Abstracted by FRANCES BADLEY BENES
National Genealogical Society Quarterly Vol. 55, No. 1, March 1967
Transcribed and Submitted to Genealogy Trails by K. Torp
[all original spellings kept]
The Journal covers the period from 1845 through most of 1857 while Rev. Badley was a circuit rider in Indiana. Its main value is the names of various persons he came in contact with in the different towns and villages in Indiana.
"AN ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE AND LABOURS OF ARTHUR
BADLEY BY HIM SELF COMMENCED THIS
6th DAY OF SEPTEMBER 1845,
Plymouth, Marshall County, Indiana"
Arthur Badley who wrote this account of himself was born June the 25 1820 in Union County Ohio. He was the son of Arthur and Dorothy Badley who came to this County in 1819 and in December of this year Arthur the husband of Dorothy died leaving her with the care of the family which consisted of three sons. The eldest was Joseph H., the second Henry H, the third Arthur who was born seven months after the death of his father . . . the youngest was baptised at the age of four weeks by the REV. J. CONVERSE who then was minister in that part of the country ... the first ministers that I recolects of hearing preach was a BRANDERFESS FINDLEY, MALEY SHAW and A. DONAHOO.
After living some five years and a half in widowhood my mother was united in wedlock to a man by the name of DANIEL OSBONN August 1824. This brought seven children togather he having four and her three. I went to school the first when I was about six years old, my first teacher was WILLIAM RICHEY ... In June of 1833 WM. H. RAPER preached ... In Aug. I gave my hand to brother WILLIAM S. MORROW and consented to be a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
My parents removed from Union County to Hardin County in February 1834. Hardin County was then a new and unsettled place. We moved into Pleasant Township three miles & ½ North East of Kenton the county seat and heare I first learnt to read when I was in my fifteenth year.... Then there was not but three houses in Kenton and they ware but cabbins. Here was some Methodist and some Presbyterians and they prayed and laboured togather as men of God. ERIC STRONG was one of the most zealous men . . WILLIAM WILLMETH and his sainted wife SUSANNA, GEORGE H. HOUSER and JOSEPH NICHOLASS.... First missionarys FATHER KENNEERE, HARVEY CAMP, ZEPHANIAH BELLSHAW, BISSLE NATION.
When I was turned in my sixteenth year SAMUEL ORSBORN my step brother and myself went to work togather at JOHN H. HOUSERS mill.... In 1838 I worked for S. MENTZER a worthy man ... later went to work on a farm of HIRAM WHITES of West Liberty, Logan County, then returned to Kenton worked for one ISAAC H. HOUSER, a special friend of mine.... I had strong thoughts of getting married to my old friends daughter ELIZABETH J. WILLMETH .... she said she was too young.
Finely my Brother Henry commenced desiring me to come to Indiana and I commenced in Augus 1840. Attended a campmeeting 18th day of Aug. held some four miles above Kenton. There was six of the Wiendot Indians there, one of them was GRAVEYES ESQR. GEORGE ARMSTRONG was the preacher at that meeting. On the 28 of Augus I bade my Father and Mother fare well to tramp the west with my knapsack on my back ... walked slow and pasive felt Solmn as I faced the thick woods of Mercer. Reached the Wabash river at ARBOUGHS, staid there, went to one MR. PILES for dinner, then was in Indiana. Went on to Bloomfield seen ELIZABETH BYRAM herd of Henry then went to JAMES MARQUISES ... went to SAMUEL MOORES found him at work in the brick yard, worked there a week then went to Deerfield got acquainted with BARDIN H. BRADBERY ... returned to J. Marquises then rented his mills for 5 years. JAMES MARQUIS I thought then and I still think was one of the best of men.... His wife MARY MARQUIS among the most amiable of women.... Brother OKERMAN was appointed preacher.... I was licensed to exhort on the 7 of April 1842 and in July I was licensed to preach at Camden, Jay County, Indiana.... I was appointed to Winchester Circuit Oct 23 1842.
