REV. A. A. ABBOTT.
The subject of this sketch, Author Alexander Ab¬
bott, was born of slave parents, Peter and Lucy Abbott,
near Egypt, Miss., June 13, 1856. Author has had a spirit¬
ual turn of mind from infancy. When but nine years of
age, he was mysteriously converted and began from that
time to preach the gospel. He had been taught that God
would give his children anything they asked of Him. So
he asked God to give him a book. He says that his grand¬
father, James Holladay, found a "blue-back speller" the
next morning and gave it to him. From this book he
learned the alphabet. He then had a desire to read the
Bible ; for this he began to pray. So, he says, one day
while on his knees God taught him to read the 3rd chap¬
ter of John. His school career was soon ended by an
accident of the eye while going to school to Rev. T. L.
Jordan, near Aberdeen, Miss. Since which time he has
given his attention to the study of the "Book of Books," the
Bible. He was ordained December 16, 1883, to take charge
of the Darden Chapel. He labored here ten years. In
1884 he accepted pastorial charge of the Hebron Baptist
church. He served here six years. He served the Mt.
Olivet Eaptist chnrch three years. The Second Baptist
church, Okalona, three years. Zion Springs and Pleasant
Plain Baptist churches two years; after which he accepted
the pastorial charges of the Houston and Corinth Baptist
churches where he now ministers. Rev. Abbott is a min¬
ister full of the " Holy Fire " and preaches with much fer¬
vency for the tearing down of the strong hold of satan and
for the building up the kingdom of God in the hearts of
REV. GEORGE W. ALLEN.
The subject of this sketch, Rev. George W. Allen, was