the war. He was admitted into Holston Conference in 1866 and continued in active service for forty-five years, serving as pastor and presiding elder, and as Business Manager and Assistant Editor of the Methodist Advocate Journal. He was married four times. He died at his home in Morristown, Tenn., Feb. 4, 1911. He was buried at Chattanooga, Tenn.
Phillips, Sewell: Born Aug. 20, 1830, in Haywood County, N. C. Moderate educational opportunities; but with splendid intellect. Admitted 1851. As circuit and station preacher and presiding elder he was diligent and successful. Married Miss Ada A. Gillespie of Roane County, Tenn. His wife inherited a large estate; and he managed it profitably and increased its value. But most of the latter part of his life he was supernumerary. He was esteemed for his willingness to preach even in the most obscure places. Died at his home in Roane County, Feb. 27, 1896. Buried at Eagle Furnace, Tenn.
Pickens, W. B.: Born 1845, Monroe County, Tenn. Graduated from Poughkeepsie College, New York. Admitted 1877. Married, June, 1883, Miss Lou McLeod, Ducktown, Tenn. Died at the result of falling from a tree, Nov. 30, 1883. Buried at Ducktown.
Pippin, Elisha Milburn: Born June 23, 1871, near Mendota, Va. He was the son of Rev. I. N. and Mrs. Ruth Pippin. He was educated at the University of Chattanooga. He was admitted to the Virginia Conference in 1894. He served charges in the Missouri Conference from 1899 to 1901; and transferred to Holston Conference in 1901. During the next thirty-five years he served sixteen charges in East Tennessee. He married Feb. 7, 1894, Miss Clara B. Rhodes. They had five children. He retired in 1935, and lived with his family in Knoxville. He continued to preach wherever there was need. He died at his home April 28, 1942, and was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Pippin, Isaac Newton: Born June 20, 1847, in Washington County, Va. Admitted to the Virginia Conference in 1883, and was in active service until 1905, during which time he served fifteen circuits. He was given supernumerary relation in 1905. He married, Feb. 2, 1870, Miss Ruth M. Crumley, daughter of Rev. Harmon J. Crumley. They had three children. One son, Rev. E. M. Pippin, was a member of Holston Conference. He died April 24, 1917, at his home in Abingdon, Va., and was buried in Washington County, Va.
Platt, Robert Baxter, Jr.: Born Jan. 28, 1877, at Gravella, Ala. Son of Robert Baxter, Sr., and Lucy Andrews Jones Platt. Graduated from Chattanooga High School and Emory and Henry College. Admitted in 1906, and served six stations and two districts, in all of which, save one, he remained the full legal limit of four years. "He was an interesting and informing preacher," a facile writer and a cultured gentleman. He married, Oct. 27, 1909, Miss Nette Lawson, Floyd, Va. They had two sons - twins. He was a delegate to the General Conference of 1930. He died suddenly, Aug. 11, 1936, at Radford, Va. He was buried at Emory, Va.
Pope, Thomas J.: Born June 28, 1817 Wythe County, Va. Admitted 1854. Traveled circuits in East Tennessee and North Carolina. Married, 1866, Miss Sarah Baynal, Wythe County, Va. Superannuated. Moved to Missouri in 1885. Later to Honey Grove, Texas. Died July 12, 1892, at Vernon, Texas.
Porter, James: In Holston one year, 1814.
Porter, Thomas D.: Admitted 1811. In Holston: on circuit 1817 and on Tennessee District three years, 1818-21. Located 1823.
Poythress, Francis: Born in Virginia. Converted in 1772; sought guidance of Mr. Jarrett and worked with him before the arrival of Methodist itinerants in Virginia. Was licensed to preach by quarterly conference of Brunswick circuit, in 1775; and on May 12, 1776, admitted on trial, in Baltimore. Of early preachers who labored in Holston he was the first to be admitted on trial. In Holston as presiding elder, 1798. Was presiding elder for twelve years, all told. "A man of superior ability, a devoted Christian and a preacher of power." His last years were passed in mental twilight, probably caused by arteriosclerosis. He died, in 1918, at the home of his sister, Mrs. Susannah Pryor, in Jessamine County, Ky.
Prater, John Lindsey: Born Aug. 24, 1853, in Tazewell County, Va. Son of John L. and Mallissa Prater. Graduated from Emory and Henry in 1878. He devoted his patrimony to secure an education in preparation for the ministry. From childhood he was fond of learning and of books. Admitted in 1876. He was an effective preacher for thirty-eight years and filled charges in nearly every part of the Conference. He was everywhere recognized as a scholarly preacher and was successful in his work. Although a very heavy man he often walked to his preaching places. He had very little interest in horses or cars. He was very active. He suffered a stroke of paralysis in May, 1917. He was never afterwards able to take up his work. At his own request he was superannuated at the end of the year (1917). He moved to Bristol. A second stroke came early in May, 1918; and death followed May 28. He was buried at Brisol.
Price, Richard Nye, D. D.: Born July 30, 1830, in Elk Garden, Russell County, Va. Son of John Wesley and Mary Miller Price, and grandson of Richard and Priscilla Crabtree Price. Educated at Emory and Henry College (1845-1849), B.A., M.A., and D.D. Converted at eleven at Lebanon Camp Ground, Washington County, Va. Admitted 1850 and located in 1857; but was readmitted in 1858; after which he served without interruption until 1898, when he was located at his own request. He had then been effective forty-seven years. He was readmitted in 1900. His biographer says of him: "Besides being a local preacher, he served as junior preacher, circuit rider, station pastor, presiding elder, Conference secretary, General Conference delegate, college professor, college president, editor of the Conference organ, chaplain in two wars, thirty years apart, and finally as conference Historian and author. In each of these, by all accounts, he acquitted himself with credit, the officer was equal to his office." "A preacher of ability and a man of power in the pulpit." As editor, contributor to the press and author of Holston History he was one of the most prolific writers whom Holston Conference has produced. He ranks mentally with the best men of his Church. He was probably puzzled by the fact that he did not receive greater recognition. He discussed, in his History, why certain men do not receive such recognition. He was a well-known wit; and he was equally well known as a student of the occult. It is possible that these facts may have offset his many superlative mental gifts and achievements. He lived his life from youth to extreme age without stain or reproach.
Dr. Price was a very candid and independent editorial writer. In 1898 he discussed with critical freedom the action of the Book Committee in the Publishing House Case, which was then pending. The Committee on Books and Periodicals of Holston Conference said, in its report: "The editorial management of the Midland Methodist has not been satisfactory." The report was warmly discussed, and various motions to delete the above statement were made. The report was finally adopted without change. It is supposed that this action was the occasion of Dr. Price's request for location. It would seem that the thing involved was a question as to what constitutes freedom of the press in a paper operated by a Conference. After Dr. Price's readmission to the Conference, in 1900, there was no abatement of the esteem in which he was held by the Conference. The Conference made adequate provision, so that he might devote his time to the writing of the History of Methodism in Holston Conference. Assessments were made for this purpose for fifteen years (1908-1922 inclusive), average slightly above $1,200.00 per annum. The income probably averaged around 70 per cent of the assessment.
The work done by Dr. Price in writing this History was a splendid contribution to the history of Holston Conference and of the region which it has served.
He married, May 8, 1855, Miss Anne Edgeworth Vance, of Marshall, N. C. They had ten children. One son, Rev. D. Vance Price, became a Methodist preacher. A brother of R. N. Price also became a Methodist preacher, Rev. W. H. Price. His wife died June 27, 1915.
The greater part of twenty years were spent in writing the History of Methodism in the Holston Conference; and he will probably be longest remembered for the work. It comprises five volumes and covers the entire history of Holston Methodism from 1783 to 1897. He was appointed Conference Historian in 1901 and continued in that appointment until 1921. He was thus technically effective until he was ninety-one years old. He was superannuated in 1921 and so remained until his death in 1923. Seventy-three years marked the time from his admission into the Conference until his departure. This is the longest ministerial service in the history of the Holston Conference. This period is shortened, however, to seventy years, by the three years in the local rank (1857-1858 and 1898-1900). Superannuated in 1921. He died in his own home at Morristown, Tenn., on Feb. 7, 1923; and was buried at Morristown.
Price, William Humberson: Born Nov. 26, 1837, on the Middle Fork of Holston River, Washington County, Va. Son of John Wesley and Mary Miller Price. He was a brother of Rev. Richard N. Price. Educated at Emory and Henry College, of which his father was a trustee. He studied medicine at Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia, Pa., and graduated in medicine at New Orleans School of Medicine in 1861. He served as a surgeon in the Confederate Army during the war. At the close of the war he took up the practice of medicine in Washington County, Va. Admitted 1872. With the exception of four years, from 1896 to 1900, when ill health forced him to take supernumerary relation, he was active until he was superannuated in 1904. His work, both as pastor and presiding elder, was marked by protracted revivals and church building. He had absolute faith in the Christian religion and universal love for men. Married twice: (1) Aug. 22, 1867, Miss Martha J. Crow. They had six children. (2) July 12, 1904, Miss Jennie P. Miller, Pulaski County, Va. They had one child. After twenty-two years as a superannuate he died July 24, 1926, in his home at Bristol, Va. Buried at Emory, Va.
Priddy, Thomas Morgan: Born Feb. 20, 1874, in Giles County, Va. Son of Frank N. and Melvira S. Priddy. His father was very active in the building of the Methodist Church at Narrows, Va. For several years he fought the call to preach; and promised his mother, on her deathbed, that he would enter the ministry of the Methodist Church. Educated in the local public schools and at Birmingham, Ala. Engaged in contracting business for a while. Admitted in 1901. He served on New River circuit and six stations between 1901 and 1922; and was general evangelist 1922-1930, then the Hillsville circuit for three years. Evangelism was the passion of his life; but he was a sympathetic and faithful pastor. His warm-heartedness won friends and his sincerity and affection held them. He married Miss Willie Ann Frizer, Narrows, Va. They had four daughters. Just after returning home from a revival at Elizabethton, Tenn., he became ill March 5, and died on March 18, 1932, in Martin Memorial Hospital, Mt. Airy, N. C. He was buried at Princeton, W. Va.