I made my home at JOHN G. HARRIS'S, a warm-hearted Virginian ... and there was his kind and excellent wife ELIZABETH A. HARRIS ... my colleague and presiding Elder was REV. ROBERT BURNS.
Winchester is the capital of Randolph County, Ind. rather a small place numbering in inhabitance about six or seven hundred I should judge. There is a strong tendency to Infidelity there being a great number of the followers of Mr. Hicks the Infidel Quaker. The citizens ware generally clever and kind amongst them selves but not over much richous in 1842. The Members of the M.E. Church ware a rare set many of them had been Quakers and not half converted I fear. Among the prominent members was a Brother KIZER S. BROWN, JUDGE J. D. GOODRICH, DR. A. WOODY, a BR. HULL and G. W. MONKS.
Next on the circuit was Maxville on White River some four miles from Sumaults. Here there was a fair society many of the McINTIRE family. They had been Presbyterians but fell into the M.E. Church. Their leader was ALEXANDER McINTIRE, a very good cleaver sort of man.
The next place was HEWIT'S or Stony Creek ... JOHN H. DENTON was Class Leader. . . I remember one good old brother that lived and died there, one FATHER DRUMMON, a very old man.... This was in the west of the County not far from Delaware Co.
My next place was Salem Meeting House ... the Leader was first JOHN GRUBBS, then young BARTIN ANDREWS. I was much attached to the family ... the three sons were pleasant and intelligent.
Next we went to Huntsville, since called Trenton. Here was a large society, some 8o or go, mostly Virginians, a few Kentuckians. The Leaders was PASCAL and EDWARD BUTLEY (Butler?).... I made my home with my friend JOHN G. HARRIS.... There was one MAHLON FORQUER that kindley kept me when I had the mumps. He and his wife MARGARET ware very agreable and friendly. Sparrow Creek was the next on my plan. Here was a new class formed of Quakers ... they ware the fruit of ELSEY LANK'S labour.
Econemy is my next point. Amongst the prominent members WILLIAM JORDAN, NATHAN ADAMSON.... Baptised a Hickrey Quaker and his family, three interesting little girls, one 15 one 10 and one 6 years old. The family name was WILLIS. The old Brother and his wife both died during the summer leaving the three little children alone.
Union Meeting House is the next enroute. It's a good hewed log house, too small for the congregation here. The REV. DANIEL WORTH held his membership before he joined the New Wesleyans.... Here is G. W. BAILEY, a very good man, PETER WADKINS, a clever fellow, one BR. EDMONS....
Bloominsport comes next on the round. The Leader here is THOMAS PHILLIPS. ISIAH ROGERS is an Exhorter.
Mount Pleasant is next—an old dilapidated log meeting house. The people very near like the house. There was a few good members, one Br. BRIGGS, Brs. NORTON and ROBINS. This being about seven miles south of Winchester on the road leading to Richmond on the head waters of White River.
Hopewell next comes on the plan. A very good people, a better I never knew. WILLIAM LACY is leader . . . Br. PRICE, THORNTON FREEMON, ABIJA ADKINS ... The most devout was old MOTHER WILLIAMS.
Bowen's came next on the work, the Leader was JAMES BOWENS, the meeting all at his house. DAVID SIMMONS was a local preacher of some standing.
Spartansburgh was my next place. The leaders was WM. LOCK, THOMAS BULL and one BR. STREIGHT. Br. Lock was an exhorter, DAVID LOVE and WM. BORDERS ware local preachers and very good ones. There were the McKIMS and the FLEMINGS.
Baleys Town came next on the State Road leading from Greenville to Winchester about 3 miles west of the state line. Some very good members amongst whom was JOSEPH BAILEY, STEPHEN DUKES and SIDNEY his wife.
Mount Zion Meeting House. Here was PEARCE HOLINGSWORTH and family, and WILLIAM his son, and WILLIAM WILLIAMS, WM. KENEDY and wife, JOHN LUDES and wife. JAMES S. PHERIZ, a Local Preacher who was teacher in County Seminary.
