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FOUND: Horace Smith, AME Minister

Hi Kim,

Are you in for a treat! AME ministers are somewhat easy to find. Here's what I found for Horace. By the way, the AME Church Historian is Professor Dennis Dickerson at Vanderbilt University. He's a very nice person. In order to get the best info on Horace, describe him as an AME minister. There is a separate ME church that has totally different records. I almost didn't look for Horace in the AME records because I thought he was ME. :) Hope this helps,

Lee Cook

1. From the African American Biographical Database (AABD) at

Smith, Horace B
Place of Birth: Kentucky
Occupation: Religious worker
Religion: African Methodist Episcopal

Cyclopedia of African Methodism: SMITH, HORACE B., a superannuated member of the Indiana Conference, was born, it is said, in Kentucky, and joined the Indiana Conference soon after it was organized. (Kim, the Indiana Conference was formed in 1840. Three circuits - Indianapolis, Richmond and Terre Haute - were established to minister to the needs of AME churches and class meetings in the state. See: Life in the 1880's The African Methodist Episcopal, African Methodist Episcopal, Zion and the Christian Methodist Episcopal Churches in Indiana by Sheryl D. Vanderstel While he had strength of body he went through rain and storm, but he is now taking it very easy at his little home in Charleston, Indiana. P. 150

(B) The organization of the Missouri Conference.
The General Conference of 1854 at Pittsburg, having authorized it, a committee composed of Rev. John M. Brown subsequently bishop A. M. Parker and Willis R. Revells reported the boundaries for the Missouri Conference viz .: ˇ§all the state of Illinois, south of longitude 38 degrees running in straight lines from the Mississippi River to the Wabash; all the state of Kentucky west of the Kentucky River; all the state of Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama. This report was approved by the Indiana Conference and the laborers ordered to convene at Louisville, Ky., September 13th, 1855 at 9 o'clock a. m., which they did. Bishop D. A. Payne and William Paul Quinn presiding, Rev. John M. Brown then pastor at New Orleans acting as secretary. We find the following elders enrolled there: John M. Brown, Willis R. Revells, Aaron Parker, Willis Mills, E.
Wilkerson, Charles Doughty, Solomon Campbell, John M. Darrow, Page Tyler, Louis Findler and Basil L. Brooks. The latter was ordained elder. At this session of the Conference August 2nd, 1856 the membership reported in the society was one thousand eight hundred nine; itinerant elders, six; deacons, three; preachers, one. Thus began the missionary conquest of the southwest but owing to the vicious and relentless spirit of the slave power, the progress of the church in this direction was slow. John M. Brown, who was already in New Orleans, was put in prison because he was a free man coming from a free state. Thus ends ˇ§the fourth decade.
The 23rd session of the Indiana Annual Conference was held at Indianapolis, Indiana, August 15th, 1862, Bishop William Paul Quinn presiding and Bishop Willis Nazery visiting. Rev, Aeneus McIntosh was the Secretary. The roll showed the names of members a number of whom subsequently became well-known factors in the church viz .:

Elders Thomas Strothers, Willis R. Revels, William A. Dove, Charles Burch, Frederick Myres, William J. Davis, Daniel Winslow, Levi W. Bass, William Jackson, Abram T. Hall, Richard Bridges, M. M. Clark, and W. C. Travan, W. S. Langford and Horace Smith came to join the itinerant ranks.

The Deacons were: Nathanial Newsom, John B. Dawson, Daniel Burden, Bijah Skipwith, Henry Brown, Henry Newsom, David Wilson. William Davis was transferred to the Ohio Conference

The collections for Bishops salary was $188,49
S u p e r a n n u a t e d P r e a c h e r s , 3.75
W. S. Langford and Henry Brown were received into the itinerant relationship.
A very large number of complaints were brought against members for neglect of duty. Many gave as reasons the lack of means, severity of weather and the poverty of their charges. The work must have met with diverse and numerous hinderances out in that prairie country in those days. Bishop Nazery arose and after some preliminary remarks,
reviewed at some length the difficulties relative to the Canadian A. M. E. Church, and the relation he understood himself to sustain to the A. M. E Church. After which remarks, Rev. M. M Clark offered the following which was adopted:

WHEREAS, Bishop Nazery has given to this Conference a
faithful historic statement of his Episcopal difficulty and
WHEREAS, he affirms that he has never set up any claim to be
Bishop of the A. M. E. Church, and
WHEREAS, this Conference has no power to settle or determine
the case with the entire Church therefore, be it
RESOLVED that we kindly thank the Bishop for his statement
of the matter, and refer the final settlement of the case to the
next General Conference.
The resolution was seconded by Rev. Willis R. Revels and
adopted The next Conference was ordered to be held at Chicago,
in 1863.

3. From the Christian Recorder Newspaper at

ITEM #112638
October 11, 1877
Philadelphia, PA
For the Christian Recorder.
MR. EDITOR: - I arrived at this the capital city of Indiana, last evening in company with travelling agent Rev. C.L. Bradwell, from Urbana Ohio, where we have been in attendance on the Ohio Conference, I shall ever remember my visit there with feelings of pleasure, and cordial greeting of the Ohio brethren. After six days deliberation the appointment were given yesterday morning by Bishop Wayman and the conference adjourned. It was my privilege during my stay there, to be the guest of brother S. Gatewood, and lady, and to have as room mate Rev. P. Toliver, Brother G. and his good wife were lavish in kindness and in their efforts to make us happy.
Add to this the fact that I was with Phillip Toliver and can easily imagine the situation. No man can remain in the company of Phillip and be sad. He is certainly the liveliest man I have met for many a day. No wonder the people of Hamilton wanted him returned. Phillip wishes to go back and Bishop Wayman made both of them happy. The next time I pass through Ohio I shall not forget ˇ§the happy familyˇ¨ at Hamilton. The conference heartily endorsed our education bureau, organized under the law, and pledged its co-operation for the ensuing year. When the Indiana conference shall have done the same, the work of organizing will be complete in all the Northern conferences. If I can possibly continue traveling, I shall pass to Kentucky next week and thence through the two Tennessee to the south Arkansas at Helena Nov. 14th. Then immediately the winter conference begin. We hope to attend the Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi conference. If I could continue the constant travel, I could visit at least six, three of Bishop Campbell's just named, two of Bishop Ward's and one North Carolina, or more of Bishop Brown's. It is not probably that I can do this seeing it would require a deal more money than I can possible command, but I hope to be at the Alabama and Mississippi. I beseech the brethren of the conferences to meet this winter, to make their collection for the cause of education now. Forward the amount to Secretary Burley and return his receipt to the conference, also I appeal once more to the brethren of Baltimore conference as one of the oldest of our connection to do their duty toward this cause. The city pastors of Baltimore promised me while there last spring to act in this behalf during the Summer. I now entreat them to fulfil that pledge. And now Mr. Editor, one word more, Dr. H.M. Turner informs me that there were rumors abroad that I had or would resign. And thus the enterprise inaugurated at General conference with a flourish of trumpets should be abandoned within a year. Such is not the case whatever else may be done I know not, but I shall certainly not resign this side the next general conference should life remain till then.
Many good brethren are yield to the belief that this after all, is the best plan for work we have ever had, and that we need only cling to it until indifference and petty opposition is overcome. With support of this conferences now pledged, if we can tide through this winter our ˇ§Bureauˇ¨ craft will be afloat, again while the church exists.
We meet many of the old friends of our youth here. The venerable Horace B. Smith, Dr. R. Revels, M. Patterson, but McIntosh Bridges, Winlow, and others who was the strong men I was a child who were here when we were ordained 12 year ago, are gone. God bless these venerable fathers, may they receive grass to sustain them to their declining years and at last the ...
High authorities in England have taken the question of the existence of the great sea serpent. The report of the officers of the rural yacht Osborne [?] being laid before the Admiralty, Mr. Cross, Secretary of State for the Home Department, asked the opinion of Frank Buckland, the well known naturalist, as to the value of the testimony. Mr. Buckland solicited the views of Prof. Owen, M.A.D. Bartlett, of the Zoological Gardens, Capt. David Gray (of whaling ship), and Mr. Henry Lee, a naturalist. All these opinions, with that of Mr. Buckland, are now published. The officers of the Osborne saw two things which cannot be readily set aside; a ridge of fins, and the head of what they believed to be a sea monster, off the north coast of Sicily. The head was estimated at fifteen to twenty feet in length, after being examined by a telescope. The animal had two flappers, or fins, by which it propelled itself. When first seen it was distant ˇ§about two cables,ˇ¨ i.e., a quarter of a mile. Prof. Owen's opinion is adverse. He thinks the observations ˇ§by no means afforded ground for concluding that what was seen was afforded by and object unknown and unrecorded in natural history; there are no grounds for calling it a 'sea monster.ˇ¨ Mr. Buckland reviews the evidence from the Osborne and other sources, and concludes that the appearance was caused by three or four basking sharks swimming in a line, one behind the other, Capt. Gray suggests whale, and offers some observations in support thereof mentioning an instance where a competent's ship's officer mistook a walrus for a whale. Mr. Bartlett and Mr. Lee favor the sea-serpent theory. The former says that with the dissension given, it is most conclusive, in fact, proof positive, that an animal as yet unknown was seen. Mr. Lee says: ˇ§The evidence is, to my mind, conclusive, that enormous animals, with which zoologists are as yet unacquainted, exist in the sea.ˇ¨ Quite recently a vessel from the East Indies arrivings in England, gave fresh news respecting the monster which, her chief officer says, was seen crossing the bow of the vessel one morning, when two degrees north of the Equator.

