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JOURNAL 



of the 



TWENTY-SECOND SESSION 



of the 



Holston Annual Conference 



of the 

Methodist Episcopal Church 

IN RE-ORGANIZATION 
held at 



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June 1-5, 1865 lfck5~-|S£5 



JOHN F. SPENCE, Secretary 

KNOXVILLE. TENN. 

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Tennessee Wesleyan College 

Athens, Tennessee 




BISHOP DAVIS W. CLARK, D.D., L.L.D. 
Cincinnati, Ohio. 



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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 
rebellion. 

W. G. BROWNLOW, 

J. A. HYDEN. .;} 

E. E. GILLENWATERS. 

W. T. DOWELL. 

WILLIAM CURETON. 

JAMES CUMMING. 

THOMAS RUSSELL. 

WILLIAM H. ROGERS. 



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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 



CONVENTION PROCEEDINGS. 



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 
chosen. 



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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 
transferred. 

"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. 



HOLSTON CONFERENCE 




E. E. GILLEXWATERS R. G. BLACKBURN 

Chairman Secretary 

Historic Convention 



HOLSTON CONFERENCE 



HOLSTON ANNUAL CONFERENCE 

Methodist Episcopal Church 



Sessions of the Conference 



Year 



Time 



Place 



Bishop 



Secretary 



1824 


Nov. 


27 


1825 


Oct. 


20 


1826 


Nov. 


2 


1827 


Nov. 


1 


1828 


Nov. 


14 


1829 


Dec. 


24 


1830 


Nov. 


4 


1831 


Nov. 


10 


1832 


Nov. 


15 


1833 


Oct. 


16 


1834 


Oct. 


8 


1835 


Oct. 


7 


1836 


Oct. 


2 


1837 


Oct. 


18 


1838 


Nov. 


13 


1839 


Oct. 


13 


1840 


Nov. 


11 


1841 


Oct. 


6 


1842 


Oct. 


5 


1843 ' 


Oct. 


4 


1844 


Oct. 


9 



Knoxville, Tenn.... 
Jonesboro, Tenn.... 

Abingdon, Va 

Knoxville, Tenn 

Jonesboro, Tenn.... 

Abingdon, Va 

Ebenezer, Tenn 

Athens, Tenn 

Evensham, Tenn... 
Kingsport, Tenn.... 

Knoxville, Tenn 

Abingdon, Va 

Madisonville, Tenn 
Reem's Creek, N. C 

Wytheville, Va 

Greeneville, Tenn.. 

LaFayette, Ga 

Rogersville, Tenn.. 

Knoxville, Tenn 

Abingdon, Va 

Re«m.'s Creek, N. C 



Robt. it. Roberts 
j Robt R. Roberts 

J Joshua Soule 

Joshua Soule 

Robt R Roberts.. 

Joshua Soule 

Joshua Soule 

j Wm. McKendree 

/ Joshua Soule 

Elijah Hedding 

John Emory 

Robt. R. Roberts.. 
*John Henninger.. 
Jas. O. Andrew ... 
Thos. A. Morris ... 
Jas. O. Andrew.... 

Jas. O. Andrew 

*Thos. K. Catlett.. 
Thos. A. Morris... 

*Samuel Patten 

Beverly Waugh 

Thos. A. Morris ... 
Edmund S. Janes.. 



John Tevis 
Thos Stringfield 

Thos. Stringfield 
Elbert F. Sevier 
Elbert F. Sevier 
Elbert F. Sevier 
Elbert F. Sevier 

Elbert F. Sevier 
Thos. Stringfield 
Lew S. Marshall 
Marshall 
Marshall 
Marshall 
Marshall 
Marshall 
D. R Mc An ally 
Elbert F. Sevier 
Elbert F. Sevier 
Elbert F. Sevier 
Elbert F. Sevier 
Elbert F. Sevier 



Lew S 
Lew S 
Lew S 
Lew S 
Lew S 



Holston Conference Reorganized 


Year 


Time 


Place 


Bishop 


Secretary 


1865 


June 1 


Athens, Tenn 


D. W. Clark 


J. F. Spenee 







10 



HOLSTON CONFERENCE 



SPECIAL COMMITTEES. 

