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Holston Annual Conference
Methodist Episcopal Church
ATHENS, TENNESSEE Z%7,£
June 1-5, 1865 lfck5~-|S£5
JOHN F. SPENCE, Secretary
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Tennessee Wesleyan College
BISHOP DAVIS W. CLARK, D.D., L.L.D.
WILLIAM G. BROWNLOW
Methodist Preacher, Editor, Governor and U. S. Senator
Chairman committee calling famous convention.
METHODIST CONVENTION CALLED
May 27, 1864
The undersigned, members and ministers of the Methodist
Church, respectfully invite Methodist preachers and laymen, who
are loyal to the government of the United States, within the
bounds of the Holston Conference, to meet them in Convention
at Knoxville, on the first Thursday in July, to take into consid-
eration the troubles, wants and interests of our Church; and
also the action of the late General Conference at Philadelphia
in regard to our wants and our condition growing out of the
W. G. BROWNLOW,
J. A. HYDEN. .;}
E. E. GILLENWATERS.
W. T. DOWELL.
WILLIAM H. ROGERS.
6 HOLSTON CONFERENCE
REPORT OF THE GENERAL COMMITTEE.
This committee reported, in part, as follows:
Pursuant to public notice, a Convention of loyal Methodist
laymen and preachers, local and traveling, convened in the City
of Knoxville, Tenn., on the 7th of July, 1864, to take into con-
sideration the wants, prospects and interests of the Methodist
Church within the bounds of the Holston Annual Conference.
The General Committee, to whom this subject was referred, have
had the matter under serious and prayerful consideration, and
beg leave to submit the following brief report:
"At an early period in this wicked rebellion the Methodist
Episcopal Church, South, took her stand upon the treasonable
and therefore false foundation of secession; her pulpits bellowed
with more terrific thunder on the side of disunion than those of
almost any other church, hurling fiery invectives .at the Union
and the North — carrying the most of her leading and influential
ministers and members into the unhallowed embrace of treason.
Under the administration of this, our former church, some of our
ministers have been proscribed, some refused circuits and stations,
and others expelled — all for opinion's sake, and because they were
loyal to the United States. We have determined, therefore, no
longer to live under the iron rule of the Methodist Episcopal
Church, South, or to be associated in our Church relations with
the men who control the interest of said church and are likely to
direct her future movements.
"It, therefore, remains for us and the loyal thousands of our
brethren similarly situated, to do one of three things — either to
remain in the wilderness (not of Judea, but of Dixie) and wander
off into the mountains of sin and unbelief, whence we came; or,
next, to form ourselves into a separate and independent organi-
zation; or, last of all, to seek a reunion with the Methodist Epis-
copal Church in the United States, whose doctrine, usages and
faith are in accord with ours, and in the enjoyment and practice
of which we desire to live and die.
"We, therefore, report in favor of returning to the Methodist
Episcopal Church, and asking, most respectfully, to be recog-
nized by her and provided for, as the Holston Annual Conference,
giving our loyal preachers the lead in our new organization, sub-
ject to the control and authority of the appointed heads of our
church in the United States and to her Discipline.
1. Resolved, That the rebellion of the Southern States against
the government of the United States was without any just and suf-
ficient cause, and therefore what has followed is without any
foundation in right, justice, or laws of the land, or in the wants
and necessities of the people in this or any other country.
"2. Resolved, That all who willingly engaged in this rebel-
lion, have, in the eyes of the Supreme Laws of the land, in the
judgment of all enlightened nations, and especially in the feelings
of every loyal heart of this vast continent, forfeited all the rights,
privileges and immunities of the government of the United States.
"3. Resolved, That the loyal members and ministers of the
Holston Conference are entitled in law to all property belonging
to said ecclesiastical organization, and with the Divine Blessing
we intend to claim and hold the same, and rebuild the waste
places of Zion.
"4. Resolved, That the loyal people and preachers of the
Methodist Episcopal Church, South, within the bounds of the
The Convention met in St. John's Protestant Episcopal
Church, Knoxville, July 7, 1864. The following persons were
present as delegates:
Messrs. James Murphy, James S. Hunt, F. Rule, D. B.
Hunt, J. A. Ruble, Sr., A. R, Byington, Andrew Hutsell, J. W.