Proffit, George M.: Born in Yancy County, N. C. Admitted 1858. Served four years as pastor. Died June 5, 1864, at Live Oak, Fla.
Pyott, William W.: Born June, 1846, in Rhea County, Tenn. Son of Edward and Margaret McPherson Pyott. Educated in common school and in Sulpher Springs High School. Converted Feb. 6, 1865, and was appointed as a supply on Washington circuit. Admitted in 1865. From the beginning his preaching was eminently evangelistic. He rose rapidly as a preacher and man of affairs. While yet young he was appointed presiding elder and for many years was kept in that office. Both physically and mentally a very superior man. He was a leader in Holston Conference for many years. Married Feb. 2, 1872, Miss Mary Ellen Spring, a sister of Rev. James E. Spring. They had three sons. Although in failing health he steadfastly continued to work, until the end, and was serving Knoxville circuit, when death came while he was at the dinner table with his family, at Knoxville, on July 9, 1911. He was buried at Emory, Va.
Quinn, Isaac: Admitted 1806. In Holston two years: 1808, Clinch; 1816, Tazewell, Va.
Rader, John William: Born March 19, 1869, in Radford, Va. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Rader. Educated at Princeton Academy. Admitted 1893. Served country circuits, coal field missions, city and town stations. Presiding elder: Bluefield District, four years; Chattanooga District, two years. He was a successful Methodist preacher. Married Nov. 6, 1906, Miss Laurie Holloman, Knoxville, Tenn. They had one child. There was sore affliction in the family; and his stalwart form succumbed to fatal illness. He suffered much and long and was patient and kind. After two years on the Chattanooga District his health forced superannuation in 1922. He died Jan. 1, 1923, in Erlanger Hospital, Chattanooga. Buried at Emory, Va.
Ray, John: Born Jan. 27, 1768. Admitted 1790. In Holston two years, 1793-95. Located 1801. Died in 1837, Putnam County, Ind.
Reagan, Daniel B.: Born 1834. Admitted 1859. Died 1866, Merriwether County, Ga.
Reed, Jacob Franklin: Born Aug. 26, 1888, near Jonesboro, Tenn. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Reed. He was converted at eleven and licensed to preach at thirteen years of age. He received his education at Tennessee Wesleyan College. He was admitted in 1914. He chose rural rather than town or city pastorates. His outstanding work was as District Superintendent of Bristol District for six years. At Parrottsville, where he was pastor for twelve years, he spent $50,000 on church property. He married Dec. 25, 1911, Miss Georgie Peoples. They had three children. He died Aug. 6, 1942. He was buried at Mount Wesley Church, where he had begun his work as a boy preacher forty-one years before.
Reed, Patrick Henry: Born about 1829, in Hamblen County, Tenn. Both of his parents died when he was a small child and he was reared by his grandmother, Mrs. Landrum. Licensed to preach in 1851. Admitted in 1853 (South). He located in 1862 and united with Holston Conference (M. E.) in 1865. He served most faithfully until superannuation. He was twice married: (1) Miss Mary E. Chana. They had four children. (2) Miss Martha Howard. He was superannuated in 1891. He died May 6, 1904, at his home at Flat Gap, Jefferson County, Tenn. He was buried at Greeneville, Tenn.
Renfro, George W.: Born Aug. 15, 1823, in Cumberland County, Tenn. Admitted 1847. Married 1850. Superannuated 1853. Made effective 1856. Supernumerary 1857, but effective again 1858. Located 1859. Made chaplain in Confederate Army 1862 - served for two years. Readmitted 1872. Supernumerary again 1874 and still again in 1876. He never consented to get far away from the Cumberland Mountains; and in declining years situated himself at the foothills of this grand plateau. In all relations he was the same sober, sedate, prudent man. Died Oct. 14, 1889. Buried at Harriman, Tenn.
Reynolds, Frank M.: Born Oct. 22, 1875, at Andersonville, Tenn. Son of Loyd and Frances Reynolds. His father was an exhorter in the M. E. Church. He was educated in local schools of Anderson County. He taught school for several years and, in 1910, graduated from Hiwassee College. Admitted in Holston Conference, M. E. Church, in 1905; he transferred to M. E. Church, South, in 1910. Served as pastor and teacher until 1917; supernumerary one year, 1917; district evangelist 1918, 1919. Twice married: (1) Miss Arlena Wallace; they had seven children. (2) Miss Minnie Craig, in 1913; they had one child. Died April 12, 1920, in the home of his boyhood. Buried at Red Hill Baptist Church in Anderson County, Tenn.
Reynolds, John: Born June 4, 1797, in Rowan County, N. C. Admitted 1819 into South Carolina Conference. Located in 1826; readmitted in Holston Conference 1855, after which he was actively engaged in itinerant work for about twenty years. Married and had several children. Died April 11, 1876, at his home near where he had been converted sixty years before. Buried at Asheville, N. C.
Reynolds, Luther Speed: Born April 2, 1885, at Andersonville, Tenn. Son of Loyd and Fannie Keller Reynolds. Had two brothers who were members of Holston Conference, Rev. Frank M. Reynolds and Rev. Rufus G. Reynolds. Educated at Andersonville Institute, Old Tazewell College and Emory University. Admitted along with his twin brother, Rufus G., in 1911. Served five charges and in Y.M.C.A. Army service in ten years. In 1922 illness with tuberculosis made it necessary for him to superannuate. He was a young man of great charm and was deeply devoted to his work. People loved him because he loved people. Married Dec. 27, 1911, Miss Bertie May Webb, Greeneville, Tenn. They had two sons. His struggle for health was patient and heroic. During this period his home was at Newport, Tenn. He died in his home at Newport, April 6, 1928, and was buried there.
Reynolds, Rufus G.: Born April 2, 1885, at Andersonville, Tenn. Son of Loyd and Fannie Keller Reynolds. He was twin brother of Rev. Luther S. Reynolds and a brother of Rev. Frank M. Reynolds. Educated at Old Tazewell College and entered Emory University after having served a circuit four years. His health failed and he was forced to leave before the end of the year. Later, while serving Sevierville circuit, he took a course at the University of Tennessee. Admitted in 1911 along with his twin brother. He was active and successful and gave promise of large usefulness, but his health was not sufficient to support his efforts. He was forced to give up his work in 1926, but the next year was returned to Concord, where he had started, and where he had married, but at the end of two years again had to lay down his work. Again he took Philadelphia circuit for a year; and did valuable work at Hiwassee College, in charge of manual training. In 1932 he served Browder Memorial Church and was appointed to Lenoir City, where he threw all his strength into the work and appeared to be doing well, but it was the last flicker of the candle. On July 4, 1933, the end came suddenly. The heroic struggle was ended. He married, in 1918, Miss Irene Woods of Concord, Tenn. They had two daughters. He died July 4, 1933, and was buried at Concord, Tenn.
Rhoton, Josiah: Born about 1803 in North Carolina. Son of Jacob and Elizabeth Rhoton. Admitted 1822. Located 1827. Studied medicine and was a successful doctor. Continued to preach as long as he lived. Died July 10, 1860, near Morristown.
Rice, John: In Holston 1821.
Richards, Richard: Admitted 1808. Located in 1814. In Holston two years, 1810 and 1813.
Richardson, Ansel: In Holston 1820.
Richardson, Daniel: Born Sept. 11, 1832, near Jacksboro, Tenn. He was licensed to preach in 1856. Admitted in 1868. His appointment was Lebanon circuit, Russell County, Va. He was transferred to the Virginia Conference when it was organized. In 1873 he returned to Holston Conference by transfer. He served eleven circuits. Married twice: (1) May 10, 1845, Miss Martha Jane Phillips; (2) in 1890, Miss M. C. Heninger. As he neared the end of twenty-nine years of active work his health failed and he gave up his work and went to his home near Lone Mountain, Claiborne County, Tenn. He died June 30, 1897. He was buried in Claiborne County, Tenn.
Richardson, Frank: Born Feb. 14, 1831, in Jacksboro, Tenn. Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Richardson. His mother was a daughter of William McHenry and a niece of Rev. Barnabus McHenry. After finishing the courses of the common schools he entered Emory and Henry, lacking but one year of graduation there. He taught school for some time. A local preacher for seven years. Admitted in 1854. "He served the church as a minister for fifty-eight years: seven years on circuits, twenty-four on districts, seventeen on stations, one as teacher, about six as Editor of Holston Methodist." In the first part of his career he seemed to be somewhat wanting in ambition and self-confidence; but in his experience as an editor he appears to have discovered himself, and to have learned to give rein to his natural and hitherto undeveloped pugnacity. Certain it is that he was not lacking in those qualities in his later life. He became one of the most powerful debaters in Holston Conference and in the General Conference. He was married three times: (1) Miss Mary Peterson. They had two children. (2) Miss Betty Sharp. They had six children. (3) Mrs. Flora Oldis. On account of the death of his first wife, which occurred just at the time he was received into full connection, in 1856, he located so as to take care of the two small children. He remained in local ranks six years and was readmitted in 1863. In his seventy-seventh year he was appointed to Fountain City and was serving that charge when death came, April 4, 1912. Buried at LaFollette, Tenn.
Richardson, Jessee: Admitted 1788. One year in Holston, 1788-89. Died in Georgia Conference, 1837.
Roberson, J. D.: Admitted in 1875 in Holston Conference and was a member of Holston for fifteen years. Transferred to Blue Ridge Conference in 1880. Then transferred back to Holston in 1893. He served important charges and districts. He superannuated in 1916. He died Nov. 22, 1926. He was buried at Loudon, Tenn.
