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Lawton, Daniel Bradley: Born June 5, 1814, in Western New York. Admitted into Black River Conference in 1836. He spent only a few years of active service in Holston and was not well known to many of its ministers. For many years he was a great sufferer. He was a man of heroic faith and courage. He died at Keuka, Fla., May 12, 1896, and was buried at Interlachen, Fla.


Leach, John: Admitted to Pittsburgh Conference in 1826. He had been a superannuate in Holston Conference for several years. Died in 1873.


Lee, Barron Wells: Born Sept. 11, 1872, at Hendersonville, N. C. Son of Thomas J. and Virginia Wells Lee. Educated at Emory and Henry College. Admitted 1898. During twenty-one active years he served seven charges. "There was a quality of sincerity and earnestness in his preaching which arrested the attention and inspired the faith of his hearers." He married Miss Annie Parkinson in 1904. They had two children. He superannuated in 1919, because of illness, which continued until his death. He died in the hospital at Knoxville, March 14, 1937, and was buried at Knoxville.


Leonard, Issac B.: Born July 7, 1867, at Wallace, Va. Admitted to the Virginia Conference in 1901. He came with the Virginia territory to Holston Conference in 1906, and between that date and 1935 he served eleven charges. He married Miss Sarah Leonard Oct. 29, 1891. He superannuated in 1936. He died March 16, 1939, at his home in Greeneville, Tenn., and was buried there.


Leslie, Robert Lee: Born Sept. 21, 1870, in Wythe County, Va. He was admitted to the Virginia Conference in 1896 and served seven charges there. He was transferred to Holston in 1907. Except for two years (1914-1916), he was active until 1919. He married Miss Mary Currin on March 17, 1898. They had seven children. He superannuated in 1919, but he was busy as long as life lasted. He died Feb. 1, 1939, at his home in Inskip. He was buried at Brookwater Cemetery, Knoxville.


Lewis, Isaac: Born Jan. 29, 1801, Abingdon, Va. Admitted 1822. After five years he became supernumerary and located in 1832. Pastor of Knoxville Station 1827. Married Jan., 1829, Miss Eleanor Kinney Thatcher. His decendants have been leaders in church and civic life in Knoxville. While pastor at Abingdon in 1825. Mr. Lewis preached the funeral sermon of Madam Russell. He was for thirty-two years a venerated and useful local preacher. Died Jan. 16, 1864, in his home at Knoxville.


Light, George C.: Born Feb. 28, 1875, in Westmoreland County, Va. Admitted in 1805. In Holston two years, 1805-6-7. Located in 1809. Readmitted in 1821. Died at home of Dr. C. K. Marshall, Vicksburg, Miss., after 1859.


Lindsay, Isaac: Admitted 1808. In Holston one year, 1808.


Lindsay, John: In Holston one year, 1794-95.


Little, Joshua Boring: Born Feb. 7, 1826, where Johnson City now stands. Educated at Strawberry Plains School. He was six feet and six inches tall, erect and graceful, a commanding figure. Admitted to Holston Conference (South) in 1852. He united with the Methodist Episcopal Church in Holston Conference in 1865. He was for fifty-seven years a Methodist itinerant. He married Sept. 27, 1854, Miss Olivia Moss Kincaid, Fincastle, Tenn. They had thirteen children, one of whom Helen, married Rev. J. P. Morton. He was in continuous work as pastor and presiding elder for twenty years, then he was supernumerary (1884) for one year. This was followed by two years as pastor. He was again supernumerary, 1887 to 1891, when he was superannuated and finished his days in that relation. He died June 29, 1909, at his home near Fincastle, Tenn., and was buried there.


Locke, George: Born June 8, 1797, in Cannonstown, Pa. Son of David and Nancy Locke. Admitted 1818. In Holston two years, 1818 and 1819. Located in Ohio Conference. Readmitted 1822. Transferred to Illinois Conference 1825. Died in 1834 as result of exposure in crossing Wabash River.


