LIFE AMONG THE INDIANS Personal Reminiscences and Historical Incidents Illustrative of Indian Life and Character ePUB
by James Finley
James Bradley Finley was born in North Carolina, July 1, 1781, was one of the most distinguished ministers of the M. E. Church in the West. He was converted in 1801, and in 1809 he was received on trial by the Western Conference, and traveled extensive fields of labor for six years. From 1816 to 1821 he was presiding elder of districts which embraced as much territory as an Annual Conference now contains. Through the instrumentality of a colored preacher (John
Stewart) a revival had commenced among the Wyandott Indians at Upper Sandusky, O., and Finley was selected as a missionary to these "sons of the forest." This work he successfully prosecuted for six years, and from that time until 1845 he was preacher in the leading charges or was presiding elder of districts. At the solicitation of the directors of the Ohio penitentiary he was appointed chaplain, where he served three years and a half, until his health became impaired. He was elected eight times as delegate to the General Conference. He died Sept. 6, 1856. He was a man of great energy of character, of burning zeal, and of deep devotion to all the interests of the church. In quarterly meetings and at campmeetings he had great power over the masses, who were ofttimes wonderfully moved by his eloquence. He published several volumes, among which were an "Autobiography," "Wyandott Mission," "Sketches of Western Methodism," "Life among the Indians," and "Memorials of Prison Life."
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