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Licensing of Preachers
Posted by: doug price (ID *****1528) Date: February 10, 2011 at 07:36:27
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My G-G-Grandfather John W. Potter was a Methodist preacher "licensed to preach in 1845 in AL". He was born near the current Crawford County, GA around 1818, moved to AL around 1836, and settled in the Cherokee/DeKalb/Etowah area.

What kind of paper trail would this leave? What were the requirements to be a licensed preacher?

Would he have attended seminary school, and if so what were the likely schools in AL / GA?

Who licensed preachers: the govt, or the Methodist church. Would any records have been kept?

His brothers were Baptist ministers. Similar questions.

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