Lockett, David: In Holston one year, 1790-91.

Logan, James C.: Born April 10, 1859, at Tullahoma, Tenn. He studied at Emory and Henry College and Vanderbilt University. He had been a local preacher for some years before he was admitted to the Conference in 1904. He served eight charges. He married July 9, 1893, Miss Bessie Wells of Hot Springs, N. C. They had five children. He retired in 1939, at eighty years of age. He died March 16, 1941, at Bristol, Tenn., and was buried there.


Long, C. S.: Born Jan. 3, 1850, in McMinn County, Tenn. Son of Rev. William R. and Sarah Elizabeth Long. Educated at East Tennessee University. Admitted 1875. In March, 1880, he was appointed as a missionary to Japan, at Nagasaki. He founded Cobleigh Seminary; and had begun the work of translating the Bible into Japanese, when his health failed. He married Miss Flora Smith, daughter of Rev. William Smith, of New York Conference, in 1879. He died in 1890; and was buried at Athens, Tenn.


Long, Carroll: Born Nov. 26, 1833, in McMinn County, Tenn. Son of Jimmie and Nancy Reynolds Long, McMinn County Tenn. He was a brother of Rev. William R. Long. Admitted 1845. Did a great deal of circuit, station and district work, and was well known in every part of Holston Conference. He was regarded as one of the safest counselors of his day in the Conference. Married Miss Nancy S. Oury, 1852, Newbern, Va. Died May 22, 1878, in the house in which he was born. Buried at Wesleyana, Tenn. Delegate to General Conference 1870 and 1874.


Long, James Rufus: Brother of William R. and Carroll Long. Admitted to Holston Conference in 1851. Was transferred to Western North Carolina Conference in 1890 and died in that Conference. Part of the farm on which he lived is now a part of the grounds of Lake Junaluska. The parents of Rev. William R. Long, Rev. Carroll Long and Rev. James Rufus Long, were Jimmie Long and his wife, Nancy Reynolds Long. They moved from Hawkins County, Tenn., to McMinn County, Tenn., and lived near Wesleyana Methodist Church. From 1844, when William R. Long joined Holston Conference, there has been a descendant of this family in the active itinerant membership of Holston Conference. The present descendants are: Rev. E. A. Shugart, a grandson of Jimmie and Nancy Long, through Polly Harriet, their youngest daughter, who married Will Y. Shugart; and Rev. James A. Shugart, a son of Rev. E. A. Shugart. This is supposed to be the longest lineal record of any family in the traveling connection in Holston Conference.


Long, Samuel Dismukes: Born July 24, 1859, at Verona, Miss. He graduated at the University of Tennessee in 1880 and attended Vanderbilt University in 1881. Transferred to Holston Conference in 1891, but the transfer was announced in 1892. He served charges with efficiency and success in Mississippi, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia; twenty-one years as presiding elder, in five districts, one of which, Chattanooga, he served twice; he served fifteen years as President of Martha Washington College, doing what was probably his outstanding work. He did not strive for popularity as a preacher but was a very lucid and edifying pulpit and platform speaker. Those who did not know him well sometimes thought him abrupt and even gruff, but those who knew him well came to observe that he had unusual capacity for friendship. Few men had more, or warmer, friends in every part of Holston Conference. Because of his superior judgment of men, and ability to inspire them to their best efforts, he excelled as a presiding elder. He was twice married: (1) Miss Lillie Sawyers, Dec., 1883. They had one son. She died Feb. 6, 1897. (2) Miss Josie Peck, of Pearisburg, Va., Oct. 18, 1899. The marriage ceremony was performed by Bishop A. W. Wilson and Dr. Bolling Hobson, pastor of the Presbyterian Church. They had one daughter. His last work as presiding elder terminated, he was appointed to Wise, Va. His service there lasted for less than a year. He died Sept. 15, 1934, at Wise. He was buried at Bristol, Va.


