From family resources:
"Hilam was a carpenter and studied the bible diligently and soon became a fill-in Baptist minister and a circuit rider preacher. Twice during the Civil War he left his family in Michigan and traveled down the Mississippi River, preaching to slave gatherings and marrying slave couples. He was appointed by the American Baptist Free Mission Society to do this work as a missionary to the freedman."
Hilam wrote an autobiography of his life, "Autobiography of a Pioneer Minister 1823-1908".
Married to Cordelia Erline Scofield (her father was Hilam's 1st cousin). They had 9 children, 5 of them died as infants and young children.
Prudence Scofield 1870-1934, Jennie May Scofield 1858-1935, Laura M. Scofield 1850-?, Mabel Lucia Scofield 1868-?.
Parents: Gardner and Martha Irons Scofield.
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