Robeson, John H.: Born in Buncombe County, N. C., Dec. 10, 1819. Son of Rev. Alexander Robeson, a local preacher. Admitted into North Georgia Conference 1870. Transferred to Holston in 1873. Superannuated 1876. Married a daughter of Rev. David B. Cumming. She died in 1874. He died July 18, 1885, in the home of his daughter, the wife of Rev. W. D. Akers, at Independence, Va. Buried in Buncombe County, N. C. A very gifted man, but his entry upon the ministry was at the age of forty years.
Robeson, William: Born June 28, 1822, in McMinn County, Tenn. Son of Rev. Alexander and Catherine Lynch Robeson. Had such literary training as was obtainable in the local schools of his day. He became a correct English scholar. Admitted in 1844, when Holston Conference met at Reems Creek, with Bishop Edmund Janes presiding. He was a member of Holston for fifty-nine years, thirty-five years was superannuate. Served ten circuits in sixteen years; three districts in six years; stationed one year; supernumerary one year. In the political prosecutions during the war he opposed the action against the union preachers. Married Miss Adaline Patton Easley. He died June 28, 1905. He had been as well as usual. About 1 p.m., he came into his room and complained of weariness, lay down on his bed and in a few minutes was dead. He was elected a delegate to the General Conference of 1858 and of 1862.
Robertson, Emory Bright: Born Aug. 15, 1855, in Habersham County, Ga. Admitted 1878. On account of feeble health was three times superannuated. Married Miss Georgia Bell of Dalton, Ga., in 1883. He was a good preacher, a fine pastor and was powerful in prayer. Died May 8, 1894, in Johnson City, Tenn. Buried at Dalton, Ga.
Robertson, John W.: Born Feb. 1, 1850, in Habersham County, Ga. Admitted 1873. Served fourteen charges in Holston. Went to the Northwest and served one charge at Senesee, Idaho. Married Miss Laura A. Smith, Roane County, Tenn.; two children. Long in feeble health. Superannuated in 1894. Died May 4, 1904. Buried at Jasper, Tenn.
Robertson, R. C.: Born Nov. 28, 1847. He was admitted into Holston Conference in 1879. He was a member of the Conference for thirty years. He married Nov. 6, 1822, Miss May Emert. He died Aug. 17, 1912. He was buried at Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Robinette, James Jefferson: Born Feb. 16, 1853, at Benton, Polk County, Tenn. He was the son of John and Margaret Houston Robinette. Educated in public schools and in Tennessee Wesleyan University, Athens, Tenn. He was admitted on trial in Oct., 1878. He was given supernumerary relation in 1881, to attend school. Even before this time he had advanced rapidly in the Conference. After two years each at Greeneville and Morristown he was sent, in 1886, to Chattanooga District and to Knoxville District in 1890, and in 1895 to Athens District. He served several of the most important pastorates in Holston. He transferred to Indiana Conference in 1910 and served three charges; but in 1915 he returned to Holston Conference and continued in the pastorate until 1923, but supplied at Harriman in 1924. "He possessed splendid pulpit ability. His preaching was fearless, yet tender; searching, yet inspiring; deep, yet plain and practical." He was a princely soul. Twice elected to the General Conference, in 1904 and 1908, he became well known throughout the connection. He was married to Miss Annie Cook, Oct. 23, 1883. She, like her husband, was educated at Tennessee Wesleyan. They had three children of whom two died in infancy. She blessed her home and inspired the churches served by her husband. She was a great sufferer, but bore her suffering without complaint. He superannuated in 1923, but served as a supply in 1924. He died Dec. 7, 1926, at his home in Knoxville and was buried at Knoxville.
Rogers, William Hurd: Born March 22, 1818, in White County, Tenn. Son of Rev. Daswell Rogers. Admitted in 1832, when nineteen years old. He served in itinerant work fifty-nine years. He had the advantage of a school for only three months, but was a diligent student and constant reader, so that he became well informed. He served many charges and was Financial Agent for three or four colleges and was Sunday School Agent for some time. In 1848 he was Chaplain of the Fifth Regiment of Tennessee Volunteers in the War with Mexico. He was a charter member of Holston Conference (M.E.) when it was organized in 1865. He was elected a delegate to the General Conference of the M. E. Church, South, in 1850. He was twice married: (1) Miss Mary A. Douthit, Monroe County, Tenn., Aug. 17, 1850. They had three children. (2) Miss Martha E. Luttrell, Knox, County, Tenn., Aug. 16, 1862. They had eight children. He died March 17, 1891. He was buried at Cleveland, Tenn.
Romans, John M.: Born July 10, 1838, in Smythe County, Va. Served as a supply for several years. Admitted 1889. A fervent evangelist. Married Oct. 15, 1857, Miss Mary A. Roark. They had eight sons and three daughters. Died April 9, 1927. Buried at Marion, Va.
Ronninger, Lewis A.: Born April 17, 1847. He was admitted to the Blue Ridge Atlantic Conference in 1886. He transferred to Holston Conference in 1903 and served four charges. He superannuated in 1917. He married Dec. 23, 1865, Miss Drusilla Taylor. They had ten children. She died four weeks before her husband. He died Dec. 12, 1928, at Cleveland, Tenn. He was buried at Red Hill, Tenn.
Rose, Albert M.: Born Oct. 7, 1857, in Sevier County, Tenn. He was admitted in 1896 and was in active work for thirty years, which were spent in the rural sections where the pay was so small that it is difficult to see how he cared for his large family. He was married thrice: (1) Miss Margaret McPherson. They had four children. (2) Miss Emma Edgeworth. They had six children. (3) Miss Ida Jane Grubb. They had four children. He was a fine pastor and was powerful in prayer. Died May 8, 1894, in Johnson City, Tenn. Buried at Dalton, Ga.
Rowe, J. Fred: Born Feb. 10, 1878, in Unicoi County, Tenn. He was educated at Washington and Tusculum Colleges, at the University of Chattanooga and at Drew Seminary. He was admitted to Holston Conference in 1913. He served eight charges and one district. He married Sept. 17, 1920, Miss Myrtle Ernest. They had three children. He retired in 1940. He died May 2, 1942, at Telford, Tenn. He was buried at Mount Wesley Cemetery, one half mile from his boyhood home, Washington County, Tenn.
Rowe, Nathaniel K.: Born May 3, 1868, in Unicoi County, Tenn. Son of L. D. and Rachel Rowe. He graduated form Lexington University. He was a teacher for fifteen years. He was admitted in 1911. He served seven charges all of which he served with success. The last four years of his ministry were greatly hindered by illness. He was sometimes unable to stand in the pulpit. He was twice married: (1) Miss Delia Price. They had three children. (2) Miss Mary McLaughlin. They had three children. On account of ill health he was forced to rest and took supernumerary relation in 1924. He died April 30, 1925, at his home in Chuckey, Tenn. He was buried in Unicoi County, Tenn.
Rowe, Thomas Dawson: Born Sept. 11, 1876, near Bakersville, N. C. The family moved to Milligan, Tenn. He graduated from Milligan College at eighteen. For about three years he taught school and preached as a local preacher. He was admitted to the Blue Ridge Conference in 1898. Later he came to Holston Conference. He graduated from the School of Theology at U. S. Grant University, serving as pastor while attending the University. He served as a pastor and was in his second year as Conference evangelist when he broke down. He married, April 23, 1898, Miss Jane Young of Mitchell County, N. C. They had five children. He died Feb., 1910, at the home of Rev. W. L. Oliver in Knoxville. He was buried at Roan Mountain, Tenn.
Ruble, James Arthur: Born Nov. 8, 1844, in Bradley County, Tenn. He was the son of Ephraim and Malinda Orr Ruble, both of whom died when he was very young. Was reared in the home of his uncle James A. Ruble, who lived near Campbell's Station, Knox County, Tenn., and who gave him every care which a father could have given. He became a Christian in his youth. He entered the Union Army, enlisting as a private. He was promoted to the chaplaincy and served until the end of the war. He was admitted to Holston Conference in 1866. He was one of the most successful pastor-evangelists that Holston Conference had produced. He was especially popular for weddings, funerals, dedications and Grand Army Convocations. He served many important charges and was presiding elder for four or five terms. In 1903 he was appointed Chaplain of the Mountain Branch of the National Soldier's Home and continued in that position until 1916. He began preaching at seventeen or eighteen years of age. He married Nov. 14, 1866, Miss Anna Eliza Parham in Knoxville in a double wedding when her sister, Mary Parham, was married to Rev. J. R. Russell, Rev. Thomas H. Pearne performing the ceremony. There were nine children. Miss Ruble died Jan. 14, 1900. He was twice elected to the General Conference. He spent the evening of his life in service to his old comrades in arms as Chaplain of the Mountain Branch of the Soldier's Home at Johnson City, from 1903 to 1916. He died Oct. 29, 1916. He was buried at Maryville, Tenn.
Rudder, Samuel: In Holston one year, 1794-95.
Rule, Matthew Andrew: Born April 4, 1844, in Knox County, Tenn. He was admitted in 1875 and served continuously for twenty-eight years as pastor and presiding elder. He was supernumerary 1903 to 1911. He was twice married: (1) Oct. 7, 1866, to Miss Hettie M. Trotter. They had nine children. She died March 12, 1904. (2) Miss Alethia Raney, May 20, 1909. He superannuated in 1911. He died in 1912. He was buried at Beaver Ridge, Tenn.
Rumburg, John Kirk: Born Aug. 14, 1853. Admitted to the Virginia Conference in 1878. He served successfully as pastor and district superintendent in Virginia. He was transferred to Holston in 1906 and was effective until 1915. He was twice married: (1) Miss Margaret L. E. Graham. They had eight children. (2) Miss Ella Perdue, in 1906. They had nine children. He was superannuated in 1915. He died Jan. 8, 1927. He was buried at Simpsons, Va.
Runyon, John C.: Born July 1, 1845, in Meigs County, Tenn. Admitted 1871. Was on effective list until 1907, except two years supernumerary (1885-87) and one year colporteur. Served circuits in middle section of East Tennessee. "True to his God, to his church, to his family and to his Conference." Married Cordelia L. Roberts, May 25, 1876. Superannuated 1907. Died May 2, 1908. Buried at Pleasant Grove.