Long, William Reynolds: Born in 1819. He was an elder brother of Rev. Carroll Long. Admitted to Holston Conference in 1844. He became a member of Holston Conference of the M. E. Church when it was organized in 1865. He was twice married: (1) In 1847, Miss Sarah Elizabeth Atlee, Athens, Tenn. They had twelve children "all of whom lived to be grown and to be married." (2) In 1894, Miss Carrie E. Donaldson. He superannuated in 1891. "His influence is a part of the history of Holston Conference." He died May 23, 1906, He was buried at Athens, Tenn.


Lotspeich, Ralph: Son of Christopher Lotspeich, who came from Germany to Virginia, and settled in Culpepper County and afterwards came to Greene County. Admitted in 1802. He traveled in Ohio and Kentucky and was in Holston two years: French Broad in 1805, and Holston in 1806. Died June 15, 1813.


Lowry, Joseph E.: Born May 11, 1868, at Madisonville, Tenn. Son of Hugh Kelso and Isabella Cook Lowry. Educated at Hiwassee College. Admitted 1888. He was pastor twenty-four years and President of Hiwassee College thirteen years. A man of love, he was everywhere loved; a sympathetic pastor and a thoughtful and earnest preacher. Many young men and women were inspired and helped to go to Hiwassee College by his tactful counsel. He married July 19, 1892, Miss Cordelia Ault. They had five children. He superannuated in 1935. He died Jan. 27, 1937, at Knoxville, Tenn., and was buried there.


Lyons, Edward F.: Born June 6, 1836, Knoxville, Tenn. Son of Daniel and Sybella Lonas Lyons. No record of his admission to the Conference has been found. The earliest mention of his name is found in the appointments for 1870, when he was assigned to Kingston circuit. In 1871 he was given supernumerary relations and continued thus until 1873, when he was appointed to Mabry Street and City Mission, Knoxville. His death was reported in 1874, but the date is not given. Buried in Knoxville. His widow died April 5, 1912. A younger brother, J. A. Lyons, entered Holston Conference in 1875 and lived until 1929. Another brother, W. L. Lyons, was one of the most useful laymen of Knoxville, where he belonged to Church Street Church.


Lyons, James A.: Born July 3, 1845, in Knoxville, Tenn. Son of Daniel and Sybella Lonas Lyons, whose home was an institution of Christian nurture. Was educated in the public schools of Knoxville. Served in Confederate Army. Entered East Tennessee University in 1867, but poor health forbade more than one year in the University. He engaged successfully in the jewelry business. His call to preach came while attending a great revival in the First Presbyterian Church, conducted by Rev. George A. Caldwell. While superintending the Sunday school at Church Street he was licensed to preach April 30, 1870. He was admitted to Holston Conference in 1875. He gave fifty-three years to the ministry: active work thirty-six years; supernumerary thirteen; and superannuate four years. He served twelve pastoral charges, one district, was editor of the Conference paper and for several years Conference Sunday School Secretary. His greatest work was done as writer and administrator in Sunday school work. He wrote The Sunday School and Its Work, the first book of its kind published in the South. He was twice married: (1) Miss Margaret Lenoir, March 6, 1884. They had two children. She died in 1892. (2) Miss Jennie Buchanan, Glade Spring, Va., April 6, 1901. Superannuated 1924. Always a frail man, he suffered long and painfully during his last years; but was cheerful and patient to the end. After 1911 he lived at Keywood, Va., and there the end came, Feb. 18, 1929. He was buried in Old Gray Cemetery at Knoxville.


Maddin, Thomas: Born Feb. 13, 1796, Philadelphia. Admitted 1818. In Holston one year, 1823. Located 1826. Readmitted 1837. All in Tennessee Conference.


