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Michigan

By Rev. S. N. Griffith

Mrs. Longwell was very gifted in prayer and exhortation, and a woman holy in life and in heart. October 4th, the Illinois Conference met at Indianapolis, Indiana. Rev. J. T. Robe joined the conference at Indianapolis, and was appointed to Wayne Circuit as junior preacher, with Rev. Joseph Tarkington for his senior preacher. This was in the Madison district, Rev. Allen Wiley presiding elder. This item is of especial interest to the history of Methodism in Kalamazoo and the south part of Michigan, as the Rev. James T. Robe was among the very first who were identified with the work in these parts, and was the very first minister of any denomination who preached in Kalamazoo. He now, in 1878, resides in Kalamazoo amongst his people, a retired minister, respected and beloved of all. May 1st, 1832, the General Conference met at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and on the 14th day of May the Indiana Conference was formed, including Kalamazoo, in Michigan territory, and in the fall of 1832 the Indiana Conference met for the first time. At this there was formed a mission district containing the following appointments, viz: Upper Wabash Mission, St. Joseph Mission. Rev. Richard S. Robinson and Rev. George M. Besswick were the missionaries appointed to labor in that field.

EARLY HISTORY OF METHODISM


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