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Henry Summers
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Birth: Feb. 7, 1801
Fayette County
West Virginia, USA
Death: Jun. 18, 1883
Fulton County
Illinois, USA

From The Makers of Iowa Methodism, by Aaron W. Haines, 1900:

Henry Summers is the recognized pioneer presiding elder of Iowa Methodism. When the Iowa District was formed by Bishop Morris in 1839, he was placed in charge of it; and the following year, when it was divided, he was retained on the Burlington District; and at the close of his term was appointed to form a new district made up of the scattered appointments along the Des Moines River, and reaching into the interior of the new State. This he traveled but one year, when he returned to Illinois, where he spent the remainder of his days. He was born in Virginia in 1801; was converted when nineteen years of age; licensed to preach in 1822, and received into the traveling connection in 1832. That was in the Illinois Conference, where his training was under Peter Cartwright, which no doubt had much to do with the great success which attended his labors as a pioneer preacher and presiding officer. "For eight successive years he superintended the planting of the Church in Iowa. In his work he emulated the zeal, labors, and triumphs of Western Methodism; and he has earned for himself an abiding place in the interests and affections of Iowa Methodists."

He is described as a man "of medium height, strong and sinewy frame; in appearance, prepossessing; in disposition, social; in intellectual ability, above the average. His emotions were easily kindled, and his preaching abounded with unction. Over one hundred conversions have been known to follow his preaching at a single quarterly-meeting."

Submitted by mtangeman 
Family links: 
  John George Summers (1764 - 1841)
  Dorcas Hudson Summers (1803 - 1878)
  John Wesley Summers (1836 - 1918)*
  Henry Summers (1801 - 1883)
  Allen Summers (1811 - 1865)*
  Catherine Summers (1815 - 1871)*
*Calculated relationship
Oak Ridge Cemetery
Fulton County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Memories From The Mist
Record added: Feb 02, 2013
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Henry Summers
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