On or about the 15 of Oct. 1843 I went home found my step Sister MARGARET ORSBORN dedd. I was reapointed to Winchester Circuit. I passed the next quarter on Yellow Creek 8 miles below Plymouth at E. MORRISEYS. In Aug. a sorrowful time for the small pox broke out and many ware sick. Went to Lafyette with brethren BRUCE, LOMON, MONSON & HACKERY, at Pitsburg found brother WEBSTER. I was ordained a deacon by the laying on of hands of BISHOP HAMLINE and Elders WOOD and MAY. A. WILEY preached the funeral sermon of WESLAKE and GAMES who had died this year. C. ELIOTT lectured. Was appointed to Huntington ... the house of GABRIEL MANNING. Visited W. G. STONER. On my way to Hagerstown I called on my old friend GEORGE H. HOUSER who resides in Blackford Co. At Hagerstown found my old friend JOHN HARRIS and my much esteemed friend MISS E. H. LAMB.
In June I returned to Union Co. Ohio there I met with my grandmother who is fare advanced in life. I spent sometime with her and her youngest daughter SARAH BADLEY for they lived togather in the same neighborhood where I was born. Saw WM. RICHEY who was some 90 years of age, my firs school teacher, very frail but yet had his mind, knew me and called me by name. I visited the tomb of my father, then reached my brother Josephs in Madison Co. Ohio.
Bear Creek Circuit (Indiana) Brother ADDISSON was local preacher, he was of Quaker origin. The settlement new the people rather rude in their habits.
The next point was SUMAULT'S, South of White River nearly west of Winchester about 7 miles from said place. They were two old Baltimore Methodists. They had lived here for years. Their house had been a preaching place for 22 years.... One prominent man was JAMES LAYTON. During the last year that I traviled here old MOTHER SUMAULT sickend and died. She was a precious good old lady.
1844 An acount of persons removed.
Nov. 9 J. W. and S. BISHOP removed.
Feb. 1 JOHN D & JET CORN rem.
17 JOHN and SARAH DELLEVOR HEZEKIAH & SARAH HARDESTY
1846-- On the 18 of Aug I rode to Ft. Wayne to here MATHEW SIMPSON preach, as usual high and flowery ... At Laport was sent to board with a man by the name of SELFE, not so religious as he might have been, but very kind to brother Henry and myself ... heard H. H. HULL preach. At conference there was some things done that was questioned especially establishing a Coledge at Ft. Wayne. Brothers GOODE, BESWICK & COOPPER ware the most opposed to this arangement. Brother Goode told us to mark that if in five years we did not see our folly and instid of being a blessing to the Church if it did not prove a trouble, so I here mark it. Sept 21 1846. May the Colage prosper. In the company of E. TILESTON came on to Noble . . . Went to Columbia and stayed at M. HIVELEYS, went to Brother WATSONS in Allen Co,. . . . reached FREDERICK E. STARKEYS where I make my home this year. (Wolf Lake, Noble County)
1847—Went to Br. BRUNSONS, left my horse got one of LUKE CLEMENTS ... preached at SAMUEL BARKWELLS, first time that there ever was preaching in the settlement. At Wolf Lake dined at Br. CARPENTERS. Visited the center of Noble Co. which is called Albion found it in the brush without any inhabitance. I seen no mortal there but the man that with me and one Rabbit. Near Rome I preached at GIVEN GIBBONS for the first time ... then went to JAMES LATTAS. At Huntington spent the night at Mother ANDREWS. At Friendship stayed at TURNERS, called on J. WATSON and J. BRADDOCK. At home a church meeting resulted in the exclusion of P. H. LONGSTRETH from the church for falshood. At Port Mitcheal TISHA A. BETHEL joined on probation. On Tues April 6 at Columbia attended the funeral of STEPHEN MARTINSUN who died very suddenly. The sermon was preached by elder MEEDE a baptis preacher. April 12 visited Albion, the new Co. seat of Noble. Three familys living in the vilage. Dined at MR. SWARTOUTS.
