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Rev. Emsley Brookshire was born in Randolph County, N.C., Dec. 8, 1813. When he was fourteen years of age he came with his mother and little sister to Henry County, Ind., walking all the way and carrying their effects, it taking them three months to make the journey. He was converted in 1830 and began his ministry in the Methodist Episcopal church as an exhorter continuing with that denomination until 1840, when he withdrew on account of his anti-slavery principles and for three years labored in different denominations, lecturing against intemperance, slavery, etc. In 1843 he organized the Duck Creek Wesleyan Methodist Church and began his labors as a home missionary. He became a member of the annual conference and was ordained an Elder in 1846 and commenced his labors as an itinerant and sustained that relation until 1866 when he accepted an appointment as missionary to the State of Tennessee and remained there two years. During this time he assisted in the organization of an annual conference, the churches numbering 600 members. In the fall of 1868 he returned to Indiana and labored as missionary at large three years. In 1871 he was appointed missionary to North Carolina, and while in that State organized six churches, numbering 200 members. In 1873 he returned to Indiana and was appointed pastor of the church in Richmond, Ind., and remained there two years. His labors there resulted in the conversion of 120 persons and an addition to the church of eighty members. He was then appointed to the Fairmount Circuit. Since 1881 he has sustained a superannuated relation, his health and age rendering him unable to assume the duties of the pastorate, although he preaches and does other work as he is able. Mr. Brookshire was married in 1834 to Elizabeth Shelley, who died in 1858 leaving nine children. He afterward married Julia M., daughter of Rev. Alfred Thorp, one of the first ministers of the Indiana Conference of the Wesleyan Methodist connection of America. They have one daughter Bell. Mrs. Julia Brookshire had four children by a former marriage.

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