Mahoney, James: Born Dec. 10, 1828, in Washington County, Tenn. Admitted 1859, and was effective, without a break, for forty-two years and served circuits in Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina. He loved, and was venerated and loved by, his brethren. He withdrew from Holston Conference, South, in 1865, and went to the Holston, North. He was appointed to Newport. He was readmitted to Holston Conference, South, in 1867. He may have been confused as to which church; but he was not confused about preaching the gospel. He kept straight at it. Married, "when not quite twenty years old," Miss Maria McCall, May 7, 1848. They had nine children. A man most faithful in all things. He bought a home at Wallace, Va., and lived there after superannuation. Died March 28, 1907. Buried at Wallace, Va.


Maiden, George Allen: Born Sept. 26, 1851, in Washington County, Va. He was the son of Daniel W. and Elizabeth Logan Maiden. He studied at Emory and Henry College. He was admitted into Holston Conference in 1877. He was in active work until 1913. From the first year until the last he was active and efficient as pastor and as presiding elder. He served three districts. He married March 4, 1880, Miss Anna Amelia Warren. They had five children. She died March 31, 1929. He became supernumerary in 1913 and superannuate in 1923. He died in his home in Abingdon, Va., on Sept. 25, 1941, lacking but one day of being ninety years of age. He was buried at Emory, Va.


Maiden, John Milton: Born Dec. 4, 1854, in Washington County, Va. Son of William M. and Rebecca Maiden. Completed junior year at Emory and Henry College. Taught for some years in public schools. Converted at sixteen. Licensed to preach Sept. 23, 1876. Admitted 1891. An effective preacher for eighteen years. Superannuated 1908. Serving large charges on small salaries, he yet managed to educate his children. Married March 23, 1883, Miss Sarah J. Grubb. They had eight children. Died April 17, 1818, in Washington County, Va. Buried at Emory, Va.


Malone, Benjamin: In Holston one year, 1813.


Malone, John Wesley: Born July 10, 1856, at Atlanta, Ga. Son of Rev. J. D. and Mrs. Mary Malone. Educated at Hiwassee College and Vanderbilt University. Admitted to North Mississippi Conference in 1885 and was in the pastorate until 1894. In 1894 he took the Presidency of Grenada College where he served five years. In 1899 he accepted the Presidency of Woman's College, Oxford, Miss., and continued there for three years. In 1902 he transferred to South Georgia Conference and returned to the pastorate for four years. In 1906 he was elected President of Andrew College, where he continued for twelve years. Transferred to Holston Conference 1918 and became President of Centenary College. Here he served for nine years. His last year of active service was as pastor at Rural Retreat, Va. This was his forty-third year in the ministry. Married June 15, 1887, Miss Lillian Kemp, Holly Springs, Miss. They had eight children. He was superannuated in 1828. Died Aug. 16, 1930, at Cleveland, Tenn. Buried at Grenada, Miss.


Manker, John Jenkins: Born Dec. 24, 1839, in Fincastle, Ohio. He was the son of Rev. John and Sarah Wright Manker. He entered Ohio Wesleyan University in 1858, and before finishing his course he enlisted as a Federal soldier, serving four years and rising to a lieutenancy. He was admitted to Holston Conference in 1866. He was early recognized as a man of marked ability, and soon came to be a trusted leader in every important enterprise of Holston Conference. As pastor, presiding elder, professor and financial agent he gave himself unsparingly to whatever work he was called to do. These various activities occupied his time for thirty-eight years. Then, in 1904, he was called to the office of Editor of the Methodist Advocate Journal. He soon came to be accounted one of the most useful editors in the connection and his stature grew to the last hour of his life. He became thoroughly identified not only with Holston Conference but with the entire Methodist Church in the South. He was twice married: (1) Miss Julia Tarbell, Ripley, Ohio, in 1863. (2) Miss Ida Kirk, Chattanooga, 1891. He is survived by four children. He was elected a delegate to the General Conferences of 1876, 1884, 1900 and 1916. While attending the General Conference of 1916, at Saratoga Springs, he was addressing the Committee on Book Concern, in behalf of the Church press, when the end came. He died, thus, May 16, 1916. He was brought to Chattanooga and buried in Forest Hills Cemetery.