Gibson, Elias Gibson, Dr. James Mahoney, James Baker, Alex.
Kennedy, Wm. H. Hawk, G. W. Hawk, J. B. Sharp, James Plum-
ley, W. Wj Hawes, Daniel P. Gass, W. H. Pinley, Jacob French,
Michael French, Henry Harrison, William Cheney, W. H. Carter,
J. H. Howell, Solomon Clapp, James Curry, James Grigsby, V.
S. Lotspeich, A. C. E. Callen, J. C. Hankins, Benjamin Wells.
The following ministers, traveling and local: Revs. E. E.
Gillenwaters, W. G, jJrownlow, J. Albert Hyden, W. H. Rogers,
W. C. Daily, E. Still, John Bower, W. T. Dowell, E. A. Atlee, T.
P. Rutherford, T. A. Cass, E. Stockbridge, J. F. Morrison, T. H.
Russell, Henry Walker, Wm. Crutchfleld, Joseph Milburn, Spencer
Henry, P. H. Reed, John Cox, James Gumming, Wm. Cureton,
R. G. Blackburn. Forty-five in all.
The Convention was organized by the election of E. E. Gil-
lenwaters, both a minister and a lawyer, and a man of eminent
ability, as chairman, and R. G. Blackburn as secretary. By the
proceedings of the Convention it appears that Governor Brown-
low had recently visited Bishop Simpson at Philadelphia and
Bishop Clark at Cincinnati, and that Rev. W. C. Daily had al-
ready been directing the work of reorganization in a tentative
way in Bradley and other counties in lower East Tennessee. It
was also made known that a canvas had been going on to ascer-
tain the number of ministers in East Tennessee who were in
sympathy with the movement, and it was reported in the Conven-
tion that sixty ordained ministers, traveling and local, were ready
to enter the ranks of the proposed organized movement, and sixty-
five others unordained. Also that about forty others whom it
had not been possible to see, could be counted on. Various com-
mittees were appointed, and among them one of eleven represen-
tative men, called the General Committee, whose particular duty
it was to consider and report as to the line of action to be
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HOLSTON CONFERENCE 7
Holston Conference, constitute said Church, and this convention,
acting for said church and people, hereby propose at the earliest
day practicable, to transfer the same to the Methodist Episcopal
Church in the United States, and that a committee be appointed
to complete the negotiations, subject to the approval of those
"5. Resolved, That ministers having charge of Circuits, Sta-
tions and Missions, and all who may have in the future, be in-
structed to propose to the churches in their respective charges to
change their church relations from the Methodist Episcopal
Church, South, by going en masse to the Methodist Episcopal
Church in the United States."
The report was unanimously adopted.
After this Convention the work of reorganizing Sunday
schools and classes, circuits and stations, under the general direc-
tion of Rev. W. C. Daily, went on more systematically and more
successfully than before, in anticipation of an early reorganiza-
tion of the Conference itself. The time set for that event was
not long after announced, and the place designated. It was to be
at Athens, Tenn., June 1, 1865.
E. E. GILLEXWATERS R. G. BLACKBURN
HOLSTON ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Methodist Episcopal Church
Sessions of the Conference
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J Joshua Soule
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j Wm. McKendree
/ Joshua Soule
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Thos. A. Morris ...
Jas. O. Andrew....
Jas. O. Andrew
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Thos. A. Morris...
Thos. A. Morris ...
Edmund S. Janes..
Elbert F. Sevier
Elbert F. Sevier
Elbert F. Sevier
Elbert F. Sevier
Elbert F. Sevier
Lew S. Marshall
D. R Mc An ally
Elbert F. Sevier
Elbert F. Sevier
Elbert F. Sevier
Elbert F. Sevier
Elbert F. Sevier
Holston Conference Reorganized
D. W. Clark
J. F. Spenee
Public Worship — W. C. Daily, J. L. Mann, J. S. Spence.
Education — D. E. Rowley, W. H. Rogers, P. C. Wilson.
Examination of Candidates for Admission — J A. Hyden, W. H.
Rogers, W. C. Daily.
Sunday Schools — T. S. Stivers, J. B. Little, J. W. Mann.
Necessitous Cases — W. C. Daily, Andrew Greer, William
State of the Country — T. H. Pearne, J. P. Milburn, J. A.
