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A Guide to the A Guide to the John Early Papers 1800-1856 Early, John, Papers Methodist Vertical File Early 1

A Guide to the John Early Papers 1800-1856

A Collection in the
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the McGraw-Page Library
Accession Number Methodist Vertical File Early 1


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Repository
Archives and Special Collections, McGraw-Page Library, Randolph-Macon College
Accession number
Methodist Vertical File Early 1
Title
The John Early Papers
Physical Characteristics
The collection contains 63 folders in 6 linear feet.
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

The John Early Papers, Methodist Vertical File Early 1, Archives and Special Collections, McGraw-Page Library, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, VA.

Acquisition Information

The collection is a combination of Randolph-Macon College materials, Virginia Conference materials and donated materials. Much of the collection was presented to the college by J. Rives Childs, October 1930, in connection with the celebration of the centennial of the college. Additional materials were donated in December 1945. Mr. Childs was the great-grandson of Bishop Early and a 1912 alumnus of the college. Other donors include Miss Fanny Early, Dr. L.R. Littleton and Frank J. Merryman.


Biographical/Historical Information

Born January 1, 1786 in Bedford County Virginia, the thirteenth child of Joshua and Mary Early, Bishop John Early joined the Methodist Church following his conversion in April of 1804. Licensed to preach after 1806 - 1807, he began his ministry at Poplar Forest in Bedford, Virginia ministering to Mr. Jefferson's slaves. By 1811, he was traveling the Greenville Circuit and received more than 500 persons into the church. A stirring preacher, he attracted the attention of church leaders and became a Presiding Elder in 1813. Although he held many important positions in the church he was not elected to the Episcopacy until 1854, due to his connection to slavery. In 1821 he married Elizabeth Rives. He was offered several positions in the federal government, which he declined, feeling they would be in opposition to his ministerial calling. He was instrumental in the local government of Lynchburg, VA, and supported various causes and enterprises, such as the James River and Kanawha Canal and the Viginia and Tennessee Railroad Company. He was also instrumental in the founding of Randolph-Macon College and served as President of the Board of Trustees for nearly 40 years, as well as serving as College Agent. He died on November 5, 1873 and is buried in Spring Hill Cemetary in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Scope and Content

The collection primarily contains information bearing on Randolph-Macon College and the Virginia Conference of the Methodist Church. Diaries cover 1807 to 1813. Correspondence beginning in 1800 includes family and other prominent Methodists (William McKendree and Leonidas Rosser). Methodist materials include General Conference information from 1830, 1836, 1840 and 1844, ordination certificates and sermon notes.

Arrangement

Correspondence is arranged chronologically by folder, other material is arranged by subject.

Contents List

Series 1: Diaries 1807-1813
  • folder 6
    Diary 1807
  • Folder 7
    Diary 1808
  • Folder 8
    Diary 1810
    2 volumes
  • Folder 9
    Diary 1811
  • Folder 10
    Diary 1812
  • Folder 11
    Diary 1813
Series 2: Administrative 1940
Folder: 5
  • Folder 5
    Administrative Correspondence 1940
  • Folder 3
    Index
  • Folder 4
    Index
Series 3: Narratives
  • Folder 1
    Traveling Preacher, The Story of Bishop John Early by William K. Thomas 1964
  • Folder 2
    An Account of the Experience and Travels of John Early from 25 May 1807-June 8,1814 Transcribed by Deborah Pugh 2002
  • Folder 37
    Memorial Discourse 1873
    1 item

