Rev Levi Garrison

Rev Levi Garrison

Alamance County, North Carolina, USA
Death 1855 (aged 75–76)
Anderson, Anderson County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Anderson County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 68965482 · View Source
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Rev. Levi Garrison was the son of Jedediah Garrison and Jane Candice Williams Garrison of the Mt. Pleasant community near Homer, Georgia. His parents constituted one of the two families who founded a Methodist society there in 1780, before the denomination was officially organized. His father Jedediah was a local pastor.

Levi was ordained by Francis Asbury and was a circuit riding Methodist preacher from 1800-1807. Refusing to stay at an appointment because of a yellow fever epidemic, he was "located" and served for several decades as a local pastor in Anderson, SC. The vote at Annual Conference to reduce his status from elder to local pastor as a result of his refusal to itenerate was 15-14. Yet he did not stop doing what God was calling him to do. Historical records show that in subsequent years as a local pastor, he dedicated the buildings of three churches in the Anderson area: Smith's Chapel, Ruhama (originally Methodist but now Baptist), and Old Providence Methodist Churches.

There is a letter in the archives at Wofford College that he wrote to members of the South Carolina Conference concerning his views on the episcopacy in 1831. He refers to himself as and "old souldier among you" recounting his ministry history. The archives also hold a beautifully written obituary he wrote concerning his son Osborn.

He married Martha Patsy Meaders of the Mt. Pleasant community. Their children were Elizabeth B. Garrison, Osborn B. Garrison, Matilda A. Garrison, Margaret Garrison, Nancy N. Garrison, Foster Washington Garrison, T. Garrison, Henry W. Garrison, David Hughes Garrison, Jesse Clark Garrison, Levi B. Garrison, and Melssa Garrison. Elizabeth married Simpson Hagood of South Carolina and they moved to Alpharetta, GA (I am descended from them).

Levi's brother, David, was also a Methodist preacher and served in Georgia. He was also ordained by Francis Asbury. As strange as it may sound, they had a younger set of cousins, also brothers named Levi and David Garrison, who were Methodist preachers. This other set of brothers served churches in South Alabama and are buried there in Covington County. All four of these pastors are related to several others in the Garrison and Meaders lines who were Methodist clergy in early America. Levi and David were common names in several lines of the family. The Garrison legacy in frontier Methodism is great.

Historical records show that Rev. Levi Garrison was buried in the Old Providence Methodist Church graveyard. The present-day Providence Church was built in 1860 after Garrison had died (the church moved here from a nearby location close to what is now Dobbins Bridge Road). But this appears to be the Old Providence cemetery, as there are graves here from long before 1860. His grave is one of several that are unmarked. Pictured is the most prominent of the unmarked graves. The grave of his daughter Matilda, who preceded him in death, is found in the graveyard clearly marked.

Providence is still a well-kept, active United Methodist Church in a resort community (it meets during the summer months).

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