Stae of the Church — J. L. Mann, D. E. Rowley, J. F.
On Statistics — W. C. Daily, W. H. Rogers, R. G. Blackburn.
Examination Course of Study — D. E. Rowley, J. A. Hyden,
J. W. Mann, Andrew Greer, J. F. Spence.
Conference Stewards — T. H. Russell, T. S. Stivers, J. B. Little.
STANDING COMMITTEES FOR 1866.
Examination of Candidates for Admission — J. L. Mann, W.
C. Daily, A. F. Shannon.
First Year Course — W. C. Graves, J. A. Hyden, T. H. Russell.
Second Year Course — J. F. Spence, G. A. Gordon, A. J. Greer.
Third Year Course — John W. Mann, S. D. Gaines, J. B.
Fourth Year Couse — D. E. Rowley, T. S. Stivers, J. B. Little.
Examination of Candidates for Local Deacons Orders — T. H.
Pearne, P. H. Reed.
Examination of Candidates for Local Elders Orders — E. E.
Gillenwaters, W. H. Rogers, D. J. Alley.
Blackburn, R. G.
Daily, W. C.
Crumley, T. D.
Drake, L. F.
Dugan, W. H. H.
Gaines, S. D.
Gillenwaters, E. E.
Gordon, G. A.
Guthrie, R. H.
Graves, W. C.
Harwell, S. B.
Hicks, G. M.
Huffaker, J. N. S.
Hyden, J. A.
Little, J. B.
Long, W. R.
Mann, J. L.
Mann, J. W.
Milburn, Joseph, Sr.
Pearne, T. H.
Reed, P. H.
Rowley, D. E.
Rogers, W. H.
Russell, T. H.
Rutherford, T. P.
Shannon, A. F.
Spence, J. F.
Stivers, T. S.
Walker, T. S.
HOLSTON CONFERENCE 11
Burkitt, M. H. B. iMoore, J. E.
Carter, Daniel. Peace, J. W.
Chambers, Phillip, Stamper, J. H.
Crumley, H. J. ' % Walker, J. B.
Fitzgerald, J. B. Wilson, A. R.
J. Albert Hyden, Presiding Elder.
Athens — John W. Mann (L. W. Crouch).
Athens (Circuit) — John E. Moore.
Decatur (Circuit) — Joseph "W. Peace.
Philadelphia — J. B. Little and J. H. Stamper.
Madisonville and Tellico — To be supplied.
Maryville— Thos. H. Russell.
Louisville — -T. P. Rutherford. Q i
Little River — To be supplied.
Kingston and Sulphur Springs — Samuel R. Harwell.
Montgomery (Circuit) — To be supplied.
Dr. E. Rowley, President of and Agent for Athens Female
College and member of Athens Quarterly Conference; W. H.
Rogers, Conference Agent for Sunday Schools, Educational Insti-
tutions and embarrassed churches, and member of Louisville
W. C. Dailey, Presiding Elder.
Chattanooga — T. S. Stivers.
Cleveland — J. L. Mann.
Cleveland and Benton — A. F. Shannon (E. Still, supply).
Charleston — P. H. Reed.
Hamilton and Washington — M. H. B. Burkitt, G. H. Gowan.
Pikeville and Jasper — John Alley, one to be supplied.
Ducktown — To be supplied.
Harrison and Lafayette — To be supplied.
Dalton — To be supplied.
Rome — To be supplied.
Atlanta — To be supplied.
L. F. Drake, Presiding Elder.
Jonesboro — To be supplied.
Jonesboro (Circuit) — To be supplied.
Elizabethton and Taylorsville — Harmon J. Crumley.
Blountville and Bristol — To be supplied.
Kingsport — S. D. Gaines.
Rheatown — Jos. Milburn.
Greeneville — To be supplied.
Morristown — W. C. Graves.
Fall Branch and Kingsport — To be supplied.
St. Clair — To be supplied.
Newport — Jas. Mahoney.
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North Carolina Circuit — A. R. Wilson, J. B. Fitzgerald.
William Milburn, Chaplain in the army and member ot tne
Rheatown Quarterly Conference.
T. H. Pearne, Presiding Elder.
Knoxville (Station) — Jno. F. Spence.