ITEM #115633
November 14, 1878
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

For the Christian Recorder.
Indiana Correspondence.
By J.S. Hinton.

Mr. Editor.-Dr. H.M. Turner paid us a visit last week, and lectured to large and appreciative audiences in Allen Chapel and Bethel A.M.E. Churches. He appeared to be in his happiest mood, and held his audience spell-bound for several hours. We think that Dr. Turner is the right man in the right place, and we intend to assist him and the Recorder by occasionally sending new subscribers. Bethel charge, under Rev. J.M. Townsend, is succeeding well, considering the embarrassing times, both spiritually and financially. He is bending every effort to pay off the indebtedness which is hung over the church like a pall. May he succeed, is the prayer of every honest man. Rev. Titus, who succeeded Rev. W.S. Lankford in Allen Chapel, was well received by his flock, and is succeeding admirably in his new field of labor. Dr. W.R. Revels, the pioneer Methodist minister of the A.M.E. Church, is with us, after a career of 40 years in the ministry, now resting from ripe fruits of experience, learned in the days of Quinn, McIntosh, Wilkerson, Parker, and others who have gone before. I believe, Mr. Editor, that he and Rev. Horace B. Smith, of Charleston, Clarke Co., (and Rev. G.W. Johnston) are the only surviving ministers that were present at the organization of the Indiana Conference. . . .

4. Is it possible he was a poet? There are 3 poems by ˇ§Horace Smithˇ¨ from the 1860ˇ¦s on the Godfrey site:
a. Abstract: ITEM #76986 June 1, 1867 THE CHRISTIAN RECORDER Philadelphia, Pennsylvania THE UTILITY OF FLOWERS. Not useless, ye flowers, though made for pleasure, Blossoming o'er fields, and wave by day and night. From every source your sanction bids me treasure Harmless delight. HORACE SMITH. There is a class

b. Abstract: poetry. ITEM #76744 May 4, 1867 THE CHRISTIAN RECORDER Philadelphia, Pennsylvania SPRING. Cry Holiday! Holiday! Let us be gay, And share in the rapture of heaven and earth; For see! What a sunshiny joy they display, To welcome the Spring on the day of her birth; While the elements, gladly outpouring their v

c. Abstract: poetry. ITEM #61384 July 30, 1864 THE CHRISTIAN RECORDER Philadelphia, Pennsylvania HYMN TO THE FLOWERS. BY HORACE SMITH. Day-stars! That ope your frownless eyes to twinkle From rainbow galaxies of earth's creation, And dew-drops on her lovely altars sprinkle As a libation. Ye matin worshippers! Who, bendin

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