Russell, Thomas B.: Born Nov. 22, 1854, at Greeneville, Tenn. Admitted in 1875. He was a member of the Conference for thirty-seven years, and served some of the best charges in the Conference, was a presiding elder and was for eleven years secretary of the Conference. He was married and there were ten children. In the summer of 1912 he was very ill and was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, but failed to get permanent relief. He died Oct. 11, 1912, in the parsonage at Morristown. He was buried at Johnson City, Tenn.
Russell, Thomas Humes: Born 1834 in Jefferson County, Tenn. Son of John and Nancy Ellis Russell. "He was a man of good education, a classical scholar. An original, independent, honest spirit. At his prime he was probably the most effective preacher in the Conference. As a debater he had few equals." He was twice married: (1) Miss Evaline E. Williamson of Virginia, in 1857. They had five children. She died in 1874. (2) Miss McCampbell. Admitted in 1859. He filled many of the most important appointments in Holston Conference and was for four years a presiding elder. He was superannuated in 1893. He died April 10, 1902, at Glen Mary, Tenn. He was buried at Sunbright, Tenn.
Sadler, C. N.: Born Aug. 8, 1860, at Lafayette, Tenn. Admitted to the Central Tennessee Conference in 1895. He served there for sixteen years. He was a student at Grant University 1905 to 1907. He transferred to Holston Conference in 1909 and was in active work until 1920. He married March 17, 1878, Miss Adaline Tennessee Smith, Warren County, Tenn. They had five children. She died Sept. 22, 1926. He superannuated in 1920. He died June 1, 1931. He was buried in Chattanooga.
Sadler, Jasper Newton: Born Jan. 3, 1879, near Red Boiling Springs, Macon County, Tenn. He completed high school at eighteen and taught in public schools for six years. He studied one year in Grant University. Admitted in 1913 and was in active work nine years. The charges which he served paid small salaries and he taught in the public schools so as to support his family. He married Sept. 29, 1899, Miss Daisy T. Turner. They had four children. He superannuated in 1920. He died Oct. 22, 1922, in the Physician's and Surgeon's Hospital, Chattanooga, Tenn. He was buried in Chattanooga.
Sale, John: Admitted 1795. In Holston 1795-96 and 1799-1800. Transferred to Kentucky, where he filled some of the most important stations in Ohio and Kentucky. Died Jan. 15, 1827, at the home of a friend, Mr. French, on Piqua Circuit, Ky.
Sanders, Francis Preston: Born April 24, 1874, in Campbell County, Tenn. Son of Abraham and Mary Cox Sanders. Educated at Murphy College and University of Chattanooga. Converted at eleven, he was admitted into Central Tennessee Conference in 1903. In 1904 transferred to South Illinois Conference, returning to Central Tennessee in 1905 and in 1907 to Holston, where he served six circuits and was, for one year, conference evangelist. He loved the country and delighted in circuit work. He married Jan. 14, 1897, Miss Sallie Parrott. They had nine children. His diary records the conversion of more than 3,000 souls. He retired in 1933. He died Dec. 8, 1939, and was buried at Union Grove, Tenn.
Sanders, John: Born April 22, 1867, in Union County, Tenn. He studied in Murphy College. Admitted 1901. He served ten charges. He was a successful pastor and revivalist. The last few years of his life he was not strong. He was elected trustee of Blount County in 1923 but was not able to enter upon the office. He married Jan. 20, 1886, Miss Louise Jones. He was given supernumerary relation in 1924. He died Dec. 17, 1924, at Maryville and was buried there.
Scarboro, P. H.: Born April 12, 1870, in Anderson County, Tenn. Had two years in theology at U. S. Grant University. Licensed to preach in 1897 and served two years as a supply. Admitted 1899. Had two years as pastor followed by two years in the University. Married July 28, 1892. Ill health forced him to give up his work in June, 1902, and he died Oct. 31, 1902, at Avondale, Tenn. He was buried at Concord, Tenn.
Schuler, Thomas Clingman: Born Aug. 1, 1858, at Bryson City, N. C. He was educated in public schools and at Waynesville Academy. He had a thirst for knowledge which was pursued to the end of his life. Admitted in 1883. He served twelve charges, ten of which were stations. He served four districts and was Editor of the Midland Methodist from 1907 until 1911. His diligence in study made him an acceptable preacher, not only in the charges where he served but in any place. He was a thoughtful, earnest, forceful preacher. The charges he served always made good progress. He was a most agreeable companion and a good story-teller. Married Oct. 26, 1887, Miss Lula Payne, Rossville, Ga. They had two daughters; the younger, Elizabeth, married Rev. A. K. Pevoto, a Baptist preacher. After unbroken service of forty-seven years he was superannuated in 1930. While serving Elk Creek circuit he was seriously ill for many months with rheumatism and carried the marks of arthritis in his body to his grave. It is probable that swift close of his last days was caused by the impairment of that illness. At the age of 72 a cold developed into pneumonia and the end came quickly. He died Sunday, Jan. 3, 1931, in his home at Princeton, W. Va. He was buried at Emory, Va. He was a member of the General Conference of 1910.
Scott, Robert Asbury: Born March 22, 1842. Son of Gilbert and Mary Scott, Loudon County, Va. He was admitted into the Virginia Conference in 1870. Served many important charges in that Conference and served as presiding elder. When Southwest Virginia was attached to Holston Conference his membership was with Holston, in which he served only two charges. "He was a good preacher." He was twice married: (1) Miss Matt H. Walters, Fairfax County, Va. They had one daughter. (2) Miss Lucy J. Goodwin, Salem, Va. He superannuated in 1908, but continued to preach as strength would permit. He retired at night after a Sabbath of worship and a quiet evening with his family. At nine o'clock he passed suddenly away. He died May 9, 1914. He was buried at Roanoke, Va.
Scott, Samuel B.: Born Nov. 3, 1829, in Western New York. Admitted into Holston Conference (M. E.) in 1877 and was an active preacher for fifteen years. He died at Oliver Springs, Tenn., Jan. 6, 1896, and was buried there.
Seaton, James B.: Born Dec. 28, 1831, at Sevierville, Tenn. He was a lieutenant in the Federal Army. He was licensed to preach in 1866. Admitted in 1867. In a ministry of about thirty years he built five or more churches. He married Miss Sallie M. Andes in 1852. He superannuated in 1902, being afflicted with cancer. He died April 8, 1905, at his home in Blount County, Tenn., and was buried there.
Seaton, John: In Holston one year, 1815.
Seaton, Moses: Born about 1829 on Horse Creek, Greene County, Tenn. Admitted to Holston conference (S.) in 1857. Located in 1860. Admitted to Holston conference (M.E.) 1869. Served ten charges and was two years supernumerary. He married Aug. 13, 1861, Mary A. Stanfield, Bradley County, Tenn. They had six children. He died at Mountain City, Tenn., April 17, 1889. He was buried at Cedar Grove, Greene County, Tenn.
Sellers, Samuel: Admitted 1805. In Holston 1811. Spent several years in Mississippi and Louisiana.
Sevier, Elbert Franklin: Born 1797, on Nolichucky River, nine miles south of Jonesboro, Tenn. Son of Major James and Nancy Conway Sevier. His father was the second son of Governor John Sevier and Sarah Hawkins Sevier. Educated at Washington College and afterward studied law. But when the call came he turned his back on the attractions of that profession and entered the Methodist ministry. Admitted in 1823, he was a charter member of Holston Conference at its organization in 1824. His first circuit was Abingdon; four years later, immediately upon his ordination as elder, he was appointed presiding elder of Abingdon District. Five years on circuits, two on stations (Knoxville and Chattanooga), sixteen years presiding elder and two years Agent of Emory and Henry College. Two years left without appointment on account of ill health. Located 1831. Readmitted 1839. He was immediately elected to the General Conference. Married Miss Matilda Powell, daughter of Edward and Mary Powell, Montevallo, Ala. She died Sept. 3, 1854, at Knoxville, during an epidemic of cholera. Later married Miss Eliza James, daughter of Rev. Jessee F. James. She died June 2, 1862. Mr. Sevier died Oct. 18, 1862, at Chattanooga. He was esteemed and loved as a man and honored as a preacher of the very first rank. Delegate to General Conference 1828, 1840, 1844, Louisville Convention 1845, 1846 and 1858. He was ten years Secretary of Holston Conference.
Sewell, John: Admitted 1791. In Holston one year. Son of Col. Benjamin Sewell. Accompanied Asbury to Kentucky in 1790. Located 1794. Died 1805.
Sharp, Walter A.: Born Feb. 20, 1888, near Dahlgreen, Ill. He was admitted to Southern Illinois Conference in 1910; and transferred to the Central Tennessee Conference in 1926; and was transferred to Holston Conference in 1931. He married Ruth Green in 1909. They had seven children. He died June 26, 1935, in the hospital at Lafollette, Tenn. He was buried at Dahlgreen, Ill.
Shaw, Hezekiah: In Holston one year, 1807.
Shines, Daniel: In Holston one year, 1790-91.
Shuler, J. A. H.: Born May 30, 1859, in Grayson County, Va. Son of Rev. Phillip Lafton Shuler and brother of Rev. J. W. W. Shuler. He probably had only public school training in youth, but he managed to acquire, by diligent study, an education which should compare favorably with other cultured preachers. He was a man in understanding and a child in the simplicity of his feelings. He was admitted into Holston Conference in 1886. He was in active work for forty-seven years during which he served fifteen charges. He was a preacher of exceptional ability. He delighted in preaching the great doctrines; and at times rose to heights of real eloquence. He was also a diligent and sympathetic pastor. He was twice married: (1) Miss Amanda Harrington, Grayson County, Va. They had five children. (2) Miss Blanche Gibson, East Radford, Va. They had one daughter. He was a Christian gentleman in his home and his children exemplify the devotion of their father's life. His health having failed after he passed threescore and ten, he asked for the superannuate relation in 1933. He died Jan. 26, 1935, in his home at Bristol, Tenn. He was buried at Emory, Va.