Knoxville (Circuit) — Jos. P. Milburn.
Rogersville — E. E. Gillenwaters, G. M. Hicks, supply.
Sevierville Circuit) — T. D. Crumley.
Tazewell and Powells Valley — Barton R. Baker.
Maynardsville — T. S. Walker.
Rutledge — Phillip Chambers.
Jacksboro — John Forrester.
Clinton — John Mahoney.
Dandridge — Andrew Greer.
Sevierville — Daniel Carter.
J. P. Spence,
Secretary of the Session.
Appointed Presiding Elders
T. H. Peaene. J. A. Hyden.
W. 0. Daily. L P. Drake.
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(In the reorganization answers are not found to all the dis-
ciplinary questions, so the editor doesn't attempt to furnish the
answers in full, but sketches some items of information belonging
to these questions.)
H. M. Burkett (on trial), W. C. Daily, G. A. Gordon, R. H.
Guthrie (from the Kentucky Conference), T. H. Pearne( from
Oregon Conference), J. P. Spence (Cincinnati Conference), L. F.
Drake and T. S. Stivers (Ohio Conference.)
RECEIVED FROM M. E. CHURCH, SOUTH.
D. E. Rowley, James Cumminge, J. Albert Hyden, W. H.
xvOgers, John W. Mann, W. C. Graves, W. H. H. Dugan, William
Milburn, Andrew Greer, J. B. Little. John Alley, T. H. Russell,
J. L. Mann, R. G. Blackburn, J. N. S. Huffaker", P. H. Reed, A.
F. Shannon, S. D. Gaines, E. E. Giilenwaters, S. B. Harwell, Joseph
Milburn, Sr., John Forrester, David Flemming, F. D. Crumley,
G. M. Hicks, T. S. Walker, T. P. Rutherford, W. R. Long, Elijah
Superanuates — David Flemming, James Cumming, R. H.
Guthrie, W. H. H. Dugan, E. E. Gillenwaters,- S. B. Harwell.
Supernumaries — R. G. Blackburn, J. S. Huffaker, W. R.
Long, Elijah Still
Ordained as Deacons — Thos. P. Rutherford, Joseph P. Mil-
burn, Joseph J. Yeager, John R. Hughes, Robert W. Hudson,
Thos. R. West, James H. Young, Robert W. Boyd, William A.
Ordained as Elders — Jonathan L. Mann, Thos. H. Russell,
James B. Fitzgerald, H. J. Crumley, David Beavers, James w!
Next session to be held at Greenville, Tenn.
HOLSTON CONFERENCE 15
REORGANIZATION OF THE HOLSTON CON
FERENCE OF THE M. E. CHURCH.
A large number of ministers and members, heretofore, for
the most part, connected with the Methodist Episcopal Church,
South, being assembled in the M. E. Church at Athens, Tenn., the
meeting was called to order by Rev. Bishop D. W. Clark, who
read the 126th Psalm and the 13th Chapter of John's gospel.
The audience then joined in singing the hymn, "And Are We Yet
Alive," .after which the bishop led in prayer. The audience then
joined in singing the hymn commencing "How beauteous are
their feet," after which prayer was offered by Rev. James Cum-
ming, senior member of the Holston Conference, and Rev. Dr.
Poe, agent of the Western Book Concern.
The Bishop then proceeded to address the meeting, stating that
in accordance with the request of a Convention of Ministers .and
Laymen of the M. E. Church, South, held in Knoxville July 7,
1864, he was here; and by the authority of the Methodist Epis-
copal Church, he had come to reorganize the Holston Conference of
He then proceeded to explain the provisions of the General
Conference of 18 64 — for the admission of Ministers from the Meth-
odist Episcopal Church, South — and authorizing the organization of
Annual Conferences in the South.
The Bishop then announced that he recognized the following
brethren as members of the Holston Conference, viz; W. C. Daily,
George A/ Gordrm, R. H. Guthrie, by transfer from the Kentucky
Conference; T. A. Pearne, by transfer from the Oregon Conference;
J. Fletcher Spence, by transfer from the Cincinnati Conference,
and T. S. Stivers, by transfer from the Ohio Conference.
