|Birth: ||May 15, 1818|
|Death: ||Feb. 11, 1888|
Rev. Thomas Harrison Monroe, Sr. was the husband of Margaret (Armstrong) Monroe (1st wife) and Ruth A. (Smithers) Monroe (2nd wife). He was a minister in the West Virginia Conference and Ohio Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Unidentified Newsclipping - 1888
Rev. Thomas H. Monroe was born in Loudoun County, Virginia, May 15, 1818, and died in Amesville, Athens County, Ohio, February 11, 1888.
Shortly after his birth his parents moved to Baltimore, Maryland. When he was quite young he went to Highland County, Virginia, to teach. While there he became acquainted with and married Miss Margaret Armstrong in 1841. She died September 29, 1877.
He was licensed to preach December 11, 184O; this license was regularly renewed until he was ordained Deacon by Bishop Elijah Hedding at Baltimore, March 15, 1846. He was ordained Elder in the traveling connection by Bishop Matthew Simpson at Morgantown, Virginia, June 15, 1852.
At the second session of West Virginia Conference, held at Clarksburg, West Virginia, October 10, 1849, he was admitted on trial, and filled the following appointments: Monongalia Circuit, Weston Circuit, Fairmont, Morgantown, Wheeling: Chapline Street--two years; Guyandotte District, three years; Parkersburg, two years. He was appointed by President Lincoln Chaplain to the United States Hospital at Parkersburg, which position he held two years. He traveled Parkersburg District four years, and was in Moundsville Station one year, making twenty-two years in the West Virginia Conference.
In 187O he was transferred to Ohio Conference, and filled the following appointments: Putnam, two years; London, three years; Logan, one year; Marietta, one year; Gallipolis District, four; New Lexington, one year; Athens Circuit, one year; and Bartlett, one year. In 1884 he superannuated. In 1886 he was made supernumerary. In 1887 he was made effective and appointed to Amesville Circuit. While going from the home of one of the church members at Sand Rock appointment, he slipped on the icy ground and broke his left leg just above the ankle. For three weeks he appeared to be doing well, but suddenly he was seized with a pain above the heart and lungs, and in a few moments he was dead. In 188O, his closing year on the Gallipolis District, he married Miss Ruth A. Smithers, who with his children and friends is left.
Brother Monroe was a good preacher, a warm friend, a genial companion, catholic in spirit, faithful in all church work, successful in winning souls and in building up the church. In some respects the last year was the most pleasant. He said to his wife: "I expect to go to heaven this year from the Amesville parsonage," and he did. His life was one of hardship, but it ended in triumph.
His remains were brought to Parkersburg for interment, accompanied by the Rev. T. G. Dickenson, Rev. C. B. Longman, Rev. T. A. Turner, of Ohio Conference, and the Rev. N. A. Shedd of the Presbyterian Church of Amesville. The funeral service was held in the Methodist Episcopal Church. A large congregation attended. There were present from our Conference Rev. G. E. Hite, Rev. Dr. J. A. Fullerton, Rev. R. L. Woodyard, Rev. G. Crossfield, and Rev. J. L. Clark, and Rev. Dr. J. W. Carter, of the Baptist church, andd Rev. H. Rumer of the Presbyterian church. The services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. G. E. Hite, and the three churches were represented by the addresses. His remains were taken to River View Cemetery and laid by the side of his wife.
Written by Rev. J. L. Clark
West Virginia, USA
Created by: Mary Jane Haight-Eckert
Record added: May 03, 2008
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