Slight correction to the story of Lorenzo Dow. His father's middle name was Bean, not Dean. His first wife died 4 April 1822, not 1820. I would be interested in your source for Lorenzo being readmitted to Methodist status in 1798. I had not heard that before, and quite to the contrary, thought that in 1800 after he returned from Ireland, he tried to get attached to a Methodist circuit, and was denied that right because he would break up meetings. He was nicknamed Crazy Dow, a name which actually helped him attract crowds. He ended up touring the circuits independently. He originated the camp meeting because of his inability to get churches to let him hold his meetings (probably because he was no longer part of the Methodist church). The first camp meeting on record was held in Bolton MA. He preached there from the top of a boulder which became known as Dow's rock.
You are right about the name being common in some areas. Sometimes there were several generations of Lorenzo Dows in a family that had not connection to the Dow surname. Probably has confused numerous families tracing their ancestors!
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