Rev. J. F. Spence was appointed secretary, pro tern. The
president then took up the question list. And the following min-
isters were received under the provisions of the Discipline (see
pages 83 and 84) from the M. E. Church, South, viz: Rev. D. E.
Rowley, Rev. James Cumming, Rev. Albert Hyden, Rev. W. H.
Rogers, Rev. John W. Mann, Rev. W. C. Graves, Rev. W. H. H.
Duggan, Rev.' Wm. Milburn, Rev. Andrew Greer, Rev. J. B.
Little and Rev John Alley, they being elders. Also Rev. T. H.
Russell, Rev. J. L. Mann and Rev. R. G. Blackburn, they being
On motion Brothers Daily, Spence and J. L. Mann were ap-
pointed committe on public worship.
W. C. Graves was put in nomination and elected permanent
Secretary of the Conference.
16 HOLSTON CONFERENCE
On motion, the time for assembling and adjourning of the
Conference was fixed at 9:00 A. M. and 12:30 P. M.
On motion, the Bar of the Conference was fixed within the
first Row of Columns.
The Conference then proceeded to raise the following com-
COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION: Brothers Rowley, Rogers
COMMITTEE ON EXAMINATION OF CANDIDATES FOR AD-
MISSION: Brothers Hyden, Rogers and Daily.
COMMITTEE ON SUNDAY SCHOOLS: Brothers Stivers, Little
and J. W. Mann.
COMMITTEE ON NECESSITOUS CASES: Brothers Daily,
Greer, and Milburn.
COMMITTEE ON STATE OF THE COUNTRY: Brothers
Pearne, Milburn and Hyden.
COMMITTEE ON STATE OF THE CHURCH: Brothers J. L.
Mann, Rowley and Spence.
COMMITTEE ON STATISTICS: Brothers Daily, Rogers and
COMMITTEE ON EXAMINATION COURSE OF STUDY:
The following brethren were appointed by the chair: Rowley,
Hyden, Mann, J. W. Greed and Spence.
COMMITTEE ON CONFERENCE STEWARDS: T. H. Rus-
sell, Stivers and Little.
On motion, Conference adjourned to meet tomorrow morn-
ing at 9:00 o'clock.
Athens, Tenn., June 2, 1865.
The Conference was opened by Rev. J. Albert Hyden, who
read the 12th Chapter of Romans, announced the hymn beginning
"Thy us, O God, and search the ground," and offered prayer.
The minutes of the previous session were read and approved.
Rev. W. C. Graves, permanent secretary, then came forward
and asked to be relieved from the duties of the office on account
of physical disability. On motion, the request was granted, and
Rev. J. Fletcher Spence was elected permanent secretary of
The First Question was then taken up, and under the pro-
visions of the Discipline, the following brethren were received
from the M. E. Church, South, viz: J. N. S Huffaker P H
U.mmI. Augustine F. Shannon, S. D. Gaines, E. E. Gillenwaters"
S. B Harwell, Joseph Milburn, Sr, John Forrester thev being
On motion. Rev. David Fleming was recognized and re-
ceived as superanuate.
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viz- H k V°R°R^i? f ret ,! lr< ; n We « re recelTC " M remaining on trial,
and O M kSw T S 'S n f, ter ' rom the K «'»= k » Conference
HOLSTON CONFERENCE 17
The name of the Rev. James iMahoney was presented, ob-
jections being made to the passage of his character. By consent,
the case was laid over.
A number of visiting brethren being present, viz: Rev. Dr.
A. Poe, Agent M. E. Book Concern; Chaplain Black, of the Ken-
tucky Conference; Chaplain Drake, of the Ohio conference, and
were severally introduced to the Conference. After which the
Rev. Dr. Poe, of the Western Book Concern, addressed the
Conference at length on Personal Experience and the Circulation
of Religious Literature.
On motion, Brothers Gillenwaters and Huffaker were added
to the Committee of Examination on the Course of Study.
After which the announcements were made by the several
committees, and the Conference adjourned to meet on tomorrow
morning at 9:00 o'clock.
Athens, -Tenn., June 3, 1865.
Conference convened at the appointed hour, was opened by
Rev. W. C. Graves with the usual religious services.
The minutes of the previous session were read and approved.
The Conference then proceeded to grant a superanuated re-
lation to the Rev. James Cumming, R. H. Guthrie and W. H.
