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they set up the banner of the living God. The congregation
has wonderfully increased until it has one of the finest churches
in the connection. We find the missionaries continuing their
western march. In 1823, we find them in the State of Ohio,
"Tradition says that this was in 1823; that there were twenty
members in the first society, and the following were the officers,
namely:—J. Moore, S. Pero, George Ramsey, Samson Warfield,
and John Wilson; the last two were local preachers. The fol¬
lowing is said to be a correct list of all the ministers who have
served at this point:—Revs. Moses Freeman, Jeremiah Miller,
Noah C. W Cannon, John Gray, Aug. Jones, George Coleman,
James Roberts, John Charleston, Lafayette Davis, Samuel G.
Clingman, Thomas Lawrence, William Newman, Charles H.
Peters, Solomon A. Thompson, Jeremiah Bowman, Thomas
Sunrise, John Ridgeway, Leven Gross, Alexander Austin, Nel¬
son Carter, John W Steward, S. H. Thompson, William G.
Ralph, Michael M. Smith, Sugeras T. Jones, John Gibbons,
M. M. Smith, and S. H. Thompson. This list I received from
Thus Thomas Webster, Noah C. W Cannon, Moses Freeman,
Wm. Paul Quinn, and others, went through the countiy holding
up the banner of the most high. We can see their footprints
at Mount Pleasant, Captain Belmont's, Jonesville, Lancaster,
Chillicothe, Hillsboro, and from there we find them in Cincinnati.
Thus in eight years the little church organized had spread its
branches to this city.
I will now try and give you an account of the rise and progress
of Methodism—colored and African Methodism—in the city of
Cincinnati. I am indebted to the Cincinnati Commercial for the
following facts furnished by Prof. P. H. Clark, A. M., March
DEER CREEK CHURCH.
The body worshiping in this church was the first religious
society organized among the colored people of Cincinnati. The
date of this organization is about 1815. The effort for the
religious instruction of the colored people were made by the
congregation of the Old Stone Church, or " Wesley Chapel."
For a time they were permitted to enter this church, but were