In Wayne Tp found WM. MITCHELL much offended at a sermon I had preached.... I immersed WILLIAM MAY WHORTER in the Elkheurt River below Steenbergers Mills. I had but little thought I could do such things with any degree of gravity but I did it the best I could. I here state I do not believe the Lord ever commanded us to be buried in the water.
June 5 went to Sparrs quartly meeting in Whitley at J. TINKEMS barn. BRO. CORN preached. I had also to attend to baptism service for 4 men in Cedar Lake, Troy Tp. I have become enured to the opperation of immersing.
June 11 I preached a sermon for dedication for the Columbia Church, finished not long before. I parted with my much esteemed friends NATHAN WILLIAMS and family. June 21 the regular meeting terminated in the exclusion of J. C. SMITH and his wife for making sugar on Sab. July 4 I preached this day in Albion it being the first sermon that was ever preached there by M. E. Minister. On 11 I was called to preach a funeral sermon for AMOS BRINLEY. On Sat 17 another funeral sermon for WM. McKINEY of Rochester he having died on friday. Aug. 6 conversed with Miss REBECCA GIBSON. Sab. 8 preached the funeral of one of brother STONES children.
On Tuesday the 7 I reached the hous of GEORGE H. HOUSER where I stayed untill Thurs. 9 of Sept. at 11 oclock when I was maried to his daughter Nancy Jane by the Rev. JOHN H. BRUCE of the North Indiana Annual Conference.... We went to Muncie Town some twenty five miles stayed with an old friend the Rev. JAMES S. PHERRIS.
(Maumee Mission—Allen County, Indiana)
Sept. 23 Ft. Wayne I here first saw SIMON EDSALL. He proposed that we would all live in the same family. Nov. 25 Thanksgiving—heard prayer by the Rev. SAMUEL BRENTON had dinner at MAJOR EDSALLS. Nov. 29— Funeral of Mrs. SHOAF. December 3 Springfield Tp stayed at A. CARVINS, then at TRUE PETTES. Dec. 11 Went to the Robinson School House, stayed at HORNEY ROBINSONS, a good Christian. Marion Twp. Alen Co lodged with JUDGE McLANE. Jan 1848 I preach at the hous of DAVID HOGLINZ to twelve persons. At night I preached at BEACHS School House to a large company and stayed at Father NEWHOUSES . . . crossed the Saint Marys River in a canoe and preach at SNIDERS. February—Preached at HARVY DICKINSONS, Alen Co.
June 21 -- Got to Bluffton stayed at J. STUDYBAKERS and on Thursday returned to Fort Wayne where I have lived since March 8 1848.
Sept. 23 (Decatur Circuit, Adams County, Indiana) We looked for a house in Decatur, returned to Monmouth and took two rooms of BENJAMIN H. RICE, from thence I went on to Esey Smith Martses Bryans Deans.
1849— May 5 Quarterly meeting at Alpha, Brother S. C. COOPER the Elder appointed insted of S. BRENTON, the latter being unable for service. August. Hopewell—stayed at G. HEATH. Found S. C. COOPER and T. F. PALMER. Fort Wayne --Stops at SAMUEL EDSALL, tookpacket to Logans Port. Lodged with NASHES, a baptis brother in company with my brother H. H. BADLEY. Received appointment to Mexico Circuit, Logansport District (Miami County) Sept. 6 Borrowed a horse of JOSEPH EDSALL at Fort Wayne. Sept. 9 Spent the night at JOHN HARTS (Decatur) Sept. 11 Ft. Wayne—I came to bid farewell with ANDREW WISE, a boy that was sore afflicted. He wept. I pressed his hand. He uttered not one word, only burst into tears. We bid fare well to brother BRENTON, I fear forever. Ten miles down the canal we came to E. TURNERS where we lodged for the night. Sept. 11 We came to F. A. YAKNEYS, called a few minutes. Dined at MR. GARDNERS. Came through Lagro and Wabashtown and stayed at one MR. CARTENZ. Left there Wednesday the 12th came through Peru and thence to Mexico, thence to C. MURDENS where we stopt.
