This Week in Texas Methodist History September 7
Class List from Caney, September 8, 1834
In one of the most important footnotes in Homer Thrall’s History of Methodism in Texas,
The original class-paper, in Mr. Kinney’s handwriting, lies before us, dated September 8th,
and contains the following names: John W. Kinney, Mariah L. Kinney, Lydia A. McHenry,
James Walker, Catherine Walker, Wm. Medford, Elizabeth Medford, John Ingram, John
Amelia Stephenson, B. Babbitt, Dudley J. White, Henry Whitesides, Laura J. Whitesides,
Eliza Alford, Elizabeth Scott, Malinda Bargely, Catherine Bargely, Demaris Stephenson,
Mary Huff, Thomas Bell, Abigail Day, Bethel White.
The class had been formed as a result of the camp meeting that Henry Stephenson
and John Kenney l
ed near Kenney’s residence in what is today northern Austin County (Caney Creek
forms much of th
e boundary between Austin and Washington Counties.). Thrall also claims that
on the Sunday night
of the meeting the sacrament of Holy Communion was performed for the first time
in Austin’s Colony.
The “class” has been explained in a previous post (see post for Aug. 24).
The identities of the persons
named is of great interest so this week’s and next week'
Benjamin Babbitt Admitted OT in Missouri Conference, 1831, appointed to
Missouri in St. Louis
District. In 1832 remained OT and appointed to Lexington Circuit in Missouri District.
as “who once travelled in Kentucky.” Married Sally Allen, in Austin County,
May 14, 1833 according to
Austin County Marriage Records. First land grant was ¼ league on present
Waller/Grimes County line
adjacent to Dudley White with whom he seems to have been associated.
His marriage entitled him to
another grant which was issued October 3, 1835 on north side of Mill Creek,
west of Cummins Hacienda.
(Encompasses western part of present-day Bellville, and would have placed
him near Thomas and
James Bell residence. Supposedly died in Arkansas in 1837. Cousin of Carlisle
Babbitt of Kentucky
Conference and named a son Carlisle. Rabb letter to TWB October 5, 1850
says he and Medford
disgraced themselves eighteen months after camp meeting. James Stephenson
(husband of Amelia
Bell Stephenson) bought Babbitt ¼ league in 1835.
Babbitt is particularly interesting because his two land grants give lie to the
that Roman Catholicism was a necessary precondition for obtaining land
grants in Mexican Texas
. Babbitt received land grants while a member of the Missouri Conference.
Priscilla Chandler (born Christian County, KY, 1805) Husband, Davis Chandler
, took oath 5 Jan. 1829.
His league granted 10 Mar 1831 is adjacent to Kenney’s. Served in Mill Creek
Volunteers and died at
Bastrop c. 1845. Previous residence Clark Co., Arkansas. One child born in
Arkansas March 1827 and the
next child born in Texas 1831. On 26 Oct 1835 they sold 300 acres to Lydia
McHenry and Maria Kenney
Davis and Prissa Chandler are in Austin’s Register of Families, 1830, arrived
from AR in 1829, ages 30 and 23,
one son, one daughter, farmer, White Davis and Priscilla moved to Kenney’s
Fort on Brushy Creek,
Williamson County, founded by Thomas Kenney, brother of John Wesley
Kenney. Davis and Priscilla
chandler were in attendance at death of Mrs. Mary Jane Kenney on Dec. 12, 1841.
The land transactions and the close association with the Kenney family are
and raise questions about whether the families knew each other in Kentucky.
The sale of 300 acres
to the sisters, Maria and Lydia show that they were women of independent means,
probably an i
nheritance from the estate of their parents, Barnabas and Sarah McHenry.
Peter Fullinwider (b. Shelbyville, Ky, 1897, died Huntsville, Tx, 1867) Presbyterian
preacher educated at
Princeton 1827-30. Ordained by New Brunswick Presbytery 1830. Missionary tour in
Texas 1831. Married
Belinda McNair (b, Aug. 9, 1819) in Mississippi on March 18, 1834. Preached in both
1834 and 1835
Caney Creek meetings. Late 1835 or early 1836 moved to Fort Houston (Palestine).
Runaway Scrape. Lived in Mississippi 1838-1846 then back to Texas. Organized
Bethel church at
John Ingram (b. Green Co., KY, 10 Mar. 1808 d. Fort Concho, TX 1893) To Texas in fall of 1821 from Arkansas (note extreme youth). Spent winter on Brazos then on to Colorado where he stayed until June. Then back to Arkansas and
when his guardian refused permission, he ran away to Texas with William Rabb and James Gilleland. Lived with Rabb family. Many, many Indian fights and then much action in Texas Revolution. After Revolution lived in Fayette Co, including some time in Rutersville. Moved to Blanco Co in 1869. Ingram’s brother Elisha was killed in Surveyor’s Fight with E. M. Cox , father of J. Fred Cox, prominent Methodist preacher. Married Elizabeth Price 9 Jan. 1838 Austin County Marriage Records
Kenney, Mariah (b. Frederick, KY 22 March 1801 d. Travis, Austin Co. TX 22 Apr 1875) Mrs. John W. Kenney, daughter of Barnabas McHenry, one of first circuit riders west of Appalachians. All copies of her signature on land records and existing letter show that she signed her name “Maria,” not “Mariah,” as Thrall claims.
To be continued next week.