The President then took up the 4th Question, Who are the
Deacons? T. P. Rutherford and J. P. Milburn were presented as
proper persons, and after due examination were elected to Dea-
cons orders and received into full connection.
The following brethren were then presented on recommen-
dation for local Deacons orders, viz.: Josiah J. Yeager, John B.
Hughes, R. W. Hudson, Wm. Marshall, T. R. West;' James Young,
and R. W. Boyd, were severally elected. Thos. S. Walker was
presented — there being objections — case laid over.
The names of John H. Stamper, Adam Thompson, Warner
W. Hawes and James Payne were presented to the Conference,
but afterwards withdrawn.
The chair then took up the question, Who are Candidates for
Elders orders in the traveling connection? Brothers Jonathan L.
Mann and Thos. H. Russell were duly elected.
The following brethren were represented and elected to local
orders, viz.: Stephen Sharotz, James B. Fitzgerald, Harmon J.
Crumley, David Beavers, Samuel Bogart, Abel R. Wilson and
James W. Rogers.
On motion Brothers J. B. Fitzgerald and A. R. Wilson were
received on trial into the Traveling Connection.
The case of Rev. James Mahoney was recalled. All objec-
tions being withdrawn, on motion he was received.
The chair then recalled the First Question. And the follow-
ing brethren were represented and admitted on trial, viz.: Phillip
Chambers, John E. Moore, J. H. Stamper, J. W. Peace, Daniel
Carter, and John Mahoney.
Rev. E. E. Gillenwaters presented a paper declaratory of the
principles of action for the government of the Conference in the
reception of members. The paper being read, was called for item
by item and adopted, afer which it was adopted as a whole.
See papers marked "A" on file.
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Rev. T. H. Pearne moved that the Conference adjourn; that
it adjourn to meet on Monday morning at 8 o'clock. — Carried.
Report on "State of Country" was presented by Rev. T. H.
Pearne and unanimously adopted.
See "Report" marked "B" on file.
On motion the secretary was instructed to furnish a copy of
the report on "State of Country," also of the paper presented by
E. E. Gillenwaters for publication in the Western Christian Advo-
cate, Nashville Times and Press, and Knoxville Whig. After which
the chair indulged certain members and visitors of the Conference
in singing a little. Brother Drake, of the Ohio Conference, led in
singing the Battle Hymn of the Republic.
Committee on Public Worship made their announcements. Con-
Athens, Tenn., June 4, 1865.
Sunday School meeting 9:00 a. m., Rev. Jno. F. Spence, pre-
Addresses were made by Chaplains Black, Hyden and Gib-
son, and T. H. Pearne and John F. Spence.
At 10:30 a. m., Bishop, D. D., LL. D., preached an effective
sermon to an immense audienme that was sometimes transported
by the eloquence and fervor of the speaker.
At. the close of the sermon occurred the ordination of eight
Afternoon service, 3:00 p. m. Sermon by Rev. T. H. Pearne,
Following the sermon six elders were ordained.
Athens, Tenn., June 5, 1865.
Conference convened this morning at 8 o'clock. The usual re-
ligious services were conducted by Rev. W. H. Rogers.
The Bishop announced the transfer of L. F. Drake from the
The chair presented the certificates of ordination of the fol-
lowing named persons, ordained by him on the 4th inst viz ■ Thos
P. Rutherford, Jos. P. Milburn, Joseph J. Yeager, John R. Hughes'
Robert W. Hudson, Thos. R. West, James H. Young, Robert w'
Boyd, Wm. A. Marshall, Deacons; and Jonathan Mann Thos H
Russell James B. Fitzgerald, H. J. Crumley, David Beavers!
James W Rogers Elders. (The following simply Elders-elect):
Stephen Sharotz, Samuel Bogart and Abel R. Wilson
Rev. E. E. Gillenwaters and S. B. Harwell were granted super-
numerary relations with appointments. Brothers R. G. Blackburn
out appointment^ r ^ ^^ su I™erary Nations with-
Rev. John W. Mann was appointed by the chair to preach
Onn^nn m w 1 ° na T 3 ry T Serm0n ' and T " S " Stivers alternate
If E Ch rch \Z£- ° ng ^ aS reco ^ ize <l on certificate from the
tL gjureh,. South, received and granted a supernumerary rela-
tion without appointment. Also, Rev. Elijah, still on certificate
HOLSTON CONFERENCE 19
was recognized, received and granted supernumerary relations
To the question, "Where will you have the next Conference?"