Simmons, Elisha: In Holston 1819.
Simmons, John: In Holston one year, 1793.
Simpson, George W.: Born April 2, 1846, near Jonesboro, Tenn. Son of J. R. and Adaline Bayless Simpson and brother of Rev. John B. Simpson. Served as supply two years. Admitted 1870 and continued in active service until 1892, when he was located at his own request. Readmitted in 1903, but on account of ill health was made supernumerary in 1904. He sustained this relation to the end of his life. He was never married although he more than once seemed on the verge of doing so. He became a man of considerable wealth and bequeathed a considerable sum to Hiwassee College. Died at the age of eighty-five, at Johnson City, July 30, 1931. Buried at Johnson City.
Simpson, John Bayless: Born Jan. 1, 1859, near Jonesboro, Tenn. Son of John R. and Adaline Simpson and brother of Rev. George W. Simpson. Admitted in 1885. He had forty-seven years of unbroken service in Holston Conference on twenty-four charges. "He was a hard worker, a brave man and a loyal itinerant." Married Jan. 15, 1891, Miss Nannie Bailey, Bluefield, W. Va. They had two daughters. For a number of years he had been ill, but refused to consent to superannuation. He died April 21, 1933, in the Bluefield Sanitarium. Buried in Bluefield, W. Va.
Smith, David Russell: Born May 1, 1835, at Taylorsville (Mountain City), Tenn. Reared in Lee County, Va. Admitted 1868. Located 1885, readmitted 1886 and made supernumerary. Married Miss Sophia Wolfe 1854. Died Jan. 9, 1888. Buried at Rogersville, Tenn.
Smith, Henry: Born April 23, 1769, in Frederick County, Md. Admitted in 1794. In Holston two years, 1798-99 and 1802-3. Traveled about ten years in Kentucky and Ohio. An eminent example of meekness and patience.
Smith, Jacob: Born Oct. 20, 1835, in Wythe County, Va. Common school education. Converted and joined the church at Mt. Pleasant, Wytheville circuit, Feb. 16, 1851, under the ministry of Wiley B. Winton. Licensed to preach at Kimberlin Camp Ground, Bland County, Va., in 1857. Admitted Oct. 21, 1861. Cruelly mobbed and beaten, on Sunday, April 24, 1869, in Blount County, Tenn. He received injury from which he never fully recovered. In 1874 he was appointed book agent of Holston Conference and was occupied with that work until 1891, when he was superannuated. He held this place on the honor roll to the end of his days. A faithful and devout man, he bore his affliction without rancour or complaint. He died in his eighty-sixth year in 1921 and was buried at Wytheville, Va.
Smith, James T.: Born Aug. 22, 1819, on Saluda River, S. C. When he was three his family moved to Tennessee, and settled on a farm six miles east of Athens. Married Miss Nancy Wilson, McMinn County, Tenn., on Dec. 29, 1844. In less than two years she died. Admitted 1847. Located 1865. Married in 1853 Miss Alzenia E. Smith, who died in 1855. Married Nov. 4, 1857, Elizabeth Jane Morrison. Industrious, frugal, faithful, devoted, he did the whole work of a Methodist preacher. Died June, 1887, at Fair View. Buried at Asheville, N. C.
Smith, John Wesley: Born Sept. 24, 1847, in Washington, Rhea County, Tenn. He was the son of Nathaniel Henry and Elizabeth Willett Smith. He was educated at Mars Hill Academy, as was James I. Cash, who was born in the same month in a near-by community of Rhea County. He had one year in college. He was admitted on trial in Holston Conference in 1872. With the exception of one year at Newborn, Va. (1874-75), he spent the first ten years in the vicinity of Chattanooga, three years (1876-79) at Whiteside Street. Yellow fever raged in Chattanooga in 1878. He was presented with a watch bearing this inscription: "Presented to Rev. J. W. Smith by his friends in Chattanooga, Tenn., for his fidelity to duty during the Yellow Fever Epidemic, 1878." He later served in Chattanooga, Market Street, Hill City, Ridgedale, Highland Park, St. Elmo and Rossville. He served, also, in Virginia, Tazewell, Wytheville, Radford, Graham and Gate City. He was pastor thirty years, presiding elder two years, Assistant Editor one year, colporteur two years, supernumerary seven years, superannuate two years. A most diligent pastor, often visiting in the early morning and visiting all the families in his parish. The degree of Doctor of Divinity was conferred upon him by the American Temperance University, Harriman, Tenn. He married Oct. 2, 1883, Miss Lucy Jordan, Pulaski County, Va. They had one son. Superannuated 1916. He died March 20, 1918, at Knoxville, Tenn. He was buried at Pulaski, Va.
Smith, Josiah R.: Admitted 1822. In Holston 1822
Smith, Robert E.: Born Feb. 23, 1846, near Blountville, Tenn. Admitted 1870, "and for well nigh forty years was a faithful, earnest and efficient preacher of the Gospel." Married June 27, 1876, Miss Bagely, Lee County, Va. They had three children. Superannuated 1908. Died March 30, 1910, at Chattanooga and was buried there.
Smith, T.: In Holston 1822.
Smith, W. W.: Born Feb. 11, 1814, in Washington County, Tenn. Admitted 1851. A faithful and successful pastor for twelve years. Died Sept. 21, 1863, at Sulphur Springs, N. C.
Smith, William D.: Born Jan. 28, 1832, in Floyd County, Va. Licensed to preach in 1885 and ordained deacon by Bishop Early in 1862. In Feb., 1865, he withdrew from the M. E., South, and united with the M. E. Church, and was employed to travel the Benton circuit. He went to Georgia after the war and joined the Georgia Conference. He transferred to Holston Conference in 1871 and was effective until 1875, when he became supernumerary and so remained until 1884, when he again was put on the effective list. He did hard work on obscure charges. He was married and had children. He died July 4, 1891, at his home in Bradley County and was buried at Sugar Creek, Bradley County, Tenn.
Smyth, Tobias F.: Born in Illinois Nov. 30, 1837. Son of William A. and Mary Ann Smyth and grandson of Tobias Smyth, one of the founders of Emory and Henry College. His father having died when he was sixteen, he came to Emory, Va., to live with his grandfather and to be educated at Emory and Henry. He was in his senior year there when the war began. He volunteered and did service as a chaplain for part of the time. Emory and Henry honored him with a diploma. Admitted in 1862. Became supernumerary because of ill health in 1878. Effective in 1881 to 1883. Supernumerary 1883 to 1888. Superannuated 1890. A learned and cultured man, he was honored for his ministry and for his meek and gracious spirit. Married Miss Orrie T. Brown of Wythe County, Va., Sept. 22, 1868. Died Jan. 31, 1893, at Sweetwater, Tenn. Buried at Emory, Va.
Snavely, A. Y.: Born July 5, 1846. He was a local preacher for many years. Admitted into Holston Conference in 1889. "He rode the mountainous circuits of the Clinton District for many years." He married Feb. 21, 1867, Miss Angeline Clarkson. They had five children. He superannuated in 1908. He died Nov. 8, 1911. He was buried at Well Springs, Tenn.
Snider, William Robert: Born April 21, 1849, in Tuckaleechee Cove, Blount County, Tenn. Son of George H. and Susannah Handley Snider. Admitted 1883. In forty-five years he served thirteen circuits and eleven stations. He was well endowed. A body finely proportioned and handsome, a quick mind and retentive memory, with favorable educational training he should have been a man of first rank. He was twice married: (1) Miss Jennie Tipton of Blount County, Tenn., Dec. 28, 1868. They had eleven children. She died Nov. 15, 1922. (2) Mrs. Phoebe Dolan, Spring City, Tenn. He superannuated in 1928 and retired to his home in East Lake, Chattanooga. His last illness was of short duration. He died Oct. 29, 1933. Buried at Lenoir City, Tenn.
Sorrell, William Leonidas: Born Sept. 16, 1868, near Del Rio, Cocke County, Tenn. Admitted in 1892. Served 13 charges in 19 years. Unselfish, devoted, faithful, humble. He was thoroughly consecrated to the work of the ministry. Married Nov. 7, 1899, Miss Lillian Wade, Clinton, Tenn. Died Sept. 1, 1915, in the parsonage of Epworth Church, Knoxville, where he was pastor at the time of his death. Buried at Clinton, Tenn.
Speer, James G. H.: Admitted 1821. Well educated and gave good promise. His health failed in 1825 and he located. Married 1833, Miss Mary O'Brien, Kingsport, Tenn. Died 1833.
Spence, John Fletcher: Born Feb. 3, 1828, in Greenville, Ohio. Educated at Ohio Wesleyan University. Admitted in the Cincinnati Conference in 1853. He served as chaplain in the Federal Army, 1862 to 1865. At the close of the war he came to Knoxville. He was transferred to Holston Conference at its organization in 1865. He was engaged in educational work most of the time after coming to Tennessee, the only exception being a term as presiding elder of Knoxville District, 1869 to 1872. He founded and was President of the American Temperance University, Harriman, Tenn., for some years. He married Miss Elizabeth Elliott Carey, Jacksboro, Tenn., in Aug., 1865. She died May 17, 1901. There were three sons and one daughter. He died Jan. 24, 1912, at Orlando, Fla. He was buried at Knoxville.