Mann, John W.: Born Aug. 9, 1835, at Waynesville, N. C. Admitted in 1857. His first appointment was that of junior preacher on Waynesville circuit. After one year he came to East Tennessee, where he lived and labored for forty years. He served important stations for many years and was for nine years presiding elder. He was one of the organizers of Holston Conference of the M. E. Church in 1865. He was elected to the General Conference of 1880. "For many years he never went into the pulpit without first having committed every word of hymn and sermon and prayer he was to utter." He married Aug., 1861, Miss Belle J. Winton, a cousin of Rev. Wiley B. Winton. They had two children. He was long in feeble health; and, in 1895, asked for the superannuate relation, which was granted. His health then declined rapidly. He died May 30, 1897, and was buried in Old Gray Cemetery in Knoxville.

Manson, William: Admitted 1816. In Holston serving circuits and Asheville District. Expelled from Church in 1842. Later untied with Methodist Protestant Church and died in that Church.


Marsh, Edward Waverly: Born Nov. 27, 1847, in Rhea County, Tenn. Admitted in 1869. Health gave way at the close of his fourth year and he died of pulmonary consumption, March 4, 1874. Buried in Rhea County, Tenn.


Marshall, Lewis W.: Admitted 1818. In Holston 1821 to 1824. Located in 1824. Readmitted 1832. Was presiding elder of Greeneville District four years and Knoxville District one year. Six years secretary of Conference. Located 1837. Later united with Wichita Conference and died there in 1862.


Marshall, W. A.: Born in Hawkins County, Tenn., about 1818. He was licensed to preach in 1855. Admitted (M. E.) 1869. Not able to attend Conference in 1871, he reported having received thirty-five on probation, forty into full connection, and baptism of seven adults and forty-two infants. He was married and had five children. He died Sept. 29, 1871, near Murphy, N. C., and was buried at Klontz Chapel, Clay County, N. C.


Martin, Burton M.: Born Oct. 5, 1866, in McMinn County, Tenn. He was educated at Haysville College, Grant University and Theological School. He was admitted in 1894. He served important pastoral charges, was district superintendent, agent of Preacher's Aid Society and Centenary Area Secretary. In all of these places of responsibility he showed the same unfailing courage, devotion and ability. He was elected a delegate to the General Conference of 1906. His alma mater conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Divinity. He married May 27, 1896, Miss Zona Haggard. He died May 30, 1924. He was buried in Chattanooga, Tenn.


Martin, George: Born Feb. 10, 1821, in Wythe County, Va. Admitted 1863. A faithful and popular pastor. Married 1845, Miss Rebecca Perkins, Grayson County, Va. She died in 1857 and he married in 1860, Miss N. J. Cox, Sullivan County, Tenn. Died April 11, 1875, Bakersville, N. C., and was buried there.


Martin, Mitchell: Admitted 1837. Died in 1840, while on Cleveland circuit and was buried at Charleston, Tenn.


Martin, William Anderson: Born May 16, 1869, in Carroll County, Ga. He professed faith in Christ at the age of eight; and was licensed to preach at sixteen. Admitted into the Georgia Conference in 1893. He transferred to Holston Conference in 1912, and served four charges. "To preach with him was an absorbing desire." He was twice married: (1) Aug. 15, 1888, Miss Hattie Holt. They had four children, one of whom, Rev. William C. Martin, is a member of Holston Conference. (2) In 1893, Miss Addie Wilson. They had one child. He died June 22, 1920, at the home of his son, Rev. W. C. Martin, at Rockwood, Tenn.


Mastin, Jeremiah: Admitted 1785. In Holston two years, 1787, 1789.

