Clerical Timeline of Rev. Seaborn Greene Childs
Born about 1817 in Georgia, Seaborn Greene Childs was a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church who preached the good word from Georgia to Florida. There are many family trees online tracing his family lineage but none so far have provided sources for their trees. It is stated that he was the son of Isaac Chiles and Martha Fussell and that he married Martha Wiggins daughter of Joseph Wiggins and Martha Stafford.
After his wife's death, Seaborn remarried to Nancy Ellen Watson in Florida where he remained for the rest of his life.
A family researcher is questioning the above information (mainly the parents of Seaborn and Martha) and after reading over records available to me, I too am wondering if this information is correct.
Below you will find a timeline of Rev. Childs career as a minister and a statement from his papers telling us that his fellow friends didn't even know where he was from which makes one wonder how all of these people online created their family trees. Where did their information come from?
If you have any information to share, please feel free to email the webmaster or Kay Williams directly.
Timeline Provided by K. Williams
Source: Arthur J. Moore Methodist Museum [St. Simons Island] and The United Methodist Church General Commission on Archives and History, and they, using the General Minutes of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and Methodist Episcopal Church South have been able to compile a list of Rev. Child’s appointments as follows:
GEORGIA CONFERENCE OF THE METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH:
1842 Remains on Trial Appointed to St. Mary’s District, Waresboro’ miss (ion)
1844 Remains on Trial Appointed to St. Mary’s District, Holmesville circuit
FLORIDA CONFERENCE OF THE MEC SOUTH:
1846 Admitted into Full Connection Appointed to Tallahassee District, Thomasville circuit
1847 Ordained Deacon Appointed to St. Mary’s District, Irwin
1848 Newnansville District, Columbia
1850 Tallahassee District, Blakeley
1851 Tallahassee District, Spring Creek mission to colored
1853 St. Mary’s District, Irwin
1854 St. Mary’s Madison Waresboro’, (NOTE 2 reports dated 1856)
1856 St. Mary’s District, St. Mary’s River Mission
1857 Thomasville District, Groversville
1858 Thomasville District, Flint River
1859-61 Madison District, Aucilla Mission
1862 Thomasville District, Moultrie Mission
1863 Quitman District, Nashville
1864 Tallahassee District, Aucilla Colored Mission
1865 Quitman District, Glasgow Circuit and Colored Charge
1866 Brunswick District, Waresboro
SOUTH GEORGIA CONFERENCE OF THE MEC SOUTH
1867 Brunswick District, Holmesville
1868 Savannah District, Davisboro Circuit
1869 Savannah District, Washington Circuit and Gibson Mission
1871 Brunswick District Stockton
1876 Brunswick District, Moultrie Mission
1877 Brunswick District, Worth Mission
1878 Brunswick District, Worth Mission
1879 Brunswick District, Brookfield Mission
1880 Waycross District, Brookfield
1881- 1904 Superannuated
I also have a copy of the memoir for Rev. Childs from the 1905 minutes of the South Georgia Conference of The Methodist Episcopal Church South. The memoir begins: "When and where and of whom this good man was born your Committee knows not: and of his rearing, his educational, social and religious advantages or disadvantages, we have no means of knowing aught. The first we know of him he was a member of the Conference."
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