Sept. 1 5 We rented a house of CAROLINE COLE at $1.50 per month... This was two miles above Mexico on Eel River at Cole’s old mills. Sept. 26 Pleasant Hill Meeting house- I taried overnight with WILLIAM N. DUKES, one of my old acquaintences from Windchester Circuit who had mooved here to Miami County. Sept. 27 I preached at WILKINSONS Meetinghouse. Same day I went to brother LOCKWOOD’S. (Withdrawing under charges) were SARAH A. BAKER and ELIZABETH ROBINS, daughter of Rev. J. C. ROBINS. Oct. 28 Preached at Mexico and WADLE’S and at night at THOMAS CROOK’S. Nov. 1 Stayed the night at THOMAS HARMON’S. December Proceeded to buy a lot for parsonage in Mexico for which I paid ten dollars. Got the deed Tues. 25th. The trustees of the Church let the job of building a parsonage to WM. SHARP and GEORGE LAYTON.
Feb. 17 (1850) Amity—the funeral of DANIEL GRISWALD, a member of the Church at Mexico who also was a free mason and buried under their order, the first I ever saw buried under their order. The funeral was preached by W. L. HUFFMAN to a very large concorse of people. August—During my stay at Cambridge (Blackford County) I lodged with one JOHN STARR. Had as room mates ABRAHAM CARY, EZRA MAYNARD and H. H. BADLEY. T. F. PALMER was very sick. I thought he would have died, but he did not. September—We raised a public collection for MARY DAVIS, an aged blind lady who said she wanted to have her eyes doctored. But she went to Illinois instead of Cincinnati. She did not get her eyes opperated uppon.
January (1851) I spent some of the day with ELIZA McNABB. I had known her in other years. She had lost a pious husband, Rev. J. J. McNABB of the North Ohio Conference.
(Southbend) I lodged with one THOMAS B. JOHNSON. I attended the Dutch Reformed Church, heard W. WILLSON preach, later heard L. SWARMSTEDT preach. Dined at J. MILLISES. Traviled hard until about sunset when we reached Rochester, lodged with one LOT BAZEHAT.
August, 1851 I preached in Mexico for the last time. I spent some time teling the friends adieu, parting with some of my tryed friends amongst these are DR. J.H. CONSTANT, a man of great kindness and a good physician who doctored us for the two years we spent here and charged us nothing for it. There is also MRS. PENNEL BROWN and OLINGER. We got into the buggy and left for Pleasant Hill and our kind friends the WM. N. DUKES and family, S. DUKES and family, Widow E. McNABB and T. J. CARPENTER. WHITEHALL CIRCUIT, SUMPTION PRAIRIE, ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, INDIANA. September 4 1851. Reached the Parsonage on Sumption Prarie. Brother SALSBERY had not yet got out. We spent the night at JACOB RUPE'S. Found them cleaver and pious.
(Following information left by Rev. Salsbery for his successor)
List of subscribers for our periodicals.
John Rupel -- James Cole -- Enos C. Dahuff -- H. Jaqueth -- Z. M. Bruce -- H. Henderson -- Wm. Henderson -- James Moon -- Tho. Henderson -- S. T. Bradford -- Jonas Mathews -- John Green --
Abigah Sumption -- John Moon -- Wm. Auton (or Anton) -- H. Reamer -- A. Godfrey -- Jacob Ruple Benjamin Rupel -- Robert Sumption -- I. Rakestraw -- E. Rose -- Mrs. C. Foot -- S. Gard -- D. Barrett
D. Rupe -- D. Pennwell -- Rev. S. Rupe -- Joshua Baker -- G. T. Throckmorton -- A. Garwood -- Rev. E. Cook -- W. Hummer -- I. Rudduck -- John Quigley
Official List of White Hall Ch.
Z. M. Bruce
Z. M. Bruce J. Henderson J. A. Lambert
"I was under the painful necesity of expelling ELIZABETH GREEN from the Church for imprudent conduct as the register will show but she had made her host that she would Join the Church as soon as I was gon. Dear Bro. I hope will receive her when she comes according to rule and not before."