Standefer, Rufus Madison: Born in Bledsoe County, Tenn. Son of James Standefer and grandson of Gen. James Standefer, one of the first settlers in Sequatchie Valley. Rufus was left an orphan; at seventeen he agreed with a farmer to live as one of his family until he was twenty-one, when he was to have a small stipulated sum. Licensed to preach in 1874. Admitted in 1875. After two years he entered Vanderbilt University and took a two-year course in theology and an additional year of study. In 1880 he transferred to the North Mississippi Conference. In a scourge of yellow fever at Oxford he remained at his post and ministered to the suffering. He was appointed Mayor pro tem of the city. He took yellow fever, but recovered. Becoming indebted, at this time he retired from the ministry for the purpose of paying his debts. This was a sore trial. Readmitted into Holston Conference in 1908, he was quickly restored to high rank as a minister. He was a good pastor and wielded a strong influence among men. "He was a man's preacher" was said of him by Bishop E. E. Hoss. Fifty-one years after he entered the itinerancy he was still doing useful service, but in his fourth year at Clinton, Tenn., in 1924, he became extremely feeble, but he was returned for the fifth year. He died at Clinton in 1926 and was buried there.
Steele, Charles Emmett: Born May 3, 1864, in Scott County, Va. He was the son of Rev. Reuben and Elizabeth Forkner Steele. His father was a notable local preacher, and was a member of Holston Conference for a short period. Both parents died when he was twelve and he grew up in the home of an elder brother. He studied in Hiwassee College and Emory and Henry College. Admitted in 1903. In a ministry of thirty-nine years he served only nine charges, an average of more than four years. He served Elk Garden twelve years. He was the very embodiment of a Methodist circuit rider of the highest type. "A preacher of a pure gospel. He excelled as a pastor. He knew the art of holding a revival; nor did he fail to make provision for such in any year of his ministry." He married Sept. 4, 1889, Miss Ida Mooney, Bull's Gap, Tenn. They had two children. He died May 1, 1932, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Dr. T. G. Smith, Elk Garden, Va. He was buried at Bull's Gap, Tenn., on May 3, 1932, the sixty-ninth anniversary of his birth.
Steir, Frederick: Admitted 1802. In Holston three years as presiding elder Holston District, 1909, 1910, 1911. Prominent in Baltimore Conference.
Stephenson, J. H.: Admitted into Troy Conference. He was transferred to Holston Conference in 1916 and appointed to Vanderbilt University and continued there until his death. He died in 1919 and was buried in Nashville, Tenn.
Stevens, Rufus M.: Born May 18, 1808, Washington County, Va. When a small child his parents removed to Rhea County, Tenn., where they lived near the Cherokees. There were no schools and the boy had the most meager opportunities for an education. The story of his conversion as told by Dr. R. N. Price is a classic of Christian experience. Admitted in 1834. A preacher of notable power and eloquence for thirty years. The shadow of the war between the states fell upon his life. He died Feb. 29, 1864, in a federal prison in Cincinnati. His death was tranquil and triumphant. He was buried in Linden Grove Cemetery, Covington, Ky.
Stewart, Absalom Deakins: Born Jan. 7, 1833, near Dunlap, Marion County, Tenn. Son of George and Martha Deakins Stewart. Educated at Emory and Henry College. Admitted 1858, and was an effective member for forty-one years. Serving a charge at Chattanooga, just after the war between the states, he secured the lot on which Market Street Church was built. "A man of strong convictions and the highest type of Christian character." Married Feb. 8, 1866, Mrs. Jennie McCullough. They had seven children. A son, Rev. R. A. Stewart, is a useful preacher in Texas. Superannuated 1899 and held that relation twenty-four years. Died Aug., 1923, at home of his daughter, Mrs. L. N. Spears, Chattanooga. Buried at Dunlap, Tenn.
Stewart, George: Born May 15, 1821, in Tyrone County, Ireland. His parents immigrated to America when he was an infant and located in Giles County, Va. Licensed to preach Jan. 23, 1847. Served as junior supply 1849-50-51. Under his preaching that year were many seals to his ministry, among them William E. Munsey. Admitted 1851. In 1853 his health failed and he asked for discontinuance, in despair of doing further work. Health restored he was received again in 1855. The next ten years were spent on circuits in Southwest Virginia. Supernumerary 1865. Presiding elder of Knoxville District 1866. Then followed districts and stations in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Married Mary Johnston of Giles County, Va., Sept. 4, 1844. His last work was on Pulaski station, 1888-90. Superannuated 1890. "In his career as a preacher he served the Church and country in the relations of local preacher, circuit preacher, station preacher, presiding elder; and he was popular and useful in all these relations." He died, at his residence in Dublin, Va., Nov. 27, 1891. Buried in Wythe County, Va. His daughter, Miss Mary Ann Elizabeth Stewart, married Rev. J. L. M. French, an honored minister of Holston Conference. Their son, Rev. Stewart French, is now, 1943, one of the most beloved members of Holston Conference.
Still, Abraham: Born Aug. 25, 1796, in Buncombe County, N. C. Admitted 1818. In Holston 1819 to 1825, when he located. Readmitted 1833. Married Mary Poague Moore, Tazewell County, Va. Transferred to Missouri in 1836. Served charges until 1844. Died Dec. 31, 1867. His son, Andrew Taylor Still, Kirksville, Mo., was the founder of the first School of Osteopathy.
Still, Elijah: Born Sept. 4, 1805, in White County, Tenn. Admitted 1831. He located in 1838, after serving a number of circuits and serving as a missionary among the Cherokee Indians. He continued as a local preacher until the organization of Holston Conference in 1865; and was readmitted, after which he served five circuits with great success, especially in revivals and church building. His memoir refers to his family but gives no data on that point. He died at his residence in Bradley County, Tenn., on April 12, 1875, and was buried at Red Hill, Bradley County.
Stone, Ausker Meek: Born Dec. 13, 1878, near Marion, Va. He was one of a family of nineteen children. He was for a time a student at Emory and Henry College. Engaged for some years in milling and electrical business, and later, was a traveling salesman. He was converted and united with Mt. Carmel Church in childhood. In his forty-third year (1921) he gave himself anew to God and felt anew the call to preach, and was licensed to preach. He was immediately given work as a supply. Admitted in 1923, he served five charges. He was a builder of churches. Ardent in temperament, he won friends readily and had a genius for leadership. Although beginning to preach late, he was an acceptable preacher and his work was successful. He married Oct. 19, 1898, Miss Octavia Etter, Rural Retreat, Va. Shortly after Conference in 1934 he underwent a serious surgical operation in a hospital in Norton, Va., where he was entering upon his third year as pastor. He died suddenly in the parsonage on Nov. 30, 1934. He was buried at Mt. Carmel, Smythe County, Va.
Stout, George M.: Born July 10, 1858. Admitted 1892 and was active for ten years, serving five circuits. He was a peacemaker and was possessed of remarkable enthusiasm and magnetism. He was married. He was superannuated in 1903. He died Oct. 12, 1905. He was buried at Andersonville, Tenn.
Strader, Tyler D.: Born March 10, 1866, in Giles County, Va. He was the son of Josiah and Barbara Caroline Strader. He was licensed to preach at Wabash Camp Ground. Admitted in 1890. He was active for thirty-two years, during which he built thirty-three churches. He helped to saw the lumber and to build many of these churches. He married Oct. 19, 1893, Miss Minnie Florence Sult. They had three children. He became superannuate in 1922. He died Jan. 26, 1942, at Radford, Va., and was buried there.
Stradley, Charles Lee: Born Oct. 20, 1867, at Hiwassee College. Son of Rev. John R. and Mrs. Harriet Stradley. Educated at Hiwassee College. Admitted in 1877. He served fifteen charges in forty-five years. He was especially successful with young people. He was twice married: (1) Dec. 2, 1891, Miss Margaret Jones, Clintwood, Va. They had seven children. Two sons, Rev. John Stradley of the Florida Conference and Rev. Paul G. Stradley of Houston, have followed their father in the Methodist itineracy. Mrs. Stradley died Aug. 26, 1927. (2) Sept. 24, 1928, Miss Rosa Bruce, Big Stone Gap, Va. He superannuated in 1932. He died June 3, 1933, at the home of his son, Rev. Paul G. Stradley, at Clinchport, Va., and buried at Emory, Va.
Stradley, John Ryland: Born June 15, 1825, at No. 37, Ironmonger Street, London, England. Brought by his parents to America when he was three. His father was a Baptist minister. Studied medicine and began to practice in Burnsville, N. C. Married Nov. 16, 1872, Miss Harriet Newell Wilson. They had eight children, two of whom became Methodist preachers: W. Bascom and Charles L. Admitted 1856. Located 1861, but afterward returned to the Conference. He was made a Captain in the Confederate Army, performing the duties of a surgeon part of the time. After the war he took work for some time, but was supernumerary for many years. His first wife died Dec. 3, 1883. He later married Miss Harriet Porter, Asheville, N. C. Died Jan. 15, 1905, at his home in Monroe County, Tenn. Buried at Hiwassee College, Tenn.
Straley, James O.: Born March 22, 1864, in Carter County, Ky. Having no home in childhood, from his sixth year, found little opportunity to be in school. Encouraged by a sympathetic Christian woman he managed to spend a year or two as a student at Emory and Henry. Later in life he showed his gratitude for this privilege by conspicuous service to the College as agent and trustee. Admitted in 1884. He rose steadily from his first charge until he was presiding elder of Wytheville District and later of Tazewell District. In the wanderings of his early days he spent a night in a Christian home, in which a godly widowed mother gathered her children for family prayer. That night she prayed fervently for the little stranger within her gates. The influence of that night never faded from his memory; and long afterward, when he gave his heart to God, he searched out his friend and put himself at her service. He had an incisive, though untrained mind, unhampered by the inhibitions which training sometimes imposes. He did a tremendous amount of work of various kinds. He was highly esteemed for his straightforward integrity and for his unresting energy as well as for fervent piety and devotion of his life. Married Lula M. Anderson, Bristol, Va., Oct. 2, 1890. They had five children. Died unexpectedly Nov. 6, 1912, at Tazewell, Va. Buried at Emory, Va.
Strange, Joseph S.: Born Dec. 8, 1859, in Jefferson County, Tenn. He was admitted to Holston Conference in 1891. He professed sanctification in 1896. He served eighteen charges in thirty years of his effective conference relation. His wife survived him. They had four children. He superannuated in 1921. He died Aug. 14, 1934, at his home in Fountain City, Tenn. He was buried in Chattanooga.