    On the death of John Early delivered by Bishop Doggett

  • Folder 40
    Portraits of John Early
    2 items
  • Folder 43
    Later Articles about John Early 1879-1972
    2 items
  • Folder 53
    Obituaries
    10 items
  • Folder 54
    Obituaries
    12 items
  • Folder 55
    Lynchburg Magazine Nov/Dec 1972
    1 item
Correspondence 1800-1874
  • Folder 12
    Miscellaneous Correspondence 1800-1840
    13 items
  • Folder 13
    Correspondence of John Early and William McKendree 1821-1829
    8 items
  • Folder 14
    Corresponence of John Early and Elizabeth B. Early 1823-1857
    96 items
  • Folder 15
    Letters bearing on Randolph-Macon 1825, 1827
    2 items
    • D. Dempsy to John Early, proposing Leaksville N.C. April 16, 1827
    • Gabriel Disoway to John Early, written on printed circular, Address to the Members and Friends of the Methodist Episcopal Church January 17, 1825
  • Folder 16
    Correspondence of John Early and J. Emory 1829-1832
    6 items
  • Folder 18
    Letters bearing on Randolph-Macon College 1830-1831
    7 items
  • Folder 19
    Letters bearing on Randolph-Macon College 1832-1833
    22 items
  • Folder 20
    Correspondence of John Early and Eleazer Early 1833-1834
    9 items
  • Folder 21
    Letters Bearing on Randolph-Macon College 1834-1835
    29 items
  • Folder 23
    Letters Bearing on Randolph-Macon College 1836-1837
    10 items
  • Folder 24
    Letters Bearing on Randolph-Macon College 1838-1839
    15 items
  • Folder 25
    Letters Bearing on Randolph-Macon College 1840
    16 items
  • Folder 26
    Miscellaneous Correspondence 1841-1846
    12 items
  • Folder 28
    Letters Bearing on Randolph-Macon College 1841-1861
    41 items
  • Folder 30
    Correspondence of John Early 1847-1850
    22 items
  • Folder 32
    Correspondence of Thomas Early (son of John Early) 1850-1894
    18 items
  • Folder 33
    Correspondence of John Early 1851-1856
    5 items
  • Folder 34
    John Early - Leonida Rosser Correspondence 1853-1854
    4 items

    given by Dr. l. R. Littleton

  • Folder 36
    Miscellaneoud Correspondence 1861-1874
    9 items
  • Folder 38
    Envelopes
    6 items
  • Folder 49
    Letters and Papers Bearing on Randolph-Macon College
    13 items

    Given by Miss Fanny Early

  • Folder 52
    Correspondence 1857-1860
    13 items
  • Folder 4-2
    Correspondence
    60 items
Methodist Materials 1830-1849
  • Folder 17
    Minutes of the Annual Conferences of the Methodist Episcopal Church 1830
  • Folder 22
    General Conference 1836
    1 item
  • Folder 27
    Appointment Book- Lynchburg 1841-1844
    2 volumes
  • Folder 31
    Pamphlets -Church Engaging in Merchandise 1849
  • Folder 44
    Miscellaneous items
    45 items
  • Folder 3-2
    Methodist Episcopal Church, South Conference
    miscellaneous papers
6: Randolph-Macon Material
  • Folder 29
    Promissory Note 1846
  • Folder 41
    Subscriptions to the College
    40 items
  • drawer 2
    Collections to Endorse a Professorship in R.M. College 1838
  • Account Books of RMC Agent Jn. Early 1833-1838
    Physical Location: Drawer 2
Family/Personal Material 1822-1857
  • Folder 35
    Papers concerning Thomas Early 1859
    4 items

    include Deacon's Orders,1859

  • Folder 39
    Confederate Materials
    10 items
  • Folder 42
    Sermon Notes
    3 volumes
  • Folder 45
    Miscellaneous Items
    47 items
  • Folder 46
    Miscellaneous Items
    21 items
  • Folder 27
    Miscellaneous Items
    19 items

    Includes "On Baptism" and information on Spring Hill Cemetery

  • Folder 48
    Personal Papers
    11 items
  • Folder 50
    Miscellaneous Items
    12 items
  • Folder 51
    Miscellaneous Items
    4 items
  • Folder 1-2
    Day Book 1822
  • Folder 2-2
    Executor's Account (Thomas H. Early)