Sept. 11, 18 51 Was to preach at Z. M. BRUCE'S. Went there, found that one of their little ones had died. They were much afflicted in the loss. The next day I preached a funeral at the United Brethren Church where the remains of the child was deposited.
Oct. 2 - I preached at the house of JOHN BATES in Union Tp., St. Jo. Co.
Jan. 1852—I returned to brother JAMES MOON'S ... spent the remainder of the day at J.RUDDUCK's ... I visited a WIDOW STOVER, and her son JAMES, a boy of thirteen.
March 21 Heard GEORGE and JAMES THROCKMORTON make their confession for having violated the rules of the Church in attending some partys of play.
January 1853—J. R. TAUNSEY (of La Porte) transferred to California. BR. DONALSON was taken to Laport Station and I put in his place. Rev. S. GODFREY is now my colleague, an intelligent young man. The circuit is a four week one with ten appointments, some three hundred members. Many of them the best men I ever knew. There was some six local preachers on the work- ELIAS HORNER, JOSEPH MONTGOMERY, ANTONY MARTIN, JOEL MARTIN, E. W. SWEET and Wm. McGINLEY. We live at New Durham on Door Prairie. Had camp meeting on J. H. WHITE'S land near Door Village. We tented with DANIEL ROBERTSON.
This year our CONFERENCE was held at ATTICA. One of the members expelled. But few dry eyes! The cause of his expulsion a family difficulty. His name ANSIL BEACH.
September 1853—But now to moove as I was appointed to Annapolis Circuit, Tarrehout District (Parke County) a distance of 160 miles. We reached Montezuma on Sept. 22 1853. Dined with WM. PHILIPS.
23 MAY 1854 AMOUNT OF MONEY COLECTED BY ME TO PAY REV. H. SMITH FOR MONEY LENT TO C. J. EVANS TO PAY MEETING HOUSE DEBT.
Aaron Maris $5.00
Alexander Henderson $5.00
Hubbard H. Wooley $3.50
Thomas Nelson $2.00
Daniel N. Morrison $2.00
Jonathan Whitehead $3.00
James Davis $3.00
Alfred Cox $2.50
Isaac N. Hunt $3.00
Wm. P. Stanley $2.00
James F. Laughlin $3.00
James Underwood $4.50
John W. Teague $2.00
L. T. Ensey $5.00
Cornelious Blue $3.00
Edwin Laughlin $.50
Linas Allee $.50
Albert G. Coffin $1.00
Henry Linsey 1i.00
Loyd Owen $1.00
Andrew J. Copeland $.50
Wm. M. Louder $1.00
Martin Wooley $.50
Eli Bundy $2.00
Elias McKey $5.00
J. Carter $3.00
Solemn Bell $1.00
Leven Forkan $1.00
C. J. Evans $2.00
Thomas Woody $2.00
Paid out on said note to H. Smith
March 28 1854 $31.00
May 29 1854 $38.00
Being the whole amount of interest and all note handed to C. J. Evans May 29, 1854—Arthur Bradley
August 23 1854 This day brought me the sad news of the death of Br. BRUCE, our Presiding Elder, a sad calamity. I went to Montezuma to hear his funeral preached by Rev. J. L. THOMPSON to a large and deeply affected congregation, and we proceeded to bury his remains in the burying ground at Montezuma.
September 1854- I was appointed to Newport Circuit, Attica District (Vermillion County)—the shortest move we ever had. About the time I came here there was a great many deaths amongst whome was MELVEN P. LOWREY, & SIMEON CHIPPS. The Rev. JOSEPH C. READ was with us. A young
man of some promise F. M. PAVY joined the church and I was much incouraged. There are many good and pleasant Brethren in the bounds of Newport Circuit that I regard kindly. C. VANDUYNE, ANDREW CARMACK, JULIUS BOGART, W. C. GROVES, ALFRED CARMACK, JOSEPH JAMES, JAMES ROGERS, EDMON JAMES, EDWARD JORDAN, JOHN CLEARWATERS, ISAAC CARMACK, ADAM ZENOR, ROBERT NIXON, HENRY D. WASHBOURN, ELDRIGE M. GROVES, URE ASTON. A special friend of myself and the Church was JAMES HOPKINS, a man that I think the most devoted of any man I have ever known. There was but one Local Preacher, JOSEPH STAATS, with whome I loved to labour.
