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not only upon the affections of the Church, but the admiration of the people. The four years in which he had charge of the Kentucky District, he exhibited those high executive qualities so essential to usefulness and success in the office of Presiding Elder. In the early part of his connection with Methodism in Kentucky, he took an active part in the great revivals.
He was among the first preachers from Kentucky who bore the tidings of a Redeemer's love across the beautiful Ohio. He organized the first society of Methodists in Cincinnati, while traveling the Miami Circuit, “consisting of the following eight members, namely, Mr. and Mrs. Carter, their son and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Gibson, and Mr. and Mrs. St. Clair. Mr. Gibson was appointed the leader.” *
The Rev. Mr. Hinde, in speaking of Mr. Sale, and his preaching in Cincinnati, says: “It was as late as the month of August, 1803, that I had the satisfaction of hearing the first sermon ever preached by a Methodist preacher in the now flourishing town of Cincinnati, in Ohio-with, perhaps, the exception of a sermon in the vicinity preached by Mr. Kobler. The sermon to which I allude was preached by Mr. John Sale. His circuit then embraced what now comprehends nearly three Presiding Elders' Districts in extent of territory.”+
The name of Jonathan Kidwell only appears in the list of Appointments for this session of the Conference. He is appointed, with John Sale, to the Salt River and Shelby Circuit. No memento is left us, from which we can learn when he was admitted on trial, or when he ceased his labors as an itinerant.
* Sketches of Western Methodism, p.
108. † Methodist Magazine, Vol. II., p. 396.
It will be perceived that, up to this date, we have taken no account of any membership we may have had in the southern portion of the State.
From 1787 to the Conference of 1796, the only identity Methodism could claim in Southern Kentucky was in connection with the Cumberland Circuit, which included the settlements of Logan and what is now Simpson counties.
In 1796, the Logan Circuit was formed, to which Aquila Sugg was appointed; but, at the ensuing Conference, there was no report of the membership it embraced, and it was again thrown into the Cumberland Circuit, in which it remained until the formation of the Red River Circuit, in 1802.
No change in the membership in Kentucky is reported in the Minutes for this year. The statistics had not been furnished for record.
FROM THE CONFERENCE HELD AT BETHEL ACADEMY, OC
TOBER 6, 1800, TO THE CONFERENCE OF 1801.
Representative women-Mrs. Lydia Wickliffe-Mrs. Sally Helm
Mrs. Sarah Stevenson-Mrs. Mary Davis Mrs. Elizabeth Durbin -Mrs. Jane Hardin-Mrs. Jane Stamper-Mrs. Mary T. HindeConference held October 6, 1800, the second in Kentucky for this year-Bishops Asbury and Whatcoat present—The Conference Journal—William McKendree-Lewis Hunt-William MarshThe spread of the great reviral-Ilai Nunn-Major John Martin -Dr. Hinde-Increase of membership.
In the former chapter we have referred to the efficient aid that was rendered by the local preachers in planting and nourishing the Church.
Another element that contributed largely to give it permanence in Kentucky, was the accession to its communion of many of the most remarkable women of that period.
As has been beautifully said, Woman was last at the cross, and first at the sepulcher; and in every age, in most communities where the truths of the Christian religion have been presented, she has been the first to embrace them. Indebted as she is for her social elevation to the teachings of the Bible, woman has, in all countries where the opportunity has offered, shown her high appreciation of the doctrines of the cross, by bowing in reverence before it, and acknowledging the supremacy of the Saviour. .
It was so in the introduction of Methodism into Kentucky. While many of the finest intellects among the men in the District had become connected with the Methodist Church, yet, in the organization of the societies, they were generally preceded by the women. If the men of that period were hardy, chivalrous, and brave, they did not surpass their wives in those noble qualities of endurance, of patience, and of intrepidity. While woman's sphere entailed upon her the holy duties of home, it was not unfrequent that her safety levied contributions upon her valor, and placed her side by side with her gallant husband or father, with gun in hand, against the white man's foe. The page of history nowhere records deeds of daring more noble than those performed by the pioneer women of Kentucky.
It is, however, in her character as a Christian, that she shines with the brightest luster. The Christian woman is to her husband and her children the softener of their sorrows and the soother of their cares, the guardian angel that keeps unceasing vigils over the interests of her home; in the community in which she resides, shedding a holy influence, that checks the vanities of the gay, and administers sweet consolation to the sorrowing and the sad.
Among the early women of Kentucky, Methodism numbered many who were remarkable for all those excellent traits of character that have, in all
Christian countries, ennobled their sex. Patient in suffering, encountering dangers undaunted, submitting to the privations of pioneer life without a murmur, unswervingly devoted to the cause of Christianity, “ adorned in modest apparel-not with broidered hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly arraybut, which becometh women possessing godliness, with good works,” they set before the community examples of piety, and used every proper exertion to elevate the standard of religion. While hundreds of men had become seduced from the doctrines of the Bible, and been led away from the only Rock of salvation, by the teachings of infidelity, those Christian women adhered more closely to the cause of the Redeemer—the only hope of the world. They exhibited in their “ daily walk and conversation" the sincerity of their profession, and in their death reposed their hope of immortality upon the many “exceeding great and precious promises” of the word of God.
They left, too, their impress on society, not only by restraining vice, but by the promotion of virtue and religion; and, in the quietude of their own homes, trained for future usefulness their sonsmany of whom have filled prominent positions in Church and State; and their daughters, who have adorned society by their charms, and blessed it by the beauties and graces of Christianity.
Their names and their memories ought not to be forgotten.
Among the many whose memory is too dear to Kentucky Methodism to be allowed to fade away,