Strange, Obadiah: In Holston one year, 1796-97.
Stribling, William: In Holston one year, 1813.
Stringfield, James King: Born March 27, 1839, Nashville, Tenn. Son of Rev. Thomas Stringfield and Sarah Williams Stringfield. Educated at Strawberry Plains College. Admitted 1858. Was chaplain in Confederate Army. Served circuits four years and stations five years. Never married. Elected professor in Asheville Female College in 1869. Died of penumonia, June 2, 1870.
Stringfield, Thomas: Born Feb. 13, 1797, in Barren County, Ky. Son of John and Sarah Boylston Stringfield. His great-grandfather, Richard Stringfield, emigrated from England and settled near Jamestown in early colonial days. James, son of Richard, married Mary Ann Ray. Thomas grew up on his father's farm on the Tennessee River, near Huntsville, Ala. With a thirst for knowledge he studied diligently even though denied the privilege of college training. At fifteen he served with Jackson, in 1812. Without his knowledge he was licensed to preach. Admitted in 1816. On circuits in Holston for several years; stationed in Nashville 1821. At twenty-six made presiding elder of Knoxville District in 1823. Was a charter member of Holston Conference at its organization in 1824. He was intimately connected with every interest of Holston Conference for the succeeding thirty years. Pioneer of educational work of the Methodist Church. Elected Editor of Southwestern Christian Advocate in 1836 and continued in that office four years. He was one of the foremost Methodist leaders in the controversy with the Calvinists in Holston. Continued in active leadership. Married Oct. 10, 1826, Sarah Williams, Strawberry Plains, Tenn. Their children: William W., James King, Sarah Frances (Mrs. F. A. Bulter), Melinda Williams (Mrs. James S. Kennedy), Mary (Mrs. John Ray). He was a delegate to the General Conference in 1824, 1828, 1832, 1844, Louisville Convention 1845, 1846, 1850. Superannuated in 1856. Died at Strawberry Plains, June 12, 1858.
Stuart, George Rutledge: Born Dec. 14, 1857, at Talbot Station, Jefferson County, Tenn. At the age of twelve he hired out to neighbors for meager wages to buy clothing. Educated at Emory and Henry College where he managed by his own efforts to meet his expenses. He graduated in 1883. He taught school to earn money for college. He changed his membership from the Presbyterian to the Methodist Church and secured license to preach in his twentieth year. Admitted to Holston Conference in 1883; and was stationed at Cleveland, Tenn., where he founded Centenary College for girls. He remained as Professor in Centenary College until 1890. In 1890 he was appointed to Centenary Church, Chattanooga, Tenn. He located in 1891, to go with Sam P. Jones in evangelistic work. Unlike Sam Jones in temperament or style of preaching, he nevertheless was acceptable and effective as a team-mate with Sam Jones. For more than ten years they were engaged in most successful tabernacle meeting and other evangelistic efforts. George R. Stuart soon became recognized as an evangelist and preacher of great power. He was one of the strongest of the temperance lecturers of that period. He became also one of the most popular lecturers on the American platform. Wherever he lectured or preached great crowds thronged to hear him. He was master of the emotions of his hearers and moved them to laughter and to tears at his will. He was one of the greatest entertainers that America has produced. In 1912 he was readmitted into Holston Conference and was stationed at Church Street, Knoxville, where packed congregations hung upon his preaching for four years, which was the time limit in the M. E. Church, South. In 1916 he was transferred to North Alabama Conference and stationed at First Church, Birmingham, where his church was crowded both day and night. At Birmingham his health failed as the result of the heavy labors of many years. He married Sept. 6, 1883, Miss Zollicoffer Sullins, daughter of Rev. Doctor and Mrs. David Sullins. They had five children. He died May 11, 1926, and was buried at Cleveland, Tenn.
Sullins, David, D.D.: Born July 28, 1827, two miles west of Athens in McMinn County, Tenn. He was the son of Nathan and Rebecca Mitchell Sullins. Both of his parents were deeply religious. Their home was long a preaching place for Methodist preachers. The lower story of their house was designed for this purpose and was furnished with a plain pulpit. David joined the church at twelve years. After being in local schools he went to Emory and Henry College and graduated with B.A. degree in 1850. He was licensed to preach at Abingdon a few days later. Admitted 1850. He was, at once, recognized as a man of great ability and sterling character. He served the most important charges during his early years. He was pastor and teacher at Jonesboro 1852-5-7. At Bristol he was pastor and president of Sullins College 1868-80; President of Emory and Henry 1880-1885 and founder of Centenary College at Cleveland, Tenn.
He was a man of commanding appearance, tall, graceful and agile. He had a voice of great compass and melody, both for song and speech; and was for many years the most popular preacher in Holston Conference. He was sought for special occasions and, perhaps, preached more commencement and dedication sermons than any other man of his day, or of any other day in Holston. Being occupied with educational work, he did not take the superannuate relation until 1915. He married May 3, 1855, Ann Rebecca Blair. They had four children, two sons and two daughters. She died April 5, 1902. A grandson, Rev. Sullins Dosser, is a member of Holston. Rev. George R. Stuart was his son-in-law. He spent his last days in the home of Dr. and Mr. Stuart. He died there, at Birmingham, Ala., on Feb. 19, 1918. He was buried at Cleveland, Tenn.
Sullins, Timothy: Born Dec. 4, 1812, in Blount County, Tenn. When he was eight the family moved to McMinn County. Son of Nathan and Rebecca Mitchell Sullins. Educated in common school near his home. Admitted in 1883. His ability was attested by the service which he rendered as circuit and station preacher, presiding elder, Agent of Emory and Henry College. Perhaps the Conference erred in giving him too heavy a load. In 1846, Oct. 18, while on his way to Conference, he was stricken with paralysis. Before his stroke he was engaged to be married to Miss Mary Rogers of Knoxville. After the failure of his health he proposed to release her from the engagement. Hoping to relieve his mind, she, at length, agreed to the release. But after a dozen years had passed, they were married, Jan. 28, 1858. They endured great hardship during the war between the states. He was an invalid for the last thirty-eight years of his life. He was a delegate to the General Conference in 1844, the Louisville Convention in 1845, and General Conference in 1846 and 1854. Died Feb. 18, 1885, at Knoxville and was buried in Old Gray Cemetery.
Summers, George William: Born May 16, 1853, in Tazewell County, Va. Son of William and Martha Bane Summers. As a boy he joined the church at Blue Stone Camp Ground. Educated in public schools. Read widely and was familiar with Methodist theology. An instructive, but not a popular preacher. Admitted in 1877. He served nine circuits and seven stations and taught one year in Centenary College and five years in Sullins College. Married Oct. 13, 1879, Miss Henrietta Phlegar, Floyd, Va. They had six daughters. Superannuated in 1920 because of ill health, which grew steadily worse. He died in a hospital at Radford, Va., June 11, 1925. Buried at Glade Spring, Va.
Sutherland, Robey Kinzer: Born Oct. 18, 1870, in Carroll County, Va. Son of Rev. A. C. and Sallie Kinzer Sutherland. His home was thoroughly Christian. He united with the church at fifteen. Educated at Sparta Academy, Emory and Henry, where he took his B.A., in 1893, and Vanderbilt University. Admitted 1894. Impaired health interfered with his work in 1898 and again in 1901. After eighteen years of successful work as pastor he was appointed Agent for Emory and Henry College and did eminently useful work for four years. He was a most capable administrator. Married Sept. 18, 1898, Miss Amanda Barnes of Tazewell County, Va. They had five children, four sons and a daughter. His death came unexpectedly, just after his forty-sixth birthday. Died Nov. 15, 1916, at Emory, Va., and was buried there.
Sutton, Phillip: Born April 9, 1827, in Smythe County, Va. Admitted in 1854. Superannuated 1889. A faithful pastor. Twice married: (1) Miss Bryan, Grainger County, Tenn.; (2) Miss Mahood, Mercer County, W. Va. Died April 15, 1896, Princeton, W. Va. Buried at Princeton.
Swaim, Mitchell Patton: Born Dec. 11, 1832, in Buncombe County, N. C. Licensed 1853. Admitted in 1853. He wrote in his diary that he "was local thirteen years, supernumerary eight years, superannuate thirteen years, active nineteen years." He never received more than $430.00 for a year's work. Married April 26, 1859, Miss Lou L. Kirkland of Sequatchie Valley. They had two children. Died July 4, 1915, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. S. A. Cole, at Richmond, Va. Buried at Liberty Hill, Tenn.
Swecker, James E.: Born Aug., 1861, in Wythe County, Va. Son of Benjamin and Sarah Swecker. Studied at Emory and Henry. Admitted 1890 "and from that to the day of his departure he did work with a degree of acceptability and fidelity which any young minister might covet." Married Sept. 22, 1892, Miss Lillie Dove Dickenson of Floyd County, Va. They had four children. She died Nov. 5, 1904. He married, the second time, May 16, 1906, Miss Daisey Kelly Hall. He "carried every day a serious conviction of the importance of his work." Died March 3, 1909. Buried in Wythe County, Va.
Swift, Richard: In Holston 1785.
Swisher, H. B.: Born April 3, 1803. Admitted 1860. Died 1866. Buried at Greeneville, Tenn.
Swisher, Jessee G.: Born 1803. Admitted 1844. For twenty-five years a faithful minister. Married. Died July 22, 1866. Buried at Calhoun, Tenn.
Taylor, Louther: In Holston one year, 1801-1802.