McClure, Arthur: Born Feb. 16, 1801, in East Tennessee. Admitted 1822. In Holston 1822. Died Sept. 26, 1825.


McCracken, David: Born Oct. 14, 1855, in Washington County, Va. Attended school at Castlewood, Russell County, Va., and there became a lifelong friend of Eugene Blake. Admitted 1879. After entering the Conference, he spent one year at Hiwassee College. Served twenty-one charges in thirty years. A self-sacrificing and laborious man. Became supernumerary in 1909. Superannuate in 1917. Twice married: (1) Miss Virginia Harriet Stover, Oct. 1887; (2) Tabitha Russell, Nov. 30, 1910, of Scott County, Va. After forty-three years in Holston Conference, he died in his 67th year on Feb. 4, 1922, at Clinton, Tenn., and was buried there.


McDowell, Robert T.: Born May 11, 1855, in Tazewell County, Va. He was educated in the local schools. He grew up in the neighborhood of Bluestone Camp Ground. He was admitted into Holston Conference in 1883. He served eighteen charges and was for several years appointed as a district evangelist. For more than twenty-five years he lived at Bristol, and served several charges there. He was fervently evangelistic in his preaching. He married Miss Nannie E. Summers, Tazewell County, Va. They had nine children. She died April 3, 1934. He superannuated in 1935. He died at his home in Bristol, Feb. 19, 1941, and was buried in Bristol.


McFarland, Lawrence Walton: Born Oct. 10, 1895, in Tazewell County, Va. Son of Jacob and Darthula Frye McFarland. Educated at Hiwassee College and Emory and Henry College. Converted at twelve. While in the United States Army, in 1918, he decided to preach. Admitted in 1925. One year as a student; six years in two charges, was the term of his service. He gave promise of great usefulness. Married June 5, 1928, Miss Hattie Kate Hart, Scott County, Va. They had three children. While attending Pastors' School he was stricken with appendicitis and died Sept. 2, 1932, in George Ben Johnson Hospital, Abingdon, Va. Buried at Emory, Va.


McGhee, J. W.: Born June 24, 1852, in Macon County, N. C. Admitted in 1866. He served twelve charges in Holston. In 1907 he transferred to the Oklahoma Conference. He superannuated in 1911. He was twice married: (1) Miss Nannie L. Long, daughter of Rev. W. R. Long. They had three children. There were five children by the second marriage. He died Aug. 7, 1926, at his home in Knoxville, and was buried there.


McGhee, John: Admitted in 1788. In Holston one year, 1790-91. Active in origin of Camp Meetings; and in Great Revival of 1800.


McGhee, Joseph L.: Born June 6, 1844. Admitted 1869. A victim of tuberculosis, he was only four years in itinerant work. Married Miss Cosart: one son, Joseph McGhee, honored, in 1942, as a Doctor of Laws, by Emory and Henry College. Died Sept. 18, 1873, at father's home, Smythe County, Va. Buried at Sweetwater, Tenn.


McGhee, Silas Andrew: Born Feb. 12, 1878, near Canton, N. C. Son of George Ira and Sallie Mosser McGhee. Educated in public schools and Waynesville Academy. Licensed to preach Dec. 6, 1899; and served as a missionary to the Cherokee Indians for two years. After this he united with the United Brethren Church and served a pastorate of four years in Greene County, Tenn. Admitted in orders in 1910. Served eight charges and one year as evangelist in nineteen years. A successful evangelist pastor; paid old church debts, built churches and parsonages. An acceptable preacher wherever he was sent. Married July 1, 1904, Miss Sarah Henry, Newport, Tenn. They had two sons. Death came unexpectedly. He returned home from Conference at Chattanooga on Monday and died the following Sunday, Oct. 14, 1929, in the parsonage at Pennington Gap, Va., to which he had been returned for the third year. Buried at Emory, Va.


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