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Michigan

By Rev. S. N. Griffith

SKETCH OF THE EARLY HISTORY OF METHODISM IN THE SOUTHWEST PART OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN.
By Rev. S. N. Griffith, 1878.

September 29th, 1829. The Ohio Conference met at Urbana, Ohio, and Rev. Erastus Felton was appointed to St. Joseph Mission, in the Detroit district. He does not seem to have penetrated far into the interior of the state, or rather territory of Michigan. His labors were mostly confined to territory now constituting Cass, Berrien and St. Joseph counties. September 30th, 1830. The conference met at Lancaster, Ohio, and Rev. E. Felton was returned to the same field of labor, and Rev. Leonard B. Gurley was appointed to labor with him as his assistant. Classes were probably formed this year on the south side of Beardsley's prairie, and on Young's prairie; perhaps also at Pigeon prairie. September 8th, 1831, the Ohio Conference met at Mansfield, Ohio, and Rev. E. Felton was appointed to labor on what they called Kalamazoo Mission, but he seems not to have penetrated farther than Big Prairie Ronde, in the south part of Kalamazoo county, and to have formed a class on the south part of the prairie, which consisted of Luke Longwell and wife, who died at Paw Paw, Seth Ballow and wife, Crage Rice and wife, Rodney Seymour, (now, 1878, of Kalamazoo), Henry Kinney and others.

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