The Early Republic (1797-1821)

1812-13 William Leonard

1812-13 John Sharpley

1811 William Ryder

1811  John Wiltbank

1810 John Emory




David Best (c. 1774-1841)      

Years Appointed: 1810

Period of service: 1810-1811

The subject of this memoir was a native of Ireland. Of his early history we possess little knowledge; but according to our best information, he remembered his Creator in the days of his youth, and joined the Wesleyan Methodist Society in the land of his nativity. When about twenty-two years of age he emigrated to this country, and in 1801 was admitted on trial in the Philadelphia annual conference, and appointed to Newburg circuit, in the state of New York. He subsequently filled various appointments with honour to himself, and profit to the people, until in the spring of 1835 he yielded to increasing infirmities, and attained a supernumerary relation, and continued to preach as his health permitted. He was warmly attached to the doctrines and discipline of the M. E. Church, and heartily engaged with her ministers and members in spreading peace and prosperity through all her borders. He was a man of strong mind, sound judgment, and unflinching firmness in the cause of truth. As a preacher, his talents were more than ordinary, and, according to his ability, he declared the whole counsel of God. Many, we believe, will shine as stars in his crown of rejoicing, and praise the Rock of their salvation, that they were directed by his preaching to the sacrifice of Calvary. His last illness was painful and protracted, but he bore it with Christian resignation, and while happy in the love of God, shed abroad in his heart by the Holy Ghost given unto him, and exulting in the clear prospect of a glorious immortality, he met the king of terrors with fortitude and triumph; and finished his earthly career on the 23d of December, 1841, in the forty-first year of his itinerant ministry, and about the sixty-seventh year of his age, leaving an affectionate wife and seven children to mourn their loss. (From Minutes of the Annual Conferences, 1839-1845, vol. III, 250.)

1809 Avra Melvin

1809  Sylvester G. Hill

1808 Joshua Burton

1808 Edward Larkins

1807 Henry White(1777-1856)

1807 Jeremiah Jefferies

1806 John Collins

1806 James Ridgeway

1805 Daniel Ireland

1805 Thomas Stratton

1804 Thomas Walker(1770-1834

1804 William Early(1770-1821)

1803 William Smith(d. 1854)

1803 Ephraim Chambers

1802 Hugh McCurdy

1802 Nathan Swain(1767-1845)

1801 James Polemus

1801 Walter Fountain

1800 Aaron Parven

1800 James Lattomus

1799 Caleb Kendall(  ) – located 1807 Hallman, 73.

1799 William Hardesty(1776-1846)

1797, 1798 Robert McCoy

1797, 1798 William Bishop(c.1764-1834)

1814 William Bishop— served 1797-99, 1828; See above

                                    John Collins(d. 1827)  — Phila conf

1816 James Moore(1760-1842) – Born in Ireland, he was licensed to preach in the

Methodist Church there before emigrating in 1792. Joined the Philadelphia Conference in 1794. Wife died on ship on way to USA, leaving him with young children. Remembered as a man of “wonderful simplicity,” whose messages “were conversations with his congregation rather than formal sermons.” Detailed memoir in The New Jersey Conference Memorial, 61-80.

                                    William Hardesty– see above, 1799

1816 William Leonard– see above, 1812

                                    Daniel Crouch– zip

1817 William Williams(1786-1841) – Born in Worcester County, MD, joined

Philadelphia Conference in 1810; located and practiced medicine for a time, before re-entering the itinerant ranks. Died while serving same circuit in 1841 (see below); memoir in 1841 Philadelphia Conference Minutes. 

John Potts(d. 1837) – Born in Hunterdon County, New Jersey; joined

Philadelphia Conference in 1813; appointed presiding elder1834. Memoir in 1838 Philadelphia Conference Minutes. 

1818, 1819 James Ridgeway– see above, 1806

William Quinn(1790-1867) – Converted at 16, he joined the Philadelphia Conference 1817; health issues caused him to twice leave the itinerancy, the last time in 1846, after which he resided and ministered locally in Newton, MD. [SLAVE GUY?] Memoir in 1868 Philadelphia Conference Minutes, 27-28.

1819 Joseph Carey– located, 1836; Hallman, 61

1820 James Moore– See above, 1816.

                                    John Collins(d. 1827) – see above, 1814.