Greenville being put in nomination, on motion, was fixed as the
next seat of the Holston Conference.
On motion Brothers Harmon J. Crumley and J. B. Walker
were admitted on trial.
Committee on Statistics presented report; on motion was
adopted. (See report marked "C")
Report of Committee on Sunday Schools was read and
adopted. (See report marked "D.")
Committee for Examination of Candidates for admission: J.
L. Mann, W. C. Daily, and A. F. Shannon.
Committee First Year: W. C. Graves, J. A. Hyden and Thos.
Committee Second Year Course: Jno. F. Spence, G. A. Gor-
don and A. J. Greer.
Committee Third Year: John W. Mann, S. D. Gaines and
J. B. Fitzgerald.
Committee Fourth Year Course: Erastus Rowley, T. S. Stiv-
ers and J. B. Little.
Committee to examine candidates for local Deacons Orders:
T. H. Pearne, P. H. Reed.
Committee Local Elders Orders: E. E. Gillenwaters, W. H.
Rogers and G. J. Alley.
The Committee on Education presented their report through
Brother P. C. Wilson; on motion report was adopted. (See report
On motion a committee on educational interests of the Church
was raised, with power to appoint an Agent to go abroad. Said
committee consists of Brothers J. Albert Hyden, Jno. F. Spence
and T. H. Pearne and Dr. E. Rowley (ministers), Col. Stanley,
Prof. P. C. Wilson and C. L. Hoss (laymen).
Committee on state of Church gave verbal report and were
On motion Rev. L. W. Couch was received from the M. E.
Church, South, into the traveling connection.
Report of Board of Conference Stewards was read and adopted.
(See report marked "F.")
A paper was presented by R. G. Blackburn and was unani-
mously adopted and ordered to be published in the Knoxville
Whig, Nashville Times and Press, and The Western Christian Ad-
vocate. (See paper marked "G.")
On motion a committee of five were raised on Church af-
fairs, viz.: W. H. Rogers, W. C. Daily, Albert Hyden, Patterson
J. W. Mann presented a resolution embodying the thanks of
the Conference to the citizens of Athens for their kindness and
liberality in entertaining the members of the Conference.
On motion a note of thanks was presented to Bishop Clark,
President of the Conference, for the kind and forbearing spirit
manifested toward the members of the Conference throughout its
The Bishop then read the appointments. See list.
On motion the Conference adjourned with the usual religious
devotions. D. W. CLARK, President.
JOHN F. SPENCE, Secretary.
Athens, Tenn., June 5, 1865.
2 HOLSTON CONFERENCE
PRINCIPLES OF ACTION PERTAINING TO RECEPTION
Whereas, It is expected by the Loyal Methodists of the South,
and especially of East Tennessee, that in the reorganization of
the Holston Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church strict
inquiry will be made touching the opinions concerning, and rela-
tions to, the late rebellion, of applicants for admission and recog-
nition as accredited ministers, and that said opinions and rela-
tions will shape, to a greater or less extent, our official action in
these cases; we therefore deem it necessary to state briefly the
general principles controlling us in the premises; therefore,
Resolved, 1. That it is the sense of this body that those
who entered into the late rebellion and imbibed the spirit thereof,
are guilty of a crime sufficient to exclude them from the king-
dom of grace and glory, and must not be admitted into this Con-
ference, save upon full confession and thorough repentance.
Resolved, 2. That those ministers who abandoned their
work and their homes, and absconded the country upon the ap-
proach of the national flag, have so far forfeited claim to our
confidence and Christian fellowship; that they should not be rec-
ognized by members of this Conference as accredited ministers
till they shall have been restored by the proper authorities of
Resolved, 3. That in the reception of preachers into this
body constant regard will be had, not only to their personal
qualifications and claims upon our Christian kindness and charity,
but also to the opinions, feelings, and wishes of our people, and
none ought to be admitted whose conduct, during the late rebel-
lion, has been such as to make them odious to the masses, and
whose usefulness as ministers of the Gospel has been sacrificed
to the unholy cause of treason and rebellion.