Taylor, Nathanael Greene: Born Dec. 29, 1819, at Happy Valley, Carter County, Tenn. Son of James Patton and Mary Carter Taylor. His grandfather, Nathanael Taylor, was one of the first of the pioneers in the Watauga Settlement, whose wife was Mary Patton. N. G. Taylor was educated at Washington College, Tenn., and in Princeton College, N. J., where he received the first honors of his class, in 1840. He studied law, but soon after he began to practice law, he was powerfully moved by the tragical death of his sister at, Brush Creek Camp Meeting, and the whole course of his life was changed, so that the major occupation of his life was preaching. Soon after this incident he was licensed as a local preacher in the Methodist Church. He served two terms in Congress and was Commissioner of Indian Affairs under Johnson. He was a strong Union man. He made a tour of New England making addresses of appeal for the war-stricken people of East Tennessee. It is said that Edward Everette pronounced his address in Faneuil Hall to be one of the greatest ever delivered in America. He raised nearly or quite $200,000 for the suffering people of East Tennessee. "In person, voice, manner, intellect, imagination and ready command of language Dr. Taylor was almost an ideal orator. In the pulpit or on the platform he had few peers." He was a lay delegate to the General Conference of 1872. Admitted to Holston Conference (M.E.) in 1872. He served a few years as pastor but it was not easy for a man who had seen so much of public life to confine himself to the work of the pastorate. He married Jan. 30, 1844, Miss Emma Haynes of Carter County. They had ten children. He died at his home April 1, 1887, and was buried in his native county.
Tevis, John: Born Jan. 6, 1792, in Baltimore. Admitted into Ohio Conference 1815. Appointed presiding elder of Holston District in 1820 and continued there for four years. He was among the most useful preachers of his day. Transferred to the Kentucky Conference in 1824; became supernumerary in 1828; and superannuate in 1835. Married Miss Julia Ann Heironimus March 9, 1824. Together they founded Science Hall Academy, Shelbyville, Ky., which enjoyed a long and useful career. Confined to his bed by paralysis, for many years, he suffered very little pain. Died Jan. 26, 1861.
Thompson, Leander Wade: Born Nov. 11, 1849, Floyd County, Va. Admitted 1872. A brief but faithful ministry. Married May 15, 1878, Miss Kitty Lane, Floyd County, Va. Died Nov. 27, 1878, Princeton, W. Va. Buried at Floyd, Va.
Thompson, Samuel H.: Admitted 1809. In Holston three years, 1810-11-12. Died March 9, 1841, in Illinois Conference.
Thompson, William Cortes: Born June 7, 1866, at Rose Hill, Va. Son of Stephen and Rosina Witt Thompson. Educated in public schools and Cumberland College, then operating at Rose Hill. Taught twenty-four years. Licensed to preach 1903. Admitted 1907; he was then 41. Served 9 charges in 19 years. Entering the ministry late, he gave himself to fervent evangelistic work. He led in the building of a new church at Reynolds Memorial, Bristol. Married Dec. 15, 1887, Miss Harriet Emily Speake, Rose Hill, Va. They had six children. Superannuated in 1926. Died Feb. 11, 1929, at the Reynolds Superannuate Home, Bristol, Tenn. Buried at Emory, Va.
Thomson, George H.: Born April 15, 1845, in Fairfax County, Va. Admitted into Virginia Conference in 1876, having previously served three years as a supply. In all he served eleven charges. He was in great demand for funeral occasions. After his retirement he represented Floyd County in the Virginia Legislature. He married in March, 1881, Miss Matilda Smith of Floyd County, Va. He superannuated in 1895. He died Feb. 25, 1923. He was buried at Simpson, Va.
Thorn, Arthur Sullivan: Born Feb. 6, 1868, in Green Valley, Giles County, Va. Educated at Princeton Academy and Emory and Henry College. Admitted into Western Virginia Conference in 1890. Transferred to Holston Conference in 1892. Taught in Princeton Academy in 1893 and 1894. Transferred to Baltimore Conference in 1907, where he located. Readmitted into Holston 1909. Taught one year at Princeton and one year at Martha Washington. Returned to pastoral work in 1920 and served four charges. In 1914 he ran for Congress. Married May 11, 1891, Miss Lula S. Hale, Princeton, W. Va. They had six children. Ill health was followed by a stroke of paralysis in the early summer of 1926. Died suddenly, after preaching in his church at Pocahontas, Va., on Dec. 26, 1926. Buried at Princeton, W. Va.
Tilley, Edward A.: Born Sept. 24, 1864, at Bristol, Tenn. Educated at King College from which he graduated in 1883. Spent one year at Vanderbilt University. Admitted 1885. His first appointment was Pocahontas, Va., where he remained for three years. He went to Brazil as a missionary in 1888. He worked his first twelve years in Brazil without a furlough. "In the Brazil Mission he occupied the following positions in the Conference: Twice presiding elder (4 years each term); was professor in the theological department of Granbery College for several terms; editor of the Expositor Christao (the Conference organ) four years. In the absence of the Bishop he was elected once as the President of the Brazil Conference. While pastor and presiding elder, in Petropolis, Rio, he published a book of sermons entitled Doutrinas Christans (Christian Doctrines). "Stricken with paralysis in Feb., 1907, he returned to this country in July, and lived at Ashland, Va., for six years. During this time he did some teaching in Randolph-Macon College and received from that College the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity. In 1913 he returned to Brazil and did active work for two years. In Oct., 1915, he suffered a complete breakdown and was brought home to Bristol, Tenn. Married Nov. 6, 1890, at Sao Paulo, Brazil, Miss Ella V. Porter of Knox County, Tenn. They had four daughters. He died Nov. 27, 1916.
Towe, Alfred Hamilton: Born June 19, 1862, in Carroll County, Va. Grew up in Russell County, Va. Attended Temple Hill Academy four years. Licensed to preach 1881. Admitted 1886. Served eighteen circuits in nearly every part of Holston Conference during forty years. A modest, unselfish man; a preacher of unusual understanding and power. Married Sept. 3, 1883, Miss Florence Jane Potter. They had four children. One of the daughters married Rev. R. N. Havens. Superannuated 1926. Died Aug. 16, 1930. Buried at Emory, Va.
Tracey, Micajah: In Holston one year. Was with Thomas Ware on Nolichucky, 1787, and was in the first Conference west of Blue Ridge in 1788. Admitted on trial 1786. Located in 1791 on account of frail health.
Travis, John: Born Nov. 3, 1773, in South Carolina. Admitted 1806. In Holston one year, 1813. Located 1814. His first appointment, 1806, was to Missouri circuit. He was the first Methodist preacher to carry the Gospel to that territory. Died Nov. 11, 1852.
Triplett, Rufus Kincaid: Born Aug. 2, 1871, in Anderson County, Tenn. Son of William and Nancy Portwood Triplett. He was licensed to preach at nineteen. While a student at Pikeville, Tenn., he was appointed supply pastor on the Pikeville circuit. He volunteered for service in the Spanish-American war and saw service in the Philippines. Admitted in 1900. He was transferred to the Northwest and spent eight years there. Most of his years in Holston were spent in Chattanooga and Knoxville. His unselfish devotion to serving his people won the hearts of those amongst whom he lived. He was twice married: (1) In 1902 to Miss Berdinett Wardell of Knoxville. She died in 1905. (2) In 1907 to Miss Mary M. Jackson, Jackson's Point, Lookout Mountain. They had one son, who is a member of Holston Conference, Rev. Marquis J. Triplett. He had suffered for some time with his heart. Death came Sunday, Aug. 18, 1929, at Erlanger Hospital, Chattanooga, Tenn., while he was pastor of Ridgedale Church. He was buried at Chattanooga.
Trower, Thomas: Born in Albemarle County, Va. Admitted in 1807. Located in 1811. Readmitted in 1838. Served: 1807, Clinch; 1808, Nolichucky; 1809, French Broad; 1810, Holston; 1838, Kingston.
Troy, William Henry: Born Sept. 16, 1864, in Grayson County, Va. Son of John and Rebecca Troy. Admitted in 1895. He served ten circuits, all of which were in Southwest Virginia. He was a man faithful in all his ways. He married Miss Nannie Virginia Black, Dec. 28, 1892. They had five children. A son, Rev. Olin Troy, is a member of Holston Conference; and a daughter married Rev. D. Trigg James. He superannuated in 1921. After a long illness, he died, March 20, 1937, at Amonate, Va., and was buried at Bluefield, Va.
Tucker, Clinton: In Holston one year, 1818.
Tunnell, John: Son of William and Anne Howell Tunnell; born in 1755, in Fredericksburg, Va. Admitted at Deer Creek, Md., in 1777. In Holston 1787 as presiding elder and in 1789 as presiding elder, the latter being his last appointment. His first appointment was the famous Brunswick circuit. He also served Kent, East Jersey, Dorchester, Charleston, S. C., and New York, Newark and East Jersey. An eloquent evangelistic preacher with a strong musical voice. Asbury said of him: "Few men as public ministers were better known or more beloved. He was a simple hearted, artless, childlike man. For his opportunities he was a man of good learning; a sensible, improving preacher, a most affectionate friend, and a great saint." He died of consumption at the age of thirty-five at Sweet Springs in Monroe County, W. Va.
Turner, W. L.: Born March 23, 1811, Claiborne County, Tenn. Admitted 1837. After traveling two or three years, ill health forced him to take supernumerary. A short time before the Civil War he again became effective, but for only brief periods. Married Miss Phoeba Ely, 1844. Died Jan. 13, 1889. Buried in Jonesville, Va.
Tuttle, Sherman Dexter: Born Sept. 17, 1866, at Venango, Crawford County, Pa. Son of Miletus and Helen Tuttle. Educated common school, high school and state normal; also a business course. Worked seven years in freight office. In 1896 he entered Grant University, finishing there in 1899. He was admitted into the Georgia Conference in 1897. He transferred to Holston Conference in 1904. He was presiding elder of Chattanooga District 1909-1911. Health failed him in Feb., 1911. He went to Asheville, N. C., and remained there until April 10, 1914. Leaving there, he went to Dayton, Tenn. He married Sept. 17, 1889, Miss Dora I. Torry. They had two children. He died July 26, 1915, at Dayton, and was buried there.
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