June 28, 1856—A circumstance occured which I desire to chronicle. I borrowed a waggon and mare of MR. BEN SHEPHERD to haul a load of wood. When I started to return the borrowed property I opened the gate, got into the wagon drove through, stoped the team, turned to shut the gate. The horses starting, I spoke to them to "wo" but they did not. I fell, the horses went on. There was a young coalt with the mare. They went near the corner of a tan shop. The coalt went to pass but failed, the wheels of the waggon caught its hive leg on a rock, ground the bone fine, the waggon running over the coalt. We had to kill the coalt. This to me was a matter of deep affliction as Mr. Shepherd had all ways been very kind to me. Then, it was a good coalt. He thought much of it. I proposed to pay him what he thought the coalt was worth. He declined priceing it. We agreed to leave it to disinterested persons. He chose ROBERT NIXON and I JOHN HOPKINS. They say I must pay Ben Shepherd 50 dollars, for which I give my note at present payable on demand. The Brethren desirous of doing me a favour they pay me the whole amount. The following is the sums and names.
James Hopkins $10.00
William J. Porter $5.00
B. & C. W. Crane $3.00
E. M. Groves $2.00
Wm. A. Henderson
James A. Bell $1.00
James M. Hood $.50
James C. Dallas $1.00
James Jordon $1.00
Wm. J. Florer $1.00
A Zener $3.00
James F. Weller $5.00
E. Griffin $.50
Shep Florer $1.00
B. E. Rhodes $ 1.00
J. Q. Washbourn $1.00
H. D. Washbourn $1.00
P. C. Aston $1.00
I. Betson $1.00
Alfred Carmack $2.00
W. C. Groves $2.00
Julius Bogart $1.00
Daniel A. Jones $5.00
Joseph James, self & others $5.00
It is but due to say that W. J. PORTER took an active interest in this affair. Saturday August 25 1856 I united in mariage THOMAS A. EDMONSON to Miss ANN E. STAATZ, a large weding in the afternoon.
We had with us this Winter a young man boarding, going to school. His name, ISAAC BOGART, a very pleasant young man ... In May 1856 we had three or four join the Church one of whome was ANDREW CARMACK'S daughter MARY JANE. August 30, 1856 I had to leave to preach the funeral of an infant of GEORGE EDWART'S at Highlands.
On Monday the 1st of September there was three that desired to be immersed or go to the River. We went after dinner and I baptised FRANCIS M. PAVY and CAROLINE his sister by immersion, and Absolem WEBB by pouring at the river.
October, the time for Conference is now come. I started for Crawfordsville on horseback alone. I fell in with Brs. PARROTT and COZADD. That night I hear W. POSEY preach one of the most curious sermons. It was then conveyed to my lodging at the house of MR. JOHN AUSTIN. The man loved Whiskey a little too well, but was very kind and obliging to us. His wife a good Baptis Lady. WILLIAM ROBERTS was my room mate.
Some six miles south west of the Town (Crawfordsville) I called on my former friends WM. HENDERSON, formerly of Anappolis. We had a pleasant visit with WILLIAM their son and ELIZABETH their daughter. They had become nearly man and woman since I saw them three years before.... I passed on to SAMUEL MUSGROVE'S. Here I stopt and dined.
My new field of Labour is Williamsport, Waren Co., Indiana a small station on the Wabash.... I call over to B. F. GREGORY'S ... I went to R. M. ALLEN'S store. He took me to LEVI MORE'S. Father J. L. THOMPSON, Moore and myself walked to DELOSS WAREN'S ... I found a house that we could get for four dollar per month, a part of which is occupied by HIRAM JOHNSON and his wife.
March 17, 1857. that DeLOSS WAREN was sick Wensday 25 he expires. Thursday at 11 oclock I preach his funeral at West Lebanon ... may God comfort his weeping widow and only daughter.