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 
Milburn. 

State of the Country — T. H. Pearne, J. P. Milburn, J. A. 
Hyden. 

Stae of the Church — J. L. Mann, D. E. Rowley, J. F. 
Spence. 

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. 
Fitzgerald. 

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. 



CONFERENCE ROLL. 



Alley, John. 
Blackburn, R. G. 
Daily, W. C. 
Crumley, T. D. 
Cumming, James. 
Drake, L. F. 
Dugan, W. H. H. 
Forrester, John. 
Fleming, David. 
Gaines, S. D. 
Gillenwaters, E. E. 
Gordon, G. A. 
Guthrie, R. H. 
Graves, W. C. 
Greer, Andrew. 
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. 
Milburn, William. 
Pearne, T. H. 
Reed, P. H. 
Rowley, D. E. 
Rogers, W. H. 
Russell, T. H. 
Rutherford, T. P. 
Shannon, A. F. 
Spence, J. F. 
Still, Elijah. 
Stivers, T. S. 
Walker, T. S. 






HOLSTON CONFERENCE 11 

PROBATIONERS. 

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. 
Mahoney, John. 

APPOINTMENTS. 

ATHENS DISTRICT. 

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 
Quarterly Conference. 

CHATTANOOGA DISTRICT. 

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. 

JONESBORO DISTRICT. 

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. 



12 HOLSTON CONFERENCE 

North Carolina Circuit — A. R. Wilson, J. B. Fitzgerald. 
William Milburn, Chaplain in the army and member ot tne 
Rheatown Quarterly Conference. 

KNOXVILLE DISTRICT. 

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. 



HOLSTON CONFERENCE 



13 




J. P. Spence, 
Secretary of the Session. 

Appointed Presiding Elders 
T. H. Peaene. J. A. Hyden. 

W. 0. Daily. L P. Drake. 



14 HOLSTON CONFERENCE 



(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.) 

TRANSFERS- RECEIVED. 

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 
belli. 

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. 
Marshall. 

Ordained as Elders — Jonathan L. Mann, Thos. H. Russell, 
James B. Fitzgerald, H. J. Crumley, David Beavers, James w! 
Rogers. 

Next session to be held at Greenville, Tenn. 



HOLSTON CONFERENCE 15 



REORGANIZATION OF THE HOLSTON CON 
FERENCE OF THE M. E. CHURCH. 



PROCEEDINGS. 



FIRST DAY. 



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 
that church. 

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 
deacons. 

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- 
mittees: 

COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION: Brothers Rowley, Rogers 
and Wilson. 

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 
Blackburn. 

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. 

SECOND DAY. 

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 Conference. 

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 
elders. b 

On motion. Rev. David Fleming was recognized and re- 
ceived as superanuate. 

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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. 

THIRD DAY. 

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. 
H. Duggan. 

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- 
ference adjourned. 

FOURTH DAY. 
Conference Day. 

Athens, Tenn., June 4, 1865. 

Sunday School meeting 9:00 a. m., Rev. Jno. F. Spence, pre- 
siding. z 

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 
deacons. 

Afternoon service, 3:00 p. m. Sermon by Rev. T. H. Pearne, 
of Oregon. 

Following the sermon six elders were ordained. 

FIFTH DAY. 

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 
Ohio Conference. 

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 



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was recognized, received and granted supernumerary relations 
with appointment. 

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. 
H. Russell. 

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 
marked "E.") 

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 
released. 

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 
and Foster. 

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 
entire session. 

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. 



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PRINCIPLES OF ACTION PERTAINING TO RECEPTION 
OF MEMBERS. 

REPORT "A." 

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 
the Church. 

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. 

REPORT "B." 

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- 
fore 

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. 



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REPORTS OF CONFERENCE, 



STATISTICS. 

REPORT "C." 

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