|Death: ||Apr. 27, 1875|
John M. Crismond was born and reared in the city of Baltimore. When he was quite a small boy playing on the streets of Balitmore where he was picked up one beautiful Sunday Morning, taken to Sunday School, and placed in a class of little boys under a male teacher who felt a deep interest in the spiritual welfare of his pupils. Through influecnces brought to bear upon him in the Sunday School, he was powerfully converted in the old Methodist style. After reaching a maturity he plied his trade as a tailor till clearly convinced that God had called him to preach. He came to Abingdon, Va., in 1836 and was licensed to preach. He was admitted into the Holston Conference at Madisonville in October, 1837. He traveled and did effective work for thirty seven years, including one year on the Wytheville District as presiding elder. He was married to Miss Elizabeth Shannon. The fruit of this union was nine children, two of whom preceded him to paradise. Mr. Crismond was a man of correct eductation and mediocre preaching talent. He united the emotional type of religion with a severe morality. He preached with fire and emotion, and often sat down shouting the praise of God. He made no compromises with the world. He was reserved in conversation on general topics, but always ready to converse prudently on religion. He professed the blessing of perfect love as taught by Wesley and believed by early Methodists. But although he preached the doctorine of perfect love, he was not a sanctification crank.
He did not possess the sunshiny disposition of Father Haskew. He was rather demure, and his resentments were strong; but all was restrained and mellowed by the grace of God. He died while in charge of Morristown Circuit. At first he was confined at the residence of Mr Morelock, some two miles east of Morristown; but was removed to the home of Mr. T. D. Murf, a pious member of the Methodist Church in Morristown, for better medical attention. Here he closed his earthly career, April 27, 1875. His last words were: "I have peace." He was buried at Liberty Hill, near Morristown.
One fact of his life is perhaps worthy of special mention. His wife remained on her farm, in Burk's Garden, Va., and never accompanied him to his pastoral charges. This arrangement was agreed upon when they wedded. No correspondence passed between them except in cases of sickness and death. He visited his home as often as he could consistenly with his duties to his pastoral charges, and, so far as I know, their marriage life was a life of love. His entanglement with a family did not interfere with his devotion to the itinerancy; But he was just as punctual and useful on his charges as if he were a bachelor, and perhaps more so. His social demeanor was of the most prudent character.
Holston Conference, 1875
Held at Knoxville, Tn, October 20-26, 1875
Aged 70 years
Liberty Hill Methodist Church Cemetery
Maintained by: J. B. Chrismond
Originally Created by: Tennessee heritage
Record added: Nov 09, 2008
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