This Week in
Texas Methodist History July 14
William Faris Informs Fowler of Death of Moses Speer July 18, 1840
Most of the Methodist preachers who immigrated to the
young men, but Moses Speer was a notable exception. He was already over 70 years old when he came
of Texas Texas. He began preaching in Kentucky
about 1804 and then moved to Tennessee. He later preached in the Red
River circuits which were then part of the Arkansas Conference
before coming to the Texas Mission of the Mississippi Conference in 1838.
Littleton Fowler assigned him to the settlements in southeastern
and in that capacity is remembered as the founding pastor for the Methodist
church at Jasper. At the next annual
conference he was appointed to Montgomery. In July 1840 he died at Robinson’s Settlement
on the Montgomery Circuit and was buried there.
William Faris attended Speer in his last days and then wrote a letter to Littleton Fowler describing Speer’s last hours and his wishes concerning the disposition of his property.
Speer directed Faris to send his horse and saddlebags to Fowler. How fitting—the circuit rider’s earthly journey was over, but his horse would continue to carry the gospel.