History of the Town of Bristol, Grafton County, New Hampshire, Volume 1

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General Books, 2010 - 484 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 Excerpt: ...his death two years later. In 1809, under the labors of Rev. Leonard Frost, assisted by Presiding Elder Ruter, a marked revival of religion prevailed, and it is said that in Bridgewater, New Hampton, and Plymouth, at least two hundred were converted.' 1 A favorite place for baptizing by the early Methodists was at the dam that supplied the first grist-and saw-mill with water, near the head of what is now Water street. In the spring of 1811, Rev. Solomon Sias took up the work as presiding elder, and received for the labor of the year, beyond his board and traveling expenses, one dollar and four cents. The membership of the district was then two hundred and eighty-seven. Thus far, the Methodists had had no house of worship. Meetings were held in dwellings, in barns, or in groves, as was most convenient. In Bristol village, meetings were generally held in the little four-roofed schoolhouse on North Main street. There was no provision for a fire, and at first no floor; but here the people used to gather and listen to two long sermons on Sunday, or whenever preaching service was announced. This building was finally provided with a floor and furnished with the high back seats common in schoolhouses of that day. After having used this schoolhouse for some time, opposition to its use by the Methodists arose. One Sunday morning the congregation, on assembling, found the door fastened and a number of roughs inside who stated that they proposed to prevent any service being held there that day. It chanced that Maj. Theophilus Sanborn, a veteran of the Revolutionary war, a man of great strength, soon appeared on the scene. Placing his shoulder against the door the fastenings gave way, and those inside made a hasty exit by way of the windows, and services were held as us...

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