March 28—Mrs. MARY A. McALLY joined the Church.... CAROLINE S. WAREN joined the church. April 1, 1857 I cam called to preach the funeral of W. SWISHERD. July, 1857 I now determine in my mind to go to Iowa and Labour there if I can get a transfer ... I commence preparation. On Sept. 14 there is a supper prepared for our benifit at Mr. H. ROGERS HALL, most of the Town assemble and have a pleasant time ... Sept. 16 Dined with WM. M. HAYNES and at 12 noon we start for the station many of the friends accompany us to the Carrs. We wait, speak fast, mingle through each other. Hark—the whistle. All in commotion. Good buy, Good by, farewell. Shake a score of hands. The carrs stop, trunks up, we now are on the Carrs. They moove. I stand on the platform, wave my hat to all and they pass away out of sight.
Information added by original abstracter Frances Badley Benes:
ARTHUR BADLEY, author of this journal, was the posthumous son of Arthur Badley Sr. (b. 1792, Dorchester County, Md.; d. 29 November 1819, Union Co., O.) and Dorothy Burkett. He was born 25 June 1820 in Millcreek Twp., Union County, Ohio. His grandparents, William Badley and Sarah Hurst, along with others of the Hurst and Badley families, migrated from Dorchester County, Maryland to Ross County, Ohio circa 1800. Previous generations of Badleys had been planters and landowners in Dorchester and Somerset Counties on the Eastern Shore of Maryland throughout the 18th century.
The Rev. Arthur Badley became a preacher of the Methodist Episcopal Church at the age of twenty-one, and in 1842 was ordained a deacon. He served as circuit rider in Indiana from that time until 1857 when, with his family, he moved to Iowa, continuing as minister and presiding elder until 1876. He died 3o November and is buried at Wick, Warren County, Iowa.
On 9 September 1847 in Blackford County, Indiana, he married Nancy Jane Houser, b. 18 January 1829, Union County, Ohio, daughter of George H. Houser and Sophia Bieghler. Nancy Houser Badley survived all nine of her children and her husband. She died 31 January 1904, Indianola, Iowa and is also buried at Wick, Warren County, Iowa.
The children of Nancy and Arthur Badley:
i. Brenton Hamlin Badley, b. 27 Apr. 1849, Monmouth, Adams Co., Ind.
ii. Tryphena Ellen Badley, b. 14 Apr. 1851, Mexico, Miami Co., Ind.
iii. Laura Ann Badley, b. 6 Nov. 1852, Sumption Prairie, St. Joseph Co., Ind.
iv. Edmond Bruce Badley, b. 12 June 1855, Newport, Vermillion Co., Ind.
v. Flora Houser Badley, b. 11 Feb. 1858, Knoxville, Marion Co., Iowa
vi. Mary Ella Badley, b. 23 May 1860, Hartford, Warren Co., Iowa
vii. Charles Arthur Badley, b. 9 Nov. 1863, Lewis, Cass Co., Iowa
viii. Sophia J. Badley, b. 11 May 1865, Indianola, Warren Co., Iowa
ix. Dora B. Badley, b. 1868 Panora, Dallas Co., Iowa
Dr. Brenton Hamlin Badley, eldest child, was ordained a Methodist minister at the age of 18. He was valedictorian and first graduate of Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa in 1870, and also graduated from Garrett Bible Institute, Evanston, Illinois. On 8 August 1872 in Henry County, Missouri he married Margaret Mary Ann Scott, b. 27 January, 1851, Marlboro, Stark Co., Ohio, daughter of John Hillis Lettson Scott and Eliza Jane Prouty. They left immediately for India as missionaries of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Dr. Badley later became founder and first principal of the Lucknow Christian College, Lucknow, India, which is still in existence. He died in India 20 November 1891, and is buried in Lucknow.
Two of his sons, Bishop Brenton Thoburn Badley (1876-1949) and the Rev. Theodore Charles Badley (1880-1965) returned to India and served as Methodist missionaries throughout their adult lives.
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