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Michigan

By Rev. S. N. Griffith

August 16th, 1843, the conference met at Ann Arbor. Kalamazoo reported 340 members. Hastings and Grand Rapids are among the appointments of the Kalamazoo district for that year. Rev. James F. Davidson was continued presiding elder, and Rev. James Hudson, who died at Trenton, Michigan, some three years since, and Rev. Jacob E. Parker, now (1878) a government clerk at Washington, D. C, were appointed to the Kalamazoo charge about this time. T. C. Brownell was acting as sexton, taking care of the church, lighting with whale oil, and doing it all free of charge. This conference year (1843-4) Rev. F. Gage, then pastor at Otsego, held a camp-meeting on Gun Plains, about the first of August. At that meeting Ephraim Burdick and Mr. Patris and Finster all professed to have experienced religion. On Monday of the meeting, Mr. Patris was baptzied in Pine lake; several others were also baptized at the same time, among them was a child; in baptizing this child, Rev. F. Gage stood in the margin of the lake and applied the water with his hand from the lake and baptized the child in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

EARLY HISTORY OF METHODISM


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