Rev. William Stevenson "Father of Methodism in Arkansas". . .and perhaps in NW Louisiana, left the Hempstead County Arkansas area in 1824-25. I have read that perhaps as many as forty (40) Methodist families moved to NW Louisiana with him, including our William Robinson family.
The ownership by Methodists of slaves had created a schism within the rather large Methodist community around Mound Prairie, Arkansas. Rev. Stevenson, and those families who felt that their Methodist beliefs allowed for ownership of slaves, left the Mound Prairie area and relocated to NW Louisiana, perhaps around Homer. Ultimately the Methodist Episcopal Church officially divided, and the southern believers became the Methodist Episcopal Church South.
I would like more information relative to this Methodist migration to NW Louisiana. Where did they go?
I have been unable to find much more detailed written information. The auto-biography I found of Rev. Stevenson that was published in a newspaper contained very little other than "sermons".
Thank you in advance for your time and attention to my request for information.
William & Elizabeth Robinson Family Assn.
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