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Looking for Frost Pollitt and his family

I have long been searching for information on the family of Frost Pollitt. I have a Family bible that lists his parents and siblings. He was born October 1789. Research has concluded that he was a popular and successful Methodist Episcopal Preacher on the Eastern Shore rising in rank in the church. He had at least one son who I know about and he was married at least once. However I do not know where he is buried. Could be anywhere from Maryland's Somerset county to Philadelphia or New York City.

Some research is quoted below:

"The Committee on Memoirs.
The Committee on Memoirs beg to leave to report Rev. Frost Pollett was a son of Titus and Rachael Pollett, and was born near Princess Anne, Somerset County, Md., about the year 1788, and departed this life March 12, 1872, about the 84th year of his age. His parents were members of the M. E. Church and brought up their child in the nature and admonition of the Lord, notwithstanding they were slaves. His early training was like bread cast upon the waters. He was a subject of divine guidance from a youth, and when about eighteen years of age he embraced religion, he joined the church with his parents. He on account of his diligence and punctuality in a short while become to be a very useful member of the church and soon after felt that he was called to preach, being willing to give himself more fully to God and his work he entered the ministry. Owing to his being a slave he could not work very extensively, but as the great head of the church had called him and sent him out, his earthly master could not hold him, therefore he bought himself at about 40 years and gave himself more fully to the ministry and the Lord went with him throughout the States of Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania and often Virginia without being molested, with some exceptions, where others could not travel without some trouble, and if he was molested he would not stop, and as soon as the Delaware Conference was organized he (full of zeal) entered the itinerant ranks and there preached until almost spent and then gave up without consent.
I. Hinson }
J. Q. Dennis } Committee."

Minutes of the Ninth Session of the Delaware Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Dover, Del, July 25 to 29, 1872, pub. by the Conference, Philadelphia, Pa., 1872, pp. 14-15

"Among the most notable of the colored Methodist Episcopal ministers of the Peninsula, was Rev. Frost Pollet. He was one of the original members of the Delaware Conference, and served a term therein as Presiding Elder. Frost was nearly six feet in height, of bony and angular build; more erect than Bishop Simpson; but, except in color, not unlike him in general form and appearance. There was an admixture of about one-eighth of white blood in his veins. This seems to have given form and expression to his features which were more Anglican than African. In him, however, the negro voice and dialect were perfectly developed. His manner was marked by great simplicity, and humility was the distinguishing feature of his Christian character. He was intensely earnest and enthusiastic in his religious experience and efforts. Whenever it was known among the white residents of Princess Anne, and other Peninsular towns where he labored, that Frost Pollet was to preach, the best and most cultured of all religious persuasions flocked to hear him; and his congregations at bush meetings were oft-times real ovations. No pen and ink portraiture can do justice to either the man or his preaching."

Todd, Robert W., "Methodism of the Peninsula", Methodist Episcopal Book Rooms, Philadelphia, Pa., 1886, pp. 187-193

p. 197
"Presiding Elder: Frost Pollett (1864-1872).

Admitted on trial were John W. Saunders, Simon Taylor, Abraham Brown, Stephen Johns, Wesley J. Parker, Charles Pollett, Stephen Whittington, Samuel G. Waters, Anthony Driver, and Robert Robinson.

The following were elected as officers: President, Frost Pollett; vice-president, Jehu H. Pierce; secretary, Wilmore S. Elsey; treasurer, Isaac Hinson; managers, James Davis, Joshua Brinkley, and Harrison Smith; treasurer of the conference collections, David Tilghman."

p. 201 Now it is 1864 and these ten men stand in front of Bishop James consciously or unconsciously the composite of all these factors. In their initial legislation there are three items that show the maturity of the ten men who have now achieved the itinerancy. First they honored, by electing and placing in the number three spot on the roll, Frost Pullett. He was seventy-six years of age, all black, had been born in 1787, knew his parents (both of them), and had a son sitting in the church who was born in 1817 and about to become a conference member. He had in 1840 purchased his freedom and as an independent evangelist traveled the Peninsula, Delaware, and to Philadelphia preaching to all who would hear with such skill that aside from one arrest and numerous flights from ruffians, had made it to his seventy-sixth year."

Official Journal and Year Book of the Delaware Annual Conference The Methodist Church, One Hundred Third Session, Tindley Temple Methodist Church, Broad and Fitzwater Streets, Philadelphia, Pa., April 27 and 28, 1965, The Methodist Publishing House, Nashville, Tenn., 1965, pp. 197-211.

Somewhere is a family that should be proud to have such a rich heritage. Any assistance would be helpful.

Sincerely,

Paul Morris
a non-African American

[01 Nov 2000]


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