Resolved, 4. That, while we feel constrained thus to indi-
cate what is now the necessary policy of this Conference, we,
with hopeful hearts, look forward to the time, and hope it is not
far distant, when general confidence, friendship and good-will
shall be one in heart, one in purpose, and one in our great work
and labor of love.
The Holston Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church
in resuming the place she occupied among her sister annual con-
ferences up to 1844, takes a decided position of loyalty and
heartily agrees with them in their outspoken antagonism to' slav-
ery. Our people have given costly proof of their devotion to the
National Government, and by their votes slavery in Tennessee
has been buried beyond, as we trust, a hope of resurrection In
assuming this position, this Conference makes for herself a very
different record from that of the Holston Conference of the
Co e n?e°ren e K^ S^' S ° Uth ' tOUcM ^ tllese QuTstfons That
terf'or ionith S pla - Ce in , 1862 ' expelled one of "■ mem-
bers for joining the enemies of his country;" that is bein°- a
t's'uspeS anothe?^ ^ ^T^ ta Buppr^UVSm*
it suspended another of its members for a similar cause. In an
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elaborate report, presented by John N. McTyeire, on these cases,
and others similarly accused, "the continued agitation of the
subject of slavery" by theChurches North is falsely assigned as
the cause of the late wicked rebellion. We say "falsely," be-
cause it was not the agitation of the slavery question, but the
ineradicable tendencies and vices of the system itself which
brought about the unhappy events which have transpired.
The report also openly avows and advocates the rightfulness
of the late attempted disruption of the United States, and gravely
urges "the duty of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, alike
because of her historical antecedents and her doctrinal peculiari-
ties touching Southern institutions generally, and this institution
— slavery — especially, to be found arrayed side by side with the
great masses of the Southern people in religiously contending
in part for the same rights — political, civil, and religious — for
the security of which they were compelled, in 1844, to adopt
measures for a separate and independent ecclesiastical organiza-
tion." * * * "But now that these questions — abstract political
questions of secession and rebellion — have assumed a concrete
form, and under the inspiration of abolition fanaticism, have
kindled the fires of the most brutal and ruthless war ever known
in the history of man, involving every interest, political and re-
ligious, held to be most sacred and absolutely vital to the pres-
ent and future weal of our people, it is the deliberate conviction
of your committee that no patriot, no Christian, and, least of all,
no Christian minister who claims to be a citizen of the Confeder-
ate States of America, and who is presumed to be even partially
acquainted with the merits of this unhappy controversy, can
throw the weight of his opinions, words, or acts into the scale
of our enemies against us with moral impunity, or with a con-
science void of offense toward God and his fellow-countrymen."
Such treasonable deliverance, by a body of ministers in the
nineteenth century, and in the United States, as well as the ap-
parent spirit in which they were adopted, and the intolerant, re-
lentless and bitter persecutions of which they were followed,
justly produce surprise and astonishment; for they present a most
humiliating fact in the history of a religious organization — a
fact from which it would seem all good, true, patriotic and Chris-
tion men must turn away with ineffable shame and regret.
In view of the foregoing facts and considerations, it is there-
Resolved, That we hail, with intense, inexpressible pleasure
and profound gratitude to God the triumph of the national aims
over a gigantic, unprovoked and wicked rebellion; the dispersion
of the rebel armies which crimsoned the land with the blood of
our sons and brothers, swept our homes with desolation, and
filled our hearts with anguish; the established unity and integ-
rity of our country and government, and also the assured future
of our priceless national heritage of peace and liberty, civiliza-
tion and religion.
Resolved, That, as contributive to these results, we cherish
with liveliest interest the hope, and we will labor with earnest
zeal to realize its functions, that soon the banners of true Metho-
dism, loyal to country, to freedom, to right, and to God, shall
wave in triumph over the whole country, from east to west, and
from north to south, as now waves the banner of the Republic.
REPORTS OF CONFERENCE,
Numbers of members, report from stations and circuits
the Holston Conference June 5, 1865, Athens, Tennessee.
Number of Church Members 5,146
Number of deaths 11
Number of Sunday Schools 49
Number of Officers and Teachers 336
Number of Scholars in Conference 2,425
